TAMPA, Fla. — Some of North Carolina’s Republican hopefuls got their moment in the national spotlight.

Three congressional candidates each got a chance to speak at the Republican National Convention, which kicked off its activities this afternoon in Tampa.

Try condensing you thoughts, political positions, and proposal into 200 words or less. It’s not easy, but that is exactly what three of North Carolina’s congressional candidate did when they took the national stage

The excitement were finally filing the halls the Tampa Bay Times forum Tuesday, as the pomp and circumstance got under way at the Republican National Convention.

North Carolina had its moment to shine near the top of the program, when three Republican congressional candidates took the stage to talk quickly lay out their plans for office.

Up first, 7th District congressional candidate David Rouzer, who said this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I think there is a lot of enthusiasm at this convention, and rightfully so,” said Rouzer. “We’ve got a great ticket and we’re going to get behind them wholeheartedly and win this thing in November.”

Rouzer was immediately followed by 8th District candidate Richard Hudson.

“It was definitely a great experience. The North Carolina delegates were cheering loudly and I was just honored to be able to do that,” said Hudson, “and to shed some light on some real North Carolinians who are struggling right now.”

Rounding out the group, 11th District congressional candidate mark meadows spoke. He said he had a clear message during his speech about the nation needing change.

“Really, are we going to do something different than what’s been done?” said Meadows. “Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.”

This was just the beginning of the speeches for the day, with a lot of big names coming later. But for these candidates, this is the highlight of their day.