Members of the New York delegation who were gathered in Tampa, Florida cheered on Mitt Romney Thursday night as he took the stage and rallied up support for a November win. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
They shook his hand and slapped his back when he walked in and cheered when he had a good zinger. Mitt Romney, according to new state's delegation, did well. Very well.
"He hit exactly the points he needed to hit. He laid out his vision, what's wrong with what we're doing right now. He humanized I think his whole persona by talking about why and how he got in here," said Former Long Island Congressman Rick Lazio.
"America will better understand after tonight who Mitt Romney is, what his inner core is," said State Senator Cathy Young.
The speech was often subdued, befitting the lean financial times and the need for Romney to flesh out an image as someone who understands ordinary struggles. But more than other delegations, New York sat much of the time. And then their candidate said something big.
"I'm running for president to help create a better future," Romney said. "A future where everyone who wants a job can find a job, where no senior fears for the security of retirement, an America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon. And unlike the president I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs."
"Our would-be president laid out the message. I think Paul Ryan set the table yesterday and we got the entire picture," said Queens City Councilman Dan Halloran.
And what about Clint Eastwood? The Twitterverse exploded with suggestions Dirty Harry's performance wasn't kind of unforgivable. No one said anything bad, on the record that is.
"The focus is jobs, it's not theatrics. The focus is a prescription for success and that's what Mitt Romney provided," said State Senator Michael Nozzolio.
While Romney now is on his way to stump in swing states, New Yorkers head back home hoping the next time they see this many Republicans in one spot is at the inauguration.