POLITICO, ASSOCIATED PRESS (U.S.)
Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan fired up the Republican National Convention in Tampa ahead of Thursday's closing speech where Mitt Romney will officially accept his party's nomination for the 2012 presidential elections.
The Associated Press reports that Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan accepted what he called "the calling of my generation," in a speech Wednesday night that mixed harsh criticism of President Barack Obama's record with praise for former Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Ryan emphasized the United States' economic difficulties and told a cheering audience that his ticket would "not duck the tough issues."
The speech was well-received by Republicans, but Ryan made several statements that were quickly contested.
Ryan's speech also tried to show Romney's human side by emphasizing the generation gap between the two.
Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak tonight in Tampa. According to the Associated Press, he is expected to set the tone for the last two months of the elections, and he may talk about his Mormon faith.
"Mitt Romney is about to face the most important political moment of his life," writes Politico, noting that relentless negative attacks from the Obama campaign picturing him as an out-of-touch millionaire have hampered Romney's efforts to connect with voters in hotly contested states.
Also highly anticipated Thursday are speeches by Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio, a rising Republican star, and Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and 2012 Republican primary candidate who had called Romney a liar during the primaries.