The world was watching Tampa as Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Nomination for the presidency, and few people had better seats than the Florida delegates when the balloons dropped, and the nomination became official.
"It's thrilling," said Florida delegate Peggy Simone.
The Florida delegation realizes they hosted history right here in Tampa.
"That's the moment. And this is a big moment for us in Florida," said delegate Carol Hurst.
It's more than a moment. It was a beginning.
"This is just the starting of the marathon and we see the finish line right ahead," Hardy said.
It's a race to the presidency fueled by the delegates. They are the chosen few with a seat on the convention floor.
"Wen you're down here it's like being on the fifty yard line and that's great," said Ray Valdes.
Having a seat on the floor as a delegate puts you about as close as you can be to the power position. There's no seat in the floor more than one hundred yards away from the podium.
"It feels like it's supposed to feel. I don't know how to explain this but it feels like yes, we know these people, we've seen them on television and there they are just a few feet from us and it's like ok this is the way it's supposed to be," said Martin Simmons.
The cheering, the chanting, the access, and there's dancing here too.
"The energy is exhilarating and we're meeting all these wonderful people from different states," said delegate Don Genhart.
It's all part of the political process. A convention is about more than selecting the nominee and listening to speeches.
"I couldn't even tell you the ones I could do without. I could tell you the ones that were outstanding," said delegate Peggy Simone.
That's what creates a community. The Republican core who sat so close and shared a role in American politics.
"Every day it's been a building towards the end," said delegate Ray Valdes.
All on the convention floor, in Tampa.
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