Tuesday afternoon, as the first session of the delayed Republican National Convention was unfolding on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, House Speaker John Boehner made a bold assertion to Ohio reporters.
"You've all heard people talking about elections in the past being the most important election in their lifetimes,'' Boehner said, with Sen. Rob Portman of Terrace Park sitting at his side.
"They're wrong,'' the speaker from West Chester said. "This is the most important election in our lifetimes."
Ohio senator Rob Portman will play the role of President Obama in Mitt Romney's preparations for the presidential debates, CNN reported.
Portman has done this before many times for GOP presidential and vice presidential candidates.
He's played Joe Lieberman and John Edwards for Dick Cheney in 2000 and 2004; and Al Gore and John Kerry for George W. Bush in the same years. He also played Hillary Clinton for New York State's Rick Lazio in his unsuccessful run for the Senate against Clinton, who is now secretary of state.
House Speaker John Boehner of West Chester - who is general chairman of the Republican National Convention in Tampa - is scheduled to make a speech to the delegates at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 7 p.m. tonight.
Howard Wilkinson will join Mark Heyne each afternoon this week to talk about what's happening at the Republican National Convention. Today, reaction from supporters of Rob Portman about not being tapped for VP, and Ohio delegates hear from Newt Gingrich: