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Rep. Paul Ryan Steps Out Onto National Stage

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Entering the Republican National Convention to ebullient cheers, Rep. Paul Ryan stepped confidently into the national spotlight as his party's vice presidential nominee and promised that he and Mitt Romney would tackle the country's most difficult problems to fix the economy and create millions of new jobs.

The 42-year-old Ryan, speaking at the end of a long day of speeches and video presentations by the party's graying old guard, cut a dramatically youthful figure and vowed to heed the "the calling of my generation."

"Whatever your political party, let's come together for the sake of our country. Join Mitt Romney and me. Let's give this effort everything we have. Let's see this through all the way. Let's get this done," Ryan declared.

The Wisconsin congressman, known as an earnest policy wonk, gave a rousing address that targeted President Obama and repeatedly brought the Republican crowd to their feet. They were clearly delighted with Ryan's performance and the anticipation that he will be the one to go for Obama's jugular, a role that Romney has shied away from.

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