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Mr. Ryan said the president has shirked responsibility for the sluggish recovery. "College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life," he said.

Mr. Obama, in a campaign appearance earlier, took his own shot at the Republican convention. "It should be a pretty entertaining show," he said. "And I'm sure they'll have some wonderful things to say about me. But what you won't hear from them is a path forward that meets the challenges of our time."


"If you look at the Romney-Ryan plan, it is an uncompromising, hard-edge extreme document that would provide another round of big tax cuts for the very wealthy, people like Mitt Romney, at the expense of everybody else," said Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.).

However, Democrats are careful not to attack the genial congressman's character or other personal attributes.


Earlier Wednesday, in one of the evening's highlights, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice gave a moving and rhetorically impressive address, broadly criticizing Mr. Obama's record without mentioning him by name.

She made the case for the U.S. to continue in its role as a world leader, and sounded a much softer note on immigration and education than the typical GOP party line.

Ms. Rice gravely described the challenges facing the country while at the same time sounding an optimistic note about the future of the nation. "It doesn't matter where you came from; it matters where you are going," she said.

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