Republican Convention: Biggest Moments of 2012

PHOTO: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney waves to delegates after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Aug. 30, 2012.
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The Republican National Convention in Tampa was the party's biggest chance yet to showcase its candidate, Mitt Romney. Check out some of the biggest moments from the convention.

VIDEO: GOP presidential nominee brings crowds to their feet at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
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Mitt Romney Accepts the Nomination

Coming into the convention scarred from the attacks on his record at Bain Capital and the reignited "War on Women," Mitt Romney delivered a personal speech addressing his business career, his Mormon faith, and his love for his wife and kids.

"The centerpiece of the president's campaign is attacking success. ... In America, we celebrate success, we don't apologize for it," he declared.

"President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet," Romney said, in reference to Obama's environmental policies. "My promise is to help you and your family."

VIDEO: Florida senator offers a strong rebuke of President Obama's leadership, champions Mitt Romney.
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Marco Rubio's Inspirational Personal Story

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., recounted the challenges encountered by his immigrant mother and father before introducing Mitt Romney on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

"They emigrated to America with little more than the hope of a better life," Rubio said. "My dad was a bartender. My mom was a cashier, a hotel maid and a stock clerk at K-Mart. They never made it big. They were never rich. And yet, they were successful -- because just a few decades removed from hopelessness, they made possible for us all the things that had been impossible for them.

"He stood behind a bar in the back of the room all those years, so one day I could stand behind a podium in the front of a room," Rubio added.

Rubio's parents fled Cuba and came to the United States in the 1950s.

VIDEO: Clint Eastwood Republican National Convention Speech
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Clint Eastwood Interviews Invisible Obama

Clint Eastwood was the Republican National Convention's "mystery guest" Thursday night, when he acted out an interview with an empty chair he said was occupied by President Obama.

"I got Mr. Obama sitting here and I was gonna ask him a couple questions," Eastwood drawled, turning his head toward the bare stool.

"Mr. President, how do you handle promises you made when you were running for election?" he asked. "What do you say to people?"

Eastwood cut off the interviewee: "I'm not gonna shut up. It's my turn," he said.

And then, again, to the chair: "What do you want me to tell Mr. Romney?"

"I can't tell him to do that," Eastwood responded. "He can't do that to himself. You're absolutely crazy. You're getting as bad as Biden!"

VIDEO: Paul Ryan's Speech at Republican National Convention
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Paul Ryan's Moment In the National Spotlight

On the second the night of the convention, Rep. Paul Ryan stepped onto the national stage as his party's vice presidential nominee, promising that he and Mitt Romney would tackle the country's most difficult problems by fixing the economy and creating millions of new jobs.

"Whatever your political party, let's come together for the sake of our country," he said. "Join Mitt Romney and me. Let's give this effort everything we have. Let's see this through all the way. Let's get this done."

Ryan also took shots at President Obama for his health care plan and economic policies.

"Right now," he said, "23 million men and women are struggling to find work … nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty … so here's the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?"

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Condoleezza Rice Speaks Sans Prompter

Condoleezza Rice delivered a crowd-pleasing and hard-hitting speech on the state of U.S. foreign policy on the second night of the Republican National Convention without using any of the forum's teleprompters.

"Where does America stand? When our friends and our foes, alike, do not know the answer to that question, the world is a chaotic and dangerous place," said the former secretary of state.

Rice never addressed President Obama by name, but she issued a sharp rejection of his foreign policy.

"We cannot be reluctant to lead," Rice told fellow Republicans. "And you cannot lead from behind. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand this reality, that our leadership abroad and our well-being at home are inextricably linked."

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Chris Christie's Unconventional Convention Speech

Chris Christie, known for his commanding and sometimes over-the-top demeanor, gave the keynote speech at the 2012 Republican convention.

"Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless," he told Americans. "We all must share in the sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth."

Christie, the New Jersey governor, did not mention Mitt Romney's name until 17 minutes into his speech. Once he did, though, he said Romney would deal honestly with the country in fixing the economy and creating jobs.

"Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to put us back on the path to growth and create good-paying private sector jobs again in America," he said.

VIDEO:  The Florida senator discusses the RNC speeches and upcoming election.
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Ann Romney's Emotional Speech

Ann Romney, the wife of the GOP presidential nominee, told Americans at the 2012 Republican National Convention that they could trust her husband.

"This man will not let us down," she said.

Mrs. Romney gave an emotional speech, saying, "Sometimes I think that late at night, if we were all silent for just a few moments and listened carefully, we could hear a great collective sigh from the moms and dads across America. … And if you listen carefully, you'll hear the women sighing a little bit more than the men."

Ms. Romney tried to connect with the women of America by declaring, "It's the moms of this nation -- single, married, widowed -- who really hold this country together."

She looked out at the convention floor and said, "I love you women!"

VIDEO: Mia Love Brings Down the House at RNC
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Mia Love's Debut on the National Stage

Mia Love, the Mormon, Haitian-American mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, made her debut on the national stage Tuesday night in Tampa. She is running to represent Utah's Fourth Congressional District and was a featured speaker at the convention. If she is successful in her campaign in November, Love would be the first black woman Republican in Congress.

Before speaking , the Republican National Convention played an ad, "This Is Mia Love." Though she only had two minutes to speak at the convention podium, Love energized the crowd and brought the delegates to their feet.

VIDEO: Scott Walker Speaks at RNC 2012
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Scott Walker's Big Applause

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who beat back a recall attempt this year, seemed to get the biggest applause of the night when he spoke Tuesday.

"As was the case in Wisconsin two years ago, too many Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction," Walker said. "But Mitt Romney understands, like I understand, that people -- not governments -- create jobs."

After praising Romney as the GOP presidential nominee, Walker offered his support to fellow Wisconsin native Paul Ryan, Romney's vice presidential pick. Walker said that with the announcement of Ryan, Romney "showed he has the courage and the passion to be an exceptional president."

VIDEO: Delegates Boo New Rules at Republican National Convention
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Ron Paul's Rowdy Supporters

Though Ron Paul, a three-time GOP presidential candidate, was far from having enough votes to win the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, his delegates weren't going to go out without a fight. The delegates wanted their voices heard in support of Paul and they let everyone at convention know.

Ron Paul supporters, led by the rowdy Texas delegation, shouted at Rules Committee Chairman John Sununu and House Speaker John Boehner, yelling, "Point of order!" and, "Seat them now!"

The Paul supporters wanted a vote on new rules mainly aimed at curbing the power of grassroots supporters. They also called for the seating of Maine's delegation, which has a high concentration of Paul fans.

The disruptions did not end there.

One Texas delegate, a Ron Paul supporter, shouted every time Paul's name was mentioned. When a fellow Texas delegate scolded him, he offered an unenthusiastic apology and later went on shouting.

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