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Republican National Convention Wed. highlights
TAMPA, Fla. (8/30/12)--Convention delegates on Wednesday eagerly anticipated Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.,) acceptance of the GOP nomination to be its vice presidential candidate on a day that also saw Ann Romney join the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), state credit union league and credit union representatives for the unveiling of credit unions' "leave behind" project at All Children's Hospital near Tampa.

Ann Romney attends CU "leave behind" event: After wowing the convention hall in her speech the night before, Ann Romney on Wednesday morning attending the ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling the therapeutic playground at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. The wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney thanked credit unions for their fundraising efforts that made the "leave behind" project possible. Similarly, in his comments, CUNA President /CEO Bill Cheney noted that, "Hundreds of man hours, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions, have been dedicated by credit unions in the Tampa Bay area and across the country to have this convention's leave behind project come to fruition." (See full story: Ann Romney praises CU RNC effort to enrich Tampa community.)

Paul Ryan's acceptance speech:  The acceptance speech by Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan, was the Republican party highlight of the day's convention activities. Ryan discussed the nation's economy and  GOP's efforts to help the middle class.

Remarks from other GOP luminaries: Throughout the day, delegates gathered at the Tampa Bay Times Forum heard from such party notables as Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky; Arizona Sen.  John McCain; Ohio Sen. Rob Portman; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

CUNA-sponsored Daily Briefings:  CUNA is also a sponsor of a morning daily convention briefing organized by the National Journal Group. The Wednesday program was called "Down Ballot: The Top Senate and House Races for the Cycle" and brought together Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and David Wasserman, House editor for The Cook Political Report, to predict which party will win a majority in each chamber of Congress.

See the rest of today's News Now for more reports on credit union activities related to the convention

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