Paul Ryan told the crowd at the Republican National Convention (RNC) Wednesday night that a vote for Mitt Romney would be a vote for a future for college students.
"College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life," he said. "And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you."
The speech, which started out slow, had the room on its feet by the end.
He quipped about the age difference between Romney and himself saying, "There are the songs on his iPod, which I’ve heard on the campaign bus and on many hotel elevators. He actually urged me to play some of these songs at campaign rallies. I said, I hope it’s not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin."
And he was not lacking in tough jabs at the Obama administration. "What's missing is leadership in the White House," he said. The same story of shifting blame to the last administration will not occur in a Romney/Ryan administration he argued.
In the end, Ryan's speech was nothing but a plus for the Romney campaign, especially his solid take on the moral issues and his position as a moral compass in Congress.
"Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed," he said. "We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope. Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life."
While Ryan has only been on the ticket for a short time, his identity is beginning to take shape and if he keeps giving speeches like this one, the road ahead may be very bright.