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Ryan gives biggest speech of his political career at RNC


TAMPA, Fla. (WKOW) -- In the biggest speech of his political career, Wisconsin Congressman and the now official GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took the stage Wednesday at the Republican National Convention.

Calling himself the newcomer to the campaign, Ryan said his running mate, Mitt Romney, has prepared all his life to be president.

Ryan referred to his family and hometown of Janesville several times in his speech.

He continually attacked the Obama administration's policies over the past four years.

"The story that Barack Obama does tell, forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago - isn't it about time he assumed responsibility?"

Ryan also promised that he and Romney would end the nation's job crisis and make medicare stronger for senior citizens, while ending President Obama's health care plan.


TAMPA, Fla. (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will accept the Republican party's vice presidential nomination Wednesday night in a speech at the GOP's national convention.

Ryan's speech is supposed to have more of a personal pitch, introducing himself to the nation as a product of an Irish immigrant family with small-town values. Ryan grew up in Janesville.

Ryan is also expected to talk about running mate Mitt Romney's promises and what he says are President Barack Obama's failures. Ryan was a speech writer for 1996 vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp, so he's familiar with the process of creating such an address.

Ryan and his team have spent a chunk of the past few weeks writing -- and re-writing -- his speech, and Ryan says he's "putting a lot of effort" into it.

Mitt Romney will accept the party's nomination and give his speech Thursday night.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann is at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and will have live reports on 27 News Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Follow coverage all day at www.wkow.com.

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