Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan took the stage tonight here in Tampa to accept his nomination for Vice President. Though 42, Ryan has been in politics for some time now, serving in Congress for 14 yrs. Ryan gained national attention and a following among conservatives for proposing a budget he called the “Roadmap for America’s Future.” Democrats criticized the plan as ‘radical’ and ‘extreme’ even though the Ryan plan takes 27 years to balance the budget. Calling that plan radical either demonstrates how far left the Democrats have moved or how deep in debt we really are…or both.
Picking a running mate is often called the first decision a President makes. Ryan’s selection seemed to solidify and energize the Republican base behind Romney. It injected a measure of seriousness to the campaign, as Ryan himself seemed to acknowledge:
“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.
Despite being the guy who wants to cut everything, Ryan is able to communicate his message with a hopeful tone. He ended his speech expressing hope for the future and rallying people to the Romney/Ryan cause:
“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.