Tampa, Fla. — As Republicans saluted their vice-presidential nominee in person for the first time at the party’s national convention, they offered split views on his hard line on outlawing abortion—but not split enough, they claimed, to prevent them from voting for the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Wisconsin State Rep. Paul Ryan took the stage Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to formally accept his nomination for vice-president and to kick off his role as attack dog for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the presidential nominee. For the first time, a major national party has nominated a vice-presidential candidate who officially proposed outlawing all abortion, even in cases of rape.

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