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Ryan to promise America that GOP ticket is ‘ready’

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks in front of a large crowd at Lakewood High School on Aug. 14, 2012.

2012 Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks in front of a large crowd at Lakewood High School on Aug. 14, 2012.

TAMPA — Unlike New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday night, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will focus attention on Mitt Romney when he accepts the GOP nomination for vice president Wednesday night.

Ryan, 42, has a tough act to follow — not Christie, but Ann Romney who asked voters to give her husband a second look in her widely praised speech here Tuesday.

He also has a difficult job in appealing to the conservatives here, who will be expecting a lot of red meat, while also trying to resonate beyond red state’s with the swing voters in places like Colorado who will decide November’s election.

He’ll try to pull it off largely by sticking to lines that have become part of his standard stump speech, according to excerpts of Ryan’s remarks released Wednesday by the campaign.

“We will not duck the tough issues – we will lead,” his speech will say. “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.

“The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this.”

Following Ann Romney’s lead, Ryan won’t look to overly “humanize” Mitt Romney, but to emphasize his resume and readiness for the job.

“I know that we are ready. Our nominee is sure ready,” Ryan will say. “His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words.

“After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney.”

Ryan has reinvigorated the Romney campaign since joining it earlier this month, but his record in Congress and the austere budget he authored have forced the campaign to debate and defend his policy positions, diverting attention somewhat from President Obama’s biggest vulnerability, the still sputtering economy.

It’s expected that Ryan, when he does get specific, will be attacking Obama’s record, not parsing his own.

When he does go on the attack, as vice presidential candidates are always asked to do, Ryan plans to focus on Obamacare.

“Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country,” Ryan will say.

“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.”

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