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Romney to be officially nominated tonight at RNC

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 01:22 AM

After a day's delay, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney is set officially to be named the Republican presidential candidate tonight.

The roll call of states, the centerpiece of the Republican National Convention, was to begin Monday night, but the convention's first day of business was canceled due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The Republican presidential candidate will fly from Boston to Florida on the same day his wife Ann is scheduled to deliver her speech to the national convention, his campaign said Monday night. Today is the convention's first full day of business.

It has been fairly common for would-be nominees to pop in early on their conventions.

There has been speculation that Romney will visit the convention hall, but the campaign would confirm only that he was flying to town in time for her speech.

He has been expected to address the American Legion, meeting in Indianapolis, on Wednesday. It was not clear if he would spend tonight in Tampa.

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 is scheduled to accept the Republican presidential nomination Thursday.

TODAY'S DOWNTOWN EVENTS

Rock the Vote Celebration: DJ/producer Steve Aoki, who recently released his solo album "Wonderland," spins his talents in support of voter registration during the Republican National Convention; 6 p.m. Tuesday; Amphitheatre, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa; R.S.V.P at rockthevote.tumblr.com/rsvp

"Hunger Hits Home" screening: The Impact Film Festival screens the Food Network documentary about the crisis of childhood hunger; film narrator, actor Jeff Bridges, will participate in a panel discussion following the screening; 12:30 p.m. Tuesday; free; Channelside Cinemas, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa; R.S.V.P. at www.eventfarm.com/

"The Daily Show" taping: Tickets are long gone for the Comedy Central fake news program’s visit to Tampa for the RNC, but you might see host Jon Stewart or his guests walk into the venue; 6 p.m. taping (get there early); The Straz Center, 1010 MacInnes Place, Tampa.

Wonkette Drinky Thing and Meetup: Sponsored by Wonkette, organizers say, "We might let some Republicans into our Wonkette Drinky thing, but only if they are shirtless"; 6 p.m.(ish); free; MacDinton’s, 405 S. Howard Ave., Tampa

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