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On AirTalk today: Fact-checking Paul Ryan's speech, views from the RNC frontlines

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View from inside the Republican National Convention as VP candidate Paul Ryan delivered his speech on Aug. 29, 2012.

We’re busy prepping for this morning’s program, re-confirming and making last minute contact with guests for our first hour at 10 a.m. 

I just finished highlighting the audio clips of the Ryan and Rice speeches from last night. 

I thought both were beautifully crafted speeches and well-delivered. However, we’ll start out by looking at Ryan’s claims and checking their accuracy. We’ll also follow up on the theme of “American Exceptionalism” in Rice’s speech. It’s a huge issue for Republicans and a potential emphasis for the Presidential campaign, moving forward.

Later in the 10 a.m. hour, we’ll look at the Romney/Ryan tax plan and debate its impact on government spending and the deficit. 

I’ll also share with you the odd vibe last night in the Ybor City restaurant/nightclub district. 

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Ryan comes to bat tonight, Romney closes out tomorrow evening

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GOP Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan gives the thumbs-up during a sound check at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 29, 2012 before the day's Republican National Convention (RNC) events. The RNC will culminate on August 30th with the formal nomination of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as the GOP presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the US presidential election.

Day Three of the GOP convention culminates with VP nominee Paul Ryan’s speech later this evening. 

Needless to say, there isn’t anywhere near the anticipation that there was for Sarah Palin’s convention debut four years ago. However, Ryan seems to have supporters that are much more passionate about their candidate than Mitt Romney’s are about him. 

I’ll be looking to see how tonight’s response to Ryan compares to tomorrow night’s for Romney. One would expect the presidential nominee to top, but we’ll see.

I loved hearing KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze’s description this morning of the California delegation pool party at their resort in St. Petersburg. Having it sponsored by Indian casinos was quintessentially Californian. I wonder what the tribes will be sponsoring next week at the Democratic convention.

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Ann Romney, Chris Christie hope to embolden party with key RNC speeches

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Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) addresses a campaign rally with his wife Ann Romney (C) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at a Hy Vee supermarket December 30, 2011 in West Des Moines, Iowa. Christie, a popular Republican governor who was urged to run for president earlier this year, appeared with Romney just days before the "first in the nation" Iowa Caucuses.

We’ve completed Tuesday’s two hours of KPCC local coverage from the GOP convention, but our workday is far from done. 

AirTalk producer Jasmin Tuffaha and I will head over shortly from our workspace in the Tampa Convention Center to the Tampa Bay Times Forum where this evening’s program will take place. As you know by now, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been officially nominated by the delegates, so now the attention turns to making the Party’s case and showcasing its leaders.

Tonight, we’ll see Ann Romney talk about her husband as she sees him, and as Republicans hope the nation will see him. Then New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will offer the typically bell-ringing keynote speech to wrap up the night. 

The keynote is where each party highlights a strong speaker who’s also a rising star.

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RNC: LA Mayor is Democratic lamb in GOP lion's den on a quiet day one

Larry Mantle interviews Antonio Villaraigosa at RNC

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AirTalk host Larry Mantle interviews Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 27, 2012.

Today’s nominal first day of the convention featured an eerily quiet Tampa Bay Times Forum — where the prime time convention events will take place — and a bustling Radio Row in the Convention Center across the street. 

Republican officials with a free day took advantage of row after row of broadcasters vying for the chance to interview them. It’s extremely competitive, and an oddly paradoxical environment of tension and revelry.

An example of that was when L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa arrived on the Row late this afternoon. I was in our distant workspace doing a post-show wrapup with our producers, when producer Jasmin Tuffaha called to let us know the mayor was in the house. 

I walked over to say “Hi” and found the Democrat in the lion’s den surrounded by about a dozen journalists clamoring for interviews. I caught the mayor’s eye, and he stopped mid-sentence to call out a greeting. The other journalists didn’t look too thrilled, so I quickly moved out of sight. The mayor agreeably answered the questions fired at him, then quickly pivoted to sit down for a scheduled interview with Univision radio.

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