- Posted August 11, 2012 by
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Romney's VP pick
It's Official: Romney/Ryan 2012 Republican Ticket
This morning on the USS Wisconsin docked at Norfolk, Virginia, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced he had chosen Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan to be his running mate.
With 16 days to go before GOP delegates gather from across the nation in Tampa Bay, Florida to officially nominate Romney and now Ryan to be the party's candidates to run against President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden this fall, Romney chose an early Saturday morning to make his long-awaited announcement.
Many are saying that Romney made a bold choice rather than a safe choice in selecting Ryan. Ryan is best known for his work on the budget issue. Ryan's 2011 budget proposal was greatly criticized over what was perceived as ending Medicare. In 2012 Ryan came back with a new budget proposal that seemed to have been crafted listening to seniors and Democratic opponents. In the 2012 proposal, Ryan's budget plan allowed exemptions from any changes in Medicare for those 55 and older, which included all current recipients.
Ryan has stated that his budget proposal is a starting point. He has stated it is means for dialogue and a chance for Congress and the American people to address the issues and concerns with Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.
Democrats are already having a heydey. Democrats are prepared to slam Romney's pick of Ryan as Republicans waging a war on seniors and taking away Medicare and the end of safety nets in America.
How energized this will make the GOP and whether it will satisfy Tea Party activists is the big questions. Many conservatives over the last week had been pushing for Romney to select Ryan.
What the choice does do is put the economy, jobs and the national debt dead center of the Republican push for November. With Ryan known by many as the GOP economic wonk-in-chief, it will be interesting to see if Romney moves to more details and specifics on how to fix the economy.
From the Cornfield, for better or worse, the Republican ticket is Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President.