(WASHINGTON) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a seven-term congressman from Wisconsin, released his first television advertisement of the 2012 election cycle on Wednesday. He’s seeking re-election to his House seat as he campaigns with Mitt Romney in his White House bid.
In the ad, called “America Has a Choice,” Ryan tries to highlight the choice voters have this November.
“As Americans, we deserve a choice,” Ryan says in the opening of the 30-second ad to a group gathered in a coffeehouse. “You, not Washington, should decide the path we take and the decisions we make. Americans can’t wait, so we won’t wait.”
“If we act now, we can get this right,” he continues, seeming to allude to his positions on entitlement reform and spending, the core of his previous congressional campaigns.
“We don’t want a government-controlled society,” Ryan says. “We want a limited government that is both efficient and effective. This is our chance to restore real faith and real opportunity in America.”
Ryan, who represents Wisconsin’s 1st District, placed the ad buy with WISN-Milwaukee, and a Ryan campaign official said this would not be the VP candate’s only buy.
The congressman’s ads could have a dual impact. Ryan’s district encompasses one of the major Republican strongholds in the state, namely, Waukesha. If Romney hopes to win the Badger State, Ryan must command a strong turnout there.
Since he was first elected to the House in 1998, Ryan has yet to have a competitive race. While he is expected to win his House race this year, the district had been traditionally Democratic.
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