Text of Paul Ryan's remarks after joining Mitt Romney as the GOP vice presidential running mate
Mary Altaffer, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Congressman Paul Ryan delivered the following remarks in Norfolk, Va., Saturday morning after Mitt Romney selected him to be his vice presidential running mate:
"Thank you Gov. Romney, Ann. I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate.
"Mitt Romney is a leader with the skills, the background and the character that our country needs at a crucial time in its history. Following four years of failed leadership, the hopes of our country, which have inspired the world, are growing dim; and they need someone to revive them. Gov. Romney is the man for this moment; and he and I share one commitment: we will restore the dreams and greatness of this country.
"I want you to meet my family. My wife Janna, our daughter Liza, and our sons, Charlie and Sam.
"I am surrounded by the people I love, and I have been asked by Gov. Romney to serve the country I love.
"Janesville, Wis., is where I was born and raised, and I never really left it. It's our home now.
"For the last 14 years, I have proudly represented Wisconsin in Congress. There, I have focused on solving the problems that confront our country, and turning ideas into action; and action into solutions.
"I am committed, in heart and mind, to putting that experience to work in a Romney administration. This is a crucial moment in the life of our nation; and it is absolutely vital that we select the right man to lead America back to prosperity and greatness.
"That man is standing next to me. His name is Mitt Romney. And he will be the next president of the United States.
"My dad died when I was young. He was a good and decent man. I still remember a couple of things he would say that have really stuck with me. 'Son you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.'
"Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem ... and Mitt Romney is the solution.
"The other thing my dad would say is that every generation of Americans leaves their children better off. That's the American legacy.
"Sadly, for the first time in our history, we are on a path which will undo that legacy. That is why we need new leadership to become part of the solution — new leadership to restore prosperity, economic growth, and jobs.
"It is our duty to save the American Dream for our children, and theirs.
"And I believe there is no person in America who is better prepared — because of his experience; because of the principles he holds; and because of his achievements and excellence in so many different arenas — to lead America at this point in its history.
"Let me say a word about the man Mitt Romney will replace. No one disputes President Obama inherited a difficult situation. And, in his first two years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn't make things better.
"In fact, we find ourselves in a nation facing debt, doubt and despair.
This is the worst economic recovery in 70 years. Unemployment has been above 8 percent for more than three years, the longest run since the Great Depression. Families are hurting.
We have the largest deficits and the biggest federal government since World War II.
Nearly one out of six Americans are in poverty — the worst rate in a generation. Moms and dads are struggling to make ends meet.
Household incomes have dropped by more than $4,000 over the past four years.
"Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuses, this is a record of failure.
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