Freshman lawmaker cheers Romney's speech

Romney officially accepted the GOP presidential nomination Thursday evening in Tampa, Fla.

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"If there is one takeaway from this week's convention, it is that we have not lost faith in America's greatness or each other, but we need a commander in chief who is going to make sure that better days are ahead of us,” Gardner said. “I believe in America, and that is why I also believe in America's comeback team.”

Romney selected House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanThis week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Week ahead: Funding fight dominates Congress Week ahead: Spending fight shifts from Zika to Flint MORE (R-Wis.) to be his running mate.