Rep. Paul Ryan is the vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party.
GOP candidate Mitt Romney made the announcement Saturday just after 9 a.m. at the Nauticus Museum near the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va.
“With energy and vision, Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party,” Romney said, officially announcing the pick before Ryan took the stage.
“He combines a profound sense of responsibility for what we owe the next generation with an unbounded optimism of America’s future,” he added.
“Today’s a good day for America, and there are better things head,” Romney said, before introducing Ryan as the next “president of the United States of America.”
After Ryan took the stage, Romney came back to the microphone to clarify: ”Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake. I did not make a mistake with this guy. But I can tell you this: he’s going be the next vice president of the United States.”
“Mitt Romney is a leader with the skills, the background and the character that our country needs at a crucial time in its history,” Ryan told the crowd. “Following four years of failed leadership, the hopes of our country, which have inspired the world, are growing dim; and they need someone to revive them.
“Gov. Romney is the man for this moment; and he and I share one commitment: we will restore the dreams and greatness of this country,” he said.
Quoting his father, who died when he was young, Ryan recalled: ”He’d say, ‘son, you’re either part of the problem, or you’re part of the solution.’ Well, regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem and Mitt Romney is the solution.”
“It is our duty to save the American Dream for our children and there’s. I believe there is no person in America who is better prepared because of his experienced, because of the principles he holds, and because of his achievement and excellence in so many different arenas to lead America,” Ryan said.
“We look at one another’s success with pride, not resentment, because we know that as more Americans work hard, take risks, succeed, more people will prosper, our communities will benefit and individual lives will be uplifted and improved,” Ryan said.
“The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this: We won’t duck the tough issues, we will lead. We won’t blame others, we will take responsibility. And we won’t replace our founding principles, we will reapply them,” Ryan said.
“We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership, and the courage to tell you the truth,” Ryan concluded. “Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I’m excited for what lies ahead and I’m thrilled to be a part of America’s Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done.”
The event in Virginia, a swing state that President Barack Obama carried in 2008, will kick off a four-state bus tour.
Romney has three events with his running mate, including the Norfolk event, on his Saturday schedule. He plans to stop by a small business in Ashland, Va., before leading a 1 p.m. rally there. Then it’s on to Manassas, Va., for a 4 p.m. rally. Romney is scheduled to hold three events Sunday in North Carolina.
The news that Ryan would be Romney’s running mate broke in the wee hours of Saturday morning.