So it’s official, Paul Ryan is Romney’s running mate, setting up bruising battle over the federal budget:
Ending four months of speculation and mystery, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Saturday chose House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.
Romney announced the pick in Norfolk, Va., the first stop on a four-day campaign bus tour through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio, all swing states that President Barack Obama won in 2008. Standing in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin, Ryan vowed that he and Romney “won’t duck on the issues…we will lead.”
“We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility,” Ryan said in a veiled dig at Obama. “We won’t replace our founding principles…we will reapply them.”
Romney verbally stumbled when formally announcing his choice to the large, flag-waving crowd that assembled at the large battleship, initially calling Ryan the next president of the United States.
“Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake,” Romney said, interrupting the start of Ryan’s acceptance speech. “I did not make a mistake with this guy.”
CNN: Romney introduces Paul Ryan as V.P. choice:
Ryan’s full speech via The Washington Free Beacon:
When Paul Ryan schooled Obama at the Health Care Summit at Blair House, Feb 26, 2010, turning what was supposed to be a PR disaster for Republicans into a triumph, that was the moment I looked at this guy and said –oh my — This just may be the man who be able to will lead us out of this mess.
Many Republicans thought that after the President overshadowed the GOP at their Baltimore retreat last month, going to Blair House yesterday would just be another PR disaster.
It was anything but.
The GOP won the day so convincingly that even the traditional media had to praise the party for talking issues.
For those who didn’t see this portion, which came in the afternoon session, Ryan launched a full on assault on the bill more or less talking about how the bill will greatly increase the deficit which is something the Dems have lied about time and time again. Additionally he hits on the fact that medicare is broke, how this bill will hurt seniors as well as future generations, and quoting a budget chairman who said this bill was a “ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud”.
Watch Obama’s body language throughout this:
Paul Ryan’s impassioned speech on the House floor, the night ObamaCare passed:
When Paul Ryan debated Debbie Wasserman Shultz on CNN about the budget, he delivered a bit of a smackdown as he lamented the lack of an adult level conversation in the House, as typified by Wasserman Shultz.
Watch Ryan’s demeanor toward poor, ditzy Debbie:
The Best of Paul Ryan:
Via John Brodigan: Roadmap to My Heart:
Michelle Malkin, Romney/Ryan 2012: This is what “FORWARD” really looks like.
Washington Free Beacon: Five Best Paul Ryan Speeches
The Other McCain: New Democrat Campaign Message: Grandma, Cliff, Some Assembly Required
Byron York, DC Examiner: Romney goes bold
Washington Times: Obama and Ryan have tangled repeatedly
Team Romney: America Deserves Better:
President Obama cannot run on his record, so he is committed to tearing down Mitt Romney. His campaign tried to use the tragedy of a woman’s death for political gain. Then, his top campaign aides were caught lying about it. Doesn’t America deserve better than a president who will do anything to stay in power?
American Crossroads: “Cancer”
Granny Jan and Jihad Kitty: Obama is crude, rude, and not very shrewd. We’re screwed!
PJTV Trifecta: Dirty Harry: Senate Majority Leader Undermines the Republic:
Harry Reid has sunk to a new low. The Senate Majority leader has accused Mitt Romney of not paying taxes for the last ten years, even though he has no facts to prove his claim. Has all the dignity gone out of American politics? Trifecta wonders if this incident is reminiscent of the corruption prior to the fall of Rome.
PJTV Trifecta: Is the US Military Preparing To Quell the Tea Party?:
Army colonel ignites firestorm with article on crushing a ‘tea party insurgency’
Outrage: “Public enemy #1 of the faith” has been given the honor of an invitation to the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a New York Catholic charity event.
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have been up in arms about various policies of President Obama, including his support for same-sex marriage and his insistence that employer health insurance cover contraception.
But the nation’s top bishop, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, signaled on Tuesday that he was willing to share at least one night of joking and camaraderie with the Democratic president, despite their differences.
The Archdiocese of New York confirmed that both Mr. Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, had accepted an invitation to speak on Oct. 18 at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a glittering New York Catholic charity event that has served for more than six decades as a lighthearted pit stop for presidential candidates in the weeks before national elections.
Michael Voris of The Vortex has a few words to say on: Inviting Obama to Dinner:
“Why do we want to take a break from the struggle so we can hobnob with the man who wants to strangle the church?”