Ryan Accepts GOP Vice Presidential Nomination

By: The AP
By: The AP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Paul Ryan will be quoting his late father and promising better days ahead as he accepts his Republican Party's vice presidential nomination and introduces himself to the nation.

In excerpts released ahead of tonight's prime-time speech, Ryan praises running mate Mitt Romney and decries President Barack Obama's time in office, especially the health care law. But he also draws on his childhood in Janesville, Wis.

In the prepared text, Ryan says his father used to tell him `'you have a choice: you can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution."

Ryan is also expected to talk about his Irish immigrant ancestors and small-town values.

In the excerpts, Ryan pitches the GOP ticket as a package deal. As he puts it, "We will not duck the tough issues. We will lead." Ryan adds, "We will not spend four years blaming others. We will take responsibility."

Ryan talks not just about Romney's promises to repair the economy and what the Republicans contend are Obama's failures to do so.

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