Ryan's Speech Excites Republican Delegates

    Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention Aug. 29, 2012
    Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention Aug. 29, 2012
    TAMPA, FL — U.S. Voters got their first real look at Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan Wednesday.  Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, delivered his acceptance speech before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, and a nationwide TV audience. 

    The 42-year old Congressman was little known nationally just a few weeks ago.  But he was thrust into the political limelight Wednesday when he formally accepted the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination as Mitt Romney’s runningmate.

    Ryan brought Republican delegates to their feet several times with a searing critique of President Obama's economic record.

    “It all started off with Greek columns, stirring speeches and 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,” he said.

    Ryan said if he and Mitt Romney are elected in November they will repeal President Obama's signature health care reform law and will work to trim the nation's $16 trillion debt.

    Ryan is a favorite of conservatives and was the author of controversial budget proposals in the Republican controlled House of Representatives that would reform popular social welfare programs like Medicare, the government health care system for the elderly.

    Democrats say the Republican plan to reform Medicare would increase costs for seniors, but Ryan says he and Mr. Romney will press the debate as part of a plan to get the country out of debt.

    “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,” he said.

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    There was also a heavy focus in Wednesday's convention program on foreign policy, including a speech from Senator John McCain, the party nominee who lost to Barack Obama in 2008.

    McCain criticized the president for not taking a more active role in the conflict in Syria.

    “In other times, when other courageous people fought for their freedom against sworn enemies of the United States, American presidents - both Republicans and Democrats - have acted to help them prevail.  Sadly, for the lonely voices of dissent in Syria, and Iran, and elsewhere, who feel forgotten in their darkness, and sadly for us, as well, our president is not being true to our values,” he said.

    In addition to McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the delegates that Mitt Romney would restore U.S. Leadership around the world if he wins in November.

    “Dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their people and threaten regional security.  Russia and China prevent a response and everyone asks, where does America stand?  Indeed that is the question of the hour.  Where does America stand?  You see, when friends or foes alike don't know the answer to that question, unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place,” she said.

    The Republican convention will conclude on Thursday when presidential nominee Mitt Romney will give his formal acceptance speech before thousands of spectators in the hall and tens of millions of people watching on television both in the United States and around the world.  It is potentially a key pivot point in the campaign and comes amid public opinion polls that show the race between Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama remains close.

    • Mitt Romney, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R) and Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades pose for a staff portrait on the steps of the stage at the Republican National Conventionm in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.
    • Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan wave to delegates after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.
    • Mitt Romney hugs his grandchildren after his speech, August 30, 2012.
    • Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair on the final night of the convention, August 30, 2012.
    • The Republican National Convention main stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (B. Allen/VOA)
    • The Texas delegation reacts to speeches at the convention. (J. Featherly/VOA)
    • Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses the crowd, August 29, 2012. (J. Featherly/VOA)
    • Ann Romney hugs her husband after she addressed delegates during the second session of the Republican National Convention, August 28, 2012.
    • Montana delegates on the floor of the convention. (J. Featherly/VOA)
    • Dona Poelman from Racine, Wisconsin accessorizes her shirt at the RNC.
    • Delegates cheer as an image of Mitt Romney is displayed during the opening session, August 27, 2012.
    • Texas delegate Clint Moore and the rest of Texas delegates fashion their cowboy hats on the floor.
    • Men prepare food in a protest camp called "Romneyville" outside the convention center.
    • Delegates on the floor watch speakers during the second session. (J. Featherly/VOA)
    • Delegate Sol Grosskopf from Shawano, Wisconisin wears cheesehead hat on the convention floor.
    • Convention goers pause in the prayer room.
    • A sudden, heavy rainstorm surprises protesters outside near the convention center.
    • A worker walks down the aisle to collect trash on the floor at the convention.

    Jim Malone

    Jim Malone has served as VOA’s National correspondent covering U.S. elections and politics since 1995. Prior to that he was a VOA congressional correspondent and served as VOA’s East Africa Correspondent from 1986 to 1990. Jim began his VOA career with the English to Africa Service in 1983.

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    by: R Stone from: Japan
    August 30, 2012 3:06 AM
    The RNC is cutting their own feet off by stopping Ron Paul. Paul got a lot more votes than these people that spoke and he didn't even have a chance to speak... and his delegates stolen so he could not be on the ballet. The RNC will pay for this by losing so many of the strongest fire . The Fix was in, fraud was rampant, and now the RNC will see the loss.

    by: Sara from: LA
    August 30, 2012 12:39 AM
    Paul Ryan’s Hypocritical Attack on Barack Obama (Full Speech Video & Transcript) here http://goo.gl/0iFZF

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