Mitt Romney Takes the Stage at the Republican National Convention

The Republican candidate showed a more personal side in his acceptance speech.
3:00 | 08/31/12

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Mitt romney gave the most important speech of his life last night. More personal than ever. Big question now, does it give him the bounce the gop is hoping for? "Your voice, your vote." David muir is in tampa and starts us off this morning. Good morning, george. Mitt romney made a case in tampa. Trying to convince voters to move on from a president who is well-liked, even if you had faith in him. Bringing up that iconic question, are you better off now than you were four years ago? And there was the mystery guest, clint eastwood, who puzzled many watching in primetime. I accept your nomination for president of the united states. Reporter: It's the biggest speech of his political life. Republican mitt romney, arguing, it's time to turn the page. Now is the moment we can stand up and say, I'm an american. I deserve better. Reporter: And for a candidate struggling amid a high unfavorability rating, this was romney's chance to show a personal side. Telling the millions watching, he was a classic baby-boomer from the midwest. Talks about the parents who taught him unconditional love. And taught him faith. We were mormons. Growing up in michigan, that may seem unusual or out of place. But I didn't think about it that way. Reporter: His voice, cracking. He talked about the dad who ran for president. The mother who was once a senate candidate. And about the young woman me would fall in love with. As america saw tuesday night, ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to do. Reporter: He was also emotional when talking about his son. What we give to break up just one more fight between the boys. I wake up this morning to scover a pile of kids sleeping in our room. Reporter: He took on the president, the unemployment rate, and the hope almost four years ago. You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president, when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him. Reporter: He defended his huge success at bain capital. In america, we celebrate success. We don't apologize for success. Reporter: This morning, no one is apologizing for the convention's mystery guest, who delivered something of a mystery performance. The oscar winner, clint eastwood, sitting beside an empty chair, telling the audience, president obama was sitting in it. Then, came a blistering critique, including what some considered a vulgar joke. What do you want me to tell romney? I can't tell him to do that. Can't do that to himself. You're getting as bad as biden. Reporter: Inside the convention hall, the crowd roaring. You -- we -- we own this country. When somebody does not do the job, we've got to let him go. Reporter: Then, an overnight tweet from president obama, this seat's taken. Clint eastwood went on for nearly 12 minutes. The romney campaign tells us, eastwood was calling the shots as he ad-libbed that speech. They believe romney delivered a powerful argument last night, arguing this count deserves

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