Updated 08/30/2012 07:46 AM
With nominations finished, Republican delegates focus on campaign
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They traveled to Florida from across the country to fulfill their role in nominating the Republican presidential candidate and move the party forward. Now that’s taken care of, what's next for the nation's Republican delegates?
On Tuesday, the Republican delegation officially nominated former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for president, and Wisconsin Senator Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate. The nomination came a day later than expected, following a schedule delay prompted by then-Tropical Storm Isaac.
"It was a long day,” Kelley Wolfe, delegate from Tennessee, said. "It's no big deal to know what the outcome is. You go see a movie knowing what's going to happen at the end of it. It's about the experience that you're after."
The delay that many said only made them more excited to get it all done, including voting on changes to the party platform.
By Wednesday, the focus had shifted to pure enthusiasm for the general election.
"We can go back home now and say ‘Look this is what the Republican Party stands for,’" Sheila Butt, a delegate from Tennessee, said.
And that’s just what they’ll attempt to do, spread the message of conservatism for those still undecided in their choice for president.
But this week, they’re celebrating.
“Here at the epicenter of Republican politics—Republican Woodstock as you call it— this week and be a part of that, the enthusiasm feeds off of itself,” Kelly said. "This is a party maybe, but we're looking at a lot of work."
Check out some photos from our crews at the RNC in the gallery below: