TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wave on stage after accepting the nomination during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Republican National Convention

Since 1856, the Republican National Convention (RNC) has been used as a platform to unify the Republican Party, clarify their goals and beliefs (the "party platform") and nominate the party's presidential candidate. Held every four years, the 2012 RNC took place in Tampa, Florida, where former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was selected as the official Republican presidential candidate.

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