AP PHOTOS: Romney's special night in Tampa

August 31, 2012 - 2:51 AM
APTOPIX Republican Convention

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney acknowledges delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney introduced himself to the nation at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, vowing to not raise taxes on the middle class and tackling social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

The GOP presidential nominee made a triumphant entrance into the convention hall, walking slowly down the aisle and shaking hands with dozens of delegates. The hall erupted in cheers when he reached the stage and he waved to his shouting, chanting supporters before beginning to speak.

"I accept your nomination for president," he said as the crowd roared in approval.

Here are some images from Romney's special night.