Fox News on August 27, 2012, reported that GOP candidate for vice president, Paul Ryan, making one last stop in his hometown before flying to Tampa for the official nomination to the Republican ticket, slammed the current White House for putting the nation down a road of “debt, doubt and decline.” Excerpts below:

In an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Ryan teed up his speech at the Republican National Convention by stressing that the weather-delayed event will nevertheless provide a critical opportunity to draw a “contrast” with President Obama’s policies.

“The contrast between the President Obama plan, which has put us (down the road of) debt, doubt and decline, versus Mitt Romney’s vision and solutions for a better future, to get us back to prosperity, couldn’t be clearer,” Ryan said. “And what we want to do is highlight those contrasts.”

He went on to defend his tax policies, preparing for what will likely be an onslaught of Democratic attacks when the rival party holds its convention next week.

Ryan rejected the conclusion of a Tax Policy Center study, which calculated that Mitt Romney’s proposals to reform the tax code would require a tax hike on lower- and middle-income households. Obama has continually cited the study on the campaign trail.

“It’s not an accurate study, it’s actually not a study of the actual Romney plan,” Ryan said. The Tax Policy Center stated in its analysis that they do not score Romney’s plan “directly” since “certain components of his plan are not specified in sufficient detail.”

“We want to get rid of the corporate welfare, the crony capitalism stuff in the tax code,” Ryan said. “But we want Congress to participate in a transparent debate, in front of the public eye, so we can have a really good debate about how best to broaden the tax base and lower tax rates.”

“At the end of the day, it’s a choice between the president’s failed leadership, the big government that he’s offering, the borrowing that he’s offering, the spending and the regulating that he’s offering, which will give us a stagnant economy, a lost generation, not just a lost decade, and the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan plan of reclaiming our founding principles, getting back to economic freedom and liberty and reviving this economy.”

Monday’s hometown rally for Ryan was an emotional sendoff for the Janesville native, with 2,000 people gathering in his high school gym to celebrate the biggest political event the city has ever experienced.

“We’re fifth-generation Janesville, Wisconsin, natives,” a visibly moved Ryan said to the crowd, which featured the atmosphere of a pep rally profoundly colored by hometown pride. “And it’s not a unique story. It’s the American story. And the reason our family came here and the reason everybody else’s family came here is because of what this country stands for. America’s not just a piece of geography. It’s an idea.”


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