Vice presidential candidate and fiscal wonk Paul Ryan is setting a goal of creating 12 million jobs in four years to bolster “a stronger middle class.”

Excerpts of Ryan’s speech prepared for delivery Wednesday night at the Republican National Conventionwere released in advance by campaign officials. The acceptance speech will come one day after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was formally nominated to lead the ticket and Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, was approved as his running mate by acclamation.

“The present administration has made its choices,” Ryan will say. “And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems. And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time.

“But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.”

As Ryan prepared to take center stage Wednesday, Mitt Romney visited with veterans in Indianapolis and considered a trip to storm-damaged Louisiana.

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