Republicans have taken over Tampa with their national convention, and last night Paul Ryan formally accepted his vice presidential nomination and told America why they should vote for his ticket.
"I thought Paul Ryan’s speech was brilliant. I thought he presented exactly what we needed to hear," Mesa County Republicans chair Ruth Ehlers said.
But not everyone was wowed by the young V.P. hopeful. Ryan has been criticized by many for wrong information in his speech. And locally--some democrats say they had to change the channel because they could not stand to hear anymore lies.
"I watched it for a bit but after awhile you get really tired of the idea that he's saying things that just aren't true or inconsistent within the speech," Mesa County Democrats co-chair Karl Castleton said.
"I know that the left is going to do everything they can to demonize this man because he is a very strong leader, a very good conservative man and so we need to be very careful,” Ehlers said.
"He actually made the case that Barack Obama, the first thing he tried to do was healthcare reform even though in his own speech he said the first thing the president did was stimulus,” Castleton said. “Then they said the stimulus didn't work even though in Mesa County $153 million was spent in this county."
As for Romney’s speech tonight, both parties have their own expectations.
"I kind of hope that at least factually it seems to make sense of at least it's self consistent,” Castleton said. “I do think he has to do something on why for instance he's a better choice that Santorum because the majority of people here on the Western Slope really wanted Santorum up there giving that speech tonight, not Romney and I think he has to address that."
"I'm hoping to hear exactly what his plans are, where he plans to lead this country, and how he plans to do it," Ehlers said.