2012 ELECTION

Republican National Convention: Speakers dive into hot issues

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The GOP ticket is officially a done deal, with both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan getting their party's nomination.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applwhite)

Ann Romney made her national debut at the Republican National Convention late Tuesday. Voters also heard from a slate of prominent governors, who worked to fire up the party faithful.

Ohio Governor John Kasich said, "Joe Biden told me he was a good golfer., and I played golf with Joe Biden...I can tell you that's not true, as well as all the other things he says."

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell told attendees businesses in Virginia are proof President Barack Obama was wrong when he said, "You didn't build this."

"They were all built by American entrepreneurs - with big dreams - not big government with other people's money," McDonnell said.

Ann Romney was charged with making her husband more relatable.

"I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a "storybook marriage." Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once," Romney said. "And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer...What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage..."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took to the podium to really fire up the crowd.

"I know this simple truth, and I'm not afraid to say it: Our ideas are right for America, and their ideas have failed America," Christie said.

In remarks prepared for Tuesday's keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, Christie says the United States has no option but to cut federal spending and fundamentally reduce the size of government.

Christie is widely viewed as a future presidential candidate. His decision to scrap a commuter rail tunnel endeared him to fiscal conservatives.

During his speech, Christie said Romney will protect seniors and subsequent generations.

"I don't want their only inheritance to be an enormous government that has overtaxed, overspent and over-borrowed a great people into second-class citizenship," he added.

Christie insisted it's okay for voter not to love Mitt Romney, but still make him president.

"Tonight, we choose respect over love," Christie exclaimed. "We are not afraid. We are taking our country back."

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