Posted 10:01 AM 8/28/2012 : RNC: Ready to Roll
(NBC NEWS) - The bands are rehearsing and programs are laid out in Tampa, waiting for hundreds of Republican delegates and the two candidates arriving today.
The state-by-state roll call votes for Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney happen later today, though the official nominations won't be made until Thursday.
The delegates, delayed by a day due to the weather, say they're ready for tonight's speeches.
"I expect to hear great passion and energy. I think we will go forward with a renewed sense of purpose," says Maryland delegate Andi Morony.
Ann Romney gets a prime-time spot tonight, part of the party's attempt to portray her husband as a candidate who understands the middle class.
Tonight's keynote speaker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, points out that Romney worked with mostly Democrats as governor of Massachusetts.
"He knows how to work across the aisle to get things done, but also stand for his principles. I think those are things that are both possible and we'll talk about that tonight," Christie says.
Romney speaks Thursday.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who was on the short list for vice president, will introduce him.
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