It's Paul Ryan: Romney picks Wis. Rep. for No. 2

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 11 at 3:02 PM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Mitt Romney has introduced Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.

At a rally in Norfolk, Va., Romney promised the Republican ticket will present "bold, specific and achievable" economic policies that would help create 12 million jobs and improve paychecks for middle-class families.

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan has put forward budget plans that would remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending. The Wisconsin Republican says he and Romney would eliminate the country's "debt, doubt and despair." With economic growth weak and unemployment at 8.3 percent, Ryan charged that President Barack Obama "has become part of the problem.

The Obama campaign says Romney's choice of Ryan underscores Romney's commitment to "budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy" that will place "greater burdens on the middle case and seniors." Campaign manager Jim Messina says Ryan's budget proposals would turn Medicare into a voucher system and gut education programs from "Head Start to college aid."

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208-w-35-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate and Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.)--Mitt Romney has announced his running mate. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (11 Aug 2012)

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215-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with sound of President Obama re-election campaign ad)--President Obama's campaign is already teeing off on Mitt Romney's running-mate, Paul Ryan. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. ((Opens with sound)) (11 Aug 2012)

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213-a-10-(Nancy Pierce, Romney supporter, in AP interview at campaign rally)-"out of control"-Romney supporter Nancy Pierce says Paul Ryan gives a boost to the ticket. (11 Aug 2012)

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212-a-11-(Rick Hamilton, Romney supporter, in AP interview at campaign rally)-"long time ago"-Romney supporter Rick Hamilton says Paul Ryan can help Mitt Romney fix the problems with the nation's budget. (11 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *212 (08/11/12)>> 00:11 "long time ago"

211-a-12-(Frank Papcin, Romney supporter, in AP interview at campaign rally)-"both present themselves"-Romney supporter Frank Papcin says he's happy with the choice of Paul Ryan. (11 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *211 (08/11/12)>> 00:12 "both present themselves"

GRAPHICSBANK: Mitt Romney (r) as 2012 Republican US presidential candidate, with US Representative of Wisconsin Paul Ryan, after Ryan was introduced as his pick for running mate, Norfolk, Virginia, on texture, partial graphic (11 Aug 2012)

APPHOTO VAMA127: Newly announced Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, addresses the crowd Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, during a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, not shown, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (11 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO VAMA122: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, joins vice presidential running mate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on stage during the Norfolk Victory campaign event, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (11 Aug 2012)

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