Ann Romney hit just the right notes in her speech to the Republican convention Tuesday night. She didn't talk politics. She talked about her husband, her children and grandchildren and herself.

She sought to frame herself as every woman -- who, along with Mitt, has worked for their success. They started out with nothing, just like their parents, but made something through perseverance. As a woman who has struggled with breast cancer and MS, Ann Romney said she knows the voices of women who she said hold families and the country together. She gave perhaps the most important character reference to her husband: "You can trust Mitt," she said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rocked the house with a serious speech about the serious economic problems we face. Christie said it's time to tell the truth and share the necessary sacrifices to fix what's wrong. He said he believed seniors are not selfish, but willing to do what's necessary to save Social Security and Medicare for their grandchildren. We'll soon see if he's right.

In Tampa, I'm Cal Thomas.

Publication date: August 30, 2012