Mitt Romney Selects Paul Ryan as Running Mate

Republican presidential candidate picks representative from Wisconsin as vice presidential nominee.
3:00 | 08/11/12

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Today we have we take another step forward and helping restore. The promise of America. As we move forward in this campaign and on to help lead the nation -- better days. It's an honor to announce my running mate and the next vice president of the United States on -- Okay. -- -- And values. Hall as a man of tremendous character shaped in large part by his early life. Paul's father died when he was -- high school that forced him to grow up earlier than any young man -- But Paul did. With the help of his devoted mother his Brothers and sister. And a supportive community. And as he did he internalize the virtues and hard working ethic of the midwest. Paul -- works in Washington. But his beliefs remain firmly rooted in Janesville Wisconsin. He's a person of great steadiness. Whose integrity is unquestioned. And his word is good. -- upbringing is obvious and how he's conducted himself throughout his life including his leadership in Washington. In a city that's far too often characterized by pettiness and personal attacks. Paul Ryan is a shining exception. He doesn't demonize his opponents. He understands that honorable people can have honest differences. And he appeals to the better angels of our nature. A lot of people in the other party who might disagree with -- Paul Ryan. I don't know of anyone who doesn't respect his character. And judgment. Okay. -- -- in public life for all the right reasons. Not to advance his personal ambition. -- to advance the ideals of freedom and justice and to increase opportunity and prosperity to people of every class and faith. Every age. And ethnic background. -- faithful Catholic. Paul believes in the worth and dignity. -- -- energy. And vision. Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party. He understands the fiscal challenges facing America. Are exploding deficits and crushing debt. And the fiscal catastrophe. That awaits us if we don't change course. He combines a profound sense of responsibility. For what we -- the next generation. Within unbounded optimism in America's future an understanding. Of all the wonderful things the American people can do. Paul also -- firm principles with -- practically practically Missouri. For getting things done. He's never been content to simply curse the darkness. He'd rather like candles. And throughout his legislative career. He's shown the ability to work -- members of both parties to find common ground and some of the hardest issues confronting the American people. So Paul and I are beginning on a journey. Will take us to every corner of America. We're offering a positive. Governing agenda that will lead to economic growth. To widespread and shared prosperity. And it will improve the lives of our fellow citizens. I. I plan to strengthen the middle class will get America back to work and get our country back on track. -- We offer solutions that are bold and specific. And achievable. We offer our commitment to help create twelve million new jobs and to bring better -- -- native middle class family. Am. I. To strengthen the middle class. Will provide our workers and our children with the skills to succeed. We'll cut the deficit. Have trade that works for America and champions small business. And finally it will unleash our energy resource student resource -- to achieve North American energy independence. And the we will help care for those. Who can't care for themselves. And we will return. Work to welfare. As poverty has risen to historic and tragic levels. -- nearly one out of six Americans now having fallen into poverty. We will act to bring these families into the middle class. Unlike the current president who's got Medicare funding by 700. Billion dollars we will preserve and protect Medicare. And Social Security. I. President and health -- only become more expensive. We're gonna reform health care so that more Americans have access to affordable health care and we'll get that started by repealing and replacing obamacare. When the president's campaign. Is taking American politics to new lows. -- -- got to do something very differently. We're gonna talk about aspirations. And American ideals. -- bring about bringing people together to serve. To solve the urgent problems facing our nation. And when that message wins an American. It'll be a victory for every American. Today's a good day for America and their better days ahead join me. Join me. In welcoming the next president of the United States far -- -- During the national stage congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Known for his content -- Today's a brand new. A fast rising Republican star in Washington now. The running mate Republican Mitt Romney. Speaking of the father who died of. Just sixteen. This mother who raised him and spoke of the all -- celebrates. He said he went on to say about the campaign moving forward Paul Ryan. Demonize his. Has already been -- through.

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