Full text: Ryan's remarks to the GOP convention
August 29th, 2012
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Full text: Ryan's remarks to the GOP convention

(CNN) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's remarks to the GOP convention, as released by the Romney campaign:

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Paul Ryan today delivered remarks to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. The following remarks were prepared for delivery:

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.

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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Steve

    To those who cherish their entitlements, think of this: I have a hungry friend down the street. Took $100 out of my wallet. Sent it to Wash. DC welfare system. $8.00 comes back to help. Need to pay all the federal employees, pay for buildings, and pensions.... let alone the fraud and waste of anyone trying to monitor something 1,000 miles away. Reduce government. The school down the street needs help. Take $100 out of your wallet. Send it to Wash DC dept. of education..... get $8.00 back to help the school. Does any thinking person actually believe some beaurocrat in DC knows better, or is smarter, than local folks who know the local needs. Keep your money at home. Reduce the federal government......... You can argue with the numbers, but not the concept..... if you need the federal government to hold your hand, and hold you up, well, they will. And the cost is staggering, and the actual result... help to the actual need.... is miniscule. Also, this will take some advanced math, but how many employee work hours with salaries and benefits was Mitt Romney responsible for? His companies emplyed 1,000s. For how many work days per year, for how many years. You are into the millions of work hours, with related paychecks and benefits....This next one will be easier: How many work hours in the private sector, actual private enterprise on which this country was built, did Barack Obama create. Easy . -0-. Read Obama's own book. He was smoking weed while Romney was already a success in the private world. Obama has only been a political activist and a college teacher.... He is a brilliant orator.. has duped millions with his ..... dramatic..... pauses... but no beef. And no resume. Cut most spending.... the government does not exist for the purpose of employing people. The business built the new highway, not vice versa..... Decent campaign slogan: "Tax everyone Else. Give me my welfare. Vote Democrat."

    August 30, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Beyond the fact that Ryan lied through his teeth and never took responsibility for his role in all that he blamed Barack Obama for; lied through his teeth again and continued to blame Obama for the state of the economy Ryan himself had more to do with than Barack Obama had; lied through his teeth again and continued to blame Obama without once taking responsibility for the eight years of disasterous policies he himself voted yes to on each of GWs giveaways ... yeah, media pundits ... it was a great speech.

    Evidenced by the fact that there are those who will actually vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket knowing full well it, and the Republican convention, is based on nothing coming even close to the truth - and pundits continuing to push this ticket in wonder and amazement - my guess is America is beyond help.

    To vote for the party that created our economic mess while promising to take us back to the very same policies that created this mess to begin with is frightening. So, yeah ... I am scared. Of all you fools gleefully cheering on a ticket based on lies, and more than willing to once again drag us back into the abyss Obama took three years dragging us out of.

    Cheer on, America. Cheer on.

    Kudos to Tom Brokaw for at least mentioning Ryan's past voting history. It was refreshing for someone in the media to actually hint that this ticket isn't based on truth as we know it.

    August 30, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  3. JonathanZ

    Everything Ryan said was true and what I read here is revisionist history by people who act like ostriches with their heads stuck in the sand. Medicare, Social Security, far too much unemployment enormous debt.. you and BO are there with a stupid looks on your faces asking, "What, me worry?" You and BO Hope that while doing nothing some miracle will Change the dire straits the country is in. BO has done nothing to merit re-election. Nothing. The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing while expecting different results. Why would anyone what four more years of this mess?

    August 30, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  4. Cali

    Change is coming

    August 30, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  5. M

    Ryan's speech was built upon lies, accusations, half-truths, and lying by omission. Paul Ryan stood there on national television infront of the whole nation... infront of the whole world and told lie after lie after lie without batting an eyelid.

    August 30, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  6. annieL

    Americans know who got us into this mess. We also know who has opposed everything he tried to do to get us out of it just so they could come to this convention and attack him for not fixing all the complex problems single-handedly. The Republican-engineered financial collapse robbed hard-working people of their retirement savings in 401Ks and IRAs and the equity in their homes so that now we in our 50s and 60s can't even dream of retiring, if we are lucky enough to keep our jobs and homes. Nothing Ryan said does anything to change these conditions for the better, only for the worse. Any piddling tax cuts they throw at median-income families will be a drop in the bucket that won't even cover the higher costs of energy and food, let alone healthcare, and will only go toward paying off our high-interest consumer debt and our children's college loans, not buying consumer goods that will grow more jobs. Their "feed the rich and starve the poor" policies will only make the rich richer, like the Bush tax cuts did, because when the rich get to keep more of their excess wealth, they will simply stash it in foreign bank accounts like Mr. Romney to avoid taxes. If tax cuts for the "job creators" had worked, we wouldn't have had the worst recession since the Great Depression and the slow recovery since that. Talk about "tired old policies" of Dems all you want, Mr. Ryan. But it is the same old Republican "trickle down" policies and corporate welfare that you offer. The only thing new is you will also fire tens of thousands of public service workers and schoolteachers with your budget-cutting and they will not find private sector jobs to pay their mortgages, send their kids to college, pay their medical bills and save for retirement.

    August 30, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  7. Dee

    Ryan is very dangerous he was lying he walk out and didn't vote on Simpson-Bowles, he accepted the stimulus package, he voted on 2 wars and much more is documented.

    August 30, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  8. GaryB

    It's interesting that Ryan brings up the GM plant. It closed less than five months after Obama took office... before the stimulus had any chance to take effect... before Obama was able to convince guys like Ryan in Congress that the American auto industry should be bailed out. During that same period of time, however, congressional Republicans were saying that their #1 priority was to make Obama a one term president. They didn't care one whit about saving American jobs. And, of course, if Ryan's running mate had had his way, a lot more GM plants would've been shuttered. You would think Ryan really wouldn't want to bring attention to that fact.

    August 30, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  9. Me

    Reiterating what others have said: it was a well delivered speech full of some nice catchphrases. However, it was dominated by half-truths and outright lies. Such is the state of American politics of the Right.

    August 30, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  10. Anonymous


    I looked it up, GM plant closed June 2009 while Ryan was trying to make deals to save it. It closed under Obama's watch.
    Fact checking can be your friend:

    The Capital Times October 13, 2008. "GM to close Janesville plant on December 23, 2008."

    "In October 2008, GM announced Janesville Assembly would be largely idled December 23, 2008 when production of SUVs would end."

    For all intents and purposes, the plant closed December 23, 2008. A sketeton crew of 1200 remained to complete exsisting contracts. As reported in Janesville on December 23, 2008:


    "It's the end of the line for GM's Janesville Assembly Plant. The last SUV rolled off the line Tuesday morning just after seven o'clock. ."

    August 30, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  11. Llad

    God save America if they elect these brazen, no-good lying Republicans that would dismantle Medicare as we know it and force our elderly to pay thousands of dollars our of their pocket each year for the same care that they now receive.

    August 30, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  12. BSmith

    His speech didn't change my mind. He and Romney are both liars and they do it with ease. I hope they loose the election. Both are just power hungry millionaires who doesn't care about the middle class or poor. Instead of the new commentators drinking the koolaid, perhaps they should stick to journalism and point out that Ryan was lying. Disappointing coverage CNN.

    August 30, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  13. Tim

    Tired of CNN twisting the truth. Ryan said 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 Obama said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.” Ryan never said President Obama said like Stephanie Cutter said he did.. Ryan was saying Another Obama promise. The plant did close in 2009, when Obama was president.

    August 30, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  14. The Discoverer

    Remember "You didn't build that, someone else did."? Well, that encapsulates the abysmal ignorance of Obama about what makes a democratic capitalist economy go. Of course "they didn't build the roads and bridges", not directly. BUT, WHERE DID THE MONEY COME FROM TO BUILD THEM? From the private sector's taxes, both the taxes paid by businesses and by individuals employed by the businesses. In other words, ONLY private enterprise creates lasting wealth that government can tax and then spend for the commonweal. Not understanding that absolutely disqualifies Obama for re-election. He has never built anything himself and is steeped in the collectivist dogma of his friends and acquaintances. So, are you going to re-elect incompetence or take a chance on a team that has demonstrated competence? And, btw, why is it OK for Soros, Kerry and the Kennedy's to be rich and not Romney? Do you forget that the Kennedy's all served in our top government positions, despite being multi-millionaires? Not to mention Gore. Talk about a double standard. Sheesh!! Get a grip.

    August 30, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  15. Ronaldo Nascimento

    You are affraid now democrats...

    August 30, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  16. Elizabeth in Seattle

    Romney and Ryan are scary. They will destroy this country with all of their lies. People have short term memories. Look what Obama walked into – a horrible situation left by another Republican president. There is also racism clearly involved hear too. Clinton was treated horribly, but this is clearly a racist thing. Obama has done the very best he can with the horrible people that have made his presidency hell. Shame on the Republicans. President Obama is a wonderful president with a huge heart for this country. WAKE UP PLEASE.

    August 30, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  17. AmericanWaxwing

    PAUL. RYAN. Holy smokes - stunning, inspiring speech. Go listen to it, give it a chance, hear him out. Compare Ryan and Romney to what you've gotten the last four years, it's a complete contrast. I'm so excited and relieved at the prospect of smart, competent leadership heading to the White House.

    August 30, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  18. Hope4New

    Ryan just delivered an emo speech with carefully engineered references to father and grandma, neatly phrasing the discontent in the conservative arena (which we see pour out in quite a different form on the internet fora). He provides no insight in the road forward. A young man talking old, a superficial stooge.

    August 30, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  19. Ronnie Harper

    How do Republicans, with a straight face, complain about a national debt that they ran up by padding the pockets of their oligarch donors in the military-industrial complex for two wars that nobody wants? Also, why wasn't the national debt a priority during the Bush or Regan years? What I hear from Paul Ryan is that he drifts off in the middle of Congressional sessions, never left the block where he grew up, that he doesn't like black people making decisions, and that if you aren't a bible thumper you should be cut off and left to die in your own filth.

    August 30, 2012 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  20. disgustedNY

    Ryan represents the exact thing that got us into trouble. Letting wall street and the banks risk everything in the hopes of big returns at the expense of our economy. Personally I am tired of getting 1% interest on my savings, I don't want to go backwards to a system which lets corporations control my country. I'll leave it to the democratic party to balance the budget. Thanks but no thanks.

    August 30, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  21. dm nash

    So....judging by tastes in music we learned from Ryans' own words that Romneys' EZ listening is outdated and passe – like his platform....but the younger Ryan is so much cooler listing to his retro rock (he wasn't even born yet when these bands ruled) while leading us on a "Highway to Hell" with vouchers and a career mostly made up of trying to pass abortion laws. I'm quite sure rockers and metal heads were laughing their heads off(like I was) when he entered to Thin Lizzy as if they'd now want to GOP party with him since he's soooo rad. More like a sign that they're outdated and out of touch w/America.
    Well, Paul Ryan....I saw Thin Lizzy in 75/76 but I'm more Springsteen now – FORWARD OBAMA 2012

    August 30, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  22. fernace

    Great speech! Too bad it was all distorted, twisted & untrue! We are in the position we are now due to the "do nothing but say NO" congress! What happened to their Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! platform in '10? It became a "crusade" to block/ban abortion, womens healthcare clinics, insured contraceptives, gay civil rights, illegals human rights & an endless insertion of religion, to the point that religious rhetoric is blatantly involved in the policy process of just about everything! Education-budget slashed, teachers, etc. fired, Emergency Services-same as above! This party has done everything except compromise & co-operate! Kids learn that these are good trait to have in order to get along w/people, as young as toddlerhood! I say an emphatic NO to the "Party of No"!! Obama 2012!

    August 30, 2012 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  23. mig

    Just because Obamas story is getting old doesn't mean it's not true! I'm really sick of these Republicans trying to make us forget who put us in this almost unsurmountable mess.They did it and they mafe it impossible for Obama to fix it in 4 yearss and they want us to give them the power to screw us again.

    August 30, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  24. mig

    It doesn't really look like Romney is running this thing!

    August 30, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  25. NameMilitary Mom

    What about our Troops, our sons and
    daughters, husbands, wives!!!

    August 30, 2012 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
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