Ryan: 'It Is Our Duty to Save the American Dream for Our Children'

By Susan Jones | August 13, 2012 | 6:18 AM EDT

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, is introduced by vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive during a welcome home rally, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis. At left is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Romney's wife Ann Romney, rear right. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking in his home-state of Wisconsin Sunday evening, Rep. Paul Ryan -- tapped to be Mitt Romney's running mate -- described the election as a stark choice between a president who has made a mess of things and a team who "can turn this around."

"We can get this economy turned around," Ryan told an enthusiastic crowd. "We can get people back to work, and most importantly, I look at my kids -- Sam, I'm over here! I look at my kids -- it's been a long day for them. I look at my kids, and I want them to have the kind of future that I had. That's what my Dad always told me. In this country, every generation fixes their problems, makes things better, and leaves their kids better off. It is our duty to save the American dream for our children."

Ryan said Obama got exactly what he wanted when he took office -- a Democrat majority in Congress for the first two years that helped him advance his liberal agenda:

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"He passed almost every item on his agenda. It's law now," Ryan said. "And now we're seeing the results: A country with a health care system that's about to be taken over. A country with four years of trillion dollar deficits. A country in economic stagnation. The worst economic recovery in 70 years. The largest deficits and the biggest government since WWII. Nearly one in six Americans are in poverty today. It's the highest rate in a generation."

The crowd cheers Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., at a campaign event at the Waukesha county expo center, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Voters "have a big choice to make," Ryan continued:

"And if we look at the path that we are on -- if we look at all the things the president has been doing -- more government, more regulations, the promise of a lot more taxes on successful small businesses" (he also mentioned undermining welfare reform) -- "if this president is going to do these kinds of things in a very difficult, tough election year, imagine what he would do if he never has to face the voters ever again.”

Ryan noted that America is special because its government was founded on an idea: "Our rights come from nature and God, not from government."

"So here is our choice -- we can either stick with the politics of the past, with dividing, with distorting, with distracting; we can put ourselves on the path toward a welfare state with a debt crisis, where we now see the government’s role as not promoting equal opportunity and protecting our natural rights but giving us new government-granted rights, putting the government in charge, running our society, driving our economy, picking winners and losers, and equalizing the outcomes."

On the other hand, there’s another choice, Ryan said: “Do we want that opportunity society with a safety net, the land of upward mobility where people can make the most of their lives, where they can get ahead, or do we want to go down the path of debt, doubt and despair. Do we want to copy Europe?" he asked.

The times demand leadership, Ryan said, launching into praise for Mitt Romney.