- Posted August 29, 2012 by
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Sights and sounds of the RNC
Ryan Accepts Vice Presidential Nominee Mantle
"I accept the duty to lead us out of a job crisis and back to prosperity," Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan began his remarks before an enthusiastic Republican National Convention.
From those opening words, Ryan went on to introduce himself and his family as well as to make the case for Mitt Romney to be the next President of the United States.
Ryan put a plea out to "hard working Americans" to join him and Romney in getting the nation to working again to the cheers of GOP choir.
"The recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight," Ryan said as he related how a car factory in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin was shut down within a year after then candidate Barack Obama promised if the people would elect him the plant would be there for another 100 years.
Ryan readily tonight took on the traditional role of the #2 on the ticket as the attack dog. Ryan went after the current White House occupant over and over again. Ryan showed he is ready to jump into the fray and not look back.
Ryan's top target? The Affordable Care Act which of course he called "obamacare".
Ryan, as Romney has continued to do, repeated the $716 billion take from Medicare claim. While $716 billion was moved in the ACA, as several fact checking organizations have determined, the charge as made is not completely accurate.
Ryan charged that the presidency of Barack Obama has become "like a ship trying to sail on yesterday's wind". Ryan claims what is missing is "leadership in the White House."
"We will get America creating wealth again," Ryan proclaimed.
Continuing what has become a theme at this year's convention, Ryan paid tribute to his mother saying, "My Mom is my role model."
Ryan vowed that a Romney presidency will keep government spending to 20% of GDP "because that is enough".
Turning to his mentor, the late Jack Kemp, Ryan recalled Kemp's optimism and that optimism is what is needed now.
Overall, Ryan did what the person selected to run on the ticket is suppose to do: he took on the opposition with the gusto of a dog looking for a ham bone.
Ryan kept the conventioneers on their feet over and over throughout his address as he introduced himself not only to Republicans, but to the nation.
"You have not failed. Your leaders have failed you," Ryan lamented as he addressed those feeling as if life was passing them by and troubles were besetting them.
Ryan proved he was the topping of the red meat feast that the night had provided to the party faithful. His humor and candor were more like the whip cream and cherry on top of the dessert to the crowd.
Did Ryan do enough to get the undecideds and independents thinking Romney-Ryan?
Only on November 6 will that question be answered. What is known is that those delegates, those members of the GOP church choir, are enthusiastic about the team going into the sprint over the next couple of months.
From the Cornfield, Ryan proved he is up to the task and ready to roll up his sleeves and do the hard work to put victory within the grasp of Romney-Ryan.