Patch's Poll: Romney Picks Paul Ryan as VP; What's Your Take?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney settles on a fiscally conservative member of the House of Representatives as his running mate in the 2012 election.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate for the November election.

Romney announced the decision in a press release Saturday morning, titled “America’s Comeback Team,” as well as through his “Mitt’s VP” smart phone app.

Ryan, 42, is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He’s also a chairman of the House Budget Committee, and last year he unveiled a counter budget titled “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which proposed to eliminate the federal deficit over a multi-year period.

Democrats and liberals derided the budget, however, saying it focused more on cuts to spending for social programs and less on tax cuts for the wealthy.

The Huffington Post notes that both liberals and conservatives will be “thrilled” with Romney’s choice.

Do you think Mitt Romney made the right choice in choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate in the 2012 presidential race? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

DisgruntledInClinton August 12, 2012 at 07:02 PM
And yet Romney and Ryan are waaaaaay more successful and experienced than Obama was, who claimed he would offset his inexperience with great advisors, then surrounded himself with radicals, Marxists, socialists, communists and criminals,
Doan Steel August 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Obama: Saved GM Killed Osama Bin Laden Ended the War in Iraqe 4.2 million jobs created since Bush 26 months of private secter job growth Landed on Mars Respects women's rights Gave us health care WHAT IS NOT TO LIKE??
Bill Fasula August 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Let's keep in mind who the democrat candidate for VP is! The guy who thought FDR gave speeches on TV (before TV in case you don't know). The guy who asked a man in a wheel chair to stand up. The man who admitted to plagiarising while in school. The man who said "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking." The man who said about Obama "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." and more ....
Bill Fasula August 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I can only wish Obama landed on Mars!
Robert Bracer August 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Did not realize that Berardino Realty was a Tea Party right wing Christian realtor. So I assume that African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslims, gays, women and the less fortunate should steer clear of your business?
Doan Steel August 12, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Or we could have had Sarah Palin: When asked by a a 3rd grader to explain what a VP does: "they're in charge of the US Senate, so it they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes" "Ground Zero Mosque supporters: Doesn't it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, please, repudiate. I can see Russia from here! Joe Biden is you crazy uncle, Palin is your wacky, uninformed Republican neighbor.
SolarPete August 12, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Bush saved GM not OBAMA, He really never killed Binnie Laden since the guy had died many years earlier in a dam cave. The war was going to end in Iraq whom ever was president. created 4.2 million jobs over seas, and he blames everyone else for his failures like investing in solar then it goes belly up Obama is known for blaming others and taking the atta boys for other folks jobs. Plus Obama didn't land on Mars he missed that flight
SolarPete August 12, 2012 at 08:15 PM
forgot the best one Obama threaten seniors and veterans pay if he didn't get his raise in the debt He loves to talk and to hear him tell companies they didn't make their companies someone else did shows a man clueless
Bill Fasula August 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Just so you know, Biden is the VP, Palin is not even running.
Chris Conley August 12, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Romney could have picked Jesus Christ or one of my family members and I still would not vote for him. Ryan trying to address fiscal concerns on the backs of the poor and middle class sure doesn't help. 4 more years baby! Bush saved GM????? Really? hahaha this place is crazy sometimes. Read the book 'Overhaul', fantastic insight into the whole GM & Chrysler turn around.
Doan Steel August 13, 2012 at 02:18 AM
We should keep the BIG O in office - but if the Morman from outter space does win - he is a moderate and the Tea Party will be frustrated. Ryan will become your goofy cousin that ruins the holiday picnic or gets drunk at Thanksgiving and pukes on the turkey. If you are a hard core Republican - Mitt it the Trojen Horse. The Libs can't lose this time - you nominated ( rather will nominate) a 1980 moderate. God will save the US with Barack or the Mittster - not Santorum, Newt or the smart guy from Texas (Bush was a genious compared to Perry - where do you come up with these guys ?)
Howard Zeeck August 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM
The republicans are the reason we're in the mess we're in now. Why won't you take responsibility now!
Lise Cavallaro August 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Jeff, you must be one of the lucky ones. No one I know, including myself, is better off than they were four years ago.
SolarPete August 13, 2012 at 01:42 PM
OMG= Obama Must Go We need to get ride of the rat as in Democrat from office clean up the greed and oseless money wasting bills I remember Obama saying he will get rid of lobists yet they pay him. Obama has sealed his records from view has not fixed the roblem but caused more problems yet he has wasted taxpayers money on vacation living like a KING. Four years of change will do the country good OMG So u Democrats who are good at one thing placing blame on your faults on others needs to stop
CAjones August 13, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Blaming George Bush for our whoa's is just a text book example of ignorance. The economic troubles are more closely tied to the real estate debacle than the wars. Policies enacted during the Clinton administration had much to do with the inducement of greed that ensued. That greed is what crushed the economy. Now four years after Bush, we are worse off now, unemployment up, price of goods up. We need change, we need it now.
Lou August 13, 2012 at 02:15 PM
@Jeff, lack of formal education? Really? My formal education is in tax, and I can tell you that Obimbo is ruining this country. What is your "Formal" education? Can you use it to figure this out GFY?
Doan Steel August 14, 2012 at 02:10 AM
SolarPete, Certainly everyone has the right to an opinion that should not be summarily dismissed, but your facts should be honest and true (a fact that Fox News constantly abuses).
SolarPete August 14, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Doan since I don't watch Fox news and I'm guessing u love Obama u feel my words are lies. Obama made many promises when he took office and how many has he completed? He has blamed everything wrong on Bush, so I guess he needs another 4 years to fix them and who will he blame now? Bush Democrats seems to blame someone else for the problems and take the slaps on the back for a good job when others did the work. U must think u know everything u read and see on tv as truth and fact. There r things u do not know the truth about So tell me all the good things Obama has done Share with me about how Obama didn't threaten veterans or seniors without pay because he wanted to raise the debt ceiling. I saw him say it on national tv so they all must lie I read it in the news paper. more lies. U are so Obama brain washed u would follow him everywhere. He must be ur god, king etc. He has wasted taxpayers money on failed companies but it's bushs fault
SolarPete August 14, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I hope Obama goes and The double Rs Rayan/Romney clean house stop waste and get us out of debt OMG Obama Must Go
Don Charles August 14, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Eddie you may know music but you don't know squat about what Ryan's budget says. He is not interested in hurting seniors. No one over 55 will have any changes made, unlike Bama who attempts to stuff his ideology down everyone's throath. Yeh you are a Democrat like I am a classic guitar player. You put country first, that's a joke since Barry is attempting to make us a third world country.
Don Charles August 14, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Absolutely great Jay, we thank you.
Christopher Schaefer August 14, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Rosa DeLauro claims the Ryan budget will destroy Medicare and Social Security. But Ryan’s plan—which Romney is not committed to following—would actually increase federal spending over the next ten years, from about $3.6 trillion this year to just under $4.9 trillion in 2022. The $5 trillion in “cuts” are merely reductions from the much-higher spending anticipated by President Obama’s budget. (See tables starting on page 88.)Ryan’s plan merely SLOWS the growth in federal spending over the next 10 years—a slower growth than the unsustainable, bankrupting Obama plan—a bankruptcy which Rosa DeLauro supports. http://paulryan.house.gov/uploadedfiles/pathtoprosperity2013.pdf Rosa DeLauro & Obama—destroying the future of Medicare & Social Security.
Charles August 14, 2012 at 09:08 AM
Pete, if you don't watch FOX news or listen to Sean Hannity why are your talking points nearly word for word. You little sheep, baa, baa, baa.
SolarPete August 14, 2012 at 01:09 PM
simple I can read the news paper and make my own choices On tv I don't watch any news tv for me is the DIY channels, this old house and aution hunters, gallery 63, and that one on monday night the two guys from Iowa. I read news on line or from newspaper and I do remember seeing OMG on tv back when he went into office I even voted for him for change and saw my interest rates drop to zip from where they were. The only good thing from all of this is Silver is low so invest in that beofre it goes through the roof
Ruth August 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Did anyone see the August 14th headlines of the New Haven Register? Everything stated about penalizing hospitals IS in the Affordable Care Act. READ the LAW. Hospitals will be penalized if someone is readmitted to the hospital within a month after a surgery,etc. They failed to comment in that article that 700 billion dollars will be taken from Medicare to fund the this monstrosity of a law. Secretary Sebilius admitted it's double paying. Look on YouTube for her being questioned about it...It's the federal administration who's stealing from Medicare, not Ryan/Romney. Wake up people! The ACA is just now being put into effect. There's so much more to come! And you're not going to like it..
Christopher Schaefer August 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Rosa DeLauro voted for the Affordable Care Act. Obviously, she forgot to mention that it's actually the NON-affordable NON-Care Act. More about her antics in the “comments” section here: http://orange.patch.com/blog_posts/delauro-dodge-ball-f5ca86fc and the “comments” here: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2012/08/13/opinion/doc50297b3ca7b0e897248384.txt
Tom Collins August 15, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Jay, Bravo. Post of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tom Collins August 15, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Pretty Simple, We Go Broke or OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Doan Steel August 15, 2012 at 02:21 AM
There are many people and even more children without access to healthcare unless it is the emergency room - Obamacare helps these people. What possible cynical motive could they have. It is not by any means perfect, but a toe in the water to help people. How can any honest American reject this idea of helping those on need - this is where I don't understand the religious right or those people that where flag pins and act as is they are products of the founding fathers.. Seems that agnostics and atheist are more concerned with doing God's work and caring for those that need mankinds help than the bible thumpers.
Christopher Schaefer August 15, 2012 at 08:31 AM
Doan Steel say “[ObamaCare] is not by any means perfect, but a toe in the water to help people.” Wayne Winsley says he “doesn’t want to shred the safety net—because he came to appreciate the need for it after relying on it himself…His life experiences—from a stint at a Boys Town as a kid, to a bout with prostate cancer while he was out of work—give him a different perspective on the social programs that often end up on his party’s chopping block…’ The difference between myself and probably any elected official … is that I have actually had to use the safety net,’ Winsley said. ‘For me, it is not a theory.’…’The point is not to burn the safety net,’ he said. The idea, he said, is to create an environment where it’s a stopgap—not a way of life… So, when it comes to talking about what to cut, Winsley’s keyword is ‘reasonable.’ Nothing should be sacred, he said—including defense spending—but the cuts that are made should be fair.” But a federal program should not be so expensive that it ultimately threatens the very existence of all safety-net programs: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/winsley_challenges_delauro/


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