Mia Love speech at Republican National Convention 'pitch perfect' on national stage
"No, no, no. I just kind of did my thing," she said. "I didn't want to speak through anything and wanted it to kind of sink in."
University of Iowa political science professor Tim Hagle said Love's speech may well raise her national profile.
"Pretty powerful stuff," he said, especially compared to the other candidates who spoke earlier, on what was the first full day of convention activity.
"I thought she did very well in terms of her delivery," Hagle said. "There were certainly more delegates in the hall during her speech, but she clearly got their attention — something that's often hard to do in such settings."
Hagle said it's no surprise the GOP would like to have her become a spokeswoman for party issues "as an attractive and articulate black woman."
NBC Senior Political Editor Mark Murray said Love is getting lots of attention already from the party.
"You usually don't see this type of build up," Murray said. "Rarely have we seen somebody who's running fora House seat get this attention at a Republican National Convention, and this time and time slot."
Murray also said Love is on her way to becoming known nationally.
"Mia Love will be one of the names that they'll remember," he said. "Then again, she does have a tough race going on."
Utah delegate Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said a lot of people know who Love is after her speech.
"I hope her website is ready to get a lot of donations. They'll probably be coming in fast and furious," Jowers said, adding that she understands there's still a lot of work ahead.
"I've talked to her and she's very grounded on what this means," Jowers said. "She knows she hasn't won anything yet."
Even before Love's speech, her campaign reportedly had turned down more than 100 requests for interviews from out-of-state media, including CNN's Wolf Blitzer and ABC's Barbara Walters. The New York Times turned up at the delegation's breakfast gatherings the past two days.
Love is expected to spend much of Wednesday doing national media interviews and return to Utah on Thursday, in time to watch Romney's acceptance speech at her West Jordan campaign headquarters at a party catered by Hires Big H.
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