2012 Republican National Convention
2012 Presidential Election
Official portrait of John McCain (2009) Tim Pawlenty official portrait (SIADD)
Presumptive nominees McCain and Pawlenty
Date(s) September 4th-6th, 2012
City Tampa, Florida
Venue Tampa Bay Times Forum
Keynote Speaker Marco Rubio
Notable Speakers Tim Pawlenty
Charlie Crist
Cindy McCain
Kelly Ayotte
Lindsey Graham
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Mitt Romney
Marco Rubio
Presidential Nominee President John McCain (AZ)
Vice Presidential Nominee Vice President Tim Pawlenty (MN)
Total Delegates 2,286
Votes Needed for Nomination 1,144 (absolute majority)
Results (President) 2,230 (98%)
Results (Vice President) 100%
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Host Committee

On August 14, 2009, the Republican National Committee named a 13-person Site Selection Committee to start the process of selecting a host city for the 2012 convention.

News reports in early 2010 indicated that Tampa as well as Salt Lake City, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona, had been selected as finalist candidates for the convention site. The decision was announced on May 12, 2010, when Tampa was selected as the host city.

The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee was the official and federally designated Presidential Convention host committee for the 2012 Republican National Convention. The Host Committee is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to fund, manage and implement various functions in connection with the 2012 RNC Convention. The Host Committee was charged with raising $55,000,000 to pay for nearly all aspects of the Convention. The Host Committee was composed of prominent Florida business executives, civic leaders and other community leaders. The Host Committee is chaired by Al Austin and Ken Jones serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer.

The convention

Objectives and themes

The intent of the convention is to educate delegates, attendees, and the public about the party's platform and to nominate a candidate. The convention theme was "Road to Recovery". Each day also has its own theme: Tuesday's has "We're Getting There"; Wednesday's was "Country First"; and Thursday's was "We Believe in America."

In addition to these daily themes, the RNC announced that it would present a series of informative policy workshops to be hosted by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. These policy workshops were designed to "examine the convention’s daily themes in greater detail and give delegates an opportunity to dive deeper into those issues."

The convention lasts from September 4 to September 6, 2012. According to the convention website, it will host 2,286 delegates, 2,125 alternates, and 15,000 credentialed members of the media. The convention CEO is William D. Harris.

Former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney announced that they would not attend the convention.


A committee, chaired by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, met in Tampa to draft a party platform. On August 28, 2012, the committee released a 60-page document for approval at the convention. Policies include:

  • A Constitutional Amendment banning abortion, with exceptions for rape or incest.
  • For Medicare: increase the age of eligibility and a shift to a defined contribution plan in which the government pays a fixed amount rather than cover an individual's costs.
  • Increased transparency of the Federal Reserve via audits and investigating the viability of returning to a fixed value currency.
  • Promoting energy independence, with focus on both natural resources like oil, gas and coal, nuclear energy as well as climate friendly sources like wind and solar energy.


Republican National Convention presidential vote, 2012
Candidate Votes Percentage
Republicanlogo John McCain 2,230 98.00%
Ron Paul 51 2.00%
Abstentions 5 0.00%
Totals 2,286 100.00%


Tuesday, September 4

  • John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
  • Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
  • Mia Love, Mayor of Saratoga Springs, UT and Republican candidate in Utah's 4th congressional district.
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers, United States Representative for Washington's 5th congressional district.
  • Kelly Ayotte, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, accompanied by Jack Gilchrist, owner of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating.
  • John Kasich, Governor of Ohio.
  • Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma.
  • Bob McDonnell, Governor of Virginia, accompanied by Bev Gray.
  • Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida.
  • Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada.
  • Sher Valenzuela, candidate for Lt. Governor of Delaware.
  • Ted Cruz, former Texas solicitor general and 2012 Republican nominee from Texas for U.S. Senate.
  • Cindy McCain, First Lady of the United States

Wednesday, September 5

  • Lucé Vela, First Lady of Puerto Rico.
  • Mitch McConnell, Republican Minority Leader of the Senate.
  • Rand Paul, United States Senator from Kentucky.
  • Christopher Devlin-Young, Salt Lake City Gold Olympian alpine ski racer, and Jeanine McDonnell
  • Artur Davis, former Democratic United States Representative for Alabama's 7th congressional district and 2010 Democratic candidate for Governor of Alabama.
  • Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina.
  • Remarks by Steve Cohen, President of Screen Machine Industries from Ohio.
  • Luis Fortuño, Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • Mike Huckabee, Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and retired General of the United States Army.
  • Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachussets.
  • Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico.
  • Marco Rubio, United States Senator from Florida.

Thursday, September 6

McCain at the RNC 2012

McCain during his acceptance speech on September 6, 2012.

  • Lindsey Graham, Ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Tom Ridge, Secretary of Homeland Security.
  • John Thune, United States Senator from South Dakota.
  • Rob Portman, United States Senator from Ohio.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and former Governor of California.
  • Connie Mack IV, former United States Representative from Florida and 2012 Republican nominee from Florida for U.S. Senate.
  • Meghan and James McCain, daughter and son of John McCain.
  • Thomas G. Stemberg, founder of Staples Inc..
  • Kerry Healey, former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts.
  • Scott Brown, United States Senator from Massachussetts.
  • John Nathman, Admiral (ret.)
  • Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey.
  • Tim Pawlenty, Vice President of the United States.
  • Cindy McCain, First Lady of the United States
  • John McCain, President of the United States.

See also