Tonight's RNC Stars: Paul Ryan, Rand Paul

John McCain, Condoleezza Rice to speak as well

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 29, 2012 7:25 AM CDT | Updated Aug 29, 2012 7:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tonight is Paul Ryan's turn to shine at the Republican National Convention. The VP candidate will deliver his keynote speech at 10pm, and while he'd like to use it to talk policy, the Romney team has convinced him to focus on his immigrant family and small-town values instead, the AP reports. Other notable happenings tonight that USA Today has its eye on:

  • Ron Paul supporters caused a ruckus last night, shouting, "Let him speak!" when the congressman appeared on the floor, and booing loudly when convention organizers stopped reading off his delegates, CNN reports. Paul won't speak tonight, but son Rand will, after a video tribute to Ron.

  • Is Rand Paul in the party unity boat? Well, he told Wolf Blitzer last night that negotiations with the Romney campaign had been "sort of a mixed bag" and that his dad's last convention "could have always been better," according to Politico.
  • Condoleezza Rice is speaking as well, after years of avoiding politics. Is she back in the political game? "I think she just needed a little time out of the spotlight to regenerate," a top Bush adviser tells Politico. "But now that she's back she's throwing a lot of wattage."
  • The star of the last convention, John McCain, will get a turn on stage to discuss national security and defense. And Romney himself will put in a satellite appearance around the same time to discuss veterans issues, the AP reports.
  • Notably absent from the slate: Anyone named George Bush. Much like Paul, both former presidents will be honored in a video tribute instead.
  • Of course the biggest question, at least for fashion cops in the audience, is this: Will Ryan wear a suit that actually fits?

Mitt Romney hugs his wife, Ann, after she delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention, Aug. 28, 2012 in Tampa, Fla.
Mitt Romney hugs his wife, Ann, after she delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention, Aug. 28, 2012 in Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks during a campaign event at Joseph A. Craig High School, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Janesville, Wis.
Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks during a campaign event at Joseph A. Craig High School, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Janesville, Wis.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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