GOP’S future leaders out in force at convention

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – It's Mitt Romney's show. But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rocked the house. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the talk of the town. And Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's rising-star status was blinding as he accepted the party's vice presidential nomination.

The Republican Party's next-generation leaders have been in deep supply at the GOP's national convention as they positioned for future national roles and, perhaps, even their own shot at the White House in four or eight years.

After victories at all levels of government in the past few years, the GOP now has a deep bench of up-and-coming governors, senators and, it seems, even House candidates.

It's diverse, too, for a party that faces serious demographic challenges in a country that's becoming more multicultural by the day.

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