Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's choice for vice president on the Republican ticket, gave his first speech in the role.
Ryan had an awkward start: Romney mistakenly introduced him as "the next president of the United States." Romney recovered by rejoining Ryan at the podium saying,
"Every now and then I'm known to make a mistake. I did not make a mistake with this guy. But I can tell you this: he's going to be the next vice president of the United States."
Coincidentially, in 2008, President Obama made the same mistake when introducing Joe Biden, his running mate at the time: "So let me introduce to you the next president-the next vice president of the US of America, Joe Biden." I guess they were both a little nervous.
Much of Ryan's speech touted Romney's qualifications for the job:
"And I believe there is no person in America who is better prepared-because of his experience, because of the principles he holds, and because of his achievements and excellence in so many different arenas-to lead America at this point in its history."
Predictably, he also criticized the Obama Administration:
Read the Romney's and Ryan's speeches here.
- What's your view of Ryan's speech? Which are the most and least effective parts?
- How do you assess his delivery skills? What does he do successfully, and what should he work on leading up to the election?
- In the excerpt of Ryan's speech, above, what rhetorical device does he use?