New York Delegates Excited at RNC
TAMPA, FL (WENY) -- Today, the New York delegation at the Republican Convention was treated to a special event at the spring training home of the New York Yankees.
Today's session began at 2:00 - a little earlier than as originally scheduled in order to accommodate procedures and speakers that were bumped Monday after that session was postponed due to the threat of Isaac.
"We walked in, and the first thing I saw when we got here was Bucky Dent. I got an autograph and a picture. It was a big thrill. I'm a big fan of his," said New York Delegate Guest Jeff Cleary of Saratoga, who's also a big Yankees fan.
He jumped on the opportunity to visit Steinbrenner Stadium - the spring training home of the Bronx Bombers. Cleary, and other members of the New York and Connecticut delegations, even got to hit a few balls at home plate.
"I haven't batted a ball in over 40 years, but I'm going to do it!" joked Shirley Davis, a New York Delegate guest.
She says the election, and what the New York delegation came to Tampa to do isn't far from her mind. She says Republicans will be united behind Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the roll call vote tonight.
"We're going to fix this nation, and I have all the faith and confidence that this businessman with high integrity can do it," Davis said.
"I'm certainly looking forward to Mitt Romney's speech. It's really going to send us off for the rest of the campaign charged up," said Cleary.
The delegates held their roll call vote early this evening, officially nominating Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as the GOP ticket to challenge Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Tonight, they're in store for an all-star cast of speakers including former presidential rival Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney's wife Ann, and the keynote speaker - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.