By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
USA Today live blogged Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the GOP convention and Sen. Marco Rubio's introduction of the presidential nominee.
The final night of the Romney-Ryan celebration includes remarks from actor-director Clint Eastwood. Full coverage will be available at USATODAY.com and in Friday's editions. Scroll down for highlights::
11:15 p.m. ET: The entire Romney and Ryan families are on the stage. It looks like Ryan is making sure his kids don't go over the edge. One of the kids is excited because he's caught a red balloon.
11:14 p.m. ET: And here's the GOP ticket of Romney and Ryan on the stage. And the red, white and blue balloons -- plus confetti -- drop from the ceiling. The men are joined by their wives and the four of them wave to the crowd.
11:13 p.m. ET: Romney concludes with these remarks.
If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.
1:12 p.m. ET: Romney is now outlining his vision for America, as he starts to close his speech.
"That united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution, he says. "That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need."
11:09 p.m. ET: "We're still talking and Iran's centrifuges are still spinning," Romney says. He talks about Obama's dealings with Israel and with Russia. Romney also mocks a comment made by Obama to Russia's Vladimir Putin that was caught on an open mike:
"Our friends will see more loyalty and Mr. Putin will see less flexibility and more backbone," Romney says.
11:08 p.m. ET: The chants of USA! USA! are getting louder. It's after 11 p.m. ET -- Are the TV networks still broadcasting live?
11: 07 p.m. ET: "President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans," Romney says, and there's laughter in the room. "And to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family."
11:06 p.m. ET: "Unlike President Obama I will not raise taxes on the middle class," he says, then vows he'll "protect the sanctity of life" and "protect the institution of marriage."
11:05 p.m. ET: Romney is going through his five-point plan to help the middle class. "We must rein in the skyrocketing cost of health care by repealing and replacing Obamacare," he says. The crowd is waving signs and chanting "Go, Mitt, Go."
11:03 p.m. ET: Romney explains why he is running and touts his plan to create 12 million new jobs.
"I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one."
11:02 p.m. ET: Sorry, we're back after a technical glitch.
10:57 p.m.ET: Romney laments that Obama attacks success. "In America we celebrate success, we don't apologize for success," he says. The crowd gives him a rousing standing ovation.
10:55 p.m. ET: Romney is now talking about his days starting Bain Capital. "I thought abut asking my church's pension fund to invest but I didn't. I thought it would be bad if I lost my investors' money I didn't want to go to hell, too," he says.
10:54 p.m. ET: Romney gigs Obama: "You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him."
10:52 p.m. ET: "Strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities," Romney says.
10:51 p.m. ET: Applause for Romney's line about his wife, Ann, and how he knew her job as a stay-at-home mom "was more important than mine."
10:50 p.m. ET: About those protests inside the hall, from USA TODAY's Rick Hampson:
Three demonstrators, two women and one man, who chanted "Democracy is not a business '' during the speech were wrestled out of the hall by security. The man struggled with security guards in the hallway outside the convention hall, and was placed up against a wall and frisked. After being told he'd assaulted the guard who was restraining him, he said, "I didn't assault anyone!''
10:49 p.m. ET: Romney is praising women leaders such as Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
10:46 p.m. ET: Romney reflects on his father, George, who was governor of Michigan and the head of the American Motors Co. "My parents gave the gift of unconditional love," he says, explaining how he tries to pass down the same to his children and grandchildren.
10:45 p.m. ET: "The soles of Neil Armstrong on the moon made an impression on all our souls," Romney says, reflecting on the American astronaut who died this weekend. "God bless Neil Armstrong. Tonight that American flag is still on the moon and I don't doubt that ... the spirit is still with us. When you need big stuff done, you need an American."
10:43 p.m. ET: Back to Romney speech. "I wish President Obama succeeded because I want America to succeed," Romney says.
10:42 p.m. ET: There might be some protests going on inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, but the Romney supporters are shouting them down. Twitter is saying these are Code Pink protesters.
10:41 p.m. ET: Chants of USA! to drown out a protest from a woman who screamed out during Romney's remarks. The woman is seated right near the press stands and she's escorted out of the hall.
10:39 p.m. ET: Romney talks about how people came to America for freedom, including the freedom "to build a business with their own hands."
10:38 p.m. ET: Romney quips that Ryan is "not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom." And he gets in a dig on one of Ryan's applause lines from Wednesday night: "But Paul, I still like the playlist on my iPod better than yours."
10:38 p.m. ET: Romney says he's chosen "my friend and America's next vice president" Paul Ryan to stand beside him.
10:35 p.m. ET: Romney is waving and you can see him saying "thank you."
"Mr. Chairman and delegates," Romney says. "I accept your nomination for president of the United States."
10:34 p.m. ET: Romney is walking in to the strains of Kid Rock and Born Free, his campaign theme song. Kid Rock is from Michigan, just like Romney. The crowd is clapping and there are huge cheers as Romney takes the stage.
10:32 p.m. ET: Rubio finishes and introduces "the next president of the United States." Romney enters from the floor of the convention hall, shaking hands with delegates. He's kissing awoman in the Idaho delegation, shakes the hand of former House speaker Denny Hastert.
10:31 p.m. ET: Rubio flubs a key line in his speech, saying "We chose more government instead of more freedom." Someone in the crowd says no. Line in the text says, "We chose more freedom instead of more government."
10:30 p.m. ET: "America is the story of everyday people who did extraordinary things," Rubio says. "Mitt Romney believes that if we succeed in changing the direction of our country, our children and grandchildren will be the most prosperous generation ever, and their achievements will astonish the world."
10:28 p.m. ET: Rubio tells the story of his father, a bartender at a banquet hall. "He stood behind a bar in the back of the room all those years, so one day I could stand behind a podium in the front of a room."
10:25 p.m. ET: Big cheer for this Rubio line: "Mitt Romney is running for president because he knows that if we are willing to do for our children what our parents did for us, life in America can be better than it has ever been."
10:22 p.m. ET: Rubio describes what makes America special: "We are ... united not by a common race or ethnicity. We're bound together by common values. That family is the most important institution in society. That almighty God is the source of all we have."
10:20 p.m. ET: Rubio rips into Obama's 2008 campaign slogan: "The only 'change' is that 'hope' has been hard to find," Rubio says. "Hope and change has become 'divide and conquer.' "
10:18 p.m. ET: "Our problem with President Obama isn't that he's a bad person," Rubio says. "Our problem is that he's a bad president."
10:17 p.m. ET: Rubio is talking about the lessons of his grandfather, an immigrant from Cuba: "There was no limit to how far I could go, because I was an American," he says.
10:15 p.m. ET: Rubio opens his remarks asking for prayers for Cuba.
10:12 p.m. ET: "When somebody doesn't do the job we have to let him go," Eastwood says. Someone asks him to say "Make my day," the signature line from his Dirty Harry movies.
Then he starts: "Go ahead ..." And the crowd responds: "Make my day."
10:09 p.m. ET: "Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party," Eastwood says. "I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president. May be time for a businessman. A stellar businessman."
10:08 p.m. ET: Eastwood keeps them laughing, "I'm not going to shut up." What do you want me to tell Romney? "I can't tell him to do that to himself," Eastwood jokes. "You're getting as bad as Biden."
10:06 p.m. ET: Eastwood talking to an empty chair, as though President Obama is seated next to him. He asks why Obama hasn't closed the prison at Guantanamo Bay. "I thought it was because someone had the stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City," Eastwood says.
10:05 p.m. ET: Eastwood haven't cried as hard until I realized there are 23 million unemployed people. "National disgrace," he says. "Obama administration not done enough. Possibly, now is the time for someone else to come along and solve the problem."
10:03 p.m. ET: Not all of Hollywood on the political left, Eastwood says. "Conservative people ... they don't go around hot dogging it," he says. "Believe me, they're there."
10:02 p.m. ET: And here comes Clint Eastwood. The crowd is on its feet. Silhoutte of Eastwood from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly behind him at podium. "Save a little for Mitt," Eastwood says.
10:01 p.m. ET: Crowd inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum starts chanting "USA!" after Romney family video.
9:56 p.m. ET: The five Romney boys get their moment in this video at the GOP convention. One son talking about his father's cheapness.
9:52 p.m. ET: After this Romney video about his work at the 2002 Winter Olympics and his family life, the biggest hour of Romney's political career will begin.