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Romney Announces Paul Ryan as His VP Pick: Will He Be Able to Win With This Ticket?

Politics 2012/08/11 14:46:57
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Early Saturday morning, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced that he had chosen Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate for the 2012 presidential election.

42-year-old Ryan, is considered a rising GOP star and the party’s leader on fiscal and budgetary issues. Ryan is chairman of the House Budget Committee and the architect of the House GOP’s budget proposal, and his selection as Romney’s vice-presidential pick ensures that the economy will be the defining issue of the election.

Ryan’s place on the ticket is sure to appease the party’s conservative wing, which has never fully warmed to the more moderate Romney. In Ryan, they find a like-minded ally who supports dramatic policy solutions to the U.S.’s fiscal woes. Ryan, who is an energetic debater, will bring youthful vigor to the campaign and will help Romney in Wisconsin and across the Midwest.

However, Ryan also comes with some downsides. Thus far, Romney’s campaign has been geared toward making the election a referendum on the president. Now, Romney is tied to a very specific budget plan that has a name and a face and has been widely criticized by Obama and his fellow democrats. In an April speech, Obama called Ryan’s budget plan a "thinly veiled social Darwinism." Romney’s choice in Ryan will certainly energize the GOP base, but it will also energize Democrats who do not want to see “the end of Medicare as we know it.”

So SodaHeads, what do you think about Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate? Will he be able to win with this ticket?

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  • JCD aka "biz" 2012/08/11 15:17:02
    No
    JCD aka "biz"
    +33
    "Social Darwinism", exactly.

    BTW, I just heard that, if elected, Romney will move the capital to the Cayman Islands.

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  • smitty 2012/08/13 20:50:25
    No
    smitty
    +4
    When was the last time a VP actually gave a boost? Yeah I am sure you all voted for Obama because he ran Biden on the ticket.

    Biden is a full fledge idiot.
  • kotabear 2012/08/13 20:35:23
    No
    kotabear
    +1
    I have the feeling that Obama will win this one. The Medicare issue will swing plenty of voters to Obama.
    ... But I'm getting to the point where I don't care who wins. Vote for who you want, America! Let's see where your choice gets us!
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/08/13 20:29:38
    No
    t.eliot, topbard
    +1
    Ryan, at least, believes in SOMETHING, even if he is misguided and out of touch with the lives real people, but if the truth is told about what his budget plan actually MEANS, voters will abandon this ticket in droves and they will be left with only their base along with the racists and Obama haters.
  • Groundskeeper Willy 2012/08/13 20:10:56
    Yes
    Groundskeeper Willy
    +3
    I was lukewarm on Romney prior to the Paul announce. For me as a fiscal wonk this IS the ONLY choice the works,.
  • Ericka 2012/08/13 19:54:08
    Yes
    Ericka
    +4
    He already had a strong chance of winning, but adding a guy like Ryan, who has both political and financial expertise, makes his candidacy a "double threat" against Obama and another four years of mis-management, broken campaign promises and smoke and mirror diversionary tactics. I personally like that Romney is above the mud-slinging O-b.s.-artist is trying to dish out. It's pathetic and ineffective, anyway, since he has Nothing legitimate to sling mud over.
  • RT Ericka 2012/08/13 20:20:44
  • Ericka RT 2012/08/13 20:36:06 (edited)
    Ericka
    +2
    That's your leading indicator that the current policies, tactics, and administration are actually working to fix what's broken?

    I'll reserve further comment until such time as I receive an INTELLIGENT response.
  • RT Ericka 2012/08/13 21:14:50 (edited)
  • Ericka RT 2012/08/13 21:41:52
    Ericka
    +2
    No. Just you.
  • RT Ericka 2012/08/13 21:56:00
  • Ericka RT 2012/08/13 21:57:26
    Ericka
    +2
    Great. Name calling...again.
  • RT Ericka 2012/08/13 22:03:15 (edited)
  • Jackie RT 2012/08/15 06:17:42
    Jackie
    lol..Ahhh too funny. Carter as the incumbent POTUS running against Reagan in 1980 was too SUPPOSEDLY leading in the "polls" over Reagan... as well as Martha Coakley was supposedly in 2010 running against Scott Brown in that "special" election in my state for "Ted's seat"..and we ALL know how those elections turned out.
  • rich Ericka 2012/08/13 21:14:21
    rich
    +1
    Exactly how many campaign promises do you think he has broken? And what about jobs, are they up in your opinion?
  • Ericka rich 2012/08/13 21:44:32
    Ericka
    +2
    1. Lots.
    2. No.
  • Ericka Ericka 2012/08/13 21:53:49
    Ericka
    +4
    This from Forbes...we actually LOST jobs since he's been in office:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/p...
  • Ericka Ericka 2012/08/13 21:55:07
  • rich Ericka 2012/08/14 19:02:45
    rich
    That article has a definite slant to it. Not neutral at all.
  • Ericka rich 2012/08/15 06:12:43
    Ericka
    Which one? The New Jersey one, perhaps, but FORBES?

    Numbers are just about the only things that ARE neutral these days.
  • RT Ericka 2012/08/13 21:56:40 (edited)
  • Ericka RT 2012/08/13 22:03:49
    Ericka
    +3
    Sure did.

    You're welcome :-)
  • rich Ericka 2012/08/14 18:50:39
    rich
    The Obameter Scorecard

    Promise Kept 190 (37%)

    Compromise 71 (14%)

    Promise Broken 81 (16%)

    Stalled 50 (10%)

    In the Works 114 (22%)

    Not yet rated 2 (0%)

    PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.

    We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.

    Is that what you thought?
  • rich rich 2012/08/14 18:59:07
    rich
    Romney's statements by ruling
    Click on the ruling to see all of Romney's statements for that ruling.

    True23 (15%)(23)
    Mostly True21 (14%)(21)
    Half True43 (28%)(43)
    Mostly False24 (16%)(24)
    False27 (18%)(27)
    Pants on Fire14 (9%)(14)


    Obama's statements by ruling
    Click on the ruling to see all of Obama's statements for that ruling.

    True91 (23%)(91)
    Mostly True91 (23%)(91)
    Half True100 (25%)(100)
    Mostly False47 (12%)(47)
    False58 (15%)(58)
    Pants on Fire6 (2%)(6)

    Or this?
  • Ericka rich 2012/08/15 06:15:56
    Ericka
    Pants on fire?

    What legitimate news or statistical agency uses the phrase "pants on fire" to illustrate statistics? And you called my citing Forbes "not neutral?"
  • Ericka rich 2012/08/15 06:14:09
    Ericka
    "We rate their status as..."

    This is your web site?
  • Idiot repubs 2012/08/13 19:45:01
    No
    Idiot repubs
    +2
    Americans' initial reaction to Paul Ryan is decidedly lukewarm, with more rating his selection as vice president negatively than positively, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll taken after the announcement.

    Ryan's ratings were less positive than those for any other vice presidential pick part of Gallup since 2000, including Sarah Palin, Joe Biden and Dick Cheney. The only other recent vice presidential selection to gain net negative ratings was Dan Quayle in 1988.
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/08/13 19:36:08
    No
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    +3
    People focus way to much on the VP...the actual person running for president is what the problem is, not the VP
  • t.eliot... ~Hopele... 2012/08/13 20:30:50
    t.eliot, topbard
    +1
    Good point.
  • RT ~Hopele... 2012/08/13 21:20:35
  • ~Hopele... RT 2012/08/14 19:20:40
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    What are the chances that Mitt is going to die?!? Plus, if you like Mitt, you should like his VP pick, because obviously he chose someone that he believes would do things like he would.
  • RT ~Hopele... 2012/08/14 20:48:06
  • Iamfree 2012/08/13 19:15:15
    Yes
    Iamfree
    +2
    I think he's a great choice. I loved watching him school Mr. Obama & friends during the Obamacare debacle. He's incredibly intelligent and well-spoken. He's great on the budget issue, and he'll be good at explaining to seniors the need for restructuring Medicare while holding them (and almost-seniors) completely harmless.
  • Idiot r... Iamfree 2012/08/13 19:45:24
    Idiot repubs
    +2
    You are in the minority

    Americans' initial reaction to Paul Ryan is decidedly lukewarm, with more rating his selection as vice president negatively than positively, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll taken after the announcement.

    Ryan's ratings were less positive than those for any other vice presidential pick part of Gallup since 2000, including Sarah Palin, Joe Biden and Dick Cheney. The only other recent vice presidential selection to gain net negative ratings was Dan Quayle in 1988.
  • Iamfree Idiot r... 2012/08/13 20:02:28
    Iamfree
    I don't mind being in the minority. Paul Ryan is a smart guy, and once the debates begin (when the liberal MSM can't block out what he wants to say), alot of other Americans will know it too.
  • Idiot r... Iamfree 2012/08/13 22:46:30
    Idiot repubs
    +1
    You are delusional. The only real job Ryan had was as a waiter.
  • John Walker II 2012/08/13 19:07:50
    No
    John Walker II
    +1
    I wonder if the Republicans would have done better if it was the other way around, with Paul Ryan as the nominee and Mitt Romney as the VP....

    Just idle musings. No more.
  • Broddy 2012/08/13 19:05:00
    No
    Broddy
    +1
    No Ryan was picked to secure the far right base, problem is the far right would have never voted for Obama to start with so it was already secured just not fully happy with Obama-lite.

    What they have done is given Obama an escape goat the attack machine is in full swing this morning every other story in the news is about Ryan and how he and his ideals are to blame for everything that is wrong with America as far as the White House is concerned anyway.

    What that means is they can continue in attack mode for the next 3 months and never have to run on the Obama Record and i don't think that in anyway will help Romney win whats more is i believe he just split the Moderate/Independent Vote which actually decides elections.

    So my answer is a Firm "NO" (lets just hope i am wrong)
  • El Prez 2012/08/13 19:00:39
    No
    El Prez
    +2
    Yhis is a dream ticket, for the Democrats!!!! Mr. Know Nothing and Mr Know everything. How can they loose? Just watch!!!
  • rich El Prez 2012/08/13 21:17:12
    rich
    It will be entertaining to do so I suspect. Not as entertaining and the flameout that is Palin, but still, good Saturday afternoon entertainment . . .
  • mwg0735 2012/08/13 18:54:14

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