J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press
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THE WORD: 'MORMON'
Mitt Romney rarely uses the word Mormon. Instead, he talks about "my faith" or uses similar phrases to describe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
But in his acceptance speech delivered at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, the Republican nominee for president used the word outright. And in the process, he also directly addressed the question of whether some Americans — those unfamiliar with Mormonism — might find his faith unusual or unfamiliar.
"We were Mormons, and growing up in Michigan that might have seemed unusual or out of place," the candidate said. "But I really don't remember it that way. My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to."
— Sally Buzbee
HEAL FAMILIES, NOT OCEANS
Mitt Romney got a few laughs and a lot of applause when he made fun of President Barack Obama's efforts to address climate change.
"President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet," Romney said. "My promise is to help you and your family."
— Stephen Ohlemacher — Twitter http://twitter.com/stephenatap
NEXT PAGE, PLEASE
"Today the time has come to turn the page." — newly minted GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an acceptance speech in which he repeatedly referred to Barack Obama not by name but as "this president."
— Ted Anthony — Twitter http://twitter.com/anthonyted
As Mitt Romney entered his convention hall through a side door, walking through the crowds on the floor, a group of several workers rushed to the stage to move the podium forward onto the stage, closer to the crowd.
Most of the night's speakers spoke at the podium back on the main part of the stage. But Romney's podium was moved forward onto a part of the stage that jutted out into the crowd of delegates. The protruding part of the stage was built overnight — and it allows Romney to be photographed with delegates on three sides.
By the time Romney reached his convention stage, the workers were gone — and the podium in its new position.
— Sally Buzbee
A PILE OF KIDS
In a speech meant partly to showcase his personal side, Mitt Romney spoke wistfully of his days as a dad with five young sons — all grown now:
"Those weren't the easiest of days - too many long hours and weekends working, five young sons who seemed to have this need to re-enact a different world war every night.
"But if you ask Ann and I what we'd give, to break up just one more fight between the boys, or wake up in the morning and discover a pile of kids asleep in our room. Well, every mom and dad knows the answer to that."
— Thomas Beaumont — Twitter http://twitter.com/TomBeaumont
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