When Hurricane Isaac — now a tropical depression — led Republicans to cancel the convention's first day, many questioned whether it would be smart to tone down the glitz and the glam for the remaining days.
Some even speculated that the GOP might move Mitt Romney's speech to a smaller venue, allowing him to accept his nomination without appearing to party with neighboring states still reeling.
There were no signs that anything was toned down.
Confetti and thousands of balloons rained down on delegates, while images of fireworks appeared behind Romney. Some delegates appeared to be wearing patriotic-themed costumes. Musical performances got the audience riled up.
Romney even mocked Obama for promising to "slow the rise of the oceans." The crowd ate it up.
Although Romney made no mention of Isaac, other speakers did, sending their thoughts and prayers to those suffering. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, in her speech, implored those watching to donate to the Red Cross.
— Josh Lederman — Twitter http://twitter.com/joshledermanAP
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