Ohio has "the most important delegation from the most important state in the most important country in the world,'' Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary to President George W. Bush told the Ohio delegation Monday morning.
"You have a profoundly important job to do, and, boy, do you know how to do it,'' Fleischer told the delegates at their morning breakfast in Tampa. "You need to deliver Ohio for Mitt Romney."
The Ohio delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa was to have heard from Mitt Romney's son, Craig this morning, but the middle child of Romney's five sons, Josh is now going to take his place.
Josh is rumored to have his own political ambitions.
With the convention sessions canceled today because of weather conditions, most delegates will be stuck at the hotel; and, at 12:45, they will get an extra treat - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who ran for the GOP nomination and lost, will visit the Ohio delegates.
With Tropical Storm Isaac about to pass by Tampa Bay in the Gulf of Mexico Monday, Ohio's delegation to the Republican National Convention streamed into a resort hotel on the north side of Tampa Sunday, and had barely unpacked their bags before the partying began.
A half dozen buses lined up outside the Mainsail Suites and Conference Center - home to the Ohio delegation this week - to take them across Tampa Bay to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg for "The Welcome Event," a three-hour extravaganza of music and entertainment meant to kick off the party convention.