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Alex Leary reporting last night from the Tampa Bay Times Forum:

Ann Romney caressed and Chris Christie punched, delivering rousing speeches Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention that were designed to rally Republicans behind Mitt Romney and show him on more personal terms.

"I can't tell you what will happen over the next four years," Mrs. Romney said. "But I can only stand here tonight, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment: This man will not fail. This man will not let us down. This man will lift up America."

Delegates leapt to their feet at the line, waving signs that read, "We Love Ann."

At the end of the remarks, her husband walked on the stage where he will accept the nomination Thursday, embraced her and they kissed. The band played My Girl.

Adam Smith: Mitt Romney on Tuesday officially became the leader of the Republican Party. What's unclear is how much it's really his Republican Party.

Mike Van Sickler with the Florida delegates: stuck on a bus! Earlier at Innisbrook: "Marco, Marco, Marco, Marco, Marco!" Also: Bondi says GOP's not anti-women.

From Pasco, Rep. Will Weatherford is on the verge of political prominence, and he wants Republicans everywhere to know it. Click.

Tia Mitchell with some black Republicans. But this year race is a more toxic subtext. Preaching "American exceptionalism" to a partisan crowd. No campaign "truce" this time. Let's say Romney gets elected and repeals Obama's health care act. Then what?

The mayor: Welcome to the city. Economic boost? Not so. Times editorial: Tampa lost an opportunity to showcase some of its signature public space thanks to the heavy use of steel barriers lining many downtown streets. The barriers are overkill, and rather than add to a sense of security, they make pedestrians feel trapped and block downtown restaurants and shops from potential customers. Kim Wilmath at the daycare right next to the convention.

Mostly peaceful protests to this point. Maybe it's the heat. The police canceled its regular late afternoon briefing Tuesday because there was nothing to report.

Jodie Tillman on discourse at the Forum: "Why is Maine's delegation being blocked?" ... Suddenly, in the hallway, near the ketchup and mustard pumps, a counterprotest broke out: "Romney! Romney!" chanted a group of about 10 other Republicans, who faded after a couple of minutes. John Romano: Sometimes you fight.

Eric Deggans at the Daily Show: ... you'd hardly know a Republican convention was under way just a mile or so down the road, as Stewart's fans roared over bits criticizing Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate rape" and conservative complaints about media coverage of hurricanes during the RNC. They cheered as Stewart challenged Rubio on the idea that the Obama administration created much of the partisan rancor in government. Bill O'Reilly arrives today.

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