What does America need to hear from Paul Ryan?
Columnist Peggy Noonan weighs in
- Duration 6:37
- Date Aug 29, 2012
Columnist Peggy Noonan weighs in
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Is America that Knights of Columbus the grains had Gaza -- Disabled American Veterans.
The order that happened that business and professional women of America the union -- the Bible study group blue.
-- brilliant diversity.
Spread like stars.
Like a thousand points of light and a broad and peaceful sky.
Some would say -- soft and insufficiently.
Tough to care about these things.
But where is it written.
Did we -- actively do not care.
Is if we're not -- Well I am moved.
I want a kinder.
And gentler nation.
How about that.
One of the more memorable lines from any convention as George H.
Introduced America to his vision for a kinder form of conservatism.
During his 1988 -- acceptance speech in New Orleans.
And tonight the world will be watching congressman Paul Ryan as he makes his debut on the RNC's big stage as its vice presidential nominee.
What does he need to say.
Peggy Noonan is a former presidential -- known for working -- President Bush's 1988 speech.
And for her work on some of president Reagan's most stirring oratory.
She's now a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and it's an honor to have you here picking some -- to be here thank you man what a beautiful -- you are -- -- it's a collaborative effort but it's just wonderful to hear some samplings of some of the things that you've been involved and so we might be the perfect person.
This is a moment for Paul Ryan yes it is it is safe to say it's not just the 20000 people here -- there's they're estimating forty million Americans could watch this yes so it is big for him he has spoken at a convention before but never in this position so all eyes will be on him tonight what is -- to do if you were advising him.
What would you what would you tell him.
About how to speak to the American people well I think the first night of the convention was and Romney is on Mitt Romney the man and believe that person and I know.
And Chris Christie was about you know -- the meaning of modern conservatism.
I think maybe part of what Paul Ryan wants to do is bring this all back to something called the Romney Ryan ticket.
Just two guys they stand for specific things they have specific things they want to do.
And that it would be very good without stepping on mr.
Romney's speech on Thursday if he.
That it got to -- a sense of who they are as a political entity in what they mean to do and also because he is a young man.
New on the fully national stage you know he's of that with the Washington political establishment but he is new to the American people.
Introduce himself just a little bit don't go too far but just say.
This is lamb this worm from do you expect him to be a firebrand that's what we -- from Sarah Palin glory years ago.
I think his style is somewhat more cerebral.
I think he is there and much known as such -- serious.
And one thing you should never do when you art -- doing a speech and introducing yourself to people is try to be different from who you are all great speeches.
Come from actually who you are and -- and he will know that -- mean he's been in congress for fourteen years and and so YE.
I would anticipate a certain high heat in the speech.
While also he's some nice Guyanese funny and and I'm sure he's gonna have some fun with this crowd -- -- tablet Charles Krauthammer Crist.
Barack Obama campaign ad that's come out attacking Paul Ryan today on the -- that he's about to give a speech.
And they go after him on a number of fronts one of which is -- one of which claims that he is partially.
And Charles's point was.
When they set the bar like that he could come out as long as he doesn't have -- It hits it he will have a successful evening yeah is there something to that.
Well I haven't seen the -- but if they portray him as this devilish sort of I don't like -- person.
And then he comes out with his.
Opening in January it's self and just reveals himself to be a two B a a fine human being yes I think that will do some damage it'll be a little contrast to the -- the need to.
Hit the ball out of the park or does he need to hit a single.
And do -- Well you know what it moment.
So like this some life don't come along that often you are addressing a national convention as a major party nominate for president -- vice president.
Why don't you -- for the fences.
How do you not do it I mean it -- he's working with a couple of he's writing it himself -- told but he's working with a couple of -- -- including one of -- Worked on Sarah Palin speech four years ago how how do you do -- with fifteen and sit down and tackled that task.
Aiming for a home run he is working with wonderful writers and they know him and they have been traveling with him and and you know just.
Talking to on which is exactly what I did with.
Bush in 1988.
You travel with and you get to -- to ask them questions should say -- what do you think about this and he get them reflecting in the back of the plane about.
About something that happened to them years before and it becomes something that neither of you expected it but it becomes a major part of the speech.
So they have been talking to him they have been passing drafts back and forth.
One thing that I sense about Ryan is that he's a very professional.
In one way two things to make a good speech.
You need a good created speech somebody -- helping to create it but you also need the person who is.
Going -- give that speech to understand what he has been given.
To know what good work is to know what they -- worked as Ryan strikes me as a pro.
Fourteen years in politics at a high level he knows what political communication is he would know what good work kids.
He gave an interview to Brett -- this week in which the last dancer was about his father losing his father at age sixteen and how he's chosen to live his life since then.
It was a really powerful part of the interview if he gets into that family history.
It will probably be one of the more memorable moments based on what I saw this week Peggy thank you so much in the great to have you here.