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article imagePhoto essay: The RNC that you didn't see Special

By Emma Burge     Sep 3, 2012 in Politics
Tampa - While in Tampa, Florida I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Republican National Convention and take photos of the people attending this annual convention of Republican supporters.
I managed to obtain credentials to get inside the convention on Wednesday and Thursday night where I even had nice enough seats to catch confetti after Mitt Romney's speech. Before the speeches however, I wandered the grounds of the forum and made many phone calls to enter different panels and press events.
While in the city I decided to take pictures of some interesting (and sometimes odd) aspects of Tampa and the RNC that most people have yet to see or hear about.
These aspects include high prices of convention food, media events around the city, and numerous amounts of protesters shouting at every corner.
The absolutely insane food and drink prices at the RNC. The soda that was 2.50 was a can and the wat...
The absolutely insane food and drink prices at the RNC. The soda that was 2.50 was a can and the water was one of those mini bottles.
The at&t had a full store set up at the convention center.
The at&t had a full store set up at the convention center.
A protester from Pissedoffpolarbear.com pandered to crowds directly outside of the secure perimeter ...
A protester from Pissedoffpolarbear.com pandered to crowds directly outside of the secure perimeter and left shortly after saying "I'm gonna go to Hooters".
Ron Paul protesters chanted outside of the perimeter on Tuesday while constantly toeing the line tha...
Ron Paul protesters chanted outside of the perimeter on Tuesday while constantly toeing the line that Secret Service established.
Security at the RNC was tight  consisting of city and state police  National Guard  and Secret Servi...
Security at the RNC was tight, consisting of city and state police, National Guard, and Secret Service.
Ybor City  Tampa  Florida welcomes RNC Delegates. Ybor is the Cuban quarter of Tampa and is one of t...
Ybor City, Tampa, Florida welcomes RNC Delegates. Ybor is the Cuban quarter of Tampa and is one of the most party-oriented parts of the city. While there I met Congressman Aaron Schock and Chelsea Clinton.
The Atlantic and The National Journal hosted a conference with  The Next Generation  on Wednesday be...
The Atlantic and The National Journal hosted a conference with "The Next Generation" on Wednesday before the RNC that night. It took place at the Improv in Ybor City. Pictured is Michelle Rhee, Andrew Jenks, the Superintendent of Hillsborough County Pub. Schools, The Class President of USF, Chelsea Clinton, and Jim Tankersley.
CNN  set up the  CNN Grill  inside the perimeter of the RNC. They broadcast live from inside the gri...
CNN set up the "CNN Grill" inside the perimeter of the RNC. They broadcast live from inside the grill and served free food and drinks to anyone inside. While there I met Rick Santorum and Robert Gibbs.
A large number of passes were needed to enter the perimeter of the convention. I went to CNN with my...
A large number of passes were needed to enter the perimeter of the convention. I went to CNN with my professor who was interviewed there.
The city of Tampa got patriotic for the RNC by lighting up a building with the American Flag.
The city of Tampa got patriotic for the RNC by lighting up a building with the American Flag.
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