Thursday is the closing night of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., when presidential nominee Mitt Romney will take the podium and explain why he is prepared to unseat President Barack Obama and lead the country.

Stick with IBTimes as we bring you the night's action, from introductions by Romney family members to remarks by party leaders past and present that include former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and current Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. We go live at 7 p.m. Feel free to offer your comments and insights below: