RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Differences between Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's positions — this time on hot-button social issues — were on display Wednesday as the GOP ticket found itself dragged into a debate over abortion.

The vice presidential candidate emphasized anew that Romney is the nominee, brushing aside differences in their records.

"I'm proud of my record. Mitt Romney's going to be the president and the president sets policy. His policy is exceptions for rape incest and life of the mother. I'm comfortable with it because it's a good step in the right direction," Ryan told reporters as his campaign plane flew from Virginia to North Carolina.

Romney does not oppose abortion in cases of rape and incest or if it will save the mother's life, while Ryan does oppose abortion in cases of rape and incest.

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