"Now, more than ever, we need reformers ... leaders who think more about the next generation than just the next election," Walker said. "That's what you get from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan."
Christie's blunt, brash personality was on display during his keynote address as he implored: "Everybody stand up. There's no time left to waste."
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, an Indian-American, drew hearty applause when she criticized Obama's challenge to her state's new immigration law. It requires police who have stopped someone for unrelated issues to report it if they suspect the person is in the country illegally.
"If this president refuses to protect our borders, refuses to protect our citizens from the dangers of illegal immigration, then states have to take it upon ourselves," she said.
Rubio was slated to introduce Romney on Thursday and gave a preview of his speech while at a salsa concert Monday night.
"There's no community that understands how to grow an economy faster than Americans of Hispanic descent," Rubio said. "We're as entrepreneurial, as hardworking as any people in this country and at the end of the week it will be clear to all of America that there's only one person running for president that understands what it takes to grow the economy and that's Mitt Romney."
The deep roster excites rank-and-file Republicans about the future.
"I see wins, wins, wins," said Denise Graves, a delegate from Linden, Mich.
Allen Alley, chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, said he was excited about hearing some of the new GOP stars that he hadn't seen before, saying, "The country will be introduced to a Republican Party that they have not been aware of."
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