He pledged to restore America by bringing back the values and principals of America. He and Ryan took turns praising each other.
I selected this man to be running mate because I want to change Washington, Romney said. I dont want to be like Europe. I want to be like America.
While touting Romney as a decisive leader, Ryan took shots at Obama.
Now hes turned hope and change into attack and blame, he said. And were not going to fall for that.
The rallies in Mooresville and High Point and a homecoming event for Ryan in Wisconsin later Sunday are probably the final times the Republican ticket will appear together on the campaign trail.
Campaign spokesman Kevin Madden told reporters traveling with the campaign that Ryan will campaign in Iowa as Romney continues the bus tour in Florida, both swing states.
Excitement in the crowd
Though critics have questioned Romneys ability to gin up enthusiasm in his party, there seemed to be no lack of it Sunday. It was fueled not only by the newly minted ticket but by the man its trying to replace.
What it shows is the discontent of the American people, said Gary Chapman, a 65-year-old Yadkin County resident who traveled to Mooresville.
I havent had this much hope in a long time, Bill Wallin of Salisbury said as he waited to hear the candidates in Mooresville.
Romney supporters praised Ryans selection as a sign the team is willing to make tough decisions.
He (Ryan) says what hes going to do, said Nancy Ward, 76, a retiree on Medicare. Hes the only one whos had the guts to produce a budget.
In High Point, Melanie Harris called Ryans selection bold (but) a little risky.
It shows were not going to avoid the hard things, said the Greensboro psychologist. Were not going to play politics as usual. We have a crisis and were going to fix it.
Sebastian Tilson, a 21-year-old student from Thomasville, said he likes Ryans ideas for Medicare and other entitlement programs, especially given forecasts that such programs could eventually run out of money.
We cant expect to rely on Social Security and Medicare like it is now, he said.
So when you get someone brave enough to propose specific solutions, you should vote for them, or at least have an intelligent conversation about those solutions.