TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — This is the night Mitt Romney takes center stage at the Republican National Convention, and there are already some hints as to what he'll say when he accepts the party's nomination.
With millions watching, Romney intends to use his speech to introduce himself to a large portion of voters and claw for advantage in a race that could scarcely be any closer.
Hinting at the themes in a morning fundraising appeal emailed to supporters, Romney says, "we believe in America, even though the last four years have been full of difficulties and disappointments, doubt and despair."
Romney adds, "we believe in America, even though President Obama's failed policies have left us with record high unemployment, lower take-home pay, and the weakest economy since the Great Depression."
Romney also appears prepared to discuss his Mormon faith in more direct terms than usual.
Republican officials say tonight's speakers will include members of the Mormon church, some of Romney's former business associates, including Staples president Tom Stemberg, and past Olympic athletes.
031-c-22-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)-"back on track"-AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports Mitt Romney is poised to accept the GOP nomination. (30 Aug 2012)
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030-w-34-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate)--Mitt Romney is front and center at the GOP convention tonight. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (30 Aug 2012)
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APPHOTO RNC749: Texas delegate Patrick O'Daniel from Austin fashions a fighting doll of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on his hand during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (29 Aug 2012)
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APPHOTO FLEV204: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watches the Republican National Convention with his grandchildren from his hotel room on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (29 Aug 2012)
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APPHOTO WX104: FILE - In this April 13, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis. Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns in a defiant response to criticisms that followed mass shootings at a Colorado cinema and an Arizona congresswoman's gathering. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File) (13 Apr 2012)
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