2012 ELECTION

GOP convention: Party hopes to rally voters with first full day of events

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The Republican National Convention is officially underway. While Tropical Storm Issac cut the convention's first day short, Tuesday promises to be a packed day.

Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

One of the first orders of the day will be the roll call of states, marking Mitt Romney's formal nomination as the party's pick for president.

But it's when voters tune in at night that they really hope to capture the public's attention. With each speaker that takes the podium, the GOP hopes to rally the base and win still undecided voters.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will use his speech to emphasize Romney's plan to grow the economy while taking a tough line on spending.

"I did a lot of that tough love, straight talk with our people, but here's a lot of reforms that we're going to make. It may not be easy, but I tell you it's going to make our state a lot better, in a lot better shape and sure enough it's worked," McDonnell said.

Members of the Maryland delegation insist when the convention really kicks off, it will give new momentum to the presidential race. 

Maryland State Delegate Adelaide C. Eckardt said, "This is a great opportunity for renewing the energy of the party, bringing folks together...not only from the Maryland delegation but throughout this country."

At Politico's hub, the convention activities are being carefully watched. Reporter Jonathan Allen says after a bruising primary, this is the moment Romney needs to really rally the base.

Allen added, "It's a time for the party to bind up old wounds, for people to feel unified, for there to be messages about not only why Mitt Romney - according to Republicans - is the right guy for the presidency, but also why Barack Obama is the wrong guy."

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