CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS: Ryan accepts the GOP call

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | 11:27 p.m. CDT; updated 11:34 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This article was written by Kelsie Heneghan based on reporting from The Associated Press.

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan highlighted the Republican National Conventions' events Wednesday. Along with a cavalcade of Republicans giving their support to Ryan and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Sen. John McCain returned to the convention stage saying that the president missed a historic opportunity by failing to throw America's "full moral support" behind Iranian revolutionaries trying to oust "a brutal dictatorship that terrorizes the Middle East and threatens the world," according to the Associated Press.

The big speech

On Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan gave his acceptance speech of the Republican vice presidential candidate position. "I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready," according to a transcript of his speech on NPR.

At the convention

Ohio Gov. John Kasich walked on stage at the Republican National Convention hours later Tuesday night to a snippet of the song "I Gotta Feeling," by the Black Eyed Peas.

In addition, Kasich's opened his speech with: "You know, you know, I don't know about you, I don't about you but I've got a feeling, you know I gotta feeling ... that we're about to elect a new president of the United States of America," according to the Associated Press.

Black Eyed Peas singer responded with a tweet: "Hey Gov Kashich #Igottafeeling that Ohio needed that auto bail out...#unitedamericanotdivided let's educate our youth #reachforthestars."

The Democrats' view

While Obama said he is too busy to watch the Republican Convention, his campaign spokeswoman, Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One on Wednesday that a theme invoked by many convention speakers was "built on a house of lies." She specifically cited what she said were distortions of Obama's "you didn't build that" comment and his positions on Medicare and welfare, according to the Associated Press.

What to watch for

Thursday's convention activities kick off at 6 p.m. Central Standard Time with speeches by Rep. Connie Mack of Florida, Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista, and Mitt Romney's brother, Craig. At 9 p.m., Sen. Marco Rubio was set to give his speech, introducing Romney as Republican presidential candidate.

Supervising editor is Maggie Walter.

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