(08/14/12) - The Republican Convention is less than two weeks away and local delegates are ready to make Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan the official nominees.
"There's going to be a lot more excitement, especially now that Paul Ryan is on the ticket," said Denise Graves.
Graves will be attending her second GOP national convention as a Michigan delegate. This time, she's headed to Tampa, Florida. "I do think Michigan is going to be a red state again."
This year, the Michigan delegation is seated inside the secure zone and their hotel is across the street from the convention site. You might say they're taking advantage of their local connection.
"Mitt has strong roots here in Michigan, he's going to make sure we're right up there front and center and that's going to be great, we are going to have great speakers, our party is certainly coming alive," Graves said.
The presidential race has heated up since Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. It's a decision Graves and others support.
"He's a good choice for Mitt Romney, he upholds the values and morals that I believe in, he's for less government rather than more government and he's willing to at least look at having a budget where our president has not done that," said Linda Nealis of Swartz Creek.
"Sometimes a vice president position is bit ceremonial and I think these two can turn it from a ceremonial position to one where we can have some leadership, get a budget established to turn things around," added Mark Krueger, a business owner in Flint.
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