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Politics

Words warm, combative as GOP nominates Romney

Speakers put a focus on state of the country

TAMPA — Mitt Romney arrived here from Massachusetts on Tuesday and was formally nominated the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, kicking off the GOP convention even as it competed with Hurricane Isaac for the nation’s attention.

Ann Romney — the nominee’s wife and most important political adviser — electrified the crowd with a 20-minute speech that mixed feisty rhetoric about the state of the country with a far softer image of her husband, who has struggled throughout his political career to connect emotionally with voters.

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