Mitt Romney's big night at the RNC

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August 30, 2012, 6:23 pm
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(NECN: Alison King, Tampa, Fla.) - The main event is underway for Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, where Mitt Romney will formally accept his party's nomination.

Romney has spent much of his day working on his speech in his hotel room, according to senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom. Fehrnstrom says this is a proud moment for the people of Massachusetts as they watch "their favorite son to claim the nomination for the presidency."

Fehrnstrom also talked about what voters will take from Romney's speech.

"He will talk about his vision for a better future for America, he'll talk about the failures of the Obama administration to address the number one issue in the minds of voters, which is jobs and the economy, and thirdly, he'll talk a little about himself," said Fehrnstrom. "In Massachusetts, we're familiar with the Romney story, but for Americans around the country, they'll be learning it for the first time."

But Mass. Democrats are pushing back on that message, offering up a spokesperson each day in Tampa to offer what they call a reality check on the Romney record.

"He came in and he said that he'd balance the budget and did all these these - well, he's required in Massachusetts to balance the budget by law, first of all. Secondly, he said he would never raise taxes. Well, he used another word called 'fees' - he raised $750 million of new fees," said John Barrett, former mayor of North Adams, Mass.

Those words are being largely muffled out by the enthusiastic endorsements of the hometown crowd.

"Gov. Romney is not running for American Idol, he's running for President of the United States of America. We are in deep doo-doo," said N.H. delegate Jackie Eastwood.

NECN also got to speak with Mass. Sen. Scott Brown one-on-one at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, which was Brown's first day at the event. Brown flew in to hear Romney's speech, and says between work and the campaign trail, he was not able to attend anything else at the RNC.

However, his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren says Sen. Brown is not spending time at the RNC so as to distance himself from the Republicans.

"There is only so many days in the year, and I'm a dad, I'm a husband, I'm a soldier, I'm a Senator and I'm running for reelection, and I have a military obligation obviously and so I went down and did my service and I'm here now," said Brown. "I'm very proud to be here, as you know, to have someone from Massachusetts, be they Democrat or Republican, be able to accept the nomination to run for the presidency of the United States. It's a big deal."

Alison King has more on the story.

Tags: florida, Scott Brown, Mitt Romney, Alison King, Tampa, Election 2012, delegates, Republican National Convention, Eric Fehrnstrom
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