Paul Ryan Leaves Lasting First Impression in Speech to RNC

By: Madeline Anderson
By: Madeline Anderson

Wis. congressman Paul Ryan introduced himself to America Wenesday night, as he delivered his speech at the Republican National Convention. After receiving the official GOP vice presidential nomination, the Janesville native spoke about his hometown, bashed the Obama administration, brought Gov. Scott Walker to tears and told people why they should vote for him and Mitt Romney in November.

"When Gov. Romney asked me to join the ticket, I said let's get this done. And that is exactly what we are going to do," Ryan said.

He said their plan to get the country back on the right track will include creating 12 million jobs within the next four years and limiting federal spending.

With much of the election riding on his shoulders, Ryan's address has been the most buzzed about event of the week.

His two main goals were to show the people who he is and why they should vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket over Obama and Biden.

"Without a change in leadership, why would the first four years be any different from the last four years," Ryan said to a resounding applause. "You, the American people of this country were cut out of a deal. What did taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn't just spent and wasted. It was borrowed, spent and wasted."

Less than three weeks ago, Ryan had been virtually unknown to the public, even many Wisconsinites. After Wednesday night, Ryan hopes to shine some light on who he is.

"I live on the same block where I grew up," he said. "We belong to the same parish where I was baptized. Janesville is that kind of place. The people of Wis. have been good to me. I've tried to live up to their trust. And now I ask those hard-working men and women and millions like them across America to join our cause and get this country working again."

Ryan also stressed his running mates ability to meet "serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words."

Mitt Romney will take the stage Thursday night to close the convention.

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