Tampa, Florida (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's prime-time address Wednesday at the Republican National Convention put his fiscal acumen on display, but Mitt Romney's running mate also made an effort to show delegates - and millions of television viewers - the man behind the numbers.
"We're a full generation apart, Gov. Romney and I," the seven-term Wisconsin congressman said toward the end of his speech, a reminder to voters that Ryan stands as the first member of Generation X to run on a major party's presidential ticket.
(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, the son of libertarian-leaning Republican Ron Paul, threw some red meat to the Republican National Convention crowd Wednesday night by counting up the increase in the debt under the Obama administration.
"President Obama's administration will add nearly $6 trillion to our national debt in just one term," said Paul, whom Kentucky voters sent to the U.S. Senate in 2010.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 30, 2012 | 7 a.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
Editor's Note: This is a special morning edition of CNN's Political Gut Check which will come out twice a day for the duration of the political conventions.
CNN FACT CHECK:
Paul Ryan misleads on debt panel's spending cut plan: Misleading. Obama didn't sign onto the Bowles-Simpson recommendations wholeheartedly, but he did take some of their suggestions to Congress in 2011. And Ryan ignores his own role in the failure of the Bowles-Simpson panel.
Rand Paul, Obama and debt: True, but incomplete. While budget shortfalls have added $6 trillion to the national debt since January 2009, some of that spending was already in the pipeline, and some of it is the result of the economic slump that has cut into tax receipts.
'Looming tax hike,' a recession and Obama's palate: "... we don't know what he plans to do about a looming tax hike that could trigger yet another serious recession that would result in even more Americans losing their jobs." Misleading. The CBO projects a recession if all fiscal cliff policies - not only tax increases, but also automatic spending cuts - go into effect.
DEVELOPING... STORM WATCH, OBAMA EDITION: Democratic National Convention officials have been anxiously watching the weather for next week when President Obama will deliver his convention speech from an outdoor stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, a convention official told CNN. Another source said officials have readied a "contingency plan" which would be announced "closer to the convention" should extreme weather strike. – Shannon Travis
(CNN) - It’s a quiet day on the campaign trail Thursday as all eyes are on the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Mitt Romney is scheduled to accept his party’s nomination for president in a big primetime speech at 10 p.m. ET.
See a schedule of the day’s events after the jump.
(CNN) - Paul Ryan on Wednesday night told a story about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama telling automotive workers that government can help keep their plant going - an account that Ryan reportedly got wrong previously.
Did the Wisconsin congressman get it right as he accepted the GOP nomination for vice president at the Republican National Convention?
(CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has a carefully crafted reputation as a deficit hawk on Capitol Hill, and used those credentials to attack the growth of the federal debt on President Barack Obama's watch.
"He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing," Ryan, who served on that panel, told the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night.
(CNN) - The Obama administration is discussing the final details with the Mitt Romney campaign of how and when the first intelligence and national security briefings will be offered to the presidential candidate and his designated campaign officials.
Traditionally, candidates are offered such briefings by a sitting administration as soon as a nominating convention is over.
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Democratic National Convention officials have been anxiously watching the weather for next week when President Obama will deliver his convention speech from an outdoor stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, a convention official told CNN. Another source said officials have readied a "contingency plan" which would be announced "closer to the convention" should extreme weather strike.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, the DNC will hold events at the indoor Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. On Thursday, President Obama – and Vice President Biden - are slated to deliver acceptance speeches at the outdoor Bank of America Stadium. The stadium seats just over 73,000.
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CNN: 'Gen Xer' Paul Ryan takes up GOP torch, makes case to young voters
Paul Ryan symbolizes for many Republicans of his generation a passing of the torch and a call to embrace the Reagan-era principles that appealed so strongly to young voters in the 1980s. With Ryan, 42, holding down the No. 2 spot, the ticket hopes to strengthen his Generation X demographic ahead of November and broaden the campaign's appeal to a wealth of younger voters, a much more challenging prospect.
CNN: President Barack Obama gets upvoted
When President Barack Obama decided to take questions directly over social media he didn't turn to his 28 million Facebook fans, or his 19 million Twitter followers. Instead, he turned to a website called Reddit where popularity is measured, fittingly, in votes. At one point, more than 30,000 users were on the page with more than 200,000 concurrent visitors, Reddit posted on Twitter. Martin said it was its highest traffic day ever.