Ryan: Obama Has A 'Record Of Failure'

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Likely Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, as his running mate on Saturday. Guest host Linda Wertheimer reviews the days' events.


The top political news today: Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee for president named his running mate - Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.


MITT ROMNEY: So Paul and I are beginning on a journey that will take us to every corner of America. We're offering a positive governing agenda that will lead to economic growth, to widespread, ensured prosperity, and that will improve the lives of our fellow citizens.

WERTHEIMER: Mr. Romney made the announcement from Norfolk, Virginia, and then began a bus tour which is headed through the swing states. There, Ryan said President Obama had a record of failure on the economy and, he said, a Romney administration would return America to its founding principles.


REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RYAN: America is an idea. It's the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.

WERTHEIMER: Ryan is known primarily for his conservative and controversial budget plan, and he said the campaign would not, quote, "duck the tough issues."


RYAN: We can turn this thing around. We can. We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered, but it will take leadership and the courage to tell you the truth.

WERTHEIMER: That was Congressman Paul Ryan, speaking earlier today. He is a Wisconsin congressman, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and now the likely Republican candidate for vice president of the United States. Romney and Ryan will be campaigning throughout swing states over the next few days, and we will continue to follow the story. We will follow it today, on air and online at npr.org.

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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