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Mitt Romney chooses Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate

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Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney introducing Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate

Former Gov. Mitt Romney announced via mobile app his pick for vice presidential running mate: seven-term Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Romney and Ryan are holding a Norfolk, Va., rally aboard the USS Wisconsin, the first stop of a four-day bus tour of key battleground states.

According to ABC’s Jon Karl, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio were informed late Friday that they were not the pick.

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Comments (22)

  1. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 08/11/2012 - 09:01 am.

    real hope and change

    A great choice!!!! New ideas and real hope and change as apposed to listening to a variety of ways of spinning the old and tired democratic mantra – tax and spend.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/11/2012 - 07:16 pm.

      2 + 2

      Now, if he showed any signs of being able to add two plus two and coming up with an answer less than five ….

      • Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/12/2012 - 09:10 am.

        I welcome an honest fight over entitlement reform and the budget. I don’t think we’ll have one and I think Ryan’s willingness to go into detail has been kind of over-rated, but I’m glad for this.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/11/2012 - 09:02 am.


    The Romney campaign just hung a figurative target on its back with a bullseye as big as the broad side of an old fashioned barn. Even if the Democrats can’t quite shoot straight (which, of course, they won’t be able to), they can’t miss hitting that figurative target right where it most hurts (conceptually) in the eyes of the American people,…

    over and over and over again.

    I can’t help but wonder if the Republican party will realize after this election that going for the MOST conservative pretty face in order to shore up the support of the Tea Party base is always going to lose them elections (and keep them out of control of the senate and perhaps even lose them the house).

    Ron Paul’s budget will be the brush with which Democrats can paint EVERY Republican candidate colors that make the electorate physically and viscerally sick to the point of realizing that, with Republicans in charge, they’re going to lose a good deal more than their lunch,…

    (i.e. Bush’s financial crash,…

    and the necessity of bailing out the richest of the rich in order to prevent an even greater collapse,

    while those same rich are protected from paying their fair share of taxes,…

    and, like Romney hide huge sums of money in offshore tax scofflaw accounts,..

    while working to be sure the poor and middle class are increasingly impoverished,…

    was no fluke, it was exactly what we can expect whenever we allow today’s Republicans to run the show).

    Even moderately conservative Republicans will run from the Romney ticket now that Ryan’s on board.

    • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/11/2012 - 05:21 pm.


      That’s what I get being able to type fast. Of course I meant to say “Paul Ryan’s Budget” NOT “Ron Paul’s”

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/11/2012 - 09:06 am.

    I love it

    Now maybe the press will focus on the differences in the economic philosophies and the relative merits of the contrasting plans instead of superfluous nonsense. Naahhh.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/11/2012 - 07:17 pm.

      A good description

      of Romney

    • Submitted by Robert Gauthier on 08/12/2012 - 10:21 am.

      The nonsense …

      Is the Republican positions. In budget speak, tax cuts add to the deficit and you cannot cut enough to establish what is needed by cuts. And Ryan’s history is that he is a dogmatic Republican who cuts and spends. This “reinvention” is just a Republican PR (propaganda) stunt. He is a career politician from a wealthy family who never held a real job that his family did not give him who has some lame theories that have NEVER been tested in the real world, now he wants to play with the worlds largest economy to fulfill his junior economists wet dream. And when it fails and destroys our economy, he will just change the subject, just like RP, another misguided “theorist” .

      The real story? These “free market” theorists are really the biggest hypocrites because thy want access to the public troughs for no bid, free taxpayer money from the areas that are left for profit, healthcare, schools and care for the unwell. Just another cynical dollar grab under the guise of free markets by the best PR machine since the Third Reich.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/13/2012 - 03:47 pm.

      Superfluous nonsense!

      No more birth certificate nonsense! Forget about Bill Ayers or Rev. Wright! The Muslim Brotherhood will not be mentioned!

      You’re right: Naahhh. Once people start to understand that Paul Ryan really did propose that budget plan and that Mitt Romney really did endorse it, the right-wing media will have no choice but to go back to their senseless braying of the last four years. The mainstream media will dutifully report “the controversy,” so the whole ball of rubbish will continue to roll.

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/11/2012 - 09:29 am.

    Final Foot Shoot

    Romney has abandoned any hope of getting any votes from the middle by choosing someone whose basic position (as Obama will support with film clips) is to the Right of Romney’s.
    I wonder how Abelson feels about Ryan?

  5. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/11/2012 - 09:36 am.

    Mobile app?

    What? They can’t afford a press conference?

  6. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/11/2012 - 09:45 am.

    It doesn’t really matter who is picked for VP on either side until the word compromise re-enters the political conversation. Until compromise is once again acceptable in politics all proposed solutions will lead to nothing but gridlock. Both sides are very adept at putting a purposeful poison pill in every proposal that is unacceptable to the other side. All proposals will be my way of the highway based. Common sense doesn’t happen until compromise is the chosen method of arriving at a solution to the country’s problems. It is at that point we all win, not just one side or the other. America didn’t get to be great through nonsense, but through a common sense approach to solving problems TOGETHER.

  7. Submitted by Dave Eischens on 08/11/2012 - 10:56 am.

    Probably the most interesting aspect of this pick

    is why it was announced at this time in the news cycle. Perhaps the Sunday shows needed some material? But then again I’m not sure how many viewers actually watch those anymore.

    Even though the comment-writing crowd is arguably more likely to notice than the general population, it will be telling in the comments to this short article/announcement how many people are paying attention.

  8. Submitted by Glenn Mesaros on 08/11/2012 - 04:42 pm.


    The Democrats says that Ryan is a big target, but he is no different than Scott Walker. How come they could not recall him. Obama, the big egomanical coward that he is, never even showed up in Wisconsin for that one. So Wisconsin could go for Romney. If that happens, Obama needs Virginia and union free North Carolina, where they are having their convention, despite AFL CIO opposition. Can Obama win both? Probably neither. So then he must win Ohio AND Florida, not too likely. If you can’t get a good job, or any job, under Obama, why vote for him again? The hypocrisy of the Obama Democrats knows no bounds, witness the lack of prosecution of any LIBOR bankers who stole millions from cities and states with high interest rates. There is a global movement to bring back FDR Glass Steagall, fanatically opposed by Obama, which is going to determine all future politics in America, and elsewhere.

    • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/11/2012 - 05:34 pm.

      The Democrats Didn’t Successfully Recall Scott Walker

      Because far too many Wisconsin voters (including substantial numbers of Democrats) didn’t want to see Wisconsin become a state in which, every time a public official upsets the public, a recall is immediately initiated.

      As to the effect of Paul Ryan’s V.P. nomination in Wisconsin, the polls were already showing that Wisconsin voters were favoring Obama. I doubt after the first week or two, Ryan will have any impact on that trend except, perhaps, in his home district.

      And by the way, there would be far more “good jobs” available if the Republicans in congress had not expressed their determination to make sure NONE of President Obama’s ideas ever went into effect by acting as obstructionists at every opportunity. The current lack of jobs is because Obama was not able to put his policy ideas in place, NOT because they were tried and failed (as was so clearly the case with the Bushco policies now reborn and doubled down in Romney/Ryan).

      Finally I believe one would have to be delusional to believe that Bushco would have done anything about the LIBOR scandal other than try their best to keep it hidden and, if that failed, howl to the heavens that they had nothing to do with it and it was someone else’s fault.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/11/2012 - 07:28 pm.


      A recall is not a level playing field — most people are inclined to give the incumbent the benefit of the doubt until the next election. To successfully recall an elected official usually requires some sort of malfeasance; not simply incompetence.

      As for LIBOR — do you know what it stands for?
      That should answer the question of prosecution under the American judicial system.
      And, what law is violated by charging a high interest rate?

      • Submitted by Joseph Skar on 08/13/2012 - 07:40 am.

        Try Fruad

        An estimated 500 trillion in notional principal contracts exist with a LIBOR component if the fraud was only 10 basis points over 5 years, that is 2.5 trillion.

  9. Submitted by Pat Berg on 08/11/2012 - 09:47 pm.

    The Romney/Ryan Etch-A-Sketch

    A defining characteristic of Paul Ryan is the Ryan budget. And Romney is already backing away from it – claiming he will be putting forth his own budget and the Ryan budget should not be a point of focus in the campaign.

    A defining characteristic of Mitt Romney is his business background, but Romney has declared that discussion of his history with Bain Capital should be off limits to the campaign.

    I guess that’s the nice thing about an Etch-A-Sketch. You can take things that used to be your most basic defining characteristics and shake-shake-shake – they’re gone! Poof! Just like magic!

    Interesting political strategy, that.

  10. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/11/2012 - 11:19 pm.

    That sound you just heard was a huge wave of senior citizens crashing over to Obama. Best of luck trying to sell that Medicare voucher system in Florida.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/12/2012 - 10:10 am.

      PR (and I don’t mean Paul Ryan) battle

      The tricky thing is that the full impact of the Medicare cuts won’t apply to people more than ten years away from Medicare eligibility. Those people tend to be less concerned — less than a quarter of people under 60 have begun planning for retirement.
      It will be a public information battle to make them aware.

  11. Submitted by Gary Doan on 08/12/2012 - 01:27 pm.

    At some point Obama has to talk about his plan

    The Democrats were afraid to release a budget before the 2010 election, because they knew the public would react badly and they had total control of Congress at the time.They are still afraid to put their plan and the outcome of their irresponsible spending on paper. Paul Ryan is their biggest fear, he has a better understanding of math.

    • Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/12/2012 - 08:55 pm.

      The Democratic plan would be to spend until growth returns and then growth gets rid of debt. This has worked at least twice in the last century: FDR and Reagan. But Paul Ryan’s plan has never worked. Ever. Contracting the money supply causes recessions, it doesn’t turn them around.

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