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Republican convention: The best photos

Updated 2:11 PM ET, Fri September 7, 2012
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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers his acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday, August 30. See the best photos from the Democratic National Convention. Getty Images
Attendees celebrate as confetti and balloons drop after Romney's speech. Getty Images
Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan take the stage with their families at the end of the night. Getty Images
People bow their heads for the benediction to wrap up the GOP convention. Getty Images
Romney and Ryan wave to the audience after Romney's speech, which described a future of opportunity and promise for the nation. Getty Images
Romney greets supporters as he enters the arena Thursday. Getty Images
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio introduces Romney after his speech. Getty Images
Delegates wave signs on the final day of the RNC. AFP/Getty Images
Actor Clint Eastwood speaks as a surprise guest. Getty Images
Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, and son Josh sit in the VIP box. Getty Images
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks on stage. Getty Images
A man holds an American flag in the audience. Getty Images
Pam Finlayson speaks during the convention. Getty Images
Jane Edmonds, the former Massachusetts secretary of workforce, delivers remarks. Getty Images
Olympians and gold medalists Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode stand on stage at the convention. AFP/Getty Images
A woman clasps her hands during the program. Getty Images
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, speak during a tribute to former president Ronald Reagan on Thursday. Getty Images
Callista and Newt Gingrich take the stage during the final day of the Republican National Convention. Getty Images
Delegates listen to the national anthem at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
Texas Gov. Rick Perry applauds during the final day of the convention. Getty Images
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Florida, speaks on stage during the final day. Getty Images
Law enforcement officials work to free protesters with Earth First, who had connected themselves to each other in front of the Big Bend TECO Power Station in Apollo Beach, Florida. Substantially fewer protesters took to the downtown Tampa streets Thursday. Getty Images
GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. Getty Images
Paul Ryan's wife, Janna, is flanked by her sons Charlie, left, and Sam during Ryan's keynote address Wednesday night. AFP/Getty Images
A woman grasps her hands during speeches on the third day of the GOP convention. Getty Images
Paul Ryan and his wife and children exit the stage after the biggest speech of his political career. Getty Images
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday. She accused President Barack Obama of yielding the nation's leadership role in the world. Getty Images
George Engelbach, dressed as President Abraham Lincoln, attends the GOP convention. Getty Images
Mike Huckabee, a Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential primaries, backs his one-time rival Mitt Romney. Getty Images
A woman snaps an image with her iPhone during Wednesday night's events. Getty Images
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty takes the convention stage. Getty Images
Delegate Carlos Mendez of Puerto Rico watches Wednesday night's program. Getty Images
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez delivers remarks. Her speech emphasized her belief in the American Dream. Getty Images
Delegate Crystal Berg of Hartford, Wisconsin, cries while watching the George H.W. Bush tribute Wednesday night. Getty Images
Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, speaks to the audience. AFP/Getty Images
As Sen. John McCain speaks, some audience members display happy birthday posters. AFP/Getty Images
Sen. John McCain, who was a POW during the Vietnam War, addresses the crowd. AFP/Getty Images
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention. Getty Images
Col.Oscar Poole of Georgia puts his arm around Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Getty Images
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention. His father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, was one of the hopefuls for the 2012 nomination. Getty Images
Former President George W. Bush is shown on the giant screens at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
A woman gestures during the third day of the Republican National Convention. Getty Images
Rosemary Edwards of Austin, Texas, kisses the face of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Getty Images
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention. Getty Images
A woman holds a campaign sign. Getty Images
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio speaks at the podium. Getty Images
Delegates from Maine and supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul chant "As Maine goes, so goes the nation" after they staged a walkout at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
Paul Ryan speaks during a soundcheck Wednesday. Getty Images
Ryan waves with daughter, Liza Ryan, and sons, Charlie Ryan, right, and Sam Ryan from the stage during a soundcheck. Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney exits a vehicle before boarding his campaign plane. As the Republican National Convention continues, Romney will travel to Indianapolis to address the American Legion. Getty Images
Laura Bowman accepts Bradley Thompson's proposal on the stage. Thompson is a production manager and Bowman is a production coordinator for the convention. AFP/Getty Images
Arizona Sen. John McCain walks the floor. Getty Images
Bradley Thompson kneels down to propose to Laura Bowman, who accepted, on the stage. AFP/Getty Images
Journalists and media work the third day of the Republican National Convention. Getty Images
Ryan gives the thumbs-up during a sound check at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
Ann Romney, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife, greets a crowd of supporters on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
Mitt Romney joins his wife on stage shortly after she addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday, August 28. Bryan Monroe/CNN
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the keynote address to wrap up the first full night of the convention. Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sits between his wife, Ann, and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during Gov. Chris Christie's speech. Getty Images
Concluding the first night of speech, Chris Christie declared Republicans were willing to face the tough issues and find solutions that work. Getty Images
Delegates watch Gov. Chris Christie deliver the keynote address. Getty Images
A delegate snaps a photograph of Chris Christie just before his speech. Bryan Monroe/CNN
As the crowd cheers, Mitt Romney embraces his wife, Ann, on stage during the convention. Getty Images
An excerpt from Ann Romney's speech is displayed on a teleprompter Tuesday. She repeatedly referred to her first date with Mitt Romney in urging Americans to trust him to fix the nation's problems. Getty Images
A veteran claps during Ann Romney's speech. Getty Images
Ann Romney addresses the crowd in the biggest political speech of her life. She concluded by declaring "you can trust Mitt." Getty Images
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses the crowd Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
Leslie Jones of Virginia Beach, Virginia, wears a hat with tea bags attached. Getty Images
Ohio Gov. John Kasich waves as he takes the stage. Getty Images
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich walks the floor. Getty Images
American pop opera singer Neal E. Boyd performs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
American country and gospel vocal quartet Oak Ridge Boys perform. AFP/Getty Images
Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who is running for the U.S. Senate, speaks. Getty Images
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley waves on stage. Getty Images
Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis speaks. He changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican earlier this year. Getty Images
Delegates crowd the floor after the tallying of votes during the roll call for nomination of president of the United States at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
Delegates display signs in support of Mitt Romney after the tallying of votes during the roll call for nomination of president of the United States. AFP/Getty Images
Scott Romney, brother of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, cheers during the roll call. AFP/Getty Images
People cheer as the screen displays "Over The Top" during the roll call of delegates. Getty Images
Supporters flash posters supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
People hold signs that say "Mitt!" as U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks. Getty Images
Delegates from host state Florida face photographers and cameras as they pose for the official convention photograph. AFP/Getty Images
A delegate takes a picture of the floor at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
Ann Romney, Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's wife, stands onstage with stage manager Howard Kolins during a soundcheck. Getty Images
People from the Texas delegation say the Pledge of Allegiance. Getty Images
A delegate from Wisconsin sports a cheese hat at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
Ann Romney leans on a seat aboard the campaign plane en route to Tampa. Getty Images
Karl Rove, former deputychief of staff and senior policy adviser to President George W. Bush, talks on a phone at the convention hall. Getty Images
Republican candidate Ron Paul waves to supporters at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
A woman cheers during the second day of the Republican National Convention. Getty Images
A delegate checks out the convention floor before other delegates arrive at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
A convention attendee carries a bag with a Time magazine featuring Mitt Romney on the cover. AFP/Getty Images
A participant walks the convention floor before the start of proceedings Tuesday. Organizers pushed events back a day because of concerns about Isaac. Getty Images
The Republican National Convention officially began Monday, August 27, but the bulk of the action was delayed until Tuesday. Getty Images
A woman captures the goings-on with her phone before the start of the shortened first day of the Republican National Convention. Getty Images
The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, convenes the convention with a bang of a gavel. AFP/Getty Images
Priebus raises the gavel as he convenes the Republican National Convention. Getty Images
Lynne David walks behind a group of law enforcement officers as they patrol the streets before the convention. Getty Images
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walks through the convention center before the start of the abbreviated first day. Getty Images
Last-minute adjustments are made to the main stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on the abbreviated first day of the GOP convention. Getty Images
An elephant logo is featured on the side of a tent outside of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Getty Images
Two convention-goers wear plastic bags as shelter from the rain caused by Tropical Storm Isaac. Getty Images
A man reads a newspaper in the empty seats of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. AFP/Getty Images
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, left, stands at the podium with stage manager Howard Kolins before events begin Monday. Getty Images
Men wearing cowboy hats stand on the arena floor before the start of the abbreviated first day. Getty Images
Convention staff hang a Romney-Ryan sign at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Sunday, August 26, in preparation for the Republican National Convention. Getty Images
A tribute to NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died Saturday, August 25, is displayed at the GOP convention as preparations continue. Getty Images
Donald Trump, who accepted the Statesman of the Year Award from the Sarasota County Republican Party, answers questions in Sarasota, Florida. Getty Images
A microphone is in place at the front of the convention hall in Tampa. Bryan Monroe/CNN
Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks in the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Sunday. Getty Images
Activists hold signs mocking President Barack Obama at the Tea Party Unity Rally at The River at Tampa Bay Church. AFP/Getty Images
Police officers question protesters carrying an effigy of Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a demonstration in downtown Tampa. AFP/Getty Images
Rachel Bolch Thach tries to shelter herself from the rain in Tampa. Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to bring rain and wind to the area and has caused convention officials to delay the start of the convention until Tuesday. Getty Images