Here's the much-discussed VP application from the Romney campaign, confirming the reports from last night:
As Katie notes below, Team Romney has leaked a few excerpts of Ryan's speech. Here's a key passage I wasnt to highlight again:
The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this: We won't duck the tough issues...we will lead! We won't blame others...we will take responsibility! We won't replace our founding principles...we will reapply them! We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice: What kind of country do we want to have? What kind of people do we want to be? We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth. Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I'm excited for what lies ahead and I'm thrilled to be a part of America's Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done. Thank you.
Ryan is going to be a strong and effective attack dog on behalf of his running mate and against the president. The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, who has editorialized repeatedly in Ryan's (or Rubio's) support, reports on Fox News that Romney made his selection at least a week ago -- and that he managed to pull off a secret meeting with Ryan after he returned from his overseas trip.
UPDATE - Charles Krauthammer says Democrats may "rue the day" that they see Paul Ryan as a juicy target.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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