U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, are on the stage for the final night of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Mack, who is challenging longtime U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, for the U.S. Senate, gives the night's first remarks, shortly after the national anthem and invocation.
Rubio gets a more key spot on the national stage, introducing Mitt Romney as soon as the former Massachusetts governor is nominated for president.
The GOP will highlight its optimistic outlook for the country on its closing night, with a "We Believe in America" theme.
"Thursday's program will focus the national spotlight on the many reasons Governor Mitt Romney is uniquely suited to lead us through the challenges our nation faces during this difficult time," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus stated in a release.
"Millions of Americans know Mitt Romney as a public man who helped build nationally-known businesses like Staples and Sports Authority, balanced the budget in Massachusetts without tax hikes and rescued the scandal-ridden 2002 Winter Olympics."
The Thursday, Aug. 30 schedule
Call to order
Introduction of Colors
Pledge of Allegiance
Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack
Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey
Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts secretary of Workforce
Remarks by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio
Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned.
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