FROM Robert O'Brien
After Days of Speeches, It's Time for the Main Event Tonight it's Mitt Romney 's turn at last after a convention that's pushed increasingly toward a Tea-Party version of limited government. Republican delegates and the voters at large will learn if their nominee will still present himself as the pragmatic Mr. Fixit or more of a conservative ideologue. Last night, Romney's chosen running mate, Paul Ryan, debuted on the national stage with a speech that the delegates wanted to hear, including red-meat attacks on four years of Barack Obama 's presidency, at the expense of being called "factually challenged." We compare the rhetoric with the reality, and hear how Condoleezza Rice wowed a convention with a talk about foreign policy. To the Point is broadcasting live from the Republican convention all week. You can find all our coverage at KCRW.org/election2012 .
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