The GOP's presidential nominee-to-be wants to use his party in Florida to play up his life story following a summer filled with a barrage of TV ads that cast him as a ruthless and out-of-touch businessman. He'll surround himself with his five sons, five daughters-in-law and 15 of his 18 grandchildren. Romney's wife, Ann, will play her biggest role yet. A parade of athletes Romney met as an Olympic organizer, such as hockey legend Mike Eruzione, will be on hand. So will doting parishioners he helped as a lay pastor in the Mormon Church in Boston.
From the stagecraft to the speakers' roster, the agenda for the convention is carefully crafted toward one goal: introducing Romney to the country on his own terms while projecting him as the leader the country needs in tough economic times.
President Obama plans to campaign in three battleground states this week. The president will hold college-themed events in Ames, Iowa, and Fort Collins, Colo., on Tuesday. He then travels to Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday for a rally. Vice President Joe Biden is postponing his plans to visit Florida this week to ensure that all local emergency resources can stay focused on Tropical Storm Isaac.
Former President George W. Bush has spent much of the month with relatives at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Back in Dallas, the former president will mostly play golf, ride bicycles and dine with friends, but he won't be at the GOP convention.