Paul Ryan Starts Working on Convention Speech

Aug 14, 2012 1:24pm

Denver — GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has started working on his highly anticipated convention speech.

According to a Ryan aide, when the House Budget chairman was traveling from Des Moines, Iowa  yesterday to Denver he began discussing his convention speech with speechwriter John McConnell and senior advisers,  including Dan Senor.

Senor is Mitt Romney’s foreign policy adviser, but his role with Ryan will cover more than national security. He’s expected to travel with Ryan throughout much of the rest of the campaign,  and he will prep him for debates and on domestic policy as well, according to a Ryan aide. Senor also served in the Bush administration.

Senor and Ryan are old friends as they both were congressional aides  when Ryan worked for Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and  Senor worked for Michigan Sen. Spencer Abraham.

Also working on speechwriting is Matthew Scully, who is  traveling with Ryan this week as well, according to a Romney aide.  Scully also worked in the Bush administration, but famously wrote Sarah Palin’s convention speech.  Soon after that speech he was joined by Lindsay Hayes. They wrote Palin’s speeches together for the rest of the campaign, including the famous one that was written for her, but she never gave. Hayes is now Romney’s chief speechwriter.

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