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Keeping a secret: Paper drafts of Paul Ryan's speech shredded

JANESVILLE, WI - AUGUST 27: The presumptive vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) greets people during a 'Send-Off' rally August, 27, 2012 in Janesville, Wisconsin. Ryan and presumptive presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be on their way to Tampa, Florida for the Republican National Convention. The convention was gaveled open August 27 and immediately recessed until tomorrow because of Tropical Storm Isaac.Credit: Getty Images

The New York Times has a look at the planning that went into Paul Ryan's speech. It began two weeks ago with the help of writers John McConnell and Matthew Scully. Scully wrote the 2008 convention speech given by then-Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin.

How intense things got:

In recent days, in lengthy sessions with advisers, he reviewed single-spaced drafts of the speech. No one could leave the hotel room or disembark from his MD-83 jet until an aide typed any changes into a MacBook Pro and all paper copies were shredded or ripped up.

The Times cites an anonymous adviser to Ryan who said the speech will have three components: personal life story, a take down of the Obama administration and a build-up of Mitt Romney.

Despite a former Palin writer helping construct the speech, the adviser said it won't be a repeat of Palin. “It’s a whole different context,” he said. "Ryan is his own guy. He brings something to the ticket and the things he brings to the ticket, he’s going to talk about.”

Ryan is scheduled to speak tomorrow evening.

[New York Times]

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