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Ann Romney and Chris Christie star at GOP convention
 
If wooing swing state voters is Mitt Romney's VP motivation, adding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the ticket could help sway voters in nearby Pennsylvania.
If wooing swing state voters is Mitt Romney's VP motivation, adding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the ticket could help sway voters in nearby Pennsylvania.
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On Tuesday evening in Tampa, Mitt Romney all but became the official presidential nominee of the Republican Party, when New Jersey's delegation to the Republican National Convention pushed him over the 1,144-vote threshold. Less than an hour later, the GOP began its push to boost Romney's image and low popularity numbers, and make the party's case against giving President Obama a second term. The stars of the show Tuesday night were Ann Romney — who opened with the line "I want to talk to you about love," while assuring voters that "you can trust Mitt" — and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who fired up the partisan crowd with a tough-talking, red-meat-filled speech full of "hard truths." Taking the stage Wednesday night: Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

 

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