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We Can Turn This Thing Around': Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Talk Jobs, Economy, and Campaigning in First Joint Interview

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan gave their first joint interview to 60 Minutes Sunday, where the two discussed how they chose to be running mates, the campaign, and issues like the budget and entitlement reform.

Though there are those on both sides who will be critical of everything done by the political opposition, it seems as though the interview passed without any significant "gaffes" or errors.

(Related: 'Family Man': Barack Obama Welcomes Paul Ryan Into Race as Campaign Launches Twitter Tirade)

Paul Ryan began on a positive note, saying: "It took a little while to sink in...but to see all Americans coming out to these rallies, hungry for solutions, hungry for people to provide leadership to get people on the right track-- I'm very excited about this, and I think we can turn this thing around."

Watch the interview, via CBS:

At one point, Bob Schieffer said he was putting Paul Ryan "on the spot" by asking about Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital.

Ryan responded by going on the offensive: "What I see happening is, the president has a terrible record, so he can't run on that...He's going to try to run on distractions...and that's why [there are] these attacks against a record that is outstanding.  It's a record of creating businesses and turning around struggling businesses.  That's what we want to see happening throughout the country."

The group also discussed the concept of "fairness" in politics, and how under President Obama it seems that the government is in the business of picking winners and losers.

Schieffer took the concept in another direction, asking whether "fairness dictates" that the wealthiest should pay the lowest taxes.

"That's what happening many times," the host asserted.

After Romney noted that the wealthy pay the largest share of taxes, Ryan elaborated: "What we're saying is take away the tax shelters that are uniquely enjoyed by people in the top tax brackets, so they can't shelter as much money from taxation, so we can lower tax rates for everybody to make America more competitive."


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