JANESVILLE, Wis. -- In a hometown “send-off” rally that doubled as a preview of the Republican National Convention speech he is set to give in Tampa, Rep. Paul Ryan on Monday delivered an impassioned description of his family’s journey to the United States from Ireland and outlined his vision for an America in which the role of community trumps that of government.

“We live together in freedom,” presumptive GOP vice presidential nominee Ryan told a sea of more than 2,000 family members, friends, students and other supporters gathered in the gymnasium of his high school alma mater. “And what we do in our communities is we look out for one another. That’s what’s so special; that’s what government can’t replace or displace.”

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