WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wrapped up a whirlwind weekend in Wisconsin Sunday night with a rally outside the Waukesha County Exposition Center.
The two became the Republican Party's presidential ticket less than 48 hours earlier, after an announcement in Virginia on Saturday morning.
Emotions ran high for Congressman Ryan, as the Janesville native appeared to wipe away tears upon greeting Republican voters and politicians, including Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ron Johnson.
Ryan was quick to praise the people and traditions of the Badger state once he got in front of the microphones.
"My veins run with cheese, bratwurst, and a little bit of Spotted Cow and Miller," joked Rep. Ryan.
After slamming President Obama for growing the size of federal government and adding to its debt, Ryan turned the tone of his speech to one of inspiration.
"I look at my kids and I want them to have the kind of future that I had, and that's what my dad always told me," said Rep. Ryan. "Because in this country, every generation fixes their problems, makes things better and leaves their kids better off. It is our duty, to save the American Dream for our children."
Ryan then praised Mitt Romney profusely, before handing the microphone off to him.
"We need somebody that has a bedrock of principles, a moral compass, a vision for the country and the experience and expertise to put that vision into place," said Rep. Ryan.
Romney returned the favor.
"As Vice-President of the United States, this man will be respected by people across the nation and across the world," said Romney.
Romney then built on the message of fiscal conservatism that Ryan has championed in Congress.
"We're gonna do something that Paul has been trying to do for years now, when we have Republicans in the House and Senate, when we have the White House, we're gonna finally cut federal spending, stop the borrowing and get America on track to a balanced budget,"
The Republican nominee ended things by also contrasting his campaign to that of President Obama's, as one of inspiration versus negativity.
"If you follow the campaign of Barack Obama, there's no question he's gonna make this the lowest, meanest, negative campaign in history," said Romney. "We're not gonna let that happen, this is gonna be a campaign about ideas, about the future of America."
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will part company Monday, to campaign separately in two other battleground states.
Romney will be in Ohio, as Paul Ryan travels to Iowa.
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