Taking the primetime stage during the first night of the three-day Republican National Convention Tuesday was Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
"I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us … Tonight I want to talk to you about love," Ann Romney said. "I want to talk to you about the deep and abiding love I have for a man I met at a dance many years ago. And the profound love I have, and I know we share, for this country."
Later keeping with the love theme, Christie announced: "Tonight, we are going to do what my mother taught me. Tonight, we are going to choose respect over love."
Tuesday sealed the deal for Mitt Romney being the first Mormon to be nominated for president by either political party.
There was high energy amid the roughly 20,000 delegates and supporters at the Tampa Bay Times Forum as they listened to four hours worth of speakers. Many speculate that Ann's speech was the most important when it comes to her husband's bid for the nation's top elected post.
Romney, a 65-year old former governor of Massachusetts, is trailing President Obama among women voters, especially in critical swing states like Ohio and Virginia. Romney also is not personally popular, even if more voters trust him on key issues like the economy and jobs.
"It's the moms of this nation—single, married, widowed—who really hold this country together," Ann Romney said. "We're the mothers, we're the wives, we're the grandmothers, we're the big sisters, we're the little sisters, and we are the daughters."
On Wednesday night, Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, will give the prime time speech, and on Thursday, Romney will end the convention.