Welcome to night 3 at the RNC. We'll be liveblogging the speakers and giving you the highlights as the night goes on. Tonight, Mitt Romney will accept the GOP nomination and introduce himself to many voters for the first time. Expect a bio-heavy night on Romney as well as speeches filled with his vision for the next 4 years. Also, don't forget to check out the rundown of Mitt Romney's experience at Bain Capital, which will certainly be a major topic tonight.
10:30PM - Mitt Romney takes the stage at the GOP convention and accepts the presidential nomination. After Rubio delivers a powerful speech, it wasn't clear if Romney could match his opening act's performance. He did. "Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who's living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity... Every new college graduate thought they'd have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future... Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, "I'm an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!"
"Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama? You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him... That is why every president since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction: "you are better off today than you were four years ago. Except Jimmy Carter. And except this president."
"President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family."
10:15PM - Marco Rubio shows why he was the top choice among conservatives to be Mitt Romney's running-mate. (Oh, and his former GOP competitor, Charlie Crist, will speak at the Democrat convention.) Rubio's speech was excellent, and Romney has to follow one of the most exciting 1-2 punches is GOP convention history.
10:00PM - Clint Eastwood comes out and ad-libs a bizarrely awesome routine in which he he talks to "imaginary Obama" sitting on a chair, lets him know that it's time to go, and lets the crowd yell "make my day" before wrapping up. Needless to say, it was definitely a first at a political nominating convention
9:45PM - A number of former Olympians take the stage and tell some stories of their time with Mitt Romney. Romney, who worked for 3 years without a salary, turned around the 2002 Winter Olympics. While Romney might not have all of Hollywood behind him, he does have his share of support from the celebrity world. Word has it, Clint Eastwood will be a featured primetime speaker before US Senator's Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney give their speeches.
9:00PM - Hour one of primetime on night 3 was clearly the most powerful one yet. Fellow church members took to the stage to talk about Romney's commitment to community and church. Some of the stories were heartbreaking, some were funny. But for the first time the character of Mitt Romney is being defined by something other than campaign ads.
8:00PM - Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, kicks off the night. He tells President Obama that at some point, he has to stop blaming his brother and accept responsibility for what he has failed to accomplish. However, most of his speech is dedicated to school choice and saying it's time to stop favoring teachers unions at the expense of students. He also introduces a student who graduated under a school choice program in Florida and spoke to the benefits he received from having the opportunity to escape a failing school.