Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan aboard the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia today.

From his speech today in Norfolk, Virginia
August 11, 2012

Mitt Romney is a leader with the skills, the background and the character that our country needs at a crucial time in its history. Following four years of failed leadership, the hopes of our country, which have inspired the world, are growing dim; and they need someone to revive them. Governor Romney is the man for this moment; and he and I share one commitment: we will restore the dreams and greatness of this country.

For the last 14 years, I have proudly represented Wisconsin in Congress. There, I have focused on solving the problems that confront our country, and turning ideas into action; and action into solutions.

I am committed, in mind and heart, to putting that experience to work in a Romney Administration. This is a crucial moment in the life of our nation; and it is absolutely vital that we select the right man to lead America back to prosperity and greatness.

That man is standing next to me. His name is Mitt Romney. And he will be the next president of the United States

Let me say a word about the man Mitt Romney will replace. No one disputes President Obama inherited a difficult situation. And, in his first 2 years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn’t make things better.

In fact, we find ourselves in a nation facing debt, doubt and despair.

This is the worst economic recovery in 70 years.

Unemployment has been above 8 percent for more than three years, the longest run since the Great Depression. Families are hurting.

We have the largest deficits and the biggest federal government since WW II.

Nearly 1 out of 6 Americans are in poverty–the worst rate in a generation. Moms and dads are struggling to make ends meet.

Household incomes have dropped by more than $4,000 over the past four years.

Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuses, this is a record of failure.

I represent a part of America that includes inner cities, rural areas, suburbs and factory towns. Over the years I have seen and heard from a lot from families, from those running small businesses, and from people who are in need. But what I have heard lately troubles me the most. There is something different in their voice and in their words. What I hear from them are diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures.

I hear some people say that this is just “the new normal.” High unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt is not a new normal. It’s the result of misguided policies. And next January, our economy will begin a comeback with the Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will lead to more jobs and more take home pay for working Americans.

I believe my record of getting things done in Congress will be a very helpful complement to Governor Romney’s executive and private sector success outside Washington. I have worked closely with Republicans as well as Democrats to advance an agenda of economic growth, fiscal discipline, and job creation.

I’m proud to stand with a man who understands what it takes to foster job creation in our economy, someone who knows from experience, that if you have a small business—you did build that.

At Bain Capital, he launched new businesses and he turned around failing ones – companies like Staples, Bright Horizons and Sports Authority, just to name a few. Mitt Romney created jobs and showed he knows how a free economy works.

At the Olympics, he took a failing enterprise and made it the pride of our entire nation.

As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with Democrats and Republicans to balance budgets with no tax increases, lower unemployment, increase income and improve people’s lives.

In all of these things, Mitt Romney has shown himself to be a man of achievement, excellence and integrity.

We Americans look at one another’s success with pride, not resentment, because we know, as more Americans work hard, take risks, and succeed, more people will prosper, our communities will benefit, and individual lives will be improved and uplifted.

The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:

We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!

We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility!

We won’t replace our founding principles…we will reapply them!

We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:

What kind of country do we want to have?

What kind of people do we want to be?

We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth.

Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I’m excited for what lies ahead and I’m thrilled to be a part of America’s Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done. Thank you.



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  1. I have a recommendation for the candidates. Help tie President Obama’s message with the reality that nothing he’s done has worked:

    “President Obama, You didn’t fix that!”

    Listening to the Ryan speech this morning, my wife (normally not inclined to commentary) got worked up at the pathetic “failed trickle down pixie dust” talking point by the left as their response, pointing out that when Bush “trickle down” was here, gas was under $2, unemployment was around 5% and the country worked. Strangely, even success in Afghanistan and Iraq was better given the significant increase in casualties.

    You didn’t fix that, Mr. Obama!

  2. Kudos Ryan. .awesome speech. . .right on and Ryan knows what he writes as he was a speechwriter form jack Kemp (one of the architects of Reaganomics) and Bill Bennet

    Romney & Ryan – – R&R – – Revive & Restore

    And agree with with #1. . obama . .you didn’t fix that

    but even more. .when Romney and Ryan talk about the GREATness that is America and the possibilities that STILL exists. . .They should Remind Obama, using Obama’s own words:
    You didn’t built that! Obama, you didn’t build America. . .
    Obama, you didn’t build our great economy or our great society
    Obama, you are correct, you didn’t build it or anything. .ever. . What a fail!

  3. Now go crush Obama!

  4. :D I am SO ready… these next two + months will be exciting! Rock’n’Roll!

    Romney/Ryan… Renew & Restore!

  5. Ryan isn’t afraid of standing up to BHO–he, along with Romney, need to hit BHO hard with the facts and they need to address IMMEDIATELY the Medicare issue so as to make it clear to Seniors otherwise, they will lose the SR vote!

    God speed to the Romney-Ryan ticket!

  6. Good choice for VP.

  7. One o the first issues I would push as a team is getting rid of Ethanol.

    per a UPI article…..

    A top U.N. official and others said the United States should shelve a mandate siphoning 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop for ethanol and use the corn for food and feed.

    Suspending the mandate could help fend off a world food crisis, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Director General Jose Graziano da Silva said in a Financial Times opinion piece published Friday.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration mandate requires 13.2 billion gallons of biofuel to be blended into gasoline by 2012 to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and U.S. foreign-oil dependence.

    But to meet this requirement, 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop winds up as ethanol, while 36 percent is used for livestock feed.

    Read more:

  8. Best he could come up with,Big Fail…!will back fire…

  9. “….government by the consent of the people…..this idea is under assault…..we won’t blame, we’ll take responsibility.”

    He’s a fine speaker.. easy to listen to, too.

  10. Good choice. He’s right! This is a defining election. we need someone to be the “grown Up” in the room and to tell it straight to the American people. There is no more road left to” kick the can down the road” again. The more I think about it, Ryan is an excellent choice!

  11. For Republican Convention, wouldn’t it be freaking awesome if a surprise guest is the keynote speaker to introduce Ryan. . .

    A keynote speaker who knows what it is like to be a VP nominee
    A keynote speaker that knows what it is like to do a budget (or take the trash out)
    A keynote speaker who connects with America’s conservative values and honors our Constitution for limited Federal Government
    And a Keynote speaker who knows how MSM and the left will attack the nominee and family to no end to support Obama

    Yes. .Palin would be the icing on the cake and help draw distinctions and parallels for America to see including playing video excerpts of Ryan in action like #3′s link. . excerpts of Ryan making sense and making obama look the fool!

    Think about this Mitt!

  12. Dear soon to be ex president Obama: You didn’t build it, you didn’t fix it. Ryan and Romney are about to explain that to the American people. And then we will vote you out!!!

  13. I like Ryan. He is smart, a leader and can really tackle our debt long term and save our kids from us. BUT, I am fearful we may have just lost the election when they start throwing around changing Medicare. I already have talked to neighbors who have said “they can’t touch my Medicare. I paid for it, I deserve it, I want it and I like it the way it is. What next? Social Security?” These are exact quotes from people not enthralled with Obama. Kinda scarey.

  14. I want to comment on many of the comments here at this site.( ore commenters)
    Most of the time they are intelligent and make really well thought out comments.
    There is another site, that I mostly don’t comment on any longer, because the comments have become so foul, and just make insults that are filthy instead of and idea that makes sense.

    Thanks to you all.

  15. OOPS

    *OR commenters!

  16. mg4us – I agree with your suggestion 100%…..great idea. Let’s keep the folks fired up and willing to “multiply the Romney Ryan votes” in November (you know – just like Michelle Obama is telling her crowds to do…..

    Trouble is – I don’t think we both interpret that phrase “multiply the votes” quite the same. The GOP will do it the righteous way and just swamp the polls in November to defeat Obama.

  17. Critics against the extremist radical conservative Ryan plan say :

    Critics argue it would impose ever-increasing costs on seniors.

    The critics also say that while riding to the emergency room following an auto accident isn’t the time when you want to be negotiating with your health care provider over cost of treatment. When in reality, that’s exactly when you need to be thinking about treatment costs. Things like is this ambulance ride really necessary?

    Instead what happens is the afflicted magically appear in the Doctor’s office, or the ER and demand that their ailment be cured while also demanding that someone else pay for the cost of treatment.

    Forcing patients to confront the cost of their treatment is the *only* thing that will hold down medical costs. As long as the radical left demands health care as a right, there is no cost containment since *everyone* wants the best, most costly treatment if someone else is paying for it. Letting the left get away with demanding health care as a right enslaves the medical practitioners to the government that pays the bills. When the government dictates what treatment will be allowed and at what costs, you, the patient will have no choice.

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