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2012 RNC: Mitt Romney ‘surprises’ delegates in Tampa
« on: August 29, 2012, 05:06:37 AM »
2012 RNC: Mitt Romney ‘surprises’ delegates in Tampa

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TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney made a surprise appearance here at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night.
OK, it wasn’t that much of a surprise when Romney strode out on the stage after his wife, Ann, finished speaking.

The presumptive GOP nominee hugged his wife after she delivered her remarks to delegates and the nation, waving as the crowd cheered loudly.

The two held hands and walked around the stage after Romney watched from backstage the speech in which his wife praised her husband as a good man, despite a “real” and not “storybook marriage.” Afterward, Romney joined Ann in the audience to watch New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie deliver his keynote address.

Romney hadn’t been publicly scheduled to show up at the convention until Thursday. But at 9:35 p.m., more than 30 minutes before his wife was scheduled to speak, the couple arrived backstage at the Tampa convention center.
On Wednesday morning, Romney will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., where he will deliver a speech to the American Legion convention. Romney’s campaign said it doesn’t expect Romney’s afternoon address to distract from the convention as it will be similar to other speeches at veterans forums.
“He’ll touch on some national security and some of the same things that we’ve said before on those topics,” spokesman Kevin Madden said.

Romney will return to Tampa for his acceptance speech on Thursday night.

His cameo appearance might have been the worst-kept secret in Tampa. But when you travel with an entourage that includes a Secret Service detail, a large staff and a flock of reporters, it’s hard to keep anything under wraps for long.

Romney started the morning in Belmont, Mass., where he has his primary residence. In the morning, he and Ann Romney flew from Massachusetts to Tampa, still looking at copies of their speeches on the plane.

They went to their hotel where they spent the remainder of the day. According to the campaign, they ordered room service and ate dinner with some of their grandchildren.

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