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Paul Ryan Starts Working on Convention Speech

Hemera/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has started working on his highly anticipated convention speech.

According to a Ryan aide, when the House Budget chairman was traveling from Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday to Denver he began discussing his convention speech with speechwriter John McConnell and senior advisers, including Dan Senor.

Senor is Mitt Romney’s foreign policy adviser, but his role with Ryan will cover more than national security. He’s expected to travel with Ryan throughout much of the rest of the campaign, and he will prep him for debates and on domestic policy as well, according to a Ryan aide. Senor also served in the Bush administration.

Senor and Ryan are old friends as they both were congressional aides when Ryan worked for Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and Senor worked for Michigan Sen. Spencer Abraham.

Also working on speechwriting is Matthew Scully, who is traveling with Ryan this week as well, according to a Romney aide. Scully also worked in the Bush administration, but famously wrote Sarah Palin’s convention speech. Soon after that speech he was joined by Lindsay Hayes. They wrote Palin’s speeches together for the rest of the campaign, including the famous one that was written for her, but she never gave. Hayes is now Romney’s chief speechwriter.

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National Tea Party Convention Canceled Due To Lagging Ticket Sales

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Organizers of the planned Tea Party Nation Convention, which had already been postponed once, announced this week  the gathering was being scrapped altogether.  Slow ticket sales are to blame, according to Judson Phillips, one of the ring leaders of the event.  The cost of the convention, which ran as high as $399, was just too much for many of the movement’s devotees.

“This decision simply came down to a matter of economics,” Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation who is affiliated with the group, told The Daily Caller.  Phillips said the event fell victim to the “Obama economy.”

The convention, which had been modeled after an event earlier this year in Nashville, was scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas. The Tea Party stars who were slated to make appearances included Andrew Brietbart, Lou Dobbs, and Nevada Senate hopeful Sharron Angle.

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