Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan To Address RNC 2012 In Tampa Night After Powerful Speeches By Ann Romney, NJ Gov Chris Christie

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Wednesday night is Paul Ryan's big night at the Republican National Convention. But Tuesday, it was all about Ann Romney and the keynote speaker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. His job was to rally the base, unify the GOP, and go after President Obama.

"Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the torrent of debt that is compromising our future and burying our economy. Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the debacle of putting the world's greatest health care system in the hands of federal bureaucrats and putting those bureaucrats between an American citizen and her doctor," said Gov. Christie.

Governor Christie took the stage with a fist pump and told delegates that it's time to make the tough decisions to make America great again. He delivered a sharply-worded critique of President Obama's party and his policies, uet he never once said the President's name.

But Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell did. He said states with Republican governors are faring better than states with Democratic ones and he used the state of Virginia as an example.

Gov. McDonnell told the crowd, "While the president talks, Republican governors lead. Talk is cheap. Results matter. Conservative fiscal policies are working, and so are more Americans in states with Republican governors."

By far, the most buzzed about speaker on Tuesday night was Ann Romney and she will be a tough act to follow. She had two big goals going into her speech: she needed to rally women voters around the Republican ticket and she needed to help humanize her husband and their marriage, make them seem more in touch with the average American.

"I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a 'storybook marriage.' Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer," said Ann Romney.

She also told the crowd, "It's the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right. It's the moms of this nation -- single, married, widowed -- who really hold this country together. We're the mothers, we're the wives, we're the grandmothers, we're the big sisters, we're the little sisters, we're the daughters. I love you women!"

Mitt Romney's only appearance on stage was right after his wife's speech. He walked on stage to the Temptations song "My Girl" and gave her a kiss. It's something that's done at every convention, but it was an especially important gesture at this convention because, again, Mitt Romney needs women voters. It's one of his great weaknesses and Ann Romney made sure to target them in her speech.

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