Paul Ryan: “Whatever your political party, let’s come together for the sake of our country.”

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Read Paul Ryan’s prepared remarks for the GOP Convention:

Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored by the support of this convention for vice president of the United States.

I accept the duty to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity – and I know we can do this.

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.

Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney.

I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression. I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power.

They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they’ve got left.

With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money – and he’s pretty experienced at that. You see, some people can’t be dragged down by the usual cheap tactics, because their ability, character, and plain decency are so obvious – and ladies and gentlemen, that is Mitt Romney.

For my part, your nomination is an unexpected turn. It certainly came as news to my family, and I’d like you to meet them: My wife Janna, our daughter Liza, and our boys Charlie and Sam.

The kids are happy to see their grandma, who lives in Florida. There she is – my Mom, Betty.

My Dad, a small-town lawyer, was also named Paul. Until we lost him when I was 16, he was a gentle presence in my life. I like to think he’d be proud of me and my sister and brothers, because I’m sure proud of him and of where I come from, Janesville, Wisconsin.

I live on the same block where I grew up. We belong to the same parish where I was baptized. Janesville is that kind of place.

The people of Wisconsin have been good to me. I’ve tried to live up to their trust. And now I ask those hardworking men and women, and millions like them across America, to join our cause and get this country working again.

When Governor Romney asked me to join the ticket, I said, “Let’s get this done” – and that is exactly, what we’re going to do.

President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.

Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.

Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for, or any work at all.

So here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?

The first troubling sign came with the stimulus. It was President Obama’s first and best shot at fixing the economy, at a time when he got everything he wanted under one-party rule. It cost $831 billion – the largest one-time expenditure ever by our federal government.

It went to companies like Solyndra, with their gold-plated connections, subsidized jobs, and make-believe markets. The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare, and cronyism at their worst. You, the working men and women of this country, were cut out of the deal.

What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn’t just spent and wasted – it was borrowed, spent, and wasted.

Maybe the greatest waste of all was time. Here we were, faced with a massive job crisis – so deep that if everyone out of work stood in single file, that unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent. You would think that any president, whatever his party, would make job creation, and nothing else, his first order of economic business.

But this president didn’t do that. Instead, we got a long, divisive, all-or-nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care.

Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country.

The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over. That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare.

And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly.

You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover, even with new taxes on nearly a million small businesses, the planners in Washington still didn’t have enough money. They needed more. They needed hundreds of billions more. So, they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we’re going to stop it.

In Congress, when they take out the heavy books and wall charts about Medicare, my thoughts go back to a house on Garfield Street in Janesville. My wonderful grandma, Janet, had Alzheimer’s and moved in with Mom and me. Though she felt lost at times, we did all the little things that made her feel loved.

We had help from Medicare, and it was there, just like it’s there for my Mom today. Medicare is a promise, and we will honor it. A Romney-Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare, for my Mom’s generation, for my generation, and for my kids and yours.

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.

Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close.

It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis.

It began with a housing crisis they alone didn’t cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn’t correct.

It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.

It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.

President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, well, “I haven’t communicated enough.” He said his job is to “tell a story to the American people” – as if that’s the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, and we need to be better listeners?

Ladies and gentlemen, these past four years we have suffered no shortage of words in the White House. What’s missing is leadership in the White House. And the story that Barack Obama does tell, forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago – isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?

In this generation, a defining responsibility of government is to steer our nation clear of a debt crisis while there is still time. Back in 2008, candidate Obama called a $10 trillion national debt “unpatriotic” – serious talk from what looked to be a serious reformer.

Yet by his own decisions, President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined. One president, one term, $5 trillion in new debt.

He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.

Republicans stepped up with good-faith reforms and solutions equal to the problems. How did the president respond? By doing nothing – nothing except to dodge and demagogue the issue.

So here we are, $16 trillion in debt and still he does nothing. In Europe, massive debts have put entire governments at risk of collapse, and still he does nothing. And all we have heard from this president and his team are attacks on anyone who dares to point out the obvious.

They have no answer to this simple reality: We need to stop spending money we don’t have.

My Dad used to say to me: “Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.” The present administration has made its choices. And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems.

And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.

After four years of government trying to divide up the wealth, we will get America creating wealth again. With tax fairness and regulatory reform, we’ll put government back on the side of the men and women who create jobs, and the men and women who need jobs.

My Mom started a small business, and I’ve seen what it takes. Mom was 50 when my Dad died. She got on a bus every weekday for years, and rode 40 miles each morning to Madison. She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business. It wasn’t just a new livelihood. It was a new life. And it transformed my Mom from a widow in grief to a small businesswoman whose happiness wasn’t just in the past. Her work gave her hope. It made our family proud. And to this day, my Mom is my role model.

Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere. A lot of heart goes into each one. And if small businesspeople say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them. After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn’t help to hear from their president that government gets the credit. What they deserve to hear is the truth: Yes, you did build that.

We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years.

In a clean break from the Obama years, and frankly from the years before this president, we will keep federal spending at 20 percent of GDP, or less. That is enough. The choice is whether to put hard limits on economic growth, or hard limits on the size of government, and we choose to limit government.

I learned a good deal about economics, and about America, from the author of the Reagan tax reforms – the great Jack Kemp. What gave Jack that incredible enthusiasm was his belief in the possibilities of free people, in the power of free enterprise and strong communities to overcome poverty and despair. We need that same optimism right now.

And in our dealings with other nations, a Romney-Ryan administration will speak with confidence and clarity. Wherever men and women rise up for their own freedom, they will know that the American president is on their side. Instead of managing American decline, leaving allies to doubt us and adversaries to test us, we will act in the conviction that the United States is still the greatest force for peace and liberty that this world has ever known.

President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record. But we are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy as Barack Obama inherited it, not the economy as he envisions it, but this economy as we are living it.

College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life. Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.

None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers – a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.

Listen to the way we’re spoken to already, as if everyone is stuck in some class or station in life, victims of circumstances beyond our control, with government there to help us cope with our fate.

It’s the exact opposite of everything I learned growing up in Wisconsin, or at college in Ohio. When I was waiting tables, washing dishes, or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself. That’s what we do in this country. That’s the American Dream. That’s freedom, and I’ll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners.

By themselves, the failures of one administration are not a mandate for a new administration. A challenger must stand on his own merits. He must be ready and worthy to serve in the office of president.

We’re a full generation apart, Governor Romney and I. And, in some ways, we’re a little different. There are the songs on his iPod, which I’ve heard on the campaign bus and on many hotel elevators. He actually urged me to play some of these songs at campaign rallies. I said, I hope it’s not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.

A generation apart. That makes us different, but not in any of the things that matter. Mitt Romney and I both grew up in the heartland, and we know what places like Wisconsin and Michigan look like when times are good, when people are working, when families are doing more than just getting by. And we both know it can be that way again.

We’ve had very different careers – mine mainly in public service, his mostly in the private sector. He helped start businesses and turn around failing ones. By the way, being successful in business – that’s a good thing.

Mitt has not only succeeded, but succeeded where others could not. He turned around the Olympics at a time when a great institution was collapsing under the weight of bad management, overspending, and corruption – sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

He was the Republican governor of a state where almost nine in ten legislators are Democrats, and yet he balanced the budget without raising taxes. Unemployment went down, household incomes went up, and Massachusetts, under Mitt Romney, saw its credit rating upgraded.

Mitt and I also go to different churches. But in any church, the best kind of preaching is done by example. And I’ve been watching that example. The man who will accept your nomination tomorrow is prayerful and faithful and honorable. Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best. Not only a fine businessman, he’s a fine man, worthy of leading this optimistic and good-hearted country.

Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed. We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope. Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life.

We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.

Each of these great moral ideas is essential to democratic government – to the rule of law, to life in a humane and decent society. They are the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America’s founding. They are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes, even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and God, not from government.

The founding generation secured those rights for us, and in every generation since, the best among us have defended our freedoms. They are protecting us right now. We honor them and all our veterans, and we thank them.

The right that makes all the difference now, is the right to choose our own leaders. And you are entitled to the clearest possible choice, because the time for choosing is drawing near. So here is our pledge.

We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead.

We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility.

We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.

The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this.

We can get this country working again. We can get this economy growing again. We can make the safety net safe again. We can do this.

Whatever your political party, let’s come together for the sake of our country. Join Mitt Romney and me. Let’s give this effort everything we have. Let’s see this through all the way. Let’s get this done.

Thank you, and God bless.

  • Anonymous

    We can mutually respect one another, the Jew, the Christian,
    the Muslim, the others. So why not ? Lets do it again. Lets work for America. One
    more time, Why not?  What’s Ryan asking for? Is it just our vote? May the blessings of
    the L-rd Jesus be with you all! ONE MORE TIME.

  • Anonymous

    Ryan gave a pretty good speech.
    Of course he failed to mention his vital role in running one of the most obstructionist congresses in history.  I also believe they have now reached the worst approval rating in the history of the U.S.
    That being said, it is too bad Ryan is running for VP this year. 
    Christie will obviously lead the Presidential push in 2016 and history doesn’t favor a losing VP getting another nod four years after losing the last election.
    Also, Rice looked good today.  She will definitely make waves in the future.

    • Anonymous

      Ryan ROCKED the house.  His speech was not pretty good it was Great.

    • Anonymous

      What are you talking about? The Congress was Democratic for 2 years and the president was too busy taking over healthcare to worry about jobs,the economy and the rising debt during those years. We were downgraded for the first time in US history under Obama because Obama refused to compromise his far left radical policies. Bill Clinton compromised when he was president and CLinton along with the Republican Congress accomplished passage of substantial legislation. Obama does not want to be president…Obama wants to be a dictator. Get a clue.

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    To come togeather is fine, save for one exception: We must ensure the Progressives are once and for all defeated, and guard against their corrupting influence ever arising for a second time.

    • Anonymous

      does Ryan have military experience or background

      • Brian Hall

        Does Obama or Biden have any experience in the Military?

      • Anonymous

        Research it yourself. Or are you making a statement?  Not really sure, because you seem to be illiterate and have problems with constucting your thoughts into readable form.  Please don’t reply.  Not really interested.

  • Soulphoenix

    Ryan knocked it out of the park. And then MSNBC got involved, and it became an absolute laugh-fest. Al Sharpton went apoplectic claiming Ryan lied about the GM plant promise (by the way, has he lost even more weight? Bravo!). What Obama REALLY said in February 2008, in Janesville, was that if government helped GM, he thought the plant could re-tool and survive for the next 100 years. So he didn’t use the words “I promise,” but he implied the promise. My teenage daughter tells me all the time that an implied promise is still a promise. Is she right? Or should I blindly follow the Sharpton/Matthews/Maddow/Shulz race-baiting leviathan?

    • Anonymous

      I too was flipping back and forth to MSNBC just to see what ignorant craziness was going to come out of their mouths.  I think Chris Mathews was the worst.  It is absolutely incredible and appalling to hear their comments.  The scary part is, that they really do mean it.  They are so blinded to the truth, I don’t see how they can ever truly wake up, and see what has happened to this country. 

    • Poison_ Monkey

      Did the “guy’s” that worked at the GM plant ‘believe” Obama when (Obama) guaranteed 100 years of employment for their vote?  

      A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.”  That’s what he said in 2008.
      Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year.  It is locked up and empty to this day.  And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.

  • Anonymous

    A person w two first names is difficlt to trust  haha, especially a flip flopper who voted for all Bush’s big spending projects.  We all know what they were.  Where was BUSH, maybe he’ll speak before Romney tonight

    • Anonymous

      Why is his name relevant? By the way Ryan is an Irish surname not a first name. 

    • Anonymous

       Wow,your intellect is beyond comprehension.

  • Anonymous

    More Bush tax cuts, more trickle down effect rich to poor.  It worked under 8 years of BUSH right

    • Anonymous

      What part of Stimulus don’t you understand…. is there any better illustration of “Trickle down economics” or are you just amusing us with your mendacious comments?

      • Sandie

        Obama’s idea of stimulus is to pay off cronies, payback unions and choose winners and losers, not to mention stimulate other countries economies by investing our money in their companies thus providing jobs abroad. Our jobless? Ooops – too bad, you lose, (unless you are in a union where you get bailed out before the investors, and get a waiver from paying for Obamacare)

  • Anonymous

    Ryan rocked the house. 

  • Anonymous
  • Deanna Gum Storms

    I love this guy!!!

  • Anonymous

    Romney made the best choice possible when he chose Paul Ryan for VP.  Ryan was not just making a one time speech, he was arguing the same things he’s been arguing in Congress for years.  His words ring true because they are part of who he is. The kool aid drinkers won’t believe him of course, but we knew that.

    • Anonymous
      • Anonymous

         I believe Sally Kohn who wrote the piece is one of their left leaning opinion writers. Fox was deceptive by not disclosing Sally’s bias and credentials. It is fine for Sally to have an opinion but her opinions are biased to the left.

        The following is another fact checker who I believe is a more conservative source. People should read both and decide who is telling the truth.

        • Anonymous

          Anyway, I do believe America’s credit rating was downgraded as a result of Republican game of chicken when Obama was offering 4 trillion in cuts for a modest increase in upper class tax.  Even Reagan raised taxes when necessary.  Seems Democrats offered more than Republicans in that debate.  I’ve heard a number of smart economists say what an unfortunate missed opportunity it was for the country.

          • Anonymous

             Actually the story that is told regarding Obama coming up with a solution with Booehner is an urban myth…it was debunked and if there was such a negotiation where are the documents supporting Obama’s grand gesture. Ryan and the Republican’s created detailed plans and budgets that actually passed the House. Harry Reid refused to take these budget’s to the House floor. Obama came up with one budget and it received zero votes in both Houses.

            I strongly believe that the reason we were downgraded was a lack of leadership upon President Obama’s part. Obama does not believe in compromise. You do remember how he slammed his healthcare through Congress by buying votes? Unlike Obama,Clinton compromised with the republicans in Congress and was an effective leader because of that fact. Romney was a republican governor in the most Democratic state in the country. ROmney came into office when there was a 3 billion dollar deficit and Romney worked with Democrats to reduce the deficit to a 1 billion dollar rainy day fund and during this time,MA credit rating was upgraded.

            Obama is a very poor leader because he does not build relationships and consenus with the opposition party. I truly believe that Obama would feel more comfortable in a dictatorial role.

          • Anonymous

            Well maybe it’s time for him to take his octavian aspirations and move to Kenya..

          • Anonymous

            I tend to agree with you on your leadership opinion, but Obama’s has a pretty impossible congress to deal with.  On the health care issue, the Republican 
            compromise to the Clinton plan was a mandate, same as Romney in MA.

          • Anonymous

            Obama did “go big” as they say, but the debt ceiling debate was used as a tool force the Obama administration to agree to spending reductions that they didn’t think were in the national interest.  Republicans make it sound as if the debt is Obama’s fault, however it is in fact the result of decisions by both parties over a very long time.  The problem is that the sensible center is much weaker than it used to be.  We have in congress a group of people that don’t want to compromise on anything.

          • Anonymous

            Guess you didn’t read Obama’s budget…(you know the one that didn’t get a single vote in the Senate or the House).. Your comment is comedy though !!

          • Anonymous

             Landree-Attached is another fact check. Again this is a conservative source but the facts can be easily verified.

      • Smiling Pats Fan

         The congress refuses to increase the debt ceiling and that’s what caused the downgrade???? Someone must be drinking something!

        • Anonymous

          Or someone else refused to live within their budget….Oh forgot they don’t have one…

        • Anonymous

          Well, that’s the opinion of the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, which Ryan has much respect for.  I don’t think the CBO hires drunks.

        • Anonymous

          …and yes, when a country signals to creditors that it’s willing to flirt with the prospect of not paying it’s debts, uncertainty becomes a cause for downgrading credit rating.

  • landofaahs

    We are going to have a very rough 2 years no matter who wins.  But if obama wins, it will never get better.  We have to turn away from the gimme attitude and take responsibility for ourselves with enough compassion to help our neighbor not through govt. but through our own personal actions.  This is our last chance to save the republic without a split.

    • Anonymous

      Hey brother haven’t talked to you in a while… think the scary thing is the Capital Gains tax increase jumping 10-13%…. if Obama wins watch the sell off before the first of the year… think we’ll hear the loud screaming sound like a stuka before we go into the ditch….

      • landofaahs

        Yep. It may even happen before then. The volumes traded in equities is low with an up and down movement. One of my red flag indicators.
        You are right though that people will protect themselves from the higher cap gains tax though. Either way crap is going to hit the fan and although I intend to stay here through thick or thin, I am moving assets out legally to safer place(s). Get ready for some rough 2-3 years. Pray, pray and pray some more.

  • Adrianne Georgia

    His speech was one of the best so far.  I don’t think I’ll ever cease to be impressed by how firmly he stands by his convictions.  It doesn’t matter if he’s more conservative than Romney–he’s still not going to tone down his message.  The romney/RYAN ticket has my full support. :)

  • Colin Malaker

    I think this image from May 15, 1943 says it all.  Back then Europe was moving rapidly toward total govt control.  We resisted.  Also interesting is how the Media used to stand for Liberty and American greatness.  My how far we have come.  Ryan is right and we need to continue to remind ALL the world what the follies in govt control always end up doing to people — serfs they do become.  Permission given to share and use on air under my name if you like

  • Anonymous

    amazing how Rachel Maddow starts foaming at the mouth to comment after every Republican speech. I think she is maniacal.

    • Anonymous

      She has a disease, but is still in the closet about it.. – Republican Paraphilia

  • Blaine Cooper

    Ryan is evil, Obama is evil, Romney is evil, and how Glenn Beck can sit back, and support them after the crap they pulled at the RNC, make’s me sick , and is part of the elite and sold out his soul.

  • Blaine Cooper

    Proof election is FIXED !

    • Rahm Kota

      This is proof of why you need help! 

  • Rahm Kota

    Vote Mormon instead of moron. 

  • Anonymous

    Ryan could have said that the latest hurricane, inappropriately named Isaac should have been named Obama.   It is ever so slow in moving and it wrecked a tremendous amount of damage, much more than anyone could have ever imagined.

  • Anonymous

    Git’r done! I have hope for a change! Looking forward to America getting back on the right track again.

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  • Steve Lindsey

    Paul how can we “come together” when you and I both know Obama is destroying us. Why is it compromise means we have to jog left and agree with the Progressive party? 

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