Putting to rest the speculation as to whom former Massachusetts’ governor Mitt Romney would select as his running mate, presumptive Republican candidate Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate in front of a generous crowd August 11th in Norfolk Virginia.
With the USS Wisconsin as a backdrop and just before announcing his VP, Romney told the crowd he was committed to create 12 million new jobs and would create a better take home pay to middle class families. Among his claims to improve the country Romney stated, “Unlike the current President who has cut Medicare funding by $700 billion – we will preserve and protect Medicare and social security.
He also stated, “We are going to reform healthcare so more Americans have access to affordable healthcare and will get that started by repealing and replacing Obamacare.”
When announcing his VP, Romney mistakenly announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan by saying to the crowd, “join me in welcoming the next President of the United States, Paul Ryan” to which he quickly added, “Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake, I did not make a mistake with this guy. I can tell you this; he is going to be the next Vice-President of the United States.”
After thanking the crowd Paul Ryan said “Governor Romney, Ann, I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate. Mitt Romney is a leader with skills, the background and the character that our country needs in this crucial time in history.”
“He and I share one commitment,” said Ryan. “We will restore the greatness of this country.”
Ryan is a 42-year-old Congressman from Wisconsin and is in his seventh term in Congress, during the rally, he introduced his wife and three children.
Norfolk, Virginia’s Nauticus museum was the initial stop of a bus tour through the four battleground states of Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.