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-- I am.
chairman and delegates.
And fellow citizens.
I am honored by the support of this convention.
-- vice president of the United States.
-- I accept the duty.
To help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis -- back to prosperity.
And I know we can do this.
I accept the calling of my generation.
To give our children the America that was given to us with the opportunity for the young.
And security for the old.
And I know that we are ready.
Our nominee is sure ready.
His whole life prepared him for this moment.
To meet serious challenges in a serious way.
Without excuses and idle words.
After four years of getting the run around.
America needs a turnaround and the man for the job is governor Mitt Romney.
On the newcomer to this campaign.
So let me share of first impression.
I have never seen opponents.
So silent about their record.
Things so desperate.
To keep their power.
They've run out of ideas.
Came and went.
Fear and division.
Is all they've got left.
With -- -- attack ads.
The president is just throwing away money.
And he's pretty experienced at that.
-- -- Some people can't be dragged down by the usual cheap tactics.
Because their character.
And plain decency are so obvious.
And ladies and gentlemen.
Is Mitt Romney.
For my part.
-- nomination is an unexpected turn.
It certainly came as news to my family.
And -- like you meet them.
My best friend and wife -- -- our daughter lives up in our boys Charlie and Sam.
The kids are happy to see their grandma who lives in Florida.
There she is my mom Betty.
A small town lawyer was also named Paul.
Until we lost -- when I was sixteen.
It was a gentle presence in my life.
I'd like to think he'd be proud of me.
And my sister and Brothers.
I'm sure proud of him.
And where I come from.
I live on the same block -- grew up.
We belong in the same parish where I was baptized.
-- is that kind of place.
The people of Wisconsin have been good to me.
I tried to live up to their trust.
I ask those hardworking men and women.
And millions like them across America.
To join our cause and get this country working again.
When governor Romney asked me to join the ticket I said.
Let's get this done and that is exactly what we -- going to do.
President Barack Obama.
Came to office during an economic crisis.
As he has reminded us a timer to the.
Those very tough days.
In any fair measure of his record has to take that into account.
My own state voted for President Obama.
When he talked about change.
Many people like the sound of it.
Especially in Janesville.
Where we are about to lose a major factory.
A lot of guys that went to high school with work -- GM plant.
Right there that plan.
Candidate Obama said.
I believe that if our government is there to support you this plan will be here for another hundred years.
That's -- -- -- in 2008.
As it turned out.
That plan didn't last another year.
It is locked up an -- to this day.
And that's how it isn't so many talents.
-- the recovery that was promised he's nowhere in sight.
Million men and women are struggling to find work.
43 million people from.
Unemployed or underemployed.
Nearly one in six Americans is in poverty.
Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency.
Ready to use -- gifts and get moving in life.
Half of them.
Can't find the work they studied for or any working at.
So here's a question.
Without a change in leadership.
Why would the next four years be any different from the last four years.
The first troubling sign came with the stimulus.
It was president Obama's first and best shot at fixing the economy.
At a time when he he got everything he wanted under one party rule.
It cost 831 billion dollars.
The largest one time expenditures ever -- our federal government.
He went to companies like Solyndra.
With they're gold plated connections.
Subsidized jobs and make believe markets.
The stimulus was a case of a political patronage.
And cronyism and their worst.
You the American people of this country -- -- cut out of the deal.
What -- taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus.
More -- That money.
Wasn't just spent and wasted.
It was borrowed spent and wasted.
May be the greatest waste of all.
It was time.
Here we were ever faced with a massive job crisis.
So -- That if everyone out of work -- single file.
That unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent.
You would think that any president whatever his party.
Would make job creation and nothing else his first order of economic business.
But this president didn't do that.
We get along divisive.
All or nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care.
Comes to more than 2000 pages of rules mandates.
Taxes fees paid -- didn't -- placing a free country.
The president has declared that the debate over government controlled health -- is over.
That all comments.
Isn't news to the millions of Americans who -- Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obama care.
And the biggest.
Coldest power play -- ball and obamacare.
Came at the expense of the elderly.
Even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover.
Even with the new law in new taxes.
A nearly a million small businesses.
The players in Washington still didn't have enough money.
They needed more.
Hundreds of billions more.
So they just took it all away from Medicare.
Billion dollars funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.
An obligation we have -- -- parents and grandparents is being sacrificed.
All to pay for a new entitlement we didn't even ask for.
The greatest threat to Medicare.
Is Obama care and we -- going to stop him.
When they take up the heavy books in the wall charts about Medicare.
My thoughts go back to a house in Garfield street in Janesville.
My wonderful Graham and Janet.
And she moved in with mom and mean.
No she -- lost at times.
We did all the little things that -- -- love.
We had help from Medicare.
It was there just like it's there for my mom today.
Medicare is a promise.
And we will honor its.
They Romney Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare for my mom's generation.
From my generation and for my kids and yours.
So our opponents can consider themselves on notice.
In this election.
On this issue.
The usual posturing on the left it isn't going to work Mitt Romney and I know the difference between protecting a program and -- it.
Ladies and gentlemen our nation needs this debate we want this debate.
We will win this debate.
As much as anything else.
Explains why -- presidency.
That we -- that began with such anticipation.
Now comes to such a disappointing close.
It began with a financial crisis.
-- -- job crisis.
He began with a housing crisis they alone didn't cause.
It ends with a housing crisis they didn't correct.
It began with -- Perfect triple -- credit rating for the United States.
It ends with a downgraded America.
It -- started off.
Was stirring speeches Greek columns the thrill of something new.
All that's left.
Is -- presidency drift.
Surviving on slogans that already seemed tired.
Grasping at a moment.
That is already -- Like -- ship trying to sail on yesterday's wind.
Was asked not long ago.
To reflect in any mistakes he might have made.
He said well.
I haven't communicated enough.
He said his job is to close.
Tell a story to the American people.
As if that's the whole problem here.
He needs to talk more -- And we need to be better listeners.
Ladies and gentlemen.
These past four years.
We have suffered no shortage of words in the White House.
And this story that Barack Obama does talent.
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.
In this generation.
A defining responsibility of government.
Is to steer our nation clear of a debt crisis while there is still time.
Back in 2008.
Candidate Obama called a ten trillion dollar national debt unpatriotic.
Serious talk from what looks like a serious reformer.
Yet by his own decisions.
President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him and more than all the -- governments of Europe combined.
Five trillion in new -- He created a new bipartisan debt commission.
They came back with an urgent report.
He thinks them.
Sent them on their way.
And then did exactly.
Republicans stepped up.
With good -- reforms and solutions equal to the problems.
How to the president respond.
By doing nothing.
Nothing except -- dodge and demagogue the issue.
So here we are.
Sixteen trillion dollars in debt is still he does nothing.
In Europe error massive debts have put entire governments at risk of collapse.
And still he does nothing.
In all we have heard from this president.
And his team are attacks and anyone who appears to point out the obvious.
They have no answer.
To this simple reality.
We need to stop spending money we don't have.
My dad used to say to me.
-- You have -- choice.
You can be part of the problem.
Or you can be part of the solution.
The present administration.
Has made it's choices.
And Mitt Romney and I have made hours.
Before the match.
And the momentum overwhelm its fall.
We are going to solve this nation's economic problems.
And I'm -- level with you.
We don't have that much time.
But if we are serious.
In smarts and we -- We can do this.
After four years of government trying to divide up the wealth.
We will get America creating wealth again.
Men and women who create.
-- the men and women who need jobs.
My mom started a small business.
In -- -- what it takes.
-- was fifty when my dad died.
She got on the bus.
Every weekday for years.
And -- 40 miles each morning to Madison.
She and -- new degree and learn new skills to start her small business.
It wasn't just a new livelihood.
He was a new life.
In -- transform my mom.
From a wiggling grief.
To a small business woman whose happiness wasn't just in the past.
Her work gave her hope.
It made our family proud.
And to this day.
My mom is my role model -- Behind every small business.
There's a story worth knowing.
All of a corner shops are towns and cities.
The restaurants cleaners -- -- salons hardware stores.
These didn't come out of nowhere.
A lot of heart goes in to each one.
In a small business people say they made it on their own them all they're saying.
Is that nobody else -- seven days a week in their place.
Nobody showed up and their please -- when the door at 5 in the morning.
Nobody did their thinking and worrying and sweating for them.
After all that work in in a bad economy.
It sure doesn't help to hear from their president the government gets the credit.
What -- -- -- here's the truth yes you.
We have a plan for a stronger middle class.
With a goal of generating twelve million new jobs over the next four years.
In a clean break in a clean break from the -- -- years and frankly.
From the years before this president.
We will keep the federal spending at 20% of GDP or less because that.
Is -- not.
The choice is whether to put hard limits and economic growth.
Or hard limits on the size of government.
And we choose to limit government.
I learned a good deal but economics.
In about America.
From the author of the Reagan tax reforms the great Jack Kemp.
Which gave Jack.
That incredible enthusiasm was his belief in the possibilities of free people.
In the power of free enterprise and strong communities to overcome poverty and despair.
We need that same optimism right now.
In our dealings with other nations.
-- Romney -- administration we'll speak with confidence and clarity.
Whatever men and women rise up for their own freedom.
They will know that the American president is on their side.
And a instead.
-- instead of managing American decline.
Leading allies to Dallas and adversaries to test us we will act in the conviction.
That the United States is still the greatest force for peace and liberty that this world has ever known.
-- -- -- -- Is the kind of politician.
Who -- promises on the record.
And then calls that the records from.
But -- -- four years into this presidency.
The issue is not the economy that Barack Obama inherited.
Not the economy that he envisions.
But this economy that we are -- How -- -- Jewish should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms.
Staring up -- saving Obama posters I'm wondering.
Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here -- now.
And I hope you understand this too.
If you are feeling left out -- passed by.
You have not -- -- -- leaders have failed you.
None of us a.
None of us.
Should have to settle.
For the best this administration offers.
A -- it then Jewish journey from one entitlement to the next.
A government -- life.
A country where everything is free but us.
Listen to the way we -- spoken -- already.
As if everyone is stuck in some class or station in life.
Victims of circumstances beyond our control.
With the government there to help us cope with our fate.
It's the exact opposite.
Of everything I learned growing up in Wisconsin or -- college in Ohio.
And -- When I was waiting tables.
Washing dishes -- mowing -- for money.
I never thought of myself is stuck in some station in life.
I was on my own -- My own journey here in American journey.
Were I could think for myself decide for myself.
Define happiness for myself that's what we doing this country.
-- other central planners.
The failures of one administration are not a mandate for a new administration.
Must stand on his own merits.
You must be ready and worthy to serve in the office of president.
We're a full generation apart governor Romney -- -- -- in some ways we're different.
There -- -- songs and his iPod which I've heard on the campaign bus.
And I've heard -- on many hotel elevators.
He actually urged me to -- -- -- -- on the campaign rallies I said look.
I always got to deal breaker meant.
Well my playlist it started AC DC that ends with zeppelin.
But generation apart.
-- -- -- But that doesn't matter -- makes -- different.
But not in any of the things that matter.
Mitt Romney and I both grew up in the heartland.
And we know what places like Wisconsin and Michigan look like -- times.
Like when times are good.
When people are working.
When families are doing more than just getting by.
And we know what can be that way again.
We've had very different careers mine mainly in public service is mostly in the private sector.
He helped start businesses and turn around failing ones and by the way.
Being successful and business that's a good thing.
-- not only succeeded.
But he succeeded where others could not he turned around the Olympics at a time and a great institution was collapsing.
Under the weight of bad management.
Over spending and corruption.
Sounds kind of familiar doesn't it -- He was the Republican governor of a state -- almost nine and ten legislators are Democrats.
He balanced the budget without raising taxes.
-- unemployment went down.
Household incomes went up and Massachusetts governor governor Mitt Romney so much credit rating upgraded it.
-- and -- also go to different churches.
But in any church.
The best kind of preaching.
Is done by example.
And I've been watching that example.
The man who'll accept your nomination tomorrow is prayer form.
Not only a defender of marriage he exam he offers an example of marriage it is best.
Not only a -- this -- man.
He's a fine man.
Worthy of leading this optimistic and good hearted country.
Our face come together.
In the same moral creed.
That and every life there is goodness.
For every person there is hope.
Each one of us.
Was made for a reason.
Bearing the image and likeness of the lord of life.
We have responsibilities.
One to another.
We do not each face the world alone.
In the greatest of all responsibilities.
Is that of the strong to protect the -- the truest measure of any society.
It's how it treats those.
Who cannot defend or care for themselves.
Each of these.
Each of these moral ideas is essential to democratic government to the rule of law.
To life in a humane and decent society.
The other -- -- of our country.
As powerful and our time.
Is on the day of America's founding.
They are self evident -- unchanging.
Even presidents need reminding me.
That our rights come from nature and god and not from the founding generation secure those rights for us.
And in every generation since the best among us have defended our freedoms they are protecting us right now.
We honor them in all of our veterans and we -- them.
That makes all the difference now.
Is the right to choose our own leaders.
To the clearest.
Because the time for choosing is drawing near.
So here is our pledge.
We will not duck the tough species we believe.
We will not spend the next four years -- others we will take responsibility.
We will not try to replace our founding principles.
We will re apply our founding principles.
We can get.
This economy growing again.
We can make a safety net.
It's safe again.
-- your political -- let's come together for the sake of our country.
-- -- Okay.
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