Paul Ryan Republican National Convention Speech: V.P. Candidate Leads Assault on Obama

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan accepted his party's nomination last night with a blistering indictment of President Obama's policies.

The 42-year-old Wisconsin Congressman used the Republican National Convention stage as a way to introduce his family (wife Janna Ryan and kids) and vision.

Ryan ripped Obamacare, the president's prized legislative accomplishment, claiming it was passed "at the expense of the elderly" and an economic boondoggle.

He also made an enthusiastic appeal to young voters, attempting to tie the Obama administration's policies to high unemployment among college graduates.

Ryan conjured up the image of 20-somethings in their childhood bedrooms "staring up at fading Obama posters, wondering when they can move out and get going with life."

He portrayed a country that isn't better off than it was four years earlier, with the future an "adventureless journey" overly reliant on government programs.

Paul Ryan also railed against Barack Obama's stimulus program and said that under his leadership, society moves from crisis to crisis without an end in sight.

"It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis ... It began with a housing crisis they alone didn't cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn't correct."

Less uplifting than Chris Christie or Ann Romney the night before, Ryan's pointed RNC speech hoped to set the tone for himself and Mitt Romney this fall.

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Paul Ryan Biography

Paul Davis Ryan
Paul Ryan is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, serving since 1999, and the Republican Party for Vice... More »
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