Ryan says ticket won’t ‘duck the tough issues,’ will repeal Obamacare

  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • A young Republican waits for the appearance of vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A young Republican waits for the appearance of vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is joined by his wife Janna Ryan and family after he addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is joined by his wife Janna Ryan and family after he addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is joined by his wife Janna Ryan and family after he addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is joined by his wife Janna Ryan and family after he addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is joined by his wife Janna Ryan and family after he addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is joined by his wife Janna Ryan and family after he addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Delegates cheer as vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Delegates cheer as vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.  (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., is joined by his wife Janna Ryan and family after he addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., is joined by his wife Janna Ryan and family after he addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and GOP vice presidential nominee, addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and GOP vice presidential nominee, addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Condoleezza Rice addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Condoleezza Rice addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Senator John McCain (AZ) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Senator John McCain (AZ) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Senator John McCain (AZ) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Senator John McCain (AZ) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Senator John McCain (AZ) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Senator John McCain (AZ) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Senator John McCain (AZ) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Senator John McCain (AZ) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • Mike Huckabee addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)Mike Huckabee addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)
  • Condoleezza Rice addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)Condoleezza Rice addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)
  • Condoleezza Rice addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)Condoleezza Rice addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.tSen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.t
  • at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Massachusetts delegate Carol Claros, of Worchester, Mass., and Alternate Delegate Heather Mellem cheer on Rand Paul at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Massachusetts delegate Carol Claros, of Worchester, Mass., and Alternate Delegate Heather Mellem cheer on Rand Paul at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.  (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.  (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell takes a picture of his daughter Jeanine McDonnell, who served as a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer in Iraq, as she introduced Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell takes a picture of his daughter Jeanine McDonnell, who served as a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer in Iraq, as she introduced Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Senator John McCain, Ariz., addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Senator John McCain, Ariz., addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Senator John McCain, Ariz., addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)Senator John McCain, Ariz., addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)
  • Senator John McCain, Ariz., addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Senator John McCain, Ariz., addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • A law enforcement officer talks on the phone at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)A law enforcement officer talks on the phone at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • A lone Texas delegate waits for the beginning of the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)A lone Texas delegate waits for the beginning of the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • John Gio Karis, a Republican National Committee volunteer from Chicago, Ill., uses his phone to photograph a photo of Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)John Gio Karis, a Republican National Committee volunteer from Chicago, Ill., uses his phone to photograph a photo of Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, is interviewed before the beginning of the third day at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, is interviewed before the beginning of the third day at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Alternate Delegate Sharin Burton, left, her husband Brad Burton, alternate Delegate, and their daughter Ellie Burton, 2, of Honolulu decorate the state placard marking their seats which, along with most Blue States, are among the furthest from the stage at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Alternate Delegate Sharin Burton, left, her husband Brad Burton, alternate Delegate, and their daughter Ellie Burton, 2, of Honolulu decorate the state placard marking their seats which, along with most Blue States, are among the furthest from the stage at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Alternate Delegate Sharin Burton, left, her husband Brad Burton, alternate Delegate and Delegate Janell Yim, all of Honolulu, Hawaii decorate the state placard marking their seats which, along with most Blue States, are among the furthest from the stage at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Alternate Delegate Sharin Burton, left, her husband Brad Burton, alternate Delegate and Delegate Janell Yim, all of Honolulu, Hawaii decorate the state placard marking their seats which, along with most Blue States, are among the furthest from the stage at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Delegate Stephen Broden, of Dallas, Tex., sends an email on his phone before the start of the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Delegate Stephen Broden, of Dallas, Tex., sends an email on his phone before the start of the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R- Va. 7th, shakes hands with delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R- Va. 7th, shakes hands with delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Ron Paul supporters, Harrison Whitaker, 24, of Ft. Worth, Tex., left and Colin Denney, 26, of Dallas, Tex., await the speech of Rand Paul at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)Ron Paul supporters, Harrison Whitaker, 24, of Ft. Worth, Tex., left and Colin Denney, 26, of Dallas, Tex., await the speech of Rand Paul at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)
  • The hat of Ron Paul supporter Colin Denney, 26, of Dallas, Tex., at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)The hat of Ron Paul supporter Colin Denney, 26, of Dallas, Tex., at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)
  • RNC pages prepare to hand out Romney signs at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)RNC pages prepare to hand out Romney signs at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • A woman shows off her Republican purse at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)A woman shows off her Republican purse at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • A Montana Republican wears his pride at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)A Montana Republican wears his pride at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • A Missouri Republican shows of his boots at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)A Missouri Republican shows of his boots at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • A Ron Paul supporter declares his allegiance at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)A Ron Paul supporter declares his allegiance at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)
  • Gabriella Wyatt, of Aurora, Ill., shows off her elephant logo at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)Gabriella Wyatt, of Aurora, Ill., shows off her elephant logo at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)
  • Senator Rand Paul (R- Ky.) begins his speech at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)Senator Rand Paul (R- Ky.) begins his speech at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)
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TAMPA, Fla. — Capping his meteoric rise to the heights of the Republican Party, Paul Ryan accepted the party’s vice presidential nomination Wednesday, saying he considered it “a calling” at a time when the country needs to make tough decisions — and pledging that he and Mitt Romney won’t shirk from them.

Mr. Ryan’s speech capped off an evening that saw the Republicans try to ease Rep. Ron Paul off the political stage, and saw the party pay tribute to its living former presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

But Mr. Ryan’s address, which delivered budget-cutting marching orders to an eager and ever more rightward-leaning GOP, served as what he called a “clean break” from both President Obama and from the most recent Bush administration, when the Republicans deepened deficits and enacted a new entitlement program.

“You are entitled to the clearest possible choice,” Mr. Ryan told voters. “So here is our pledge. We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead. We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.”

It was the biggest stage yet for the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman, who cut his teeth on deep policy debates but now becomes the Republican Party’s chief cheerleader for presidential nominee Mr. Romney, and its chief attack-dog in the battle against Mr. Obama.

Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan waves toward his family seen on the television monitor during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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On that score, he fired off a series of one-liners, including mocking Mr. Obama’s 2008 appeal to young voters.

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life,” Mr. Ryan said.

He also pointedly said that November’s election marks a new beginning, not an end, to the Republican push to halt the health care law.

“The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over. That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare,” Mr. Ryan said.

But his selection could also elevate the campaign conversation, pushing his plans for Medicare, Medicaid and spending cuts to the forefront of the debate and, at times, even pushing the day-to-day campaign insults and countercharges off the front pages.

Three years after the tea party became a major political force, Mr. Ryan brings the insurgent movement’s principles to the highest levels of Washington power as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

“Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems,” Mr. Ryan said. “And I’m going to level with you — we don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.”

While Mr. Ryan’s selection as his party’s No. 2 has energized the Republicans, Democrats are also salivating over the chance to run against his budget plans.

“If Romney and Ryan get their way, seniors’ Medicare would be replaced with a voucher that drops in value as health costs rise. Seniors will have to eat rising costs while millionaires like Mitt Romney get a tax cut,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Mr. Ryan’s Democratic counterpart on the Budget Committee, said in a fundraising email Wednesday.

In his speech Mr. Ryan pointed to his grandmother and mother, who he said have relied on Medicare, as a way of trying to deflect those charges.

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