Second day of Republican Convention: Make America work again

House Speaker Paul Ryan "made a rousing call for party unification and brought the entire convention to their feet" on the second day of the Republican Convention in Cleveland, according to Tom Herrmann of Easton.

The theme of last night's meeting was Make America Safe Again. Tonight's theme is Make America Work Again, he said.

Herrmann, former first selectman and police commissioner, is attending the convention with Tim Herbst, first selectman of Trumbull, and members of the Connecticut delegation, among others. Herrmann is providing daily comments and photos of his time there.

Connecticut GOP Chairman J.R. Romano was casting Connecticut's votes at the convention a short while ago, Herrmann said.

"The roll call vote has been taken, and now it's official: Donald J. Trump has won the Republican nomination for president of the United States," Herrmann said. "Indiana governor Mike Pence was just elected as candidate for vice president of the United States by voice vote according to the rules of the convention as no other names were put into nomination."

This morning, Herrmann and the Connecticut delegation had a breakfast meeting with Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

"He's talking to us about plans for the rest of the convention and the path forward to victory," Herrmann said earlier today.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie roused the crowd with a searing criticism of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"Christie was provocative," Herrmann said. "I don't think anyone has brought a crowd to such an uproar since Pontius Pilate."

Retired surgeon Ben Carson, a former presidential hopeful and now Trump supporter, took the rebuke even further, likening Clinton to Lucifer.