GOP 2012: Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan
The Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has chosen U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his vice-presidential running mate.
Ryan is a seven-term Republican from Janesville, Wisconsin, according to ABC News.
Romney announced the news Saturday at the battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, reports the C S Monitor. The article also sums up the nominee, saying Romney has gone bold and risky with the younger, well-spoken House Budget Committee chairman. As the author of one controversial budget proposal which aimed to reduce taxes, cut government spending, and limit the growth of entitlements, conservatives will be mostly amenable to Ryan. But liberals view Ryan as someone who may damage the nation’s social safety net with his ideas to turn Medicare into a voucher-like system giving seniors control over their own healthcare decisions and hand Medicaid block grants over to states to help them better deal with the poor living within their domains of authority.
A new Romney Ryan website has appeared in support of Romney and Ryan, with the tag line: “Believe in America.”
At least one person expressed the idea that Mitt Romney’s choice has guaranteed 2012 will be a big election. E. J. Dionne, Jr., in a Washington Post column, wrote that Ryan’s budget plan will be “front and center” and that Romney “now owns its every number, policy and semicolon — unless he specifically says otherwise.”