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

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney settles on a fiscally 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 the 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 a chairman of 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 more on cuts to spending for social programs and less on tax cuts for the wealthy.

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

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

LiveForFreedom August 15, 2012 at 01:07 PM
The United States has the largest reserves of oil and Natural Gas still undeveloped. We have more Natural Gas then Saudia Arabia does oil. Natural Gas alternative energy cars run clean. They burn 100% complete with no carbon monoxide or hyrocarcarbons. The U.S. Post Office and many companies use trucks, vans, delivery vehicles and taxis that run on Natural Gas vehicles. Natural Gas is America's Alternative Energy. Petition President Obama to drill now. The Democrats, included Obama use the "Oil Baron" lies as propaganda.. If we use Electric Cars, that is fine. President Obama promotes that Americans buy a $40,000 Chevrolet Volt. But we need more electricty to charge these Chevy Volts. Electricity is expensive and is generated by Nuclear, Oil and Coal Fire Plants. Are you against Electric Cars and building more Nuclear, Oil and Coal Fire Plants? Or should we go back to horses and wagons?
GURU August 15, 2012 at 01:43 PM
To say that Mr. Ryan didn't grow up in the lap of luxury disappoints me. You always document your research and have valid points even though I often disagree. Mr. Ryan's father was a lawyer and their family spent many vacations skiing in the Rockies. As a teacher in New London public schools you have an opportunity to see real poverty, to make that statement is a disservice to people who really struggle. Mr. Ryan is what people of your general ilk criticize, a career politician. I believe his only job outside of politics was working for his father's company that builds roads and military barracks (many government contracts). Having read many of your posts, in which you elaborate on your upbringing, Mr. Ryan's is far off from yours and many of your students. Much closer to Mr. Romney's upbringing; not class warfare just the facts.
John Martin August 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Guru, he went hiking and skiing in the Rockies? We were lower-middle class (I guess) growing up, but we went to the Finger Lakes and Sebabo Lake and such. Paul's dad died when he was 16, and worked at McDonalds as a grill cook. During summers in college, Ryan was a salesman for Oscar Mayer and once drove the company's famed Wienermobile; Doesn't sound like a kid living large off of major construction projects. Actually, it seems like Paul doesn't have much to do with the old family firm. Before the Socialists took everything, one of my great-grandparents owned hundreds of acres of prime vineyards and another owned large cattle and goat holdings. The government seized all that and my dad came here with nothing. In fact, almost every source - including some not terribly kind to Mr. Ryan - indicate that his college was paid for from him saving his Social Security death benefits from his dad. If he was a son of Ryan Central, I don't think he would have had to worried about paying for college. And it seems while in college, he began interning and moved almost immediately into working for Wisconsin pols in Washington. He also was elected pretty young. I wouldn't trust Think progress, Salon, or the Daily Kos on his life. While he never lived in the projects, he was a kid who not only lost his dad at 16, he was the one to find him dead in bed.
John Martin August 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I am actually pretty angry at government, because they allow the utility companies to hold these monopolies. They also kill programs like the Keystone pipeline, which would create jobs and provide a lot of high quality crude oil that can be refined to provide pretty clean energy. They also fail to invest in 'clean coal' technology - and it does exist. All the while, antiquated reactors are accumulating tremendous amounts of waste, while new reactors are idled. Reactors that run much, much more cleanly. I am not a specialist, but I read articles written by those who are. We are decades away from viable solar and wind power that can provide significant, cost-effective, and environmentally sound energy. You might not be aware of how toxic the creation of photovoltiac cells is, but the amount of waste generated is appalling. Or batteries for the hybrid and electric cars? Again, incredibly toxic byproducts and the disposal of those expensive batteries will create mountains of toxic waste that will certainly rival the radioactive nasties in Millstone. I absolutely support RESPONSIBLE research. An example is SpaceX. They got a bit of seed money, hit goals, and got more. They launched a private capsule and landed it, and got a little more money. Soon, they will launch their manned capsule, and, if successful, will be transporting NASA astronauts - and private citizens. Solyndra is one of many examples of panic decision making.
John Martin August 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Agreed freedom - I am a huge fan of natural gas.

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