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Decision 2012: Romney, Ryan Launch Bus Tour Of Four Swing States

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One day after naming his vice presidential pick, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail in North Carolina with running mate Paul Ryan on Sunday.

Supporters waved newly printed campaign signs as Romney and Ryan rallied them in Mooresville, N.C.

Ryan is currently serving his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin's 1st district, where he grew up. He praised the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for being a man of business who will get down to business.

"Someone who knows firsthand that all these tax increases coming at our small businesses, all the mandates from 'Obamacare' [health care reform] and Dodd-Frank [Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act], someone knowing that the choking red tape that is struggling and strangling and suffocating our successful small businesses is what is keeping us from creating jobs, it is what is keeping us from creating prosperity," said Ryan.

"The path which Paul Ryan and I want to take this nation down, it is not to change America, not to transform America, not to make us more like Europe, it is to restore the principles of America that made us the hope of the earth," said Romney.

During their stump speeches at the NASCAR Technical Institute, both Romney and Ryan touched on health care, the national debt and American pride.

"We know what this country was built on. We understand its principles. Our rights, they come from nature and God, not government," Ryan said.

Ryan was introduced as Romney's running mate in Norfolk, Va. on Saturday.

The pair planned to be in Wisconsin on Sunday night for what was billed as a "homecoming rally" for the vice presidential pick.

Their first joint interview was also scheduled to air on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, where they defended Ryan's plan to change Medicare.

This week, the Republicans' bus tour will visit three other swing states -- Virginia, Florida and Ohio.

Republican Pundits Call Ryan Pick A "Game-Changer"

On Sunday political talk shows, Republicans called Romney and Ryan a "comeback team," and said the decision to tap Ryan for vice presidential candidate is a bold decision and a game-changer.

Democrats, though, wasted little time tearing into Ryan's record.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, is best known for his budget proposals, which call for slashing federal spending and overhauling Medicare by turning it into a voucher program.

David Axelrod, a senior campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, said on CNN's "State Of The Union" that Ryan's plan would send Medicare into a "death spiral."

Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain drew parallels on "Fox New Sunday" between the selection of Ryan and his own decision to tap former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.

McCain said that while Palin overshadowed him at times, he did not think that would happen to Romney.

Obama's re-election campaign wasted no time ripping Romney's choice of running mate.

In a statement, the campaign says, "Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy."

The president is in Chicago this weekend for a series of birthday-themed fundraisers and met with top advisers at his campaign headquarters on Saturday.

By Sunday afternoon, Obama had not yet publicly commented on the Ryan selection.

Ryan was just 28 years old when he entered Congress after earning his degree in economics and political science from Miami University of Ohio.

He lives with his wife Janna and their three children -- Liza, Charlie and Sam -- in his hometown of Janesville, Wis.

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