Delegates from North Carolina boarded a bus Tuesday afternoon to head to the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the first full day of the Republican National Convention.
Caucus members spent Monday at events on the other side of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, in the St. Petersburg area, so Tuesday's 20-mile bus ride marks their first trip to the convention site in Tampa.
The convention commenced at 2 p.m. with three speakers from North Carolina – a state senator from Johnston County and two congressional candidates – on the agenda.
Rep. David Rouzer (R-Johnston County), Richard Hudson and Mark Meadows each got a 10-minute window to share their message with delegates. Each used the opportunity to bash President Barack Obama and to link him to individual candidates for Congress.
"We can't afford to re-elect Barack Obama – a man who believes that America is the problem," Rouzer said.