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Paul Ryan defends small government, attacks Obama
 
Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, speaks during a rally on Aug. 11 in Manassas, Va. Ryan might be secretly worrying Republicans because of his unpopular budget proposals and Medicare plan.
Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, speaks during a rally on Aug. 11 in Manassas, Va. Ryan might be secretly worrying Republicans because of his unpopular budget proposals and Medicare plan.
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) lit into President Obama and vowed to shrink the federal government in an audience-rousing speech closing out the second day of the Republican National Convention. Ryan said Mitt Romney, if elected, would lower federal spending to 20 percent of GDP, and doubled down on restructuring Medicare and Social Security, saying, "We can make the safety net safe again.... Ladies and gentlemen, our nation needs this debate. We want this debate. We will win this debate." The other standout speaker from Wednesday's convention lineup was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who gave a stirring speech mixing domestic and international issues with her own life story.

 

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