Romney selects Ryan to be his running mate


Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney announced today that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will serve as his running mate in November. 

“With energy and vision, Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party,” said Romney.

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In picking Ryan as his Vice President, Romney is seeking to buttress support among conservative voters and to inject some much-needed vigor into his flagging campaign following a tough month of embarrassing blunders in London and Jerusalem coupled with renewed attacks on his tax records.

Ryan, a seven-term Congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee, is best known as the chief architect of the GOP’s budget. Dubbed by the New York Times as the “most extreme budget plan passed by a House of Congress in modern times”, the Ryan budget proposes steep cuts to non-defense programs (such as Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, veterans’ benefits, highway repairs, public health research, and community colleges and state universities) and the privatization of Medicare in order to pay for a 10% tax cut for corporations and individuals whose annual income exceeds $388,000.

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“This election is about values, and today Romney doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past,” said Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager. “With Mitt Romney’s support, Ryan would end Medicare as we know it and slash the investments that we need to keep our economy growing — all while cutting taxes for those at the very top.”

Ryan’s aggressive pursuit of right-wing policies will go a long way in rallying fiscal and social conservatives, including the Tea Party base, to support Romney’s ticket in November.

On the other hand, Romney’s choice could risk alienating moderate and independent “swing” voters – particularly women, who generally earn less than men and, consequently, depend more on the Medicare and Social Security benefits that Ryan has sought to eviscerate.


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