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GOP Party Leaders, Delegates Say Paul Ryan Hit All the Right Notes

Wisconsin's delegates to the National Republican Convention in Tampa say U.S. Rep Paul Ryan "knocked it out the park" as he gave his vice presidential acceptance speech before a national audience.

TAMPA, FL — Mixing his personal story with his views on what's wrong with America and his vision for fixing those problems, Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan introduced himself to America Wednesday night as he formally accepted the Republican party's vice presidential nomination.

The speech was full of criticisms of President Barack Obama on issues like health care, the economy and government regulation, yet also was peppered with emotion and humor, including a playful shot at running mate Mitt Romney for the kind of songs the presidential candidate has on his iPod.

While the enthusiastic Wisconsin delegates and other GOP leaders who filled the St. Pete Times Forum had nothing but praise for the speech, those who have known Ryan for years said it was a true reflection of the kind of man he is.

"He was the exact guy tonight that he's been for the last 14 years," said Bryan Steil of Janesville, an alternate delegate from Ryan's hometown. "He's delivering the same message he's delivered for 14 years: the risk of continuing on the fiscal path we're on and the need to take a real serious look at entitlements. But he got a chance to deliver that message not just to southeastern Wisconsin, but to the nation as a whole."

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"It was amazing, really amazing," added Jim Miller, a delegate from Hayward. "I've seen Paul speak a few times before, but I think it's great that America can see what we already know in Wisconsin about Paul's rock star status and all that he's got to offer."

A Tribute to His Mother

Many in the convention hall — including Gov. Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker — were moved to tears early on in the speech when Ryan talked about how his father died when Ryan was just 16. At the age of 50, Ryan's mother starting taking college courses, earned her degree and ultimately started a business, he said.

"I think a lot of people were moved to see the way he talked about his family," said Scott Walker. "I cried when he talked about his dad and he talked about his mom. There were times when I could feel the passion that Paul Ryan has and the love that he has for the American people."

Added Tonette Walker: "When he talked about his mom, I couldn't keep the tears from rolling down my eyes, and she is such a lovely lady. I've heard all the other stuff a little bit — the fiscal responsibility and dealing with the national debt and what they'll do with Obamacare — but it was neat to see that personal side of him."

That portion of the speech also resonated with state Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills.

"He showed how his mother was his role model for building a small business and carrying the family forward, even though his father had died," Darling said. "That touches people. People can related to that."

High Marks from the Party Faithful

"It was fantastic," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I knew Paul would do a good job. He is a tremendous intellectual, so I knew the content would be great. But he even far outdid my expectations. I thought it was an amazing speech, loaded with content and certainly a lot of energy."

Added former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who is running for U.S. Senate: "I thought Paul Ryan was an absolute star. He was able to really capture the mood of this convention, but more importantly, the mood of the country. People can understand that Paul Ryan identifies the problems facing this country and — no finger-pointing — says we're going to solve those problems."

Delegate Candee Arndt of Brookfield said: "I thought his speech was absolutely amazing. He lived up to our expectations. I thought he hit a home run. He hit it out of the ballpark."

Darling took the accolades even farther, comparing Ryan to one of history's most famous Americans.

"He has such much integrity. He won't lie to us; he'll tell the truth. He's like Paul Revere," she said. "He's sounding the alarm that we are in a crisis, but there's still time to save the American Dream."

Obama Campaign: No Real Ideas

Not everyone was heaping praise on Ryan, however. During his speech, Obama's campaign sent reporters at least seven "fact check" press releases taking issue with various points made in the address.

"Paul Ryan offered Americans 40 minutes of vitriol and a half dozen previously debunked attacks, but not one tangible idea to move this country forward," Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter said in a statement.

"He blamed the president for an auto plant that closed under the previous administration, for not advancing a deficit reduction plan that he voted against, and for cutting Medicare even though he used those same savings in his budget to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.  

“While hard truths were promised tonight, they never arrived."

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  • James R Hoffa September 04, 2012 at 04:27 AM
    @Bren - One of Hoffa's college professors at UW-Whitewater was the general manager at the Parker Pen factory in Janesville. Even back in 1998 when Hoffa was in his class, he admitted that cheaper products from Bic and other competitors were quickly eroding the demand for the kind of over-built quality product that Parker was producing at the Janesville plant. You can thank consumers like yourself for the closure of the plant, who prefer cheaper made products, just like your Camry is to a comparable product from a union shop, to a quality product like Parker Pen Janesville - not Paul Ryan. And who has Hoffa ever apologized for? Did Ryan ever state that he could potentially save the Parker Pen or GM Janesville jobs? Did Ryan stand before those workers and give a lofty speech about how the factory could be there for a hundred more years if only the workers supported his candidacy? Did Ryan double down on that talk several months later stating that he would lead the government effort to retool those plants to make them competitive in the global economy? Answer: NO - Ryan did not do any of those things. But Obama did concerning the GM plant. HUGE difference Bren.
    James R Hoffa September 04, 2012 at 04:30 AM
    And this isn't about Walker and his policies - it's about you employing a double standard to suit your partisan bias. You know as well as anyone that the reason Walker restructured the debt was to avoid deeper budget cuts because he had to clean up Doyle's mess in the current biennium. And whenever Hoffa has asked you what you would have additionally cut from the budget to be financially able to pay down that debt instead of restructuring it, you always avoid the question or fail to directly answer it. You've been exposed again - do you really want to triple down on your bunk? And for the third time now, Ryan has denounced the atheist and adulterous aspects of Rand's philosophy. How many more times must this be repeated to you before it sinks in?
    John Feia September 04, 2012 at 04:35 AM
    Never mind Mike, some people choose to forgo logic in preference for partisanship...
    John Feia September 04, 2012 at 04:37 AM
    @ oak creek You have just validated Forrest Gump: "Stupid is as stupid does"
    John Feia September 04, 2012 at 04:41 AM
    @Walker Thank you for validating my opinions of the condescending nature put out there by the person who refers to himself in a third party manner.
    John Feia September 04, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    @Hoffa Get over yourself
    John Feia September 04, 2012 at 04:45 AM
    Amen!
    James R Hoffa September 04, 2012 at 04:48 AM
    @John Feia - You must have missed the little smiley face on Hoffa's post - either that or you have absolutely no sense of humor at all!
    John Feia September 04, 2012 at 05:24 AM
    I guess I don't have your sense of humor... thankfully.
    morninmist September 04, 2012 at 11:59 PM
    LYING RYAN. HOW SHAMEFUL THAT HE REPRESENTS THE GOOD PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN!! http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/2012/09/lyin-ryan.html Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Lyin' Ryan Paul Ryan (R-Wall St.) has been subject to the national spotlight and it is not going well for him! Last week Ryan gave his VP Acceptance speech and he was immediately awarded , the "most dishonest convention speech ever". It was so dishonest that even Fox news had to choice to but to call it out as pure BS! Ryan filled his speech so full of BULLSH*T because he was betting on his true believers and the ignorance of the American people. Then we learned that Paul Ryan would lie about such things as his marathon time so there are no limits to what he will embellish. This lie left Ryan open to comparisons between himself and Rosie Ruiz, and Paul Krugman took full advantage! So what is this election about? To be sure, it’s about different visions of society — about Medicare versus Vouchercare, about preserving the safety net versus destroying it. But it’s also a test of how far politicians can bend the truth. This is surely the first time one of our major parties has run a campaign so completely fraudulent, making claims so at odds with the reality of its policy proposals. But if the Romney/Ryan ticket wins, it won’t be the last....
    The Anti-Alinsky September 05, 2012 at 12:30 AM
    Why do you Libs insist on spreading that lie. Paul Ryan DID NOT say Barack Hussein Obama closed the Janesville plant! Paul Ryan DID NOT say the plant closed under Barack Hussein Obama's watch! Paul Ryan DID NOT say the plant closing was because of Barack Hussein Obama! Here is the text of that portion of Paul Ryan's speech: "...Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight... " His point was the Barack Hussein Obama IS NOT the man to get that plant reopened, or at the very least, create jobs so people can get back to work. “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. " ― Joseph Goebbels
    James R Hoffa September 05, 2012 at 01:13 AM
    @morninmist - Let's check Ryan's speech fact by fact, shall we? "When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it (TRUE or else he wouldn't have won the election), especially in Janesville (TRUE as Obama carried Janesville in the 2008 election), where we were about to lose a major factory (TRUE). A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant (TRUE). Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years (TRUE)." That’s what he said in 2008 (TRUE). Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year (TRUE). It is locked up and empty to this day (TRUE)." So, where's the lie exactly? I await your response.
    Bernard Forand September 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
    @ morninmist also commented on GOP Party Leaders, Delegates Say Paul Ryan Hit All the Right Notes. Ryan gave, the "most dishonest convention speech ever". It was so dishonest that even Fox news had to choice to but to call it out as pure BS! Bernie replies; Ahh you caught Ryan with his hand in the cookie jar. Observe those on this thread like the anti Hoffa’s. Hoffa’s still can not define Business Closed! TRUE Obama said with government assistance they could save the auto plant. TRUE Ryan with his Sheepish vote stood with the shepherd Eric Cantor and Nay, Nay, Nay for all auto bail outs. Remember How Eric squashed all efforts for the president to bail out the auto industries? http://youtu.be/kYwnZ_in6C8 How about the stimulus plan all republicans voted like sheep, Nay, Nay, Nay; And yet Ryan first in line with his pleading hands begging for the funds to create jobs and or save jobs. Obama gives him some. Guess where it went. Not to the auto plant. Try again.. How about that plant that just outsourced its manufacturing to Mexico? Republican senators “stood firm with Mitt Romney and his 1 percent lobbyist friends” when they successfully filibustered the Bring Jobs Home Act yesterday, [July 19 2012] . The bill would cut taxes for U.S. companies that bring jobs and business operations back to the United States and end tax loopholes that reward companies that ship jobs overseas. Now they want Tommy to come join the herd and Nay, Nay, Nay.
    Jason J September 05, 2012 at 04:34 PM
    Put this in your pipe and smoke it Bernard, your side lies more than anyone group. Don't post one sided facts http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/fact-checking-the-opening-night-of-the-democratic-convention/2012/09/05/ec50ad84-f73d-11e1-8b93-c4f4ab1c8d13_blog.html
    Bernard Forand September 05, 2012 at 05:25 PM
    @ James; Washington Post a subsidiary of Fox. Did you notice your’s is a BLOG! Now on the issue of "Voucher’s for the elderly, to go feed the Vultures” Ryan on his last back pedaling comes with; replace Medicare with vouchers for retirees to purchase insurance, eliminating the guarantee of health care for seniors and putting them at the mercy of the private insurance industry. That could amount to a cost increase of more than $5,900 by 2050, leaving many seniors broke or without the health care they need. He'd also raise the age of eligibility to 67. "Middle class could face higher taxes under Republican plan, analysis finds," The Washington Post, June 19, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278693&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=7 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278662&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=5 Ryan's proposed budget would cripple the economy. He'd slash spending deeply, which would not only slow job growth, but shock the economy and cost 1 million of us our jobs in 2013 alone and kill more than 4 million jobs by the end of 2014. "Ryan's Budget, Robin Hood in reverse," Economic Policy Institute http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278939&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=4 Obama has had the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/ Sites are 1} Washington Post 2} Economic Policy Institute and 3} Fact checker with a Pulitzer!
    morninmist September 05, 2012 at 07:56 PM
    #LyingRyan is such a hypocrite! Paul Ryan Hates Obamacare. But He Requested Money From It for Raine http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/09/paul-ryan-hates-obamacare-but-he-requested-money-from-it.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter #DNC2012 #Obama2012 #WIunion #P2
    Rhonda Blair September 06, 2012 at 06:05 PM
    Hey Bernie, how'd you like the "we gonna take God(but with a little "g") outta da DNC platform cuz Obama don like it" fiasco? What a bunch of clowns. Anyone who would vote for a candidate from the Democrat Party has to be a complete idiot, a dyed-in-the-wool communist, or drinking the Obummer kool-aid. Debbie-What's-my-name-anyway Schultz is an idiot and a liar to boot. If Obama is re-elected, I give up all hope for the intelligence of most Americans, and for the restoration of our REPUBLIC.
    Rhonda Blair September 06, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    Seriously? You cite MOVE_ON_dotheads_ ORG and Politi-we're-honest-1%-of-the-time, to back up your ridiculous arguments? I know which one of the three types of Obama worshipers you are. The brain dead kool-aid drinker. You pitiful thing.
    morninmist September 06, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    Good news: KarlRoves Brain ‏@KarlRovesBrain Have @sykescharlie and @vickimckenna heard that GOP announced today they're NOT spending ad $$ in Wis for Romney/Ryan? #wiunion #RFLMAO
    morninmist September 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM
    More dishonestly from the $oney & #lyingRyan camp!! Gern Blanston ‏@TheNewsIsBroken Disillusioned Obama Supporter In Romney Ad Is Actually GOP Staffer http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/rnc-staffer-plays-obama-supporter-in-gop-ad.php via @TPM More Lies Lies Lies #wiunion Disillusioned Obama Supporter In Romney Ad Is Actually GOP Staffer Bettina Inclan RNC AdBettina Inclan RNC Ad September 6, 2012, 12:47 PM 38742 Republicans debuted a new ad Thursday in which a frustrated former Obama supporter expresses her disappointment with the president. The only problem: The woman in the video is actually an RNC staffer. The new ad features Republican National Committee Director of Hispanic Outreach Bettina Inclan, who in the ad purports to be an average woman voter who supported Obama in 2008. She describes her disillusionment with the president in the ad as a romantic relationship gone awry. ............... The ad asks people to share why they’re “breaking up” with Obama. The RNC says its ad, which first appeared on television Thursday is not dishonest. ... Inclan began her current RNC post in January 2012, and has worked in Republican politics since well before Obama’s 2008 election. She did Hispanic outreach for Rick Scott’s 2010 Florida gubernatorial race worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and as national executive director of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly......
    James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 07:32 PM
    @morninmist - "Inclan began her current RNC post in January 2012, and has worked in Republican politics since well before Obama’s 2008 election." And yet, the article cannot mention one thing that Inclan did for the Republicans prior to 2010. Contrast to the people used in Obama's ads claiming to be former Republicans, who's political donation histories show proof positive that they were always really Democrats. FYI - a lot of people that supported Obama in 2008 have since switched sides - that's the kind of dissent that failure tends to produce. Once again, another post that misty obviously didn't think about before deciding to post it here! And notice how it comes from something called talking points memo - proof that misty doesn't know how to think for him/her self and instead prefers to perpetuate the party propaganda and talking points of the day!
    morninmist September 06, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    Hoffa Here is the dishonesty. enough said! Disillusioned Obama Supporter In Romney Ad Is Actually GOP Staffer http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/rnc-staffer-plays-obama-supporter-in-gop-ad.php via @TPM More Lies Lies Lies #wiunion
    James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 08:59 PM
    @morninmist - See Hoffa's post below debunking this crap story. You really need to learn how to think before you post! Or please tell us all one thing that Inclan did for the Republicans prior to 2008, because the article only references things that she has done for the Republicans since 2010. FYI - Obama was elected in 2008.
    Bren September 06, 2012 at 09:19 PM
    Mr. Hoffa, I think these types of antics are why so many people get sick and tired of politics. And of course, with fewer followers comes less oversight and even more foolishness. It's frustrating. From what I've been given to understand, "Talking Points Memo" is a phrase relating to a meme that Republicans receive daily memos/faxes/emails with the day's talking points, because they all say the same things at the same time. Of course I'm following the conventions. Perhaps I'm becoming jaded, but it seems the discourse from both major parties is become more vapid and less intelligent. More frustration as, if there was a time in modern history to be on point, this is it. What happens this year could fundamentally change our country for a generation.
    James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 09:33 PM
    @Bren - Hoffa concurs with your practical assessment of this issue. FYI - The Democrats are just as guilty as the Republicans for using coordinated messaging, if not more so. The comments on the Patch boards alone prove this point!
    Bernard Forand September 07, 2012 at 01:43 PM
    @ James R Hoffa also commented on GOP Party Leaders, Delegates Say Paul Ryan Hit All the Right Notes. "@morninmist - Bernie replies; Your observations that candidates for office may not be identifying their political ideologies is correct. A good example recently was with the recall, republicans ran fake democrats against the democrat incumbent. Some actually do change their politics others do not. As to those claiming to once being republicans and were not. Who are you referring to? Do you think only one party uses that technique? Of course not. Political donations help to identify the candidates probable course of influence that they will be supporting bears some merit. Perhaps that is why after Supreme Court ruling of Jan. 2010 an avenue for non disclosure and unlimited funds could be funded to candidates and our statesmen. Observe the focal contributors’ to republicans is Not grassroots. Anonymous large sums from a limited source of donators‘. What does that imply? Russian, China, etc. USA corporations they may hold, can donate? Hmmm Talking points can be observed as what another translates from what they have read or heard just as you do as we all do. Your incline to imply that you are above all this does not imply integrity of the Hoffas. Here is someone with Integrity; With Obama and Frank Dodd. Restaing the Banks and Wall Street in check. Republicans raised over $200million to stop them. http://youtu.be/zNcbg1EU_bI
    Bernard Forand September 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM
    @ James R Hoffa also commented on GOP Party Leaders, Delegates Say Paul Ryan Hit All the Right Notes. "@morninmist - See Hoffa's post below debunking this crap story. You really need to learn how to think before you post! Or please tell us all one thing that Inclan did for the Republicans prior to 2008, because the article only references things that she has done for the Republicans since 2010. FYI - Obama was elected in 2008. Bernie replies; What the article indicated is relevant to the present circumstances from 2010. Should you desire to do some research then send one of your Hoffa buddies, to do just that. While your buddy Hoffa is at it, see if Hoffa can show that Inclan has had a change of affiliations due to the negative courses that republicans presently exhibit. With all your Hoffas , I would have thought, ya’ll would have considered this? Ball is in your court not morninmist. Inferior response on your part.
    Bernard Forand September 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    @ morninmist also commented on GOP Party Leaders, Delegates Say Paul Ryan Hit All the Right Notes. "Hoffa Here is the dishonesty. enough said! Disillusioned Obama Supporter In Romney Ad Is Actually GOP Staffer http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/rnc-staffer-plays-obama-supporter-in-gop-ad.php via @TPM More Lies Lies Lies #wiunion" Bernie replies; It is the nature of the beast within us all. Sometimes more evident in others or their actions. When it manifest itself more often than another than we have reasons to be concerned. Propaganda false accusations’ has been taken to science first noticed with Nixon and his PR advisor. Deliberate lies or distortions have been growing with the republican party ever since that they are now 24-7 Opinionated news broadcast [Fox] in Unisom with Rove guidance. Here is a couple of examples of the complete distortions of truth by these make believe journalist at Fox. Not even our heroes and vets can escape their being used to promote the lies of propaganda. http://youtu.be/O2KU02lsfH8 Or something more subtle like; http://youtu.be/qrdfRAaSWj0 While we are on Health Care let us see what the Tea Health Care plan is; http://youtu.be/6ik4f1dRbP8 Little wonder Inclan would want to change her political associations, as many others are doing. “The Hoffas” will now bring up MNBC with their take. When they do observe the quality of the deceit and the degrees of falsehoods’ as applied to each Hoffas, Take it away
    Bernard Forand September 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
    @ morninmist also commented on GOP Party Leaders, Delegates Say Paul Ryan Hit All the Right Notes. Good news: KarlRoves Brain ‏@KarlRovesBrain Have @sykescharlie and @vickimckenna heard that GOP announced today they're NOT spending ad $$ in Wis for Romney/Ryan? #wiunion #RFLMAO This aligns with what I previously stated . Rove’s political map shows Obama at 284 electoral votes as to Romney’s 199. All that is needed for a win is 270. Now Billionaires are simple business people that know when to cut bait. In spite of all the suppressive deceits of republicans, the educated vote is accelerating at greater rate than the uneducated. Recently Katherine’s election in the primary against the 6 false democrats’ is a strong indication that the populace is educating themselves. Not just a regional pheromone but a national one. Education, women’s rights, minority rights, voters rights, Main Street USA rights, etc. etc. have been suppressed to the extent that large numbers are fleeing the republican’s proclamations of “Party First” USA second, this false ideology is no longer acceptable. Republicans exhume a foul odor to our Main Street USA. Now do we want to send more sheep to the republican corrals’ of no, no, no leadership? Think Not!
    Bernard Forand September 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    @ Rhonda Blair also commented on GOP Party Leaders, Delegates Say Paul Ryan Hit All the Right Notes. "Hey Bernie, how'd you like the "we gonna take God(but with a little "g") outta da DNC platform cuz Obama don like it" fiasco? What a bunch of clowns. Anyone who would vote for a dyed-in-the-wool communist, or drinking kool-aid. Debbie-What's-my-name-anyway Schultz is an idiot to boot. If Obama is re-elected, I give up all hope for the intelligence of most Americans, and for the restoration of our REPUBLIC." Bernie replies; Dear me whatever drug are you on? Don’t watch much T.V. so did not see the convention. Did hear something about Israel, God stuff and crowd boooed. Is that what you may be referring to? Sorry but I’m not into any of these deities and all of their messiah’s. Only interest there, would be that we keep religion out of politics. Religious wars is not to be any motivating force to decide a rational decision, as to the validity of a war or interference. Religions are irrational ideologies. Support of irrational institutions is not rational “Unless” there is a rational benefiting end result for our humanities. As to the intelligence factor of Americans. Seriously doubt your authority on how to discern intelligence. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/ A Pulitzer Award site. Does your biases allow this site or is that communist to?

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