Romney to attend wife's convention speech tonight
TAMPA - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney will attend his wife's speech to the Republican National Convention tonight. Ann Romney confirmed her husband's plans while speaking to reporters this morning as the couple flew from Boston to Tampa. She says her husband initially wasn't scheduled to attend her prime-time speech, but that changes to the convention schedule made it possible. She said that "it's going to be fun for him to be there." The pair spent much of the weekend rehearsing their addresses together near their New Hampshire summer home.Romney is set officially to be named the candidate tonight. Rep. Paul Ryan also arrived today to accept the vice presidential nomination. Ryan and several members of his family - including his wife, children, brother and mother - landed midday. The roll call of states, the centerpiece of the RNC, was to begin Monday night, but the convention's first day of business was canceled due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac.It has been fairly common for would-be nominees to pop in early on their conventions. On Monday, the party released a new official Order of Business, a document informing delegates of the business that will be addressed during the convention. The document shows the Romney nominating speeches will be made by former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, Barbara Comstock, deputy permanent co-chair of the convention and member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and Ron Kaufman, a campaign adviser. After the roll call, vice presidential candidate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's nominating speech will be made by Steve King, the state's national committeeman. His nomination is then expected to be approved by the convention. Today's business will officially begin at 2 p.m. when Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus calls the convention to order. Among today's scheduled speakers: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn; Al Austin, chairman of the Tampa Host Committee; House Speaker John Boehner; Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bob McDonnell of Virginia, and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Using the theme "We Built It," the speakers will highlight "America's entrepreneurial strength and our people's incomparable work ethic," Convention CEO William Harris said. Ryan is to address the convention Wednesday night, and Romney's acceptance speech will be the highlight of the event's final night on Thursday. Romney delivers his convention speech Thursday night.