Mitt Romney argued Saturday that he and Paul Ryan would “offer solutions that are bold, specific and achievable” and welcomed the Wisconsin lawmaker to his ticket in a speech in front of the decommissioned USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said he and the House Budget Committee chairman together would confront the difficult financial challenges facing the United States, saying they had the combined experience inside and out of Washington necessary to tackle major obstacles.

“We will preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security and keep them there for future generations,” Romney said, “unlike the current president, who’s cut Medicare funding by $700 billion.”