But, as has been the story for much of the week, Paul and his fellow Republicans were forced to share the national spotlight with Hurricane Isaac, a storm that soaked the Gulf Coast seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina wreaked its historic damage in the region.
Here's a quick sampling of Thursday's front pages.
The New York Times goes split screen, with Isaac to the left and Ryan (with photo) to the right:
The Wall Street Journal gives Ryan prime, above-the-fold real estate, while Isaac sits in the bottom right:
The Washington Post also goes with the left-right split, giving Isaac a little more photographic love:
Tampa may be playing host to the GOP convention, but that's not enough to guarantee top billing in the Tampa Bay Times* (Update 2:22 p.m.: The paper emails to point out that they're sending their papers out this week with a RNC-heavy wrap—today's version featured Ryan prominently—which we're adding below.)
The VP hopeful gets some play down at the Miami Herald, but the front-page RNC story is mostly about Rubio, not Ryan.:
It's Isaac that's buried in the Chicago Tribune:
Things go about how you would expect with the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
*Correction: The paper is the Tampa Bay Times, not the Tribune.