Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Ryan, leader for America’s future

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Paul Ryan giving his first speech as Mitt Romney’s running mate

The Lovely Doreen from Waukesha and I first started getting the word last night on my Blackberry. I was reminded immediately of the song, “Did you ever see a dream walking?”

This morning Doreen and I heard from a friend in London, Wisconsin ex-patriate and an Obama supporter, who had a fond memory of Ryan. My wife heard from another friend in Georgia who was a big Scott Walker fan who, it turns out, is just thrilled at Wisconsin domination of our national politics. Another friend in Florida told me that Ryan is her man. (She’s not the only one saying that.) Doreen is ordering a Romney/Ryan bumper sticker. And Brian Fraley is in my email, “Rally? What rally?”

I remember being in an elevator at the Republican National Convention in 1988 when word came that then-Vice President George H.W. Bush had picked Senator Dan Quayle to be his running mate. One of the press guys in the elevator was wondering aloud who Quayle was. As I quietly put away my “Bush/Kemp” button that I bought earlier that morning, I muttered, “Conservative. Defense guy, SDI backer.”

Needless to say, it was not as exciting as my preference. This morning is a completely different story.

Not since Jack Kemp has there been a conservative like Paul Ryan capable of articulating the fiscal difficulties that this country faces. Democrats are going to lie about Ryan’s budget plan and Ryan’s record. They’re going to claim Paul Ryan is going to drown grandma in the blood of dead puppies. But Ryan has squared off directly with President Obama and has come away the clear winner. As the American public learns the truth, this election will be about something – putting America back on a path to prosperity.

It seems like just yesterday that I was on a bus to Janesville with Americans for Prosperity to go see Ryan unveil the Roadmap for America’s Future at a town hall meeting. Today Romney and Ryan are on a bus tour bringing their roadmap to the rest of America.

As Wisconsinites learn the news today, they can think about the conservative “rock stars” this state has produced: Governor Scott Walker, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Senator Ron Johnson, Congressman Paul Ryan. All of them stand for and believe in a conservative vision for America. They are the stars of the Republican Party not for who they are but what they fight for.

Former Governor Mitt Romney has not only picked a running mate that can speak to the issues of this campaign, but he has picked in Paul Ryan a leader for America’s future.

It’s a great day.

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