Day 2: It's Ladies' Night on the RNC Floor (Plus: Jon Voight)

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Game on: The delegates are on the floor for the first time this week. It's finally really happening. Watch for today's roll call: Romney adviser Russ Shriefer confirmed this morning that he believes the tipping point will come in a state that begins with "N" -- interesting news. Twenty-two of Nevada's 28 delegates support Ron Paul, and they've been said to still be planning to name Paul as their candidate. Plus, there's still the possibility of a floor fight. Exciting times, I tell you.


Tonight's unofficially Ladies' Night at the Republican National Convention -- alas, that doesn't mean 2-for-1 margaritas. It does mean a lot of women politicians on the lineup, mostly speaking to today's official "We Built It" theme, focusing on entrepreneurism and the economy.

Sharon Day (Harry E. Walker/mct/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.COM)

Here's the list of today's notable women speakers (with some entertainment -- oh hi, Oak Ridge Boys! -- reports, videos, and committee work peppered in between. We'll be tweeting tidbits from their speeches (follow @bloghernews, @honeybeast, @bklynstacy, @erica_holloway, and @kathryn_finney) and posting a wrapup tonight, along with some interviews.

  • Sharon Day, Co-Chair, Republican National Committee
  • Rae Lynne Chornenky, President, National Federation of Republican Women
  • Lisa Stickan, Chairman, Young Republicans
  • The Hon. Mia Love (UT), Mayor of Saratoga Springs
  • Actress Janine Turner
  • Sher Valenzuela
  • The Hon. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA), U.S. Representative
  • The Hon. Kelly Ayotte (NH), U.S. Senator
  • The Hon. Mary Fallin (OK), Governor
  • Bev Gray
  • The Hon. Nikki Haley (SC), Governor
  • Mrs. Lucé Fortuño, First Lady of Puerto Rico
  • Mrs. Ann Romney

The media floor can get kind of random sometimes. Here's Jon Voight, who took time to schmooze the media with his own message about the economy.

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Overheard name fumblings in the media room:

  • Ron Paul for Paul Ryan
  • Paul Ryan for Ron Paul
  • Rand Paul for Ron Paul
  • Ayn Rand for Rand Paul
  • And our favorite, RuPaul for Ron Paul

Peacekeeping forces spied around the perimeter to date: Secret Service, Secret Service K-9, National Guard, Border Patrol, state troopers, county sheriffs; Tampa police; Tampa police HSI: Homeland Security Investigation.

Somebody turn that last one into a procedural drama, pronto.

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