With US watching, Ryan to focus on personal side

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Posted: Aug 29, 2012 3:37 AM
With US watching, Ryan to focus on personal side

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Paul Ryan is ready to introduce himself to the nation as a product of an Irish immigrant family and small-town values as he accepts his Republican Party's vice presidential nomination.

The Wisconsin lawmaker was set Wednesday to address the GOP convention, and the millions of voters watching at home, in a speech with more of a personal pitch. Ryan plans to talk about his biography, his running mate Mitt Romney's promises and President Barack Obama's failures.

Ryan, a speechwriter for 1996 vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp, is familiar with the process of assembling such an address.

Ryan and his team have spent a chunk of the past few weeks writing — and re-writing — his speech, and Ryan says he's "putting a lot of effort" into it.