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Michigan's native son accepts the Republican presidential nomination

Michiganders who watched Mitt Romney accept the Republican presidential nomination last night in Tampa say they were impressed by the way he did it.

Mitt Romney dedicated much of his acceptance speech last night to doing something he doesn’t do often: talking about his personal life.

Romney talked about his parents, his marriage, his children and his personal motivations, both in business and in faith.

Ronna Romney-McDaniel is Mitt’s niece.  She says she's glad voters are getting a chance to learn more about him as a person.

“People got a sense that he’s doing this for the right reasons. That he’s concerned about our country. And when he gets in he’s going to solve problems. He’s going to get jobs back. Because people are really hurting…and he understands that,” says Romney-McDaniel. 

Hank Choate from Jackson County also watched the speech from the convention floor.

“You saw something that Mitt is reluctant to talk about. And that’s his personal self. What he has done as a human being…..and helping people out,” says Choate.

Several members of Michigan’s delegation say it’s important for Mitt Romney to reveal more about his personal life if he is going to connect with undecided and independent voters.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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