Mitt Romney running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, gave a rousing warm-up speech Wednesday at the Republican National Convention.
The 42-year-old congressman from Janesville, Wis., spelled out the huge differences between the two tickets in his convention address and shared some of his personal story as well.
"I live on the same block where I grew up," Ryan said. "We belong to the same parish where I was baptized."
Ryan was direct in spelling out America's economic problems.
"College graduates should not be living in their old bedrooms staring at old Barack Obama posters wondering when they can move out and get on with their lives," he said.
He also promised hope.
"We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years," he said.
Ryan also blasted the Obama administration for raiding Medicare to fund Obamacare. He portrayed the administration as one whose sun had already set.
"I have never seen opponents so silent about their record and so desperate to keep their power. They've run out of ideas. Their moment came and went," Ryan charged.
The Wisconsin lawmaker criticized the president for too much talk and too little action.
"These past four years we have suffered no shortage of words at the White House. What is missing is leadership in the White House," he said.
Ryan didn't hesitate to touch on the more personal topics, like the 23-year age gap between the running mates or their faith differences.
"Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed," he said. "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's wife and three children joined him publicly afterwards, setting the stage for tonight's speech from the man who will lead the Republican ticket this fall.