Paul Ryan RNC speech will highlight a return to 'founding principles'


GOP Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan points during a sound check at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 29, 2012 before the day's Republican National Convention events.



Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will promise the American people Wednesday night that he and Mitt Romney "will not duck the tough issues – we will lead,” according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained from the campaign by Politico.

"We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles. The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this,” the text of the speech reads, according to Politico.

The Washington Examiner also published excerpts of the remarks, to be delivered tonight at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. In them, Ryan blasted President Barack Obama's health care policy and promised to "repeal Obamacare."

"Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country," the remarks say, according to the Examiner.

The remarks also noted that Romney — "the man for the job" — and Ryan have a "goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years."

A Gallup poll released Wednesday found that 38 percent of Americans surveyed had a favorable opinion of Ryan, while 36 percent had an unfavorable opinion, and 26 percent either had no opinion or didn't know who he was. However, that reveals a significant jump in Ryan's prominence since he was announced as Romney's running mate on Aug. 11, when another Gallup poll found 58 percent of those surveyed didn't know of Ryan or have an opinion of him.

Nearly three quarters of Republicans rate Ryan favorably, compared to only 10 percent of Democrats, according to Gallup numbers.