Ryan says GOP ticket will create jobs
Ryan says Romney ready to meet challenges
TAMPA, Fla. — Paul Ryan accepted the GOP vice presidential nomination Wednesday and pledged to help lead the nation out of a jobs crisis.
Ryan told Republicans that he and Mitt Romney will put the government on the side of people who create jobs through tax fairness and regulatory reform.
In speaking Wednesday night to the Republican National Convention, Ryan raised the question of what the next four years would look like without a change in leadership.
Ryan said the first signs of trouble under the Obama administration came with an economic stimulus package that led to more debt but didn’t fix the economy.
Ryan said Romney is ready to meet “serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words.” The Republican congressman also said that he and Romney won’t duck the tough issues and won’t shirk from leading.
Ryan celebrated his Irish immigrant ancestors and small-town values, offering a personal presentation of a lawmaker largely known for sober policy analysis.
Ryan told the crowd that he is ready to be the next vice president.
“I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old — and I know that we are ready,” Ryan said.Exclusive interview with Paul Ryan
Ryan pledged to solve the nation’s economic problems, saying, “We don’t have that much time.”
With Wisconsin’s delegation and Gov. Scott Walker watching from the front row, Ryan laid out his case against Obama, saying the Democrats had been “quiet” about their record and attacking the president’s health care plan, saying it had “no place in a free country.”
In a speech assailing Obama, Ryan called the stimulus spending “a case of political patronage, corporate welfare and cronyism” at its worst.
But the Wisconsin lawmaker himself asked for stimulus funds in his district shortly after Congress approved the plan. Those pleas included letters to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis seeking stimulus grant money for two Wisconsin energy conservation companies. One firm received $20.3 million, according to federal records.
Ryan’s acceptance speech Wednesday night stands as one of the fiercest attacks on Obama’s record in a convention flush with harsh words. Leading such attacks is a traditional role for the No. 2 candidate on a ticket.
Ryan tried to turn the Medicare issue he has been attacked for on its head, calling the president’s changes a “cold power play.”
“So our opponents can consider themselves on notice in this election, on this issue, the usual posturing on the left isn’t going to work. Mitt Romney and I know the difference between protecting a program and raiding it. Ladies and gentlemen, our nation needs this debate. We want this debate. We will win this debate,” Ryan said.
The last part of his speech was focused on why the Romney-Ryan ticket would turn the economy around. Ryan also made a direct appeal to independents, saying, “Whatever your political party, let’s come together for the sake of our country.”