"The man who will accept your nomination tomorrow is prayerful and faithful and honorable," Ryan said. "Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best. Not only a fine businessman, he's a fine man, worthy of leading this optimistic and good-hearted country."
Ryan also used his 37-minute speech to share a bit of his biography and growing up in the Midwest.
"My dad, a small-town lawyer, was also named Paul. Until we lost him when I was 16, he was a gentle presence in my life. I like to think he'd be proud of me and my sister and brothers," he said. "You know what? I'm sure proud of him and of where I come from, Janesville, Wis."
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