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Paul Ryan in His Element

12:31 PM, Aug 13, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Paul Ryan received a warm welcome home in Wisconsin last night at a rally in the city of Waukesha. Speaking without a script, Ryan was relaxed and at the top of his game. Watch the full speech at RealClearPolitics

Ryan paid tribute to his home state, forcefully prosecuted the case against Obama, and framed the election as a choice between two very different futures. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides some highlights:

"My veins run with cheese, bratwurst, a little Spotted Cow, Leinie's and some Miller," [Ryan] said. "I was raised on the Packers, Badgers, Bucks and Brewers.

"I like to hunt here, I like to fish here, I like to snowmobile here. I even think ice fishing is interesting. I'm a Wisconsinite through and through." [...]

"What we learned in this state, just a little while ago, is that we want to elect men and women who run for office and tell us who they really are, what they really believe, what they're really going to do, and when they get elected, they do that.

"That's what we do here in Wisconsin."

Ryan framed the fall campaign between the Republicans and Presi dent Barack Obama as a stark choice.

"Do we want that opportunity society, a safety net, a land of upward mobility, where people can make the most of their lives, where people can get ahead?" Ryan said. "Or, do we want to go down the path of debt, doubt and despair. Do we want to copy Europe? No."

Ryan said, "We want to have the kind of an election where we earn your support, where we win an election because you said, 'Go fix the mess in Washington.' So when we win the election, we go fix this mess in Washington."

Read the full report here.

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