TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — This is the convention prelude of the Republicans' dreams — their nightmares, that is.
Mitt Romney wanted to preside over a made-for-TV gathering showcasing his economic credentials and GOP unity. Instead, he's heading to Tampa with the national debate focused on rape and abortion and with the divisions within his party — and with running mate Paul Ryan — on full display.
Even the weather is threatening to spoil Romney's party.
All this as a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows a neck-and-neck race between Romney and President Barack Obama just over two months before the election. That's evidence that Romney didn't get a bounce of support by choosing Ryan as his vice presidential nominee.