The Washington Times - August 11, 2012, 09:45AM

Rep. Paul Ryan, joining Mitt Romney on the campaign trail for the first time as the Republican candidate’s vice presidential running mate, came out firing with a pointed critique of President Obama.

“No one disputes President Obama inherited a difficult situation. And, in his first two years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn’t make things better,” the Wisconsin congressman said. “In fact, we find ourselves in a nation facing debt, doubt and despair.”

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“This is the worst economic recovery in 70 years,” he said from a Norfolk, Va., podium with the U.S.S. Wisconsin in the background. “Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuses, this is a record of failure.”