TAMPA, Fla. - 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.
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