The 2012 Republican National Convention is this week, and if you can't be in Tampa, Florida, for the festivities, you can follow along by watching on TV, or you can watch via the free live stream we have posted here for your convenience.

The RNC is expected to be a pretty exciting week, as it features a keynote speech by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, as well as speeches by Ann Romney, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Mitt Romney himself.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for each of the next several days, the 2012 GOP Convention is expected to be one of the most-watched political events of the year. Check the schedule for yourself by clicking here so you don't miss any of the action.

From the official adoption of the new GOP platform, to the official nominating process via a roll call vote, to the speeches that are planned, you won't want to miss Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and all the other Republican luminaries who will be appearing and speaking this week.

A blurb in the official RNC schedule provides more information about the party's vision and plans for the convention:

"America faces extraordinary challenges and the decision we make for president will determine the path of our country for future generations. The 2012 Republican National Convention will present Mitt Romney's vision for the country - one where everyone has the opportunity to achieve his or her dreams. Mitt Romney has a proven record of leadership, achievement, and courage to make hard choices and attain what many thought unattainable. Each night, the Republican National Convention will hear from people concerned about the future of our country and focus on Mitt Romney's plan to get America working again. 

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