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Postcard from Tampa: People-watching at the convention

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  • Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin points out the balloons with his wife Janna to their children, from left, Charlie, Sam and Liza at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

      Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin points out the balloons with his wife Janna to their children, from left, Charlie, Sam and Liza at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
    Associated Press

  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets family support at a rally with sons Tagg, from left, and Craig and wife Ann.

      Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets family support at a rally with sons Tagg, from left, and Craig and wife Ann.
    Associated Press/January 2012

  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets family support at a rally with sons Tagg, from left, and Craig and wife Ann.

      Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets family support at a rally with sons Tagg, from left, and Craig and wife Ann.
    Associated Press/January 2012

 
By Kerry Lester

Hi, everybody,

The Republican National Convention wrapped up Thursday here in Tampa, and I can definitely say delegates left tired but energized.

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The scene on the convention floor Thursday night was crowded, hot and electric. Delegates pressed shoulder-to-shoulder to get the best views, and security was tight. Actor Clint Eastwood was no more than 25 feet away from me.

I've had a great time people-watching this week, like catching Mitt and Ann's oldest son, Tagg, chatting with Paul Ryan's wife, Jana, and the Ryan's three young children, or spotting Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton, wife Elizabeth and sons A.J. and Steven sitting with the Illinois delegation. Elizabeth tells me the boys got to miss high school for a few days, but she cleared it with their government teachers.

Can't believe this trip is over!

Best, Kerry Lester

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