By Russell Berman - 08/29/12 10:00 PM EDT
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will cast Mitt Romney as the man who can turn around the country after four years of a “run-around” by President Obama in his Wednesday night speech acceptance speech.
In an address that his advisers say will be heavy on optimism, Ryan will present the nation’s challenge as a choice between an Obama administration that has avoided hard choices and a Romney ticket that will meet them head on.
“After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney,” Ryan will say.
The excerpts suggest a good deal of Ryan’s speech will focus on the man at the top of the ticket a day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a keynote address criticized in some quarters for taking too long to mention Romney.
Ryan will also focus on his background in a speech that serves as his introduction to a national audience.
“My dad used to say to me: ‘Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.’ The present administration has made its choices. And Mitt Romney and I have made ours,” Ryan plans to say, according to excerpts released by the Romney campaign. “Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems. And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.”
Democrats have spent the past two weeks arguing that the budget plan Ryan authored would be “a disaster” for the middle class and end the Medicare guarantee.
Ryan will tout the GOP team’s economic plan, setting a goal of creating 12 million new jobs in the next four years.
"The right that makes all the difference now is the right to choose our own leaders,” Ryan plans to say. “You are entitled to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near.”
He continues: “So here is our pledge. We will not duck the tough issues – we will lead. 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."
A campaign aide told The Hill the central message of the Ryan speech will be that the congressman is an "honest and credible" politician that will speak the truth to voters.
The speech will be substantive, according to the aide, but won’t feature the level of policy detail that Ryan has become famous for in Washington.
Instead, the address will be equal parts biography; praise for Romney; a presentation of the problems Obama has created, and the Romney-Ryan vision.
This story was updated at 7:41 p.m.
Erik Wasson contributed.