TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- This is the night Mitt Romney takes center stage at the Republican National Convention, and there are already some hints as to what he'll say when he accepts the party's nomination.
With millions watching, Romney intends to use his speech to introduce himself to a large portion of voters and claw for advantage in a race that could scarcely be any closer.
Hinting at the themes in a morning fundraising appeal emailed to supporters, Romney says, "we believe in America, even though the last four years have been full of difficulties and disappointments, doubt and despair."
Romney adds, "we believe in America, even though President Obama's failed policies have left us with record high unemployment, lower take-home pay, and the weakest economy since the Great Depression."
Romney also appears prepared to discuss his Mormon faith in more direct terms than usual.
Republican officials say tonight's speakers will include members of the Mormon church, some of Romney's former business associates, including Staples president Tom Stemberg, and past Olympic athletes.