Romney Picks Paul Ryan as VP; What's Your Take?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney settles on a fiscal conservative member of the House of Representatives as his running mate in the 2012 election.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate for the November election.

Romney announced his decision in a press release Saturday morning, titled “America’s Comeback Team,” as well as through his “Mitt’s VP” smart phone app.

Ryan, 42, is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He’s also chairs the House Budget Committee, and last year he unveiled a counter budget titled “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which proposed to eliminate the federal deficit over a multi-year period.

Democrats and liberals derided the budget, however, saying it focused too much on cuts to spending for social programs and not enough on tax cuts for the wealthy.

The Huffington Post notes that both liberals and conservatives will be “thrilled” with Romney’s choice.

Steve Obsitnik, the Republican candidate for Connecticut's 4th district seat, released the following statement in response to Romney's pick:

Elections should focus on the records, policies and the ideals of those seeking office.

Today, Gov. Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate. In selecting Rep. Ryan to be his Vice President, Gov. Romney is drawing the starkest of contrasts between himself and the President.

This election may come down to a single issue: “Should the federal government continue down its present path of fiscal irresponsibility, or has the time come to get our financial house in order?”

All across Connecticut’s 4th District families work hard to make ends meet; they make the tough decisions on their budgets and try to save money for a rainy day. Our government should act like our families. We need fiscal responsibility for today while investing in the future.

Do you think Mitt Romney made the right choice in choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate in the 2012 presidential race? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Ernest Giono August 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Rubio would have been better. Now the Hispanic vote will go to Obama.
G Man August 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Is that how far we've devolved (i'm afraid it is)? That people will only vote for a person based on skin color or ethnicity? This is sad.
Jeff B August 12, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Whether or not Ryan helps Romney get elected remains to be seen. However, he is obviously better qualified by far than Obama, Biden, Romney, or Rubio with respect to the main problems facing this country - which are budgetary. Obama's solution of taxing the upper middle class ($200K/250K) and above, is a political stunt. The size of the problems in these programs dwarfs the amount of extra taxes that could be raised. The pension and retiree health care costs bankrupting California cities are just an early warning sign of where the nation as a whole is headed if the real problems with these programs continue to be ignored.
Janette Brown August 12, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate. Surprised? Nope. This is the architect of the Republican plan to kill Medicare. Well, it makes sense. Neither Romney nor Ryan will ever need Medicare. Do you think you will? Get informed before it's time to vote!
Janette Brown August 12, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Color of a person's skin should not matter in your decision ....however glad you are voting for Obama he is the better choice in my opinion and a lot of others.
don August 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
As far a the Ryan pick, I think Romney just shot himself in the foot! G Man; nothing has changed! We have never evolved. People talk a good game. It's not much better now then it was in the 70's. just more hidden.
Benh August 13, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Great pick in my opinion. I can't agree more with what Romney said today. The nation doesn't need to become like liberal run Greece, Portugal or California, bankrupt, sinking economy and mountains of debt. Ryan hit it on the head too, watch how the "Hope and Change" message will quickly become "Attack and Blame". Remember back when Obama said he wouldn't sign a bill that added to the deficit? Yeah, all that man does is sign bills that add to the deficit. Maybe when California claims bankruptcy that will change people's minds. Just like Jannette Brown said, "Get informed before it's time to vote!" Quit voting the same idiots into California office and the White house. Running from problems by spending more money is disastrous, eventually payment becomes due.
G Man August 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I love how naturally assumed that Ernest was going to vote for Obama because his last name sounds Hispanic. Just proves my point. Obama has been whining about the "mess" he inherited since day one. Now the "mess" is far worse. If he didn't have a clue how to fix the first mess, his can u expect he'll be able to fix the worse one? Check out NorCal Debate Club, Janette (Google it). The libs there could use you help.
Mark Kalagorgevich August 13, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Brilliant pick! Paul Ryan helped force the Congress into fiscal extremes. Now on the ticket, he will have to defer to Romney's more moderate position. Romney clearly said during the Ryan announcement that he was against President Obama's cutting Medicare costs within the healthcare bill, yet Paul Ryan wanted even bigger cuts to medicare in his budget plan. Ryan's budget plan also called for big cuts to SSI, and Romney clearly said he wants to "shore-up" SSI. Brilliant way to rein in the extreme side of the Rep party. Now maybe Congress could get to the real solution: lowering Medicare cost, shoring up SSI by increasing the retirement age by one month each year, and increasing total Federal taxes to a more historical norm of near 20% of GDP.
Mark Kalagorgevich August 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
You really think a slowly growing economy is "far worse" than a 9+% decrease in GDP? Read more about the last financial collapse led recession and you'd see what the USA looked like with 20+% unemployment rate. It also took way longer than four years to recover. I agree things could have been handled better, but they also have been and could have been handled much worse via no increased deficit spending.
tom August 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM
To answer your question, yes it is how far we have descended.....they (the politicians)all say the same thing, and they all do the same thing.....feed at the public trough and point fingers at the other guy....I wish for once that one of them, just one, would have the nuts to say that things are screwed up, and that both parties had a hand in it....


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