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"Millions of Americans are standing up today and saying we want our country back," Cruz said.

Christie of New Jersey told the thousands in attendance and a national television audience, "We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being somebody."

But one of the loudest and most sustained cheers of the night went to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has become a Republican rock star after taking on his state's labor unions and surviving a recall election earlier this year. The delegates' cheers for Walker drowned out the early part of his speech. Did his appearance and the audience's adoration foreshadow a more central role for Walker in the 2016 or 2020 conventions?

Follow WORLDmag.com's in-depth coverage of the Republican National Convention all week.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.


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