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- 08-11-2012, 10:12 AM #1
Romney picks Paul Ryan as VP running mate
NORFOLK, Va.--Mitt Romney announced Saturday he's selected Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate. The announcement came just after 7am ET via Mitt's VP, a mobile application launched by the campaign earlier this month.
According to a statement the campaign released late Friday, the presumptive Republican nominee will appear with his running mate at an 8:45am rally here on the USS Wisconsin--the first stop of his four-day bus tour of key battleground states. The campaign offered no further details, and aides traveling with Ronney declined to comment.
The Romney campaign's confirmation comes hours after multiple news organizations, including NBC News, the Huffington Post, the Associated Press and CNN, cited sources saying Romney would name Ryan--reports the campaign refused to confirm. Early Saturday morning, the site, RomneyRyan.com, began referring to a page on Romney's official campaign website touting "America's Comeback Team."
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio--all of whom were said to be on Romney's short list--were informed late Friday that they were not the pick, according to ABC News's Jon Karl.
Soon after the Romney campaign announced the Saturday appearance, speculation about the VP pick began, with Romney's choice of venue for the announcement offering a potential clue. The USS Wisconsin is the ship named after the home state of Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee who has created buzz among conservatives recently. But the announcement also takes place in Virginia, whose governor, Bob McDonnell, had also been rumored as a possible vice presidential pick.
CNN reported late Friday that Romney phoned several Republicans believed to be on his short list to tell them he had made a pick--though he didn't identify who that person was, nor did the network identify who he phoned. A Romney spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The campaign tried its best to stoke the buzz over Romney's VP pick. In recent weeks, the campaign has sent out emails to supporters soliciting contributions as part of a contest offering a chance to meet Romney and his running mate. More recently, the campaign unveiled a mobile phone application, Mitt's VP, that promised to reveal the name of Romney's running mate before it was officially announced to the media.
Romney repeatedly declined to offer any hints about who he might pick--most recently in an interview with NBC News on Thursday. Asked about the vice presidential announcement during a media briefing on Friday, Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom directed reporters to download the campaign's mobile app.
Romney and Ryan are scheduled to travel throughout Virginia Saturday, before heading to North Carolina on Sunday, Florida on Monday and Ohio on Tuesday. Romney aides are hoping the VP pick will offer new energy to a campaign that has been besieged by negative attacks from President Barack Obama's campaign and negative headlines about Romney's own strategy.
Ryan, 42, has been viewed by Republicans as a game-changing pick for the Romney campaign--a rising star Republican who has been praised as a conservative intellectual. Perhaps most importantly, Ryan and Romney get along. In the run-up to the Wisconsin primary in early April, the two campaigned together nearly everyday for a week--with Ryan even playing an April Fool's Day joke on the GOP candidate. Reporters trailing Romney at the time noted the budding "bromance" between the two men--a description Romney aides did not dispute.
Romney flew from Boston to Norfolk late Friday afternoon with several of his senior aides, including Fehrnstrom and senior strategist Stuart Stevens. He made a brief appearance in the press cabin, where he made small talk on yogurt. There were no major hints that a vice presidential announcement was coming. Indeed, the campaign's mood was so relaxed that several reporters skipped the flight to Virginia and had downgraded plans for coverage of the bus tour thinking that a VP announcement would not come until next week.
Upon landing, the presumptive Republican nominee boarded a new campaign bus touting his plan to "strengthen" the middle class but not his VP. Less than an hour before the campaign announced that Romney would unveil his VP pick, senior Romney aides were spotted mingling with reporters in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel in Norfolk, where the candidate and his entourage are staying, but gave no indication an announcement was imminent.
Reached by email about the VP news, aides all offered the same response "Keep an eye on the app," one said.
Romney picks Paul Ryan as VP running mate | The Ticket - Yahoo! NewsAll that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke
- 08-11-2012, 10:33 AM #2We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religions destroy morals, and our banks destroy the economy.
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- 08-11-2012, 10:57 AM #3
Ryan good choice IMO.I'm old with many opinions few solutions.
- 08-11-2012, 11:03 AM #4
I think Ryan's only rated a "C" at NumbersUSA.
. . . but that's better than the "F-" of who's in the Whitehouse now.
Last edited by patbrunz; 08-11-2012 at 11:07 AM.All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke
- 08-11-2012, 11:28 AM #5
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When I saw Paul in the headlines this morning, for a second or two I thought Romney had actually made a brilliant move for once and picked Ron Paul to satisfy those disaffected with the GOP. Then I realized it was a congressman by the name of Paul... Okay. A Ron Paul pick would have conjured up excitement and gotten people from both sides of the aisle to take a second look at Romney including myself. Instead he goes and picks.... a Paul Ryan? Seriously? Who the hell is he? No one in my circle of friends knows this guy. The people running his campaign are real dolts aren't they?
- 08-11-2012, 11:47 AM #6"Too bad ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation." Henry Kissinger
- 08-11-2012, 11:59 AM #7
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Now I can see Romney's economical policy, yes, I'm slow or possibly careful. LOL The name that they are careful not to use is "trickle down" economics. The first President in the 80's to use that style of ecomomics borrowed more money than all other previouis admins combined. Wage scales were stagnant, taxes were cut unless you made less than 5k/ann. The theory was businesses would increase wages and hire more people. It did not accomplish the goal. This country needs more employment and higher wages which in turn causes the same dollar to be taxed over and over passing thru several hands.
Ryan's proposed budget called for cuts in Medicare I do not believe this will endear the team to the ones approaching retirement or those retired, a very large voting block. The obverse, it may inspire very young voters.
- 08-11-2012, 12:09 PM #8
Don't know how someone could have missed Paul Ryan if you watch politics,he is one of the few people in DC who could debate Obama, also his budget does nothing to affect current retirees. look we must cut spending,control outsourcing and return manufacturing jobs so the middle class can grow and pay taxes,it can be done through corporate tax cuts,eliminate some of the EPA controls, repeal Obama care,etc.I'm old with many opinions few solutions.
- 08-11-2012, 12:19 PM #9
Ryan's proposed budget called for cuts in Medicare I do not believe this will endear the team to the ones approaching retirement or those retired, a very large voting block. The obverse, it may inspire very young voters
I have been watching Ryan for quite a while, trying to decide exactly how this would affect me. I haven't yet pinned it down, but I am interested. I know having had Medicare for less then a year I have yet to see any benefit. I was very happy with my Health Insurance until turning 65 I had no option but to go on Medicare with my previous Insurance becoming my supplemental. Some entitlement, now I pay more for my combined Insurance and Prescriptions and receive less benefits.
I worry more about what kind of America I am going to leave to my children and grandchildren. I think us Babyboomers are going to listen very carefully to both sides and we will vote according to truth and patriotism.
- 08-11-2012, 12:50 PM #10
Paul Ryan on Immigration
- Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
- Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
- Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
- Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
- Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
- Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
- Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
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