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Excerpts from Paul Ryan’s RNC speech

UPDATED: Expect Ryan to engage the attacks against him on the federal budget and his plan for reforming Medicare.

Excerpts from Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s Wednesday night convention address, courtesy of The Weekly Standard:

“I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old ??? and I know that we are ready. Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has 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. …

???Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country. The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over.  That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare. …

???We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years. …

???My Dad used to say to me: ???Son.  You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.???  The present administration has made its choices.  And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation???s economic problems. And I???m going to level with you: We don???t have that much time.  But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this. …

“The right that makes all the difference now is the right to choose our own leaders.  You are entitled to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near.  So here is our pledge. We will not duck the tough issues ??? we will lead.  We will not spend four years blaming others ??? we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles. The work ahead will be hard.  These times demand the best of us ??? all of us, but we can do this.  Together, we can do this.”

As the vice-presidential nominee, the Wisconsin congressman has the freedom to attack the Democrats without fear of offending Democrats. Because most VP nominees are chosen at the convention or shortly ahead, their speeches are not finely honed. Rather, they are little more than boilerplate applause lines strung together.

But, given the lead time Ryan???s staff was given, expect a well-structured and well-thought-out address. Expect Ryan to engage the attacks against him on the federal budget and his plan for reforming Medicare. One goal in crafting a ticket is balance, either politically or geographically. Ryan brings balance by standing his ground and parrying with his critics???unlike Romney, whose political stands are less fixed.

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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.