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Local Reaction To Republican National Convention

Paul Ryan (R-WI) (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Paul Ryan (R-WI) (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — While Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan was denouncing the Obama administration at the Republican National Convention on everything from jobs to health care to spending, most folks around Pittsburgh weren’t watching.

“No, I’m afraid I was working last night, so didn’t have a chance,” one man says.

“I’m busy with children, unable to watch television,” a mother says.

“I was watching baseball.  Pirate game was a little higher on the priority,” another man says.

While it was hard to find local folks who watched Ryan’s speech last night, there were some Democrats who did, including one with some very strong views.

“Paul Ryan lied to the American people last night,” Jim Burn, Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party says. “Not once, not twice, but at least four times.”

To no surprise, Burn echoed Obama campaign comments that Ryan distorted the truth on issues like Medicare and a closed GM plant in Wisconsin.

Of course, in politics, facts are spun all sorts of ways.

Tonight, Mitt Romney accepts his party’s nomination, which should attract a larger audience. 

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani says Romney just needs to be himself.

“There is everything right and nothing wrong with Mitt Romney,” Giuliani says.  “The guy’s been enormously successful.  He’s had more success than most human beings have had.  If he can just get across his ideas, what he wants to do, what he wants to accomplish, I wouldn’t worry so much about all this touchy-feely stuff.”

Touchy-feely refers to the many people who say that Romney needs to try harder to relate to average Americans.

Some of those who did not watch Ryan last night are likely to watch the presidential candidate tonight.

Next week it will be President Obama and the Democrats’ turn to make their pitch from Charlotte, North Carolina.

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