Paul Ryan preps for career-defining speech
Trip Gabriel of the New York Times looks at one the RNC's most-anticipated speeches: Represenative Paul Ryan's acceptance of the vice-presidential nomination Wednesday night. The speech, shrouded in secrecy, was co-written by Matthew Scully, who penned former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's RNC speech in 2008.
Here, a small taste of the NYT piece:
"Unlike many past vice-presidential convention addresses, when speechwriters parachute in a few days before deadline, Mr. Scully and his writing partner, John McConnell, were told to close their word processors for a week and travel with Mr. Ryan on the campaign trail. Their assignment was to soak up his speaking style on the stump, hear his thoughts about what he wanted to say, get to know him.
'We would sit at the front of the plane and kick around ideas with Paul,' the adviser said. 'They would sort of interview him about his life.'
The speech will have three components, according to the campaign: Mr. Ryan will describe his life story, he will deconstruct the record and agenda of the Obama administration, and he will sing the praises of Mr. Romney."