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that child to have that family. >> daddy, is tonight movie night? >> it's why i keep doing it every single day. and this is a cnn special paul ryan in depth. he's the man of the hour. hand picked by presidential candidate mitt romney to join him on the republican ticket. i'm gloria borger here in washington and i'm joined by cnn's chief national correspondent john king. he's in wisconsin, paul ryan's home state. you're about 50 miles, right, from janesville, paul ryan's district. and his supporters are gathering there for a warm welcome. tell me about the crowd. >> there's quite a large crowd here, gloria.
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they're beginning through the republican speakers now, other republican politicians from wisconsin. you see a big crowd behind me. trust me, it runs out this way and this way as well. this is the wisconsin homecoming. paul ryan said he's been flying into the airport in milwaukee for the 14 years he's been in the united states congress, never has he returned home for a welcome like this. he now will be the republican vice presidential nominee. we're in a state, gloria, as you know, there's been democratic politics and presidential politics for a long time. these republicans here think because of the romney pick of paul ryan and the election buzz in this state, the republican governor survived the bruising recall election. they think it's possible. a big homecoming for paul ryan here in wisconsin. the american people are just getting to know the congressman, the house budget committee chairman sometimes controversial house budget committee chairman that mitt romney has asked him to join the ticket. the republican ticket traveled
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here from high point, north carolina, another state that the president, barack obama carried four years ago. mitt romney leads the ticket but as we get to know paul ryan better, let's listen a bit earlier in high point, north carolina. >> we have a clear choice of two futures. are we going to accept the status quo, accept the path that president obama has put us on with government taking over health care, government taking over all these different aspects of our economy, washington picking winners and losers in our economy. putting us on a path of debt, putting us on a path of doubt and decline or are we going to get america back on track, get baqubahing to work and leave our children a better future? >>. [ cheers and applause ] >> we can turn this around. we can do this. we can get this country back on track. we can get people back to work.
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we can get our debt paid off so our children inherit a better standard of living than what we got. that's what our parents did for us. >> reporter: so there you hear paul ryan earlier today. you'll hear the excitement building in this crowd. this is the critical part of the state, gloria. milwaukee votes democratic. these are the suburbs around milwaukee, reliably republican. they don't just need margins but they need turnout. john mccain carried this county. i can tell you, we'll see how it plays out in the 86 days ahead. this crowd here tonight thinks with the energy paul ryan brings to the ticket in this state, we might have an interesting race, gloria. >> i think he's also bringing some money in for them, according to the campaign toght, they've raised about $4.8 million. since ryan has been on the ticket. i don't know about you, in watching mitt romney he kind of
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looks relieved, doesn't he, like he has somebody else standing next to him to carry the message? >> paul ryan is the same eighth as mitt romney's oldest son. there's a little bit of a generational signal here. a lot of republicans yesterday as the optics of this, the introduction in norfolk, virginia. paul ryan seemed to get looser as the day went on, north carolina today, wisconsin tonight and paul ryan will break off, see him solo tomorrow. they know there will be huge debates about federal spending priorities, the about ryan budget which would trim the medicare spending. we'll see if this man is up to the challenge and what the republican ticket believes already they've changed the tone and tenor of the debate to make it about bigger issues. this will be about bigger issues now. >> one thing we know for sure is that paul ryan got the attention of barack obama today. the president mentioned him by name at a fund-raiser.
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so he's clearly aware and i think he's looking forward to talking about paul ryan a bit. take a listen to this. >> yesterday morning my opponent chose his running mate, the ideological leader of the republicans in congress, mr. paul ryan. i want to congratulate -- no, no, no. i want to congratulate congressman ryan. i know him. i welcome him to the race. congressman ryan is a decent man. he's a family man. he is an articulate spokesman for governor romney's vision. but it's a vision that i fundamentally disagree with. >> john, it seems to me like the president cannot wait to start talking about paul ryan's vision. .question of medicare. seniors are a very, very, very important constituency. the democrats lost in the 2010
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midterm elections and they're dying to get them back. they see this as a huge opening. >> it's fascinating, we stopped by the organizing for america, the obama campaign's office here. they expect to be beat here in the suburbs. one of the volunteers said we need more information on paul ryan's record so i can rebut people when i meet them who say i'm so proud for the state of wisconsin. his campaign staff had a new script. they were saying you might like paul ryan or think this is good for wisconsin but we urge you to take a look at his budget, specifically what it does to medicare. the script has changed already. the debate much more about the ryan budget plan now than it was about other issues just 24, 48 hours ago. gloria. >> today david axelrod, senior adviser to the president came out and called paul ryan a right wing ideologue. it seems to me they're trying to
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put ryan at the top of the ticket as opposed to being number two. they wanted to find mitt romney by the ryan budget plan and romney's people are saying, no, no, mitt romney's going to have his own budget. >> what david axelrod is trying to do is motivate the left base, the democratic base. what governor romney is doing with the selection of paul ryan is signaling he, toob with thinks this will be a base election. which party could best motivate its base between now and election day from conventions to election day and on election day turn out voters. this is looking like that race more so than the mccain/obama race. some people think this could be as close as another race, bush v. gore. they believe the middle of the electorate is increasingly shrinking. >> one of the problems i think the romney campaign has in trying to destroy paul ryan is romney called himself an
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outsider. paul ryan is somebody who's a product of washington, i think most people will agree. today mitt romney tried to describe paul ryan as a reluctant candidate, somebody who put his own private career on hold to serve in washington. but he made him try and sound like he wasn't really as interested in washington as we've seen here, from where i sit. take a listen to this. >> his career -- his career ambition was not to go to washington. that is not what he wanted to do. but he became concerned about what was happening in the country. and wanted to get america back on track and so he put aside the plans he had for his career and said i'm going to go and serve. he's gone there and he's put the country and policies to get america right again ahead of ambiti ambition. he planned on doing something else with his career but you know, he looked at the country and recognized the real challenges we had and decided to
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go and try and make a difference. and so he went to washington, not to get along with everybody but instead to bring new ideas. and to help bring people together on both sides of the aisle. >> john, does he seem a reluctant washington person to you, paul ryan? >> you know, not so much. look, paul ryan served as a staff member on capitol hill for wisconsin republican senator. he served jack kemp and bill bennett at the republican think tank in power america back in the 1 80s. when he was a young man in his early 20s, he was elected to congress when he was 2 years old. when he was younger than that, he told people he'd build a washington experience and go home and run for congress. when he was in his early 20s, he was planning to come home to janesville, wisconsin but to come back to washington. to call him a reluctant warrior in washington is a bit of a stretch, so to say. paul ryan has been in public
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service for 14 years now. he's there because he wanted to be there and he want to be there at a young age. we're told the romney/ryan bus is on its way here, about five minutes away. a large crowd here, cheeseheads eag eagerly awaiting the arrival of the republican ticket. >> when i asked paul ryan about this ticket months ago, he didn't turn it down and say, we'll have to take things as they come. it's clear to me that paul ryan is somebody political. he's ambitious, nothing wrong with that. was even thinking about running for the presidency himself. and now, john, i think he's going to have a homecoming in a few minutes like none he has ever seen before. as you say, the bus is just a few minutes away. we're going to stay here and wait for his return. joining the republican ticket, coming home to the state of wisconsin. i think four years ago, who could have imagined paul ryan
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rising to these heights. we'll take a look at who he is and listen to him and listen to mitt romney, right ahead. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® liquid gels. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec® at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. zyrtec®. love the air.
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it's a great ticket. it's a terrific pick by governor romney. congressman ryan as you've already seen is bringing energy to the ticket. he has a clear, specific vision, an adult approach to solving the
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nation's problems. >> welcome back to our cnn special, paul ryan in depth. you saw there tim taua lpawlent. governor romney called him first among those he considered several days before he considered telling him he decided to go in a different direction. governor pawlenty saying he'll continue to fight on for what is now a romney/ryan ticket. the romney/ryan campaign bus arrived here in waukesha, wisconsin just moments ago to welcome paul ryan home. this his first rally in the state since governor romney announced him as his choice. the people of this state know paul ryan well. but to most americans paul ryan is largely unknown. mitt romney introduces him yesterday. the first stop at the "uss
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wisconsin" get that, in norfolk, virginia, paul ryan discussing his family. >> janesville, wisconsin is where i was born and raised and i never really left it. it's our home now. for the last 14 years, i have proudly represented wisconsin in congress. there i have focused on solving the problems that confront our country. my dad died when i was young. he was a good and decent man. there are a few things he would say that have just always stuck with me. he'd say, son, you're either part of the problem or part of the solution. well, regrettably, president obama has become part of the problem and mitt romney is the solution. >> reporter: now, that was paul ryan in norfolk, virginia at the unveiling. here we are in waukesha,
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wisconsin, they're waiting for him to speak here. why would governor romney put paul ryan on the ticket? number one, no question on his knowledge of the federal budget. he wants to have a debate about the deficit and the country. he's energized the conservative base. you see that in the republican suburbs of milwaukee. 42 years ole. he brings youthful vigor to the ticket. the question going forward is is that enough? many will question his experience and proposals. the two candidates are at this rally site. this could be our first test case. if they can move the numbers here in their favor, you may see how much of an impact paul ryan can have. >> i think there was thinking in the romney campaign, john, if they were going to win the
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election by saying that president obama's economy is bad, they would have been higher in the polls than they are right now. i think the decision was made that they needed to do -- to have another plan and that would be to have a vision for the future and go big. which is what they're doing with paul ryan. they're not only saying, okay, president obama's economy is bad, but here is our long-term plan for the future. and i guarantee you that at some point they're going to be saying to president obama where is your long-term plan to save entitlement programs important to senior citizens? where is your long-term plan on tax reform. by the way, paul ryan is for tax reform but we're not quite sure what taxes he would raise as a part of that. so i think this is a way that they can say to the obama campaign, okay, guys, we need to get you on record on certain things that are important to
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voters, particularly independent voters in this country. >> i think that's exactly right. race was very competitive. the polls drifted in a bit in the president's favor, especially the national polls in recent days. the romney campaign made a calculation to make the race about something bigger and different. we've had what i'll call the bain versus solyndra debate. mitt romney, wethy man. the president says he won't release his taxes, what is he hiding? that's what the president has been saying. governor romney has been saying mr. president youad three years. your approach was a stimulus program that fail. it was sometimes petty and often personal debate. now what do you have? by embracing paul ryan, governor romney says he's not embracing everything in the ryan budget but he's making this a bigger campaign now. the question is can ty keep it as a big campaign? the republicans may lose this election but if they make it
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about the economy's in trouble, the country's in trouble, it's time to make big, tough choices, the raynes believe they can win. the reason they believe that is they look at 2010. the recall election here when governor walk her a run-in with the labor unions. he did cut back on their benefits and won that election, even though labor and the democrats poured that money in. it's tough choices. some of these choices are controversial. some of them may hurt but they need to be made. if they keep it it up here and not in the weeds of the ryan budget, they think they can change the tenor of this race. >> in the week after that walker win, paul ryan's chances for vice presidential nod certainly got a lot better, don't you think, john? if i'm a republican -- >> it sure did. >> i'm looking at that win in the state of wisconsin and going maybe we can win thatstate, maybe paul ryan is the guy who can do it for us. okay, john, it's been an extraordinary week. as we know for paul ryan. we're waiting for the bus to ll up with him. right after this, we're going to
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show you the conservative congressman as you've never seen him and his life may never be the same. who was paul ryan before joining the republican ticket? more on the politician and the family man, straight ahead. >> so god bless you for coming today. tin® because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. zyrtec®. love the air. [ sneezes ]
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i'm john king live in waukesha, wisconsin. welcome back to "paul ryan in depth," paul ryan, mitt romney's choice to be the vice presidential ticket to speak at this boisterous rally momentarily. speaking now is the republican senator, ron johnson. a 2010 tea party favorite, proof that he told this crowd wisconsin could become a red state again. wisconsin has a big role in our national politics this year. up next, reince priebus, the national chairman. he happens to be from the state of wisconsin.
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then scott walker, the republican governor will speak. he's known across america because of the recall battle. governor walker will introduce the man mitt romney hopes will be the next vice president of the united states. a large crowd, gloria, here. gloria borger joins me from washington. it is interesting to see this state in national politics that's been democratic for so long, having so many republican faces. reince priebus now taking over. they want to change this state red come november. >> they hope they can make the state of wisconsin red. it is not anything that the romney campaign was counting on. but now i think they have it in their sights. everybody in wisconsin knows who paul ryan is. but most of the country doesn't. he's only 42 years old. and he's somebody who never felt he had a lot of time to accomplish his goals. and given his family history you
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can understand why. and ryan is a man in a hurry. in washington he bunks in his congressional office. it's cheaper, near work and closer to the house gym, which is good since he's a fitness buff who got some of his colleagues hooked on a gruelling exercise routine called p90x. >> it's a great workout. >> in a way he owes his devotion to fitness to his father. in particular, one day when the younger ryan was still a teen. >> your dad was 55 when he died and you were -- >> 16. >> 16 years old. >> yes. >> how did that affect you? you say you're more sensitive. >> i was a young kid working at mcdonald's that summer. my mom was visiting my sister who got a job in denver. i went to wake him up in the morning and he wasn't at live. >> you found him. >> i basically had to sink or swim. my grandmother who had alzheimer's moved in with us at
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the time. my mom and i took care of her. my mom went back to school to learn a skill. i did a lot of growing up very fast. it made me very initiative prone, live life to its fullest. you never know how long it's going to last. >> you had the opportunity to run for president at the age of 41 if you're in a hurry. and you said -- >> nice boomerang on that. >> you said no. >> sure, because i think there are other good people who can do this job. but there are other good people who can't raise my kids. >> that didn't stop the push to dry and draft ryen to run. the argument is simple, he's proven he can take on the president. >> paul -- >> is this a difference of philosophy. >> no, no. t. is. it is. >> this is an important point. >> bill bennett says ryan flashed on to the president's radar after some fiery exchanges at his health care summit. >> you could tell barack obama
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took notice. he took the measure of him. paul ryan was in his brain a little bit. >> actually, a lot. the white house seated paul ryan right up front at the president's budget speech in april and then proceeded to denounce his plan. >> it ends medicare as we know it. >> what i was thinking going into that speech, we're getting divided government to work. we're compromising, getting things done. what i got out of that was political mode, you know, demagoguery and try to nullify the notion that there's an aalternative path for this country. >> with neither side budging, ryan has settled in. >> paul ryan is the right guy! >> he's a hero to republicans and a devil to the democrats. he's okay with that. >> they had an ad of me pushing some older woman off a cliff or something like that. >> doesn't bother you? >> no, not really. look, we have a normal life in janesville. my wife and i, three beautiful
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kids, soccer on saturdays. we have cub scouts. we have a normal life like everybody else. i go to washington four days a week which i call the silly place. it's two different kind of worlds. and if we don't tackle these big problems they're going to tackle us. >> you know, john, he's a very attractive candidate there. but he does have some down sides that people have been talking about. that he's never really run statewide, never anything more than a congressional race. he has no foreign policy experience. some folks are going to question whether somebody who's 42 years old is actually ready to be commander in chief. but john, i think the big question is, whether he can sustain the attacks that the democrats are going to wage on him about going after entitlements like medicare or raising the retirement age for social security. >> and gloria, that's the question. he's going to get many punches.
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he's been in the middle of these fights for years as the ranking member when the repuicans are in the minority, as the budget chairman now. he's had these debates face-to-face with president obama. he's proven to be a good debater and pretty tough. as you know, a lot of politicians who have a good reputation get on the national stage and we learn new things. it is testing time for paul ryan without a doubt. to the point you made about his youth and lack of foreign policy experience, i went to a diner in the suburbs here today and put that question to loyal republicans. they got quite combative about this. what about president obama? he was only a couple years older. he had no foreign policy experience. to be factual, paul ryan has much more experience in washington than senator barack obama did when he ran for president. when you asked the experience question or the age question, you get a lot of pushback from republicans who take us back in time and say if you're going to be critical of paul ryan, remember, remember, he has more experience than then senator obama did. [ male announcer ] if you stash tissues
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as you see, governor romney and congressman ryan getting off the bus here, i want to note not only is this a made for tv moment in the state of wisconsin but there are cameras all over the place, including a jib camera going high above the crowd. gloria, i think it's a safe bet if you're going to see some of this in television advertisements, web videos and the like quite soon. as you watch the two candidates make their way up on stage,
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people who are veterans of wisconsin politics say when it comes to presidential politics it's been a while since they've had enthusiasm like this. >> this must be quite a moment for paul ryan, too, john. i think it's something he kind of wanted but never counted on happening. >> it's interesting as you wait for the keanes to come on stage, you want to talk about the intensity of this state. there were union workers in the parking lot when we came in, representing the obama campaign. as we're talking here, i had a woman make her way through the crowd to hand me a press release saying workers facing outsourcing by bain to meet the
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rally here in wisconsin. you have a huge republican crowd here but the democrats are trying to turn out as well to make clear, yes, the energy of the moment is with the romney/ryan ticket. the focus in this state, a lot of democrats say of course they're proud to have the son of wisconsin on a national political ticket but this is how it works in presidential politics. the republican side because it goes first, governor romney deciding a running mate, they get most of the attention right now. it is safe to say here and elsewhere, when the glow of the republican announcement fades a bit, the democrats are ready to fight back. >> as you look at mitt romney, john, he seems in the last events we've seen over the last day or so, pretty comfortable with paul ryan and i'm told that that was really important to him when he was making his choice, that it was someone he could feel comfortable with, maybe it's because they both called themselves nerds. but i do think that it is
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somebody he would have hired. clearly paul ryan is very emotional about this moment. >> he's -- governor romney has been in politics for some time. he ran for president in the last cycle, was governor of massachusetts. he's had big jobs like leading the olympics and being governor of massachusetts. they have a bit of a transformation, there's several step process, picking your running mate is sort of that first moment where it's proof, whoa, i'm the nominee. i'm in charge of the ticket. i get to pick a number two. then you get your convention speech, another big chance especially in a close race, to reintroduce yourself to the american people to make sure case. step three of that process is the first presidential debate. governor romney's enjoying, i'm going to call this the easy part. i'm not saying it's not important but this is the easy one. he picks his running mate. the convention speech is hugely important. when he steps into the debates with president obama, especially in a close election, they could
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be defining. as we get introduced to congressman ryan we're also watching a very important transformation and evolution of governor romney into the republican nominee, not just the nominee but the leader of his party. >> john, look at hw emotional this is for paul ryan. obviously wiping tears from his eyes. coming back to his home state of wisconsin and being welcomed like this. you see ann romney back there behind him. >> it's an emotional moment for somebody. this is when you see them, gloria. >> hi, mom. >> sometimes they sta on script, sometimes they enjoy the moment. >> he's enjoying it. >> thank you, everybody. thank you, wisconsin.
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it is good to be home. i tell you, i love wisconsin. i see my family over here. that's this half of the stadium. i have a lot of family. i tell you what -- >> love you, paul. >> i love you too, man. >> i'm fifth generation from this state. my family came here back in the 1800s, made a go of it. it's where we've all raised our families ever since. this is such a phenomenal place to live, to work, to raise your family.
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>> i think back about, you know, the summers upali alitt our grandparents up at lake winnebago. py think about deer camp in fairchild in o'claire county. janna, our daughter liza, son charlie and sam. we live on the block i grew up on. with about ten other ryan families within about eight blocks of our home. my veins run wi cheese, bratwurst and a little spot of -- and some miller. >> i was raised in the packers,
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badgers, bucks and brewers. i like to hunt here. i like to fish here. i like to snowmobile here. i even think ice fishing is interesting. i'm a wisconsinite through and through. i have to tell how what this means to be home. i also just want to say a great thanks to my friend, scott walker. and my friend reince priebus. and ron johnson. we're just guys from tosha, kenosha, oshkosh and janesville.
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what we learned in this state just a little white ago is that we want to elect men and women who run for office and tell us who they really are, what they really believe, what they're really going to do and then when they get elected, they do that! that's what we do here in wisconsin. we've seen a few elections in wisconsin lately. we're ready. we're tested. we put these ideas out there, we implemented it, our leaders fixed the problems in madison. and we as voters said keep doing it. on june 5th, courage was on the
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ballot in wisconsin and courage won. we wisconsinites, we saved wisconsin that day and on november 6th, we wisconsinites will help save america that day. >> usa! usa! usa! >> man, look at that. >> usa! >> friends, i see so many familiar faces in this audience. it's just amazing. >> we're all family, brother. >> we are all family, brother. and that wasn't my brother who said that, actually. we have a very critical decision
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to make in this country. we are at that proverbial fork in the road in america. the president came into office with so much hope offering so much change. he got the power he wanted. he got his party in control. he passed almost every item on his agenda. it's law now. and now we're seeing the results. a country with a health care system that's about to be taken over, a country with four years of trillion dollar deficits. a country in economic stagnation. the worst economic recovery in 70 years. the largest deficits and biggest government since world war ii. nearly one in six americans are in poverty today. it's the highest rate in a generation. you know what, we're not going
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to take that! we're going to turn this thing around. the good news is this, we can do this. we can turn this around. we can get this economy turned around. we can get people back to work and most importantly, i look at my kids, sam, i'm over here. i look at my kids -- it's been a long day for him. i look at my kids and i want them to have the kind of future that i had. that's what my dad always told me, in this country, every generation fixes their problems, makes things better and leaves their kids better off. it is our duty to save the american dream for our children.
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so we have a big choice to make. if we look at the path that we are on, if we look at all the things that the president's been doing, more government, more regulations, the promise of a lot more taxes on successful small businesses, we see a president who took what we pioneered here in wisconsin, tommy thompson, welfare reform, getting people off of welfare, back to work into lives of dignity, personal responsibility on to a life of hitting their potential. if this president is going to do these kinds of things in a very difficult, tough election year, imagine what he would do if he never has to face the voters ever again. you know what, we're not going to find out.
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so here is our choice. we can either stick with the politics of the past, with dividing, with distorting, with distraction, we can put ourselves on the path toward a welfare state with a debt crisis where we now see the government's role as not promoting equal opportunity and protecting our natural rights, but giving us new government granted rights, putting the government in charge. running our society, driving our economy, picking winners and losers. equalizing the outcomes. this country is so special. the state is so special. it's so special because it's the only country founded on an idea. that's very special. and that idea in a nutshell
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subpoena in the declaration of independence. our rights come from nature and god, not from government. so here's our choice. do we want that opportunity society with a safety net, the land of upward mobility where people can make the most of their lives, where they can get ahead or do we want to go down the path of debt, doubt and despair? do we want to copy europe? it's going to take leadership. it's going to take courage. it's going to take another election like we had in 2010 to get this right. and when we do, we'll look back at this moment in 2013 as the day our generation fixed it so the american idea was turned around and our children had a brighter future.
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as you now know, i've spent some time with this man lately. we need a man of integrity. we need a leader of principle. we need somebody who has a bedrock of principles, a moral compass, a vision for the country and the experience, the expertise to put that vision into place. those are the things that describe this man, mitt romney. when you see how this man, how warm he is to his family, to his associates, when you see the
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successes he's achieved, raising a beautiful family, working hard, creating small businesses, turning around struggling businesses, creating jobs, this is a person who has a life experience who knows that if you have a small business, you did build that. this is a man who when the olympics was struggling, when it was failing, the country called him to serve and revive it and he made us all proud by running the olympics and saving it. this is a man who as governor worked across the aisle, got things done, balanced the budget without raising taxes, increased employment, increased the credit rating and increased household incomes by providing leadership.
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this is a special moment for us, our family, for all of us. we are all family. this is it. this is the election. we owe you our fellow citizens the choice. so you get to decide what kind of country do you want to have? what kind of people do you want to be? we want to have the kind of election where you earn your support, where we win an election because you said go fix the mess in washington. so when we win this election we go fix this mess in washington. this is an exceptional nation. this is the greatest idea. there is no other system that has done more to help the poor, to help spread opportunity, to help people rise up and make something of their lives than
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the american system of freedom and free enterprise. amen. we have a leader here who understands that, who, more importantly, knows how to deliver that. that is our contract with you. ladies and gentlemen, we're going to do this. we're going to turn these things around. guess what? this man, his name is mitt romney and he is beginning to be the next president of the united states of america. >> thanks, buddy. >> mitt romney speaking in waukesha, wisconsin. you heard from the man of the moment, paul ryan. he will be the republican vice presidential nominee. our in-depth coverage will continue in just a moment. than zyrtec® nothr
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>> welcome back. we're live in waukesha, wisconsin. i'm john king, our special report, paul ryan in depth. one of the big debates in this campaign is should governor romney release more income taxes? because paul ryan turned over several years during the vice presidential vetting process bo, democrats saying mitt romney should release. jim acosta is here. they understand the pressures. they understand the heat from the democrats. what will paul ryan show the american people? >> john, what we're hearing from the campaign tonight, paul ryan is doing that interview on cbs with mitt romney. he said during that interview that he will be releasing two years of his tax returns. i went over to a ryan spokesman, try toed confirm that. yes, that is the plan. he's going to release two years of his tax returns. the timetable? i got word back that as soon as they're ready is essentially
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when we're going to see the tax returns. john, as you know, this has been a looming issue, a pressing issue for the romney campaign all throughout this primary and regular campaign season cycle. i think what we're going to see eventually from the romney and ryan team is they're trying to get ahead of some of these issues. you know, they've been playing a lot of defense. i think the sign that they're giving tonight that they'll release the tax returns is a sense they're going to play more offense, get out in front of these issues and play more defense. >> as we end here in waukesha and throw it back to you in washington, you see if the republicans can stick with that, two years from mitt romney, two years from paul ryan. that's their line tonight. >> we'll have to see if that's enough. i doubt it is for the democrats. thanks so much, john. i'm gloria borger here in washington. cnn presents the muslims next door. that ingoods in a few minutes. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec®
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