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Paul Ryan on the offensive at GOP National Convention

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The Republican National Convention continued in Tampa with speeches from Paul Ryan and Condoleeza Rice on Wednesday.

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Paul Ryan touched on his Catholic faith and Mitt Romney's Mormon faith in accepting the Republican nomination for vice president Wednesday night.
 
"Mitt and I also go to different churches. But in any church, the best kind of preaching is done by example.  And I've been watching that example," Ryan said. "The man who will accept your nomination (Thursday) is prayerful and faithful and honorable. Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best. Not only a fine businessman, he's a fine man, worthy of leading this optimistic and good-hearted country.
 
"Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed," Ryan continued. "We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope.  Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life."

Ryan's acceptance speech stands as one of the fiercest attacks on President Barack Obama's record in a convention flush with harsh words.

He called the stimulus spending "a case of political patronage, corporate welfare and cronyism" at its worst.
 
But the Wisconsin lawmaker himself asked for stimulus funds in his district shortly after Congress approved the plan. Those pleas included letters to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis seeking stimulus grant money for two Wisconsin energy conservation companies. One firm received $20.3 million, according to federal records.

Ryan gave voters a vivid image of the nation's unemployment crisis.
 
If everyone now out of work stood in single file, he says, "that unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent."
 
"You would think that any president, whatever his party, would make job creation, and nothing else, his first order of economic business," Ryan told GOP delegates. "But this president didn't do that. Instead, we got a long, divisive, all-or-nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care."
 
Leading such attacks is a traditional role for the No. 2 candidate on a ticket.

Condoleezza Rice got a huge roar of approval from fellow Republicans when she recounted her life story, the story of a little girl who "grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham -- the most segregated big city in America."
 
"Her parents can't take her to a movie theater or a restaurant," remembered the former secretary of state, who is black. "But they make her believe that even though she can't have a hamburger at the Woolworth's lunch counter, she can be president of the United States. And she becomes the secretary of state."
 
Just moments later, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez spoke in startlingly similar terms about her own childhood, remembering that: "Growing up, I never imagined a girl from a border town could one day become a governor. But this is America." And then switching to Spanish she added: "Y, en America todo es posible."
 
Republicans are increasingly worried about their ability to attract minority voters and they have highlighted a series of speakers from diverse backgrounds.
 
Both Rice and Martinez were mentioned at various times as possible vice presidential picks, but both insisted they were not interested.

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Convention-goers also heard from former presidential nominee John McCain, senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, and former governors Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke with FOX Chicago News on Wednesday. At one time, he was in the running to be the Republican nominee.

Gingrich will be speaking on Thursday, but it isn't a primetime speech.

He was very gracious, saying that he liked his role at the convention, even if it's different than he originally thought it would be.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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