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Local experts weigh in on RNC speeches

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to accept his nomination Thursday evening at the National Convention in Tampa. Still many are talking about the key note address New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie gave Tuesday night.

For it was a first for them to give speeches at a National Party Convention. As for whether or not either gained any votes for republicans, that is still to be determined, but both are catching headlines, good and bad, for their debut performances.

Romney is mostly catching praise for a speech which was supposed to highlight her husband's softer side, from the reputation of a serious businessman.

"She certainly fulfilled her mission," said Sherri Greenberg, Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at U.T. Austin.

When it comes to Christie's keynote address, he is catching more controversy. Christie did not mention Romney by name until 16 minutes into his speech. Some speculate he could be trying to make a name for himself if Romney loses in November.

"I've written a lot of political speeches and that is one I would write if I were trying to set somebody up for a future run," said Harold Cook, a democratic strategist.

Still Jonathan Saenz, with Liberty Institute, says he believes says both speakers simply trying introduce themselves to the national stage, while still campaigning for Romney.

"These are politicians, but they're also people and people want to get to know them. And I think that's what those two speeches were about. You got to know a lot about Ann Romney and you got to know a lot about Chris Christie from a personal level that I think a lot of people do appreciate," said Saenz.

Thursday night we will carry GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's speech in its entirety. He is expected to start speaking close to 9 p.m.

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