Whatever the impact of Romney’s words, his acceptance speech marked another milestone: He is now free to start spending the tens of millions he has raised for the general election. He is expected to use much of the money in perhaps 10 swing states where the campaign is likely to be decided. After leaving Florida Friday, he plans stops in Virginia and Ohio, then a return to Florida on Saturday.
There have been plenty of distractions this week — Hurricane Isaac, the insurgency of Ron Paul supporters, the Republicans’ adoption of a rigidly conservative platform. But Romney pushed past all that Thursday, reaching the podium to say the words he’s long wanted to say: “I accept your nomination for president of the United States.”
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