by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee delegation has returned from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and representatives said the event was a success.
Fifty eight delegates, 55 alternates and a total of 250 people represented Tennessee at the convention. Participants described the experience as exciting, energizing and inspiring.
"There was a lot of electricity in there," said U.S. Representative Diane Black, R-Tennessee, "It is a big celebration, and we have a lot to celebrate."
"The most exciting thing you can do is attend a national convention to nominate your presidential candidate," said Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville.
Rep. Maggart and Rep. Black agreed that the convention was successful because it allowed presidential nominee Mitt Romney to introduce himself to voters, and discuss specifics of his plan to move the country forward.
"The people who know Mitt Romney best talked about him," said Rep. Black, "the fact is he is a great family man, a good businessman and has a good heart."
"Mitt Romney had the chance to lay out his five point economic plan," said Rep. Black, "he is not just a man of words, he is a man of faith and I think people see that."
Vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan also energized the crowd with a speech filled with harsh words for President Obama. Rep. Black said adding him to the ticket has energized the Republican base.
"It was great for people to get to see Paul Ryan," said Rep. Black, "I know his personally and he is a young man who provides a lot. He is a very capable guy."
The Democratic National Convention will be in the spotlight next. The event is Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte.