TAMPA -- USA TODAY live blogged Paul Ryan's acceptance speech as the Republican vice presidential nominee on Wednesday evening.
Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman and the House Budget Committee chairman, has injected youth and enthusiasm as Mitt Romney's running mate. Scroll down for highlights:
11:02 p.m. ET: And Ryan wraps up on a loud, triumphant note. "Whatever your political party, let's come together for the sake of our country. Join Mitt Romney and me. Let's give this effort everything we have. Let's see this through all the way. Let's get this done."
11:01 p.m. ET: Ryan has the crowd standing up and cheering: "We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead. We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility."
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10:59 p.m. ET: A brief discussion about religion, without mentioning that Romney is Mormon and Ryan is Catholic. Ryan says Romney is "prayerful and faithful."
"Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed. We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope. Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of life," Ryan says.
10:58 p.m. ET: Now Ryan is talking about Romney's business record and his work at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Talks about how the Massachusetts credit rating went up under Romney's leadership.
10:56 p.m. ET: Ryan starts to joke about the generational difference between him and Romney. Some of Romney's music has been heard on elevators, he jokes. "My playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin," says the 42-year-old VP nominee. (Romney is 65.)
10:54 p.m. ET: Ryan, one of the Young Turks on Capitol Hill, makes a nod to the millenials.
"College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life," he says. " Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you're feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you."
10:53 p.m. ET:Back to Ryan's speech: "President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record. ... The issue is not the economy as Barack Obama inherited it, not the economy as he envisions it, but this economy as we are living it."
10: 51 p.m. ET: A feed from USA TODAY's David Jackson about the protest inside the hall a few minutes ago over health care. Two women were carrying banners. One said: "Vagina, if you can't say it, you can't legislate it." The other sign: "Health care, not warfare."
10:50 p.m. ET: Ryan vows he and Romney will keep federal spending to 20% of the gross domestic product.
10:49 p.m. ET: "Yes, you did build that," Ryan says, reciting the phrase that has become the GOP mantra this week.
10:48 p.m. ET: Big applause inside the forum for Ryan's mom, Betty, as she's saluted as her son's "role model." She stands up and waves from the guest box. We're in the section about the importance of small business, and Ryan's mother started her own after she became a widow at the age of 50.
10:47 p.m. ET: "Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation's economic problems," Ryan says about what he and Romney will do in office.
10:45 p.m. ET: Obama does nothing, Ryan says, about the debt here at home. "They have no answer to this simple reality: We need to stop spending money we don't have. Really simple. Not that hard," the VP nominee says.
10:43: p.m. ET: Huge cheers for this line: "We have suffered no shortage of words in the White House. What's missing is leadership in the White House," Ryan says.
10:42 p.m. ET: More criticism of Obama, with a little humor:
"President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, well, "I haven't communicated enough." He said his job is to "tell a story to the American people" - as if that's the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, and we need to be better listeners?"
10:40 p.m. ET More Medicare: "In this election, on this issue, the usual posturing on the left isn't going to work. Mitt Romney and I know the difference between protecting a program, and raiding it. Ladies and gentlemen, our nation needs this debate. We want this debate. We will win this debate."
10:38 p.m. ET: "The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare and we're going to stop it," says Ryan, whose proposals to overhaul the health insurance program for seniors have been widely criticized by Democrats.
10:37 p.m ET: A few minutes ago there was disruption inside the hall at Ryan's mention of health care. Someone shouted out "health care not warfare," and soon the crowd drowned out those remarks with chants of "USA! USA!."
10:33 p.m. ET: Ryan is talking about the General Motors plant that shut down in Janesville. Note that it was announced in 2008, before Obama took office, that the plant would shut down.
10:32 p.m. ET: He salutes the people of Wisconsin and his hometown of Janesville. He notes his home state voted for President Obama. "When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it," he said.
10:30 p.m. ET: For my part, your nomination is an unexpected turn. It certainly came as news to my family," as he introduces wife Janna, kids Liza, Charlie and Sam, and his mom, Betty, who lives in Florida.
10:27 p.m. ET: "I am honored by the support of this convention for vice president of the United States," Ryan says. "I accept the duty to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity - and I know we can do this."
10:26 p.m. ET: Janna Ryan introduces her husband, Paul, through a video. And Ryan walks in to huge applause and a standing ovation.
10:22 p.m. ET: We're a little behind in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is getting a good reception for her inspiring story of becoming the first Latina governor in history.
By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
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