The country turned its attention to the Republican National Convention, where Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, stepped into the primetime spotlight to make the case for her husband, Tuesday night.
"This is the man America needs," she told the crowd. "This is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that others say can't be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair."
Ann Romney's deeply personal comments stole the evening and brought tears to the eyes of her five sons.
Her speech also showed a side of her husband that people can relate to.
"I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a 'storybook marriage,'" she said. "Well let me tell you something, in the storybooks I read, there never were long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once."
"And those story books never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer," she continued. "A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."
The Romney campaign hoped Ann Romney's speech convinced women voters that their voices are being heard.
Political observers say women are one of the keys to this year's election.
"I can't tell you what will happen over the next four years," Mrs. Romney told the audience. "I can only stand here tonight , as a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment: This man will not fail. "
Her speech went over well with many at the convention.
"I think people just felt a very human connection to him through her," Texas Republican Debbie Georgatos said.
Florida Republican Michael Jackson applauded Mrs. Romney.
"She was absolutely awesome," he said. "She is going to blow it away; she has heart."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie followed Ann Romney's personal pitch with a political one.
Christie was chosen to be the key-note speaker. He brought day one of the convention to a close and challenged America to make a change.
"We ended an era of absentee leadership without purpose or principle in New Jersey," Christie told the crowd. "I am here to tell you tonight, it is time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders back to the White House."
"America needs Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan," Christie said. "And we need them right now."