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Live Blog: Wednesday At The Republican Convention

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
August 29, 2012

Hello from Tampa, where tonight Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is accepting the Republican Party’s vice presidential nomination and will tell the nation why he and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney should be elected in November.

Also this evening, the nation will hear from the party’s 2008 presidential nominee — Sen. John McCain — and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

And there will be a video tribute to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the libertarian-minded lawmaker who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012. His son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, will follow with an address to the delegates.

We’ll be following the action on the floor of the 2012 Republican National Convention as it happens and updating this post through the evening. So hit your “refresh” button to be sure you’re seeing our latest additions. Come join us. The convention reconvenes at 7 p.m. ET.

Also tonight, Frank James will be hosting another live chat about the proceedings. NPR stations will be broadcasting special coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET, which NPR.org will be streaming.

Update at 6:55 p.m. ET. Appeal For Those Hit By Isaac:

We posted this earlier: “GOP Convention Switches On Web Appeal For Isaac Relief.”

Now, on the large screen backing the stage, there are messages urging delegates to go to RedCross.org and to text “RECROSS” to 90999. Those are ways to donate to help those in the path of Isaac, the hurricane/tropical storm that is pummeling the Gulf Coast from Louisiana through Mississippi.

We’ll likely hear about those suffering the effects of Isaac several times this evening.

Update at 6:40 p.m. ET. “We Will Not Duck The Tough Issues”:

“Here is our pledge,” Ryan will tell delegates, according to excerpts of his address that the Romney/Ryan campaign has sent to reporters. “We will not duck the tough issues — we will lead. We will not spend four years blaming others — we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.”

Romney, Ryan also plans to say, “is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words.” [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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