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NOW Today: Anticipation builds in Tampa

By most accounts, Rep.

By most accounts, Rep. Paul Ryan was on point last night.

In his acceptance of the GOP's Vice Presidential nomination, the Wisconsin Congressman spoke for nearly 40 minutes about the strengths of his running mate, Governor Mitt Romney, and what he deems the "failures" of President Obama. Ryan's message repeatedly came back to one question: "Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?" Rep. Ryan also continued to put Medicare front and center, an issue that was initially seen as a liability for the GOP ticket but which is now gathering momentum on the campaign trail - and Team Romney is attempting to turn it against the President. “The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare," Rep. Ryan said last night, "and we’re going to stop it.”

Tonight, Governor Romney will take the stage and accept his party's nomination. msnbc and TIME Sr. Political Analyst Mark Halperin reports Democrats have grown concerned about the momentum in Tampa. Will Mitt Romney ease that concern tonight, or will it be a pile on?

We'll see you at noon ET on NOW.


Richard Wolffe, msnbc Political Analyst (@richardwolffedc) [3A]

Ezra Klein, The Washington Post/msnbc Policy Analyst (@ezraklein) [3A]


John Heilemann, National Affairs Editor, New York Magazine/msnbc Political Analyst (@jheil)

Michael Steele, Fmr. RNC Chairman/msnbc Political Analyst (@steele_michael)

E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post/msnbc Contributor (@ejdionne)

Michael Scherer, TIME (@michaelscherer)