Mitt Romney closed the 2012 Republican National Convention with a speech that touched on his life and religious beliefs, his time as Governor of Massachusetts and his vision for America.  But first, there was a formality that needed to be taken care of.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports from the RNC in Tampa:

Some might say Mitt Romney waited more than four years to speak these words to a stadium full of Republicans.

(Romney) "Mr. Chairman and delegates, I accept your nomination for President of the United States."

And the roar of the crowd was absolutely deafening as he made his entrance, not from behind the stage, but down an aisle, shaking hands.  His acceptance speech, focusing on themes like family and faith and leadership, was not interrupted despite efforts of some hecklers popping up around the Tampa Bay Times Forum at the start.

Standing ovations came when Romney said America doesn't apologize for its successes.

At the Republican National Convention, Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.

LISTEN to more from Mitt Romney's speech HERE:

As with the two nights leading up to Thursday's grand finale, Romney's headlining speech was preceded by a series of speakers and tributes, including a video honoring President Ronald Reagan.

WATCH the video tribute to President Ronald Reagan HERE:

Among the other speakers, one of the Sunshine State's former governors.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown has more on the night's earlier festivities from the RNC:

The crowd here at the Tampa Bay Times Forum got a heartfelt message from one of Florida's former governors - and George W. Bush's brother - Jeb Bush.  It was directed at President Obama.

(Bush) "Mr. President, it is time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies."

Other speakers include members of Romney's Mormon church, testifying to how the Romneys are pillars of their community, who tend to neighbors in need.

WATCH a time lapse of the stage changeover in preparation for Mitt Romney's speech, from the official RNC YouTube channel, HERE:

Democrats are responding on Friday to this week's Republican Convention.  Not surprisingly, the message is consistent: We're not impressed.

FOX News Radio's Steve Taylor has details from Washington:

A senior Obama campaign official says Mitt Romney's promise to create 12 million jobs isn't supported by any concrete details, and that the Obama Administration is already on track to create that many jobs by the end of this term.

The President himself hasn't reacted to Romney's speech, and may not today.  He's to visit soldiers at Fort Bliss, a trip the White House says is official, not political.

In Washington, Steve Taylor, FOX News Radio.

WATCH the speech from Newt & Callista Gingrich HERE:


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