Excerpts released of Paul Ryan's remarks
August 11th, 2012
08:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts released of Paul Ryan's remarks

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign released excerpts ahead of Rep. Paul Ryan's speech Saturday morning in Norfolk, Virginia, where Romney will introduce the House Budget Committee chairman as his running mate.

Find the excerpts after the jump.

PAUL RYAN EXCERPTS

Mitt Romney is a leader with the skills, the background and the character that our country needs at a crucial time in its history. Following four years of failed leadership, the hopes of our country, which have inspired the world, are growing dim; and they need someone to revive them. Governor Romney is the man for this moment; and he and I share one commitment: we will restore the dreams and greatness of this country.

For the last 14 years, I have proudly represented Wisconsin in Congress. There, I have focused on solving the problems that confront our country, and turning ideas into action; and action into solutions.

I am committed, in mind and heart, to putting that experience to work in a Romney Administration. This is a crucial moment in the life of our nation; and it is absolutely vital that we select the right man to lead America back to prosperity and greatness.

That man is standing next to me. His name is Mitt Romney. And he will be the next president of the United States

Let me say a word about the man Mitt Romney will replace. No one disputes President Obama inherited a difficult situation. And, in his first 2 years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn't make things better.

In fact, we find ourselves in a nation facing debt, doubt and despair.
This is the worst economic recovery in 70 years.

Unemployment has been above 8 percent for more than three years, the longest run since the Great Depression. Families are hurting.

We have the largest deficits and the biggest federal government since WW II.

Nearly 1 out of 6 Americans are in poverty–the worst rate in a generation. Moms and dads are struggling to make ends meet.

Household incomes have dropped by more than $4,000 over the past four years.

Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuses, this is a record of failure.

I represent a part of America that includes inner cities, rural areas, suburbs and factory towns. Over the years I have seen and heard from a lot from families, from those running small businesses, and from people who are in need. But what I have heard lately troubles me the most.
There is something different in their voice and in their words. What I hear from them are diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures.

I hear some people say that this is just "the new normal." High unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt is not a new normal. It's the result of misguided policies. And next January, our economy will begin a comeback with the Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will lead to more jobs and more take home pay for working Americans.

I believe my record of getting things done in Congress will be a very helpful complement to Governor Romney's executive and private sector success outside Washington. I have worked closely with Republicans as well as Democrats to advance an agenda of economic growth, fiscal discipline, and job creation.

I'm proud to stand with a man who understands what it takes to foster job creation in our economy, someone who knows from experience, that if you have a small business-you did build that.

At Bain Capital, he launched new businesses and he turned around failing ones – companies like Staples, Bright Horizons and Sports Authority, just to name a few. Mitt Romney created jobs and showed he knows how a free economy works.

At the Olympics, he took a failing enterprise and made it the pride of our entire nation.

As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with Democrats and Republicans to balance budgets with no tax increases, lower unemployment, increase income and improve people's lives.

In all of these things, Mitt Romney has shown himself to be a man of achievement, excellence and integrity.

We Americans look at one another's success with pride, not resentment, because we know, as more Americans work hard, take risks, and succeed, more people will prosper, our communities will benefit, and individual lives will be improved and uplifted.

The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:

We won't duck the tough issues...we will lead!

We won't blame others...we will take responsibility!

We won't replace our founding principles...we will reapply them!

We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:

What kind of country do we want to have?

What kind of people do we want to be?

We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth.

Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I'm excited for what lies ahead and I'm thrilled to be a part of America's Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done. Thank you.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Virginia
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Wendy

    Wow! Brilliant.

    August 11, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. lies from the right but mostly hate

    LMFAO Sarah Palin part deux

    August 11, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. DAVID

    oh my god! can it get any better for democrats like me? this guy spends so much time with his foot in his mouth his toes are wrinkled up like you have been swimming for hours!

    August 11, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Norma Vessels

    Paul Ryan says, he and Mitt Romney will restore the dreams and greatness of this country. Guess what .. they won't
    be able to do that, since it's already being done right this minute, the minutes before, and the minutes to come, and on after our President Obama is re-elected in November! How can Paul Ryan say that, when it's happening now. We're being
    brought out of a terrible recession that could have easily fallen into a Depression that people barely lived through in
    the 30's .. my parents being two of the people! Things like phones going to the movies, going out to eat, was out of
    the question. Every penny had to go to keeping food on our table, shoes on our feet in the cold weather .. we went
    bare foot in summer. I've got scars to prove it. It was the way it was ... and today, we are saved from all that repeating
    itself in our generation. Instead of whimpering that we don't 'have enough', we should go down on our knees and thank
    our Heavenly Father that we've got a man like President Obama who prays for guidance every morning before he goes
    out to face another day of problems and hard decisions. Thank you, Father, for sending us President Obama. Amen.

    August 11, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. mark

    So, let's see...the Republican leadership, over an eight year period, divided and almost destroyed the country. Now Ryan complains because Obama didn't clean up the Republican mess in two years? Then after the 2010 election Republican policy was to prevent Obama from solving problems . How stupid is that?
    Romneys choice was a cowards move to the right to bring in the Tea Party crowd because his policy alone offered no hope at all for election.

    August 11, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Pete

    Walker Scott must have turned Romney down! Suggestion for Biden...........In your debates with Ryan, delegate all except 30 seconds per question of your time to Ryan and then just stand there, look at the audience, and smile!!!

    August 11, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Mark

    Paul Ryan will be a great whipping boy for the Dems, because he has ideas and plans to fix the problems. Bill Clinton agreed with Ryan on the need to FIX these problems. Most Dems won't like him because he understands budgets and medicare and what needs to be done to FIX them. Dems don't know what budgets are, and haven't even proposed their yearly requirement in over 3 years. So before you bash Paul Ryan, at least take a look at what your party has done, and see with clear vision that the economy is not improving under Obama. He hasn't met with his jobs council in over 15 months. I think we need new leadership, time for change again!

    August 11, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Indy

    There was nothing new in in Ryans speech and nothing new for Romney to choke once again and introduce Paul Ryan as the next President. This was the same old used car salesman speech where he says he will snap his fingers and make everything better. This was a very drole un uninspired speech by Paul Ryan. Not a bad pick for Romney, it is very clear now that it is the middle class against Romneyhood in this election and the people will prove they are more powerful than money (Romney)

    August 11, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. LouAZ

    We have not succeeded in solving all your problems. The answers we have found only serve to raise a whole new set of questions. In some ways, we feel we are confused as ever, but we believe we are now cornfused on a higher level and about more important things. The Ronmey-Rayn Teapublican Campaign.

    August 11, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. AnybodybutMittensRyan

    "As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with Democrats and Republicans to balance budgets with no tax increases, lower unemployment, increase income and improve people's lives"

    Ya... right....what a bunch of bull... the unemployment was considered low when he became governor... yes no tax increases ... but our fees went through the roof... he even attempted to imposed a $10 fee for a state Blindness certificate...while he was off concocting another tax avoidance scheme (like son of boss)... Mitt's a phoney... we realized it after his first year. He may have taken $1 a year... but he was only worth $.50... the only good thing he was involved in... Romneycare.... he tries to deny... and I voted for him... won't make that mistake again.

    August 11, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    I think it's great we now have a ticket that is totally looking out for our...now how should I put this....JOB CREATORS!! I think we will here the term "class warfare" quite a bit more before this election is all over because we now know WHICH class the RandR ticket stand for.

    August 11, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. alrodex

    I'm amazed at how stupid some people can be.

    August 11, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |