TAMPA, Fla.. — Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan set the stage for presidential nominee Mitt Romney Wednesday night with an all-out offensive on President Obama and his economy.
“I have never seen opponents so silent about their record and so desperate to hold on to power. Fear and division is all they’ve got left,” said Ryan. “With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money, and he’s pretty experienced at that.”
Ryan made strong points about Medicare and specifically how it is effected by Obamacare, saying, “760 billion (was) funneled out of Medicare by President Obama, an obligation we have to our parents and grandparents, is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new economy that we didn’t ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare, is Obamacare and we’re going to stop it!”
Former Republican candidate for the House of Representatives and Georgia Delegate Martha Zoller is happy that Ryan has a plan to cut spending at all, saying, “I’ve interviewed Ryan and I’ve studied his plan. I like the fact that he put a plan out and I don’t think it balances the budget soon enough but at least it’s a plan that will get us there.”
Ryan also addressed college students repeatedly throughout his speech. One of Ryan’s remarks lead to one of the biggest cheers heard in the Tampa Times Forum this week.
“Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for or any work at all. So here’s the question,” asked Ryan. “Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different than the last four years?”
Delegates and convention goers laughed and applauded Ryan when he declared that, “college graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at faded Obama posters, wondering when they can move out and get going with life!”
The 2012 Republican National Convention will come to a head tonight, when Romney speaks and the balloons fall upon the floor.