Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney watches as the balloons drop during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, after he formally accepted his party’s nomination for the presidency of the United States.
The nominee, who said he understands voters “need to know more about me” to make their choice in November, shared some personal experiences and perspectives.
The traditional culmination of a U.S. national political convention is the acceptance speech by the presidential nominee. For decades, that speech has been followed by a balloon drop, and 2012 was no exception as 120,000 balloons and 225 kilograms of confetti rained down on the convention floor Thursday evening.
The tightly choreographed drop was planned and executed by Treb Heining, whose experience in balloon extravaganzas includes many national political conventions as well as 18 Super Bowls (the American professional football championship) and the 1984 Olympics.