Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) lit into President Obama and vowed to shrink the federal government in an audience-rousing speech closing out the second day of the Republican National Convention. Ryan said Mitt Romney, if elected, would lower federal spending to 20 percent of GDP, and doubled down on restructuring Medicare and Social Security, saying, "We can make the safety net safe again.... Ladies and gentlemen, our nation needs this debate. We want this debate. We will win this debate." The other standout speaker from Wednesday's convention lineup was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who gave a stirring speech mixing domestic and international issues with her own life story.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- 8 secrets to steal from power networkers
- The Nazi smart bomb that inspired China's most dangerous weapon
- Why is the West so afraid of Islam?
- Game of Thrones is making a huge mistake by cutting Lady Stoneheart
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- The best places to find love — and lust — according to science
- Why GOP reformers are bound to fail
- How to make classic pulled pork
Subscribe to the Week