Live updates from the first night of convention speeches at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.
UPDATE: Enter New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Video Montage & Speech
So Gov. Christie says it’s about respect not love. Ann Romney said it’s all about love. SO CONFUSED.
UPDATE: Ann Romney Speaks
Best line: “Mitt doesn’t like to talk about how he’s helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point.”
Ann Romney takes the stage in a red dress. “I want to talk to you tonight about that one thing that unites us…tonight, I want to talk to you about love.”
7:01pm PST/10:01pm EST
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaking now. Champions Voter ID laws and receives standing ovation.
UPDATE: Top Tweets on Rick Santorum’s Speech
6:35pm PST/9:35 EST
Santorum: I thank God America still has one party that reaches out their hands to lift up all of God's children, born and unborn. #GOP2012
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) August 29, 2012
Santorum, shorter: "Hands hands hands hands hands hands hands. Also vote Republican in November."
— Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) August 29, 2012
Santorum says Obama "waived the work requirement for welfare". This is a lie – spoken by runner-up and devout Catholic http://t.co/RfAzBJBo
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) August 29, 2012
The implicit definition of "freedom" in Santorum's speech is really weird. freedom is not getting the unemployment insurance you paid for?
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 29, 2012
Hope you caught Santorum's math. If you're not married there is 38 times a 2% chance of being in poverty: so 76% of singles are in poverty..
— Zach Green (@140elect) August 29, 2012
RT @jesseltaylor: "In 1923, there were no government benefits for immigrants, and look where we were 10 years later."
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) August 29, 2012
6:00pm PST/9:00 EST
Schedule for tonight:
9:00 p.m. (EST)
Remarks by Governor Brian Sandoval
Remarks by Rick Santorum
Remarks by Senate Republican Candidate Ted Cruz
Remarks by Artur Davis
Remarks by Governor Nikki Haley
10:00 p.m. (EST)
Remarks by Mrs. Luce Vela Fortuño
Remarks by Mrs. Ann Romney
Remarks by Governor Chris Christie
Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez