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What do you Think of the Romney/Ryan Ticket?

News of Romney's Paul Ryan pick for VP exploded on cable news and social media late Friday and was confirmed by Romney's App just after 7 a.m. Saturday. To be announced officially at 9 a.m.

It’s official: Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney’s running mate, national news media reported as the news exploded throughout the internet and on cable television late Friday and early Saturday. Georgia Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) announced it on Loganville-Grayson Patch just after Midnight on Saturday and it was confirmed by Romney's campaign just after 7 a.m.

National news sites broke the news just before midnight on Friday night, ending weeks of speculation.

Shortly before midnight, CNN was reporting that three sources had confirmed that the Janesville congressman, 42, was the VP pick of the Republican Romney. News that Romney’s campaign was announcing its VP selection on Saturday in Virginia broke widely late Friday.

Romney is to make the announcement early Saturday morning in Virginia, kicking off a four-state tour in his bid to unseat incumbent Barack Obama.

The Huffington Post summed it up with one big red headline that trumpeted that the pick was  “RYAN”.  Even before 1 a.m., the story had generated more than 9,000 comments. By 2 a.m. Saturday, the website romneyryan.com, paid for and authorized by Romney for president, was already up and active and NBC and other news sites were also reporting the pick was Ryan.

Brookfield-WI Patch reported that Ryan attended the Sikh visitation services in Oak Creek, Wis., earlier Friday, viewing the bodies of the deceased with Mitt Romney’s son, Tagg. Tagg Romney tweeted about accompanying Ryan to the visitation later Friday. Tagg Romney wrote on Twitter Friday: “In Milwaukee today along w #RepPaulRyanand #GovWalker to represent my family and offer condolences to the Sikh community.”

The Washington Post already had a graphic on its site entitled, '5 things you didn’t know about Paul Ryan' by early Saturday. They included, “Ryan is from Janesville, Wis., where in 1884 his great-grandfather started a family construction firm, which is still run by his cousins today.” Another factoid: Ryan drove the Oscar Mayer weinermobile in college. Ryan’s first political job was with Jack Kemp in 1991 at a conservative organization.

By midnight, national cable news media was reporting the Ryan choice as a fact, and soon local news media was too. Ryan’s facebook page bio says he is a fifth generation resident of Janesville.  He is chairman of the House Budget Committee. He is married to Janna; the couple has three children. Pundits on cable news debated the Ryan pick, including Ryan's controversial proposals on Medicare.

What do you think of Romney's Pick? Do you think Ryan is the best pick for Romney if he wants to be elected in November?

(Editor's Note: Parts of this story appeared initially on Brookfield-WI Patch)

CT Retiree August 11, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Great!!
George Wilson August 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Paul Ryan's enthusiasm for zombie-eyed granny starving reforms makes Reagan look like Henry Wallace.Ryan wants to ruin social security and medicare and turn both over to thye wall street and the health insurance company vultures.This should make those elderly Florida voters happy.Mr. President, you can start learning to hum that old democratic song,"Happy Days are here Again".
Jennifer Silas August 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Thrilled, only serves to help President Obama be re-elected.
David Brown August 11, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Congressman Ryan troubles me for a number of reasons. I am primarily concerned with his adoption of the philosophy of Ayn Rand. It is no surprise that the Atlas Society praised the Ryan nomination. Congressman Ryan has given copies of Ayn Rand's books as gifts and he encourages his interns to read Ayn Rand's books. Ayn Rand's atheistic worldview was summed up with her statement "What I am fighting is the idea that charity is a moral duty." Ayn Rand consistently taught the virtue of selfishness and antagonism toward religion. I could go on and on. The nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates 62 percent of Congressman Ryan's cuts are to programs for the poor. Congressman Ryan has proposed cutting assistance for programs aimed at combating childhood hunger. He also would leave people who have lost their jobs without heat during cold winter months. Congressman Ryan's budget proposals have included big changes to Medicare - including gradually replacing Medicare with a voucher program for private health care, and gradually raising the retirement age. I believe the federal budget is a moral document. It states what our priorities are as a nation. Those of us who claim to be pro-life cannot endorse Congressman Ryan's proposals. I certainly cannot.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 05:39 PM
A film was made of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged," for those interested. It's available on Netflix.
George Wilson August 12, 2012 at 02:59 AM
The movie got a D rating by most critics.Save your money.
George Wilson August 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Ayn Rand was an enthusiastic participant in medicare when her health was failing as the taxpayers paid the price for her heavy smoking habit.
Margie Y Shirley October 07, 2012 at 01:28 PM
ROMNEY AND RYAN ARE A GOD GIVEN CHOICE FOR ALL AMERICANS. THOSE WHO OPPOSE THEM ARE BLIND AND IGNORANT AS TO WHAT OBAMA HAS WROUGHT UPON THIS CHOICE LAND, AMERICA, "A CHOICE LAND ABOVE ALL OTHERS". HOW LONG, OH HOW LONG WILL GOD'S PATIENT, DIVINE HAND BE STILL OVER THIS LAND HE PRESERVED FOR HIS RIGHTEOUS CHILDREN? Margie Yarn Shirley

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