What Do You Think of Paul Ryan as Romney's Running Mate?

The press releases and tweets have been flying since the announcement Saturday morning.


After weeks of rumors, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finally announced his pick for his vice-presidential running mate - Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin.

Ryan is the chairman of the House of Representatives' Budget Committee, and is a co-author of what the New York Daily News calls the House GOP's "deeply ambitious, and controversial, budget overhaul."

Ryan has served as the southeastern corner of Wisconsin's Congressman for nearly seven terms. 

Since the announcement, reactionary statements have been flying from both sides of the ticket.

President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, wasted no time sending out a statement, in which he said Romney's pick is evidence that Romney has effectively "doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past," essentially criticizing Ryan's efforts to overhaul the country's budget.

The Daily News also quotes opinions of both fans and opponents of Ryan, saying Republicans will find that he will "energize" the GOP and force the Obama camp to step up their game.

However, the article says Ryan may prove to be "a bitter pill to swallow" for senior citizens, who may not like Ryan's radical viewpoints on the federal budget and, more specifically, Medicare.

The Huffington Post says, however, that both liberals and conservatives should be "thrilled" with Romney's surprise pick of Ryan, who is 23 years his junior, citing many nicknames already being given to the pair, such as "America's Comeback Duo" or "The Dream Ticket."

Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington tweeted Saturday morning that Romney's pick has solidified the fact that the November presidential election has ultimately become "a very clear choice between two distinct ideologies."

PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - What do you think of Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


Justin September 03, 2012 at 04:37 PM
On this Labor Day, let us all remember that it was the Republicans who killed the American Jobs Bill in October 2011.
Vince Chutney September 03, 2012 at 04:52 PM
3. Ian said, "He [Con. Paul Ryan] complained that Obama stole $716 billion from Medicare, even though Ryan's own plan also "steals" that amount from medicare. The difference is that Obama's plan takes the money from insurance companies and makes Medicare solvent another 8 years, while Ryan's plan takes if from elderly recipients and uses it to fund tax cuts for the rich." Yes, Ian, Obamacare is taking some of the money from insurance companies. But it is also taking it from the healthcare providers, i.e., doctors, nurses hospitals, clinics, etc. The practical outcome of Obamacare will be that elderly patients on Medicare will no longer be able to find competent doctors, hospitals, etc. to treat them because the providers will be losing money on each patient. It has already been documented that one sixth of the hospitals will go out of business. Obamacare is designed to lead us to guberment controlled managed care (i.e., universal healthcare) since it will irreparably damage our current healthcare system. And then there is the Independent Payment Advisory Board component of Obamacare which will effectively ration healthcare for seniors. So Ian, if you love your parents, you should never be in favor of Obamacare.
Vince Chutney September 03, 2012 at 04:58 PM
4. Ian said, "Yes, all politicians stretch the truth, but Ryan obliterates it. Case in point, his assertion that he once ran a marathon in "under 2 hours" when it was actually just over three hours!" Actually Ian, Ryan claimed he ran just under 3 hours when it was actually just over 4 hours. See Ian, even you can't get it right...
Vince Chutney September 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
On July 3, 2008 — the day before Independence Day — referring to Pres. GW Bush Obama said, “Driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars to $9 trillion is irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.” Today, Sept. 3, 2012, under Pres. Barack H. Obama, the national debt has now hit $16 trillion. Pres. Obama has added more to the national debt in a single term than GW Bush did in two terms. Three and a half years ago, a freshly-inaugurated President Obama said of his plan to fix the financial crisis that “if I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” I encourage all to help make Pres. Obama fulfill at least this one promise.
Andrew Peceimer September 03, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Francie, I saw one today on the back of car. "Somewhere in Kenya the village idiot is missing"....LOL


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