Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. Here are some comments from Thursday.
As the Republican National Convention nears its end in Tampa, Florida, readers are buzzing about politics. Conversation about Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, has been dominating the site after his prime-time speech Wednesday night. Readers talked about what impact Ryan might have on undecided voters and speculated about how many people are having trouble making a decision.
Many readers opposed Ryan's speech, questioning some of his comments, while others said listeners should give the candidates a chance. CNN published a fact check about a portion of the presentation afterward.
Cedric: "In other words, Ryan's speech full of outright lies failed to move the needle. It is easy to deliver a good speech when you can make up the facts to support your narrative."
jp2123: "I don't understand why people don't even try to listen to the points the candidates make. Just because they are not Democrats? Seriously, I'm independent, leaning toward (Mitt) Romney after listening to some of the speeches (even though I'm waiting for Romney's speech). But people complaining about Romney cutting taxes for the wealthy and increasing taxes on the middle class? When did he say this? I have yet to hear them say, or have any indication that that's what he is planning on doing. Wish people were more concerned about the candidates and the issues than on the political parties. Take it as it is, and stop judging someone just because the ones that came before him did something. Listen to both candidates, and their ideology and their idea of America. And vote for who represents you the best, not based on the media or popularity. I think the scariest thing is that I know so many young and adult people who will vote for (President Barack) Obama without taking a look at Romney just because Obama is the popular one, and is painted in the media as the good guy and Republicans as the bad guys."
Is anyone even undecided at this point?
Hyco: "Undecided voters? Really? Who at this stage hasn't figured out who they want to vote for? They either care nothing about the election or have an IQ around 75 and have problems deciding which hand is best to eat with."
Some readers took jabs at teleprompter usage during the convention.
Spikel1: "It's funny – for all the talk of Obama's teleprompters, they've been getting much usage at the convention."
Mara Tam: "Amen! So far no media types mentioned this. All of them using them evil machines!"
killingly: "Well the orator in chief shouldn't need them by now."
Do you vote for a particular candidate or simply against another?
66 Biker: "Even though I am a lifelong independent, and as much as I dislike 'lesser of two evils' voting, it looks as though I won't have much choice this time around either. Because I believe that voting for Romney and Ryan is pretty much the same as voting for (George W.) Bush and (Dick) Cheney, and there is absolutely no way I will do that. But just like every other time I have ever voted in a presidential election, I won't be voting 'for' anyone but against the ones I don't want to see get elected. That certainly doesn't mean that I 'like' Obama, just that I don't like Romney/Bush and Ryan/Cheney."
scieng: "Really? You would vote for someone who shuts down millions of jobs (new air permit standards intended to shut down U.S. production jobs), who promotes the unnecessary deaths and maiming of hundreds of thousands of Americans ... and who has the most corrupt record in American history of public money given to big donors."
Some of our readers weighed in on video. iReporter Egberto Willies expressed strong disagreement with Ryan's speech. Kathi Cordsen of Fullerton, California, said on the other hand that she liked Ryan's "confidence, his energy, his youth and his outlook for our country."
Several readers adopted a "five things" format for their comments similar to CNN.com's series. These commenters really went after each other but stuck to the format.
"5 things we learned about Ryan:
1. Republicans sound more intelligent then they don't talk
2. Ryan points his finger during speeches, which is against speech etiquette learned on Day One
3. Republicans are mostly white
4. Republicans look like Romulans
5. Republicans have no clue how to tell the truth"
"1. Democrats sound more intelligent when they learn how to construct sentences.
2. Ryan's speaking style is No. 2 on your list. You are already fishing for anything relevant to say.
3. You are a racist.
4. You are a nerd.
5. Baseless assertions of lying and cheating are the last refuge of a man who has lost the debate."
"The five things I learned is:
1. Obama will lose.
2. Obama will lose.
3. Obama will lose.
4. Obama will lose.
5. Obama will lose."
What do you think? What impact will Ryan and the Republican National Convention have on the election? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.
Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.