America’s Election 2012: Romney Picks Ryan As Vice-Presidential Running Mate
Paul Ryan is a great pick for the conservative base, but not so much for voters that Romney needed to draw in. Due to the fact that the policies and behaviour of the current administration are so disliked by the overwhelming majority of conservatives, they would have voted Republican in November regardless of who the VP pick would have been. We would have even seen a shift in many independent voters towards a Republican ticket. But Romney’s chances would have been better served by selecting a VP that would have had more appeal to women voters and/or minority voters, and preferably someone from one of the key battleground states such as Ohio or Florida. Paul Ryan for VP, as energizing as he is for conservatives, will likely do very little to entice these voters toward a Romney-Ryan ticket, and the fact that older citizens are more likely to vote to protect benefits is something that the left will again capitalize on almost immediately, particularly in Florida. There is no doubt that Obama-enthusiasm has diminished over the past four years. But has it diminished enough to give a Romney-Ryan ticket the win? ….
By SARA MURRAY, COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON and PATRICK O’CONNOR – “NORFOLK, Va.—Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, a decision that could spark enthusiasm for the Republican ticket among conservatives and all but ensures the election will turn to deep philosophical divisions between the two parties over spending, taxes and entitlements.
In Mr. Ryan, 42 years old, the Romney campaign gets a conservative who has spent recent years at the center of national debates about the size and scope of the federal government. With his proposals to revamp entitlement programs for future retirees and the poor, he has become a hero to conservatives and a target for liberals.
Mr. Romney praised Mr. Ryan as ‘an intellectual leader of the Republican Party’ who also has ‘shown an ability to work with both parties to find common ground’ on tough issues. ‘I don’t know anyone who doesn’t respect his character and judgment,’ he said in front of USS Wisconsin, a World War II battleship that now is a museum and carries the name of Mr. Ryan’s home state.
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign suggested the pick represents a stark choice for voters. ‘Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy,’ said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.” Read more.