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TAMPA, Fla. — Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee has planned a full week of events to excite the party and to stake Romney's claim at the presidency.
Delegates from around the country arrived in Tampa over the weekend to prepare for the week's events. However, with the threat of an imposing hurricane on the city of Tampa and the surrounding areas, Monday's events were cancelled as a precaution, giving delegates an extra day to prepare for the big week.
While Republicans waited for the convention to officially begin, delegates from the states of Arizona, Hawaii and Utah gathered together for a morning of service, making emergency hygiene kits for those affected by Hurricane Isaac. Although the delegates enjoyed the day of service, many were ready for the actual convention to get under way to officially nominate Mitt Romney.
"The fact that we didn't convene the convention yesterday will help build anticipation for today, for the real beginning of the proceedings," Sen. Mike Lee said. "And I think there will be a lot of excitement and enthusiasm going into this convention."
Members of the Utah delegation are looking forward to the prime time speech that will be delivered by 4th Congressional District candidate Mia Love. Many see Tuesday's remarks as a springboard to a long career in politics.
Mia likes a challenge and she's really passionate about this. She's really passionate about her message and the campaign.
If elected in November, Love would become the first black Republican woman in Congress, which has granted her a lot of high-profile attention. Prior to the convention, both U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. John McCain held fundraising events in Utah.
"Mia likes a challenge and she's really passionate about this," said her husband Jason Love. "She's really passionate about her message and the campaign."
While the pressure of delivering a speech before a national audience can sometimes be a daunting task, her husband said she's ready for the challenge.
"She has worked hard to prepare for it. Certainly there's an element of nervousness, but with the proper preparation and the passion behind it, I think a lot of that dwindles," he said. "I think for her, the level of her preparedness gives her some confidence. In this environment she's going to be prepared to give a speech as a message she knows and believes in."
Although Love is a big draw for many Utah delegates, Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright said he is looking forward to the remarks made by Ann Romney.
"I really appreciate her and her perspective. I love how authentic she is. I think she has a lot to offer and I think she's just an amazing person," Wright said. "I think she's probably going to give one of the best speeches of the convention today. She's not reading a teleprompter, she's giving a speech that comes from her heart. And I just can't tell you how impressed I am with her and how she motivates me personally."
Matt Romney, the second son of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, gave a little insight into his mother's remarks, telling reporters after Utah's delegation breakfast that he doesn't know what she will say, but that she has put a lot of effort into it.
"I don't know what she's going to talk about. It's always a surprise for us," Romney said. "She's very natural and loose up there. Tonight, I think it will be a different opportunity because it's prepared remarks, but I think she put a lot of time and energy into it and into making sure it's her voice. She really put her stamp on it."
Efforts were made Tuesday to discredit Love on the day of her big speech when the House Majority PAC released a new ad describing Love's "Resume." The ad asks voters to review her resume, which shows increased spending and raising of property taxes.