The balloons are ready.
They won't fall to the convention floor in vivid red, blue and white disarray until Mitt Romney gives his acceptance speech on Thursday night. But they're waiting — tied up in big nets hanging high from the ceiling of the Forum in Tampa where Republican National Convention delegates are meeting.
Volunteers helped tie the balloons and lifted them to the ceiling before the convention started. Nestled among them are some huge, white beach ball-looking balloons — it will be interesting to see how those fall.
— Sally Buzbee
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