VIDEO REPORT: Ryan says GOP Ticket will Create Jobs

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 --- 10:00p.m.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is telling Republicans that he and Mitt Romney will put the government on the side of people who create jobs through tax fairness and regulatory reform.

In speaking Wednesday night to the Republican National Convention, Ryan raised the question of what the next four years would look like without a change in leadership.

Ryan says the first signs of trouble under the Obama administration came with an economic stimulus package that led to more debt but didn't fix the economy.

Ryan celebrated his Irish immigrant ancestors and small-town values, offering a personal presentation of a lawmaker largely known for sober policy analysis.

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 29, 2012 --- 5:07 p.m.

At 9:00 p.m. tonight, Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan will address the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

You can watch his address LIVE on NBC15.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney is ready to meet -- quote -- "serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words."

That's according to excerpts of the speech that were released before he was to deliver it late Wednesday.

The Republican congressman also says that he and Romney won't duck the tough issues and won't shirk from leading.

Ryan is pledging to solve the nation's economic problems and says -- quote -- "We don't have that much time."

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 29, 2012 --- 5:00 p.m.

Here are excerpts from Paul Ryan's speech tonight at the RNC:

"I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready. Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney."

“Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country. The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over. That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare."

“We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years."

“My Dad used to say to me: ‘Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.’ The present administration has made its choices. And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems. And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this."

"The right that makes all the difference now is the right to choose our own leaders. You are entitled to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near. So here is our pledge. 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. The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this."


UPDATED Tuesday, August 28, 2012 --- 5:35 p.m.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Republicans have nominated Rep. Paul Ryan for vice president, rounding out the GOP ticket that will challenge President Barack Obama in November.

Ryan was nominated by acclamation at the GOP convention on Tuesday. There were no other candidates.

Mitt Romney, who was nominated minutes earlier, tapped Ryan as his running mate a little more than two weeks ago.

Ryan, of Wisconsin, has earned a reputation as a fiscal hawk in Congress, earning praise from conservatives and ire from liberals as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

At 42, Ryan has vast Washington experience, serving as a young Capitol Hill staffer before being elected to Congress, where he has served for 14 years.

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Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 --- 11:17 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan has arrived in Florida to accept the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination.

Ryan and several members of his family -- including his wife, children, brother and mother -- landed midday Tuesday in Tampa. During the flight from his hometown of Janesville, Wis., he worked on the speech he will deliver Wednesday night.

The Wisconsin congressman is expected to talk about his family's immigrant roots and small-town upbringing. Aides say he is still tweaking the speech but pointed to one he gave Monday at his former high school as a guide.

Running mate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, arrived in Tampa shortly before Ryan.

Ann Romney is speaking Tuesday night. Mitt Romney accepts the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday.

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