Paul Ryan's stirring acceptance speech last night resonated with audiences in Tampa and across the country. Here are the six best lines from his oration.
1. "Fading Obama Posters"
"The issue is not the economy as Barack Obama inherited it, not the economy as he envisions it, but this economy we are living. 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."
2. "A Presidency Adrift"
"It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind."
3. "The president is just throwing away money—and he’s pretty experienced at that."
"I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression. I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power. They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they’ve got left. With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money—and he’s pretty experienced at that."
4. "The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we’re going to stop it"
"An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we’re going to stop it."
5. "None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers"
"None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers—a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us."
6. "We need to stop spending money we don’t have."
"They have no answer to this simple reality: We need to stop spending money we don’t have."