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Itís Official: Paul Ryan is Being Vetted for Veep
Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2012 | Doherty

Posted on 06/23/2012 6:04:27 PM PDT by Kaslin

This story dropped Friday night, via National Review’s Robert Costa.

I’m reliably informed that Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Budget Committee chairman, has submitted paperwork to the Romney campaign. Sources confirm that he is being vetted for the vice-presidential nomination.

Ryan, one of the GOP’s brightest young stars, is clearly a favorite of Romney allies. But some top Republican officials are wary of plucking him from the House, where he is the party’s most influential voice on fiscal issues.

Earlier this week, Romney campaigned with Ryan in Janesville, Wis., Ryan’s hometown. Ryan previously stumped for Romney in late March and early April, ahead of Wisconsin’s Republican presidential primary.

For their part, Ryan and his team remain mum on the issue, telling NRO: “Respecting their campaign’s internal process, we’re not going to comment.”

I for one genuinely like Paul Ryan. He strikes me as one of the few politicians inside the Beltway who isn’t afraid to either (a) tackle the tough issues facing our country or (b) lose his prestigious seat in Congress for doing so. (By the way, these are two qualities the president obviously lacks). Indeed, Rep. Ryan has been one of the most vociferous advocates for putting our fiscal house in order. He even introduced a budget proposal last March -- The Path to Prosperity -- which cut long-term spending to sustainable levels, reformed Medicare, and balanced the federal budget. Not too shabby. Setting aside the fact the president’s plan (which was voted down unanimously) accomplished none of these abiding goals, the proposal was -- surprise! -- demagogued relentlessly by Democrats and died in the United States Senate after narrowly passing the House. I suspect it’s scattered across Harry Reid’s desk right about now (underneath all those Republican jobs plans).

At any rate, given Paul Ryan’s many accomplishments, this does not necessarily mean he is without shortcomings. To my knowledge, he’s essentially spent his professional life in government and has no foreign policy credentials or executive experience. This may, indeed, hurt his chances of becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate. Tina Korbe, on the other hand, points out that placing Rep. Ryan on the ticket would demonstrate that Republicans -- finally -- were serious about resolving the nation’s impending debt crisis. And, of course, it would further underscore The One’s ineptitude and failure of leadership over the last three and half years. I like it!

Exit question: What do you guys think about a Romney/Ryan ticket? Feel free to duke it out in the comments section…


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2012election; election2012; paulryan; wisconsin
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1 posted on 06/23/2012 6:04:32 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

i prefer he stay where hi is, like walker in wi. could be a move to foil ron paul and the paulbots.


2 posted on 06/23/2012 6:06:38 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Kaslin
Big deal; like the VP will sway Mitten's opinions about anything. It's just an election ploy to make us think he a "conservative" now.


3 posted on 06/23/2012 6:07:12 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: Kaslin

I think this movie is a re-make. I won’t be buying a ticket.


4 posted on 06/23/2012 6:08:52 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: Kaslin

Probably the best inside the beltway pick.

There’s this...whenever Scott Walker is asked about becoming the VP candidate, he practically begs Romney to choose Paul Ryan instead.

FWIW.


5 posted on 06/23/2012 6:10:15 PM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: Kaslin

Rom needs someone how can get stuff down in DC.


6 posted on 06/23/2012 6:11:27 PM PDT by garjog
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To: Kaslin
I think Romney is going to pick his VP based on the electoral map, and Ryan would help him pick off Wi.
7 posted on 06/23/2012 6:11:53 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Kaslin
Obama has been running annual budget deficits of $1.6T, right?

And Paul Ryan is the Republican -- when all other Republicans were too afraid to say anything at all -- Paul Ryan stepped up with a bold plan to cut $500B over 10 years? Right?

Yeah. I have no time for that. I'll just hunker down and wait for the shooting to start, because this whole "electoral process" is a complete joke and waste of my time.

8 posted on 06/23/2012 6:13:53 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Kaslin
Two White breads aint goona get it !

Alan West: A tea party favorite


9 posted on 06/23/2012 6:16:11 PM PDT by Uriíel-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Kaslin
Romney needs to do what GW Bush didn't.

Assuming that Romney does win in November and serves 2 terms, he needs a VP who could be a capable and viable successor.

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Ryan impressed me when he took it to Obama in the healthcare summit, to which he received this response:



Such a response gives Ryan at least 10 points.
10 posted on 06/23/2012 6:19:22 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Kaslin

At least he is ‘natural born’ with both parents being citizens when he was born.

Rubio can fill some other post in Romney’s administration, IMO.


11 posted on 06/23/2012 6:21:09 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Kaslin

At least he is ‘natural born’ with both parents being citizens when he was born.

Rubio can fill some other post in Romney’s administration, IMO.


12 posted on 06/23/2012 6:22:22 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Uri’el-2012
I'm hoping the lack of attention on Allen West as VP is a smokescreen...but I'm not bettin’ on it.
13 posted on 06/23/2012 6:22:48 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Tex-Con-Man

If Romney really wants to win he’ll pick West .


14 posted on 06/23/2012 6:26:19 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Tex-Con-Man
We need Leadership ! not bookkeeping !


15 posted on 06/23/2012 6:30:04 PM PDT by Uriíel-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: sushiman

If Romney really wants to win he’ll pick West .


West is best!

West would kick azz and take names.

West would make it a Landslide.


16 posted on 06/23/2012 6:31:14 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Kaslin

Yeah, he’s too important as one of 435 members of congress to serve as lowly VP!


17 posted on 06/23/2012 6:31:14 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Kaslin
Last thing this country needs--much less the conservative movement--is a little R & R
18 posted on 06/23/2012 6:32:54 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: Kaslin

You never really know if stories like this our true but, I sure like the idea. Quite franky, the country needs the stark contrast in choices.

Both parties have been guilty of overspending but, it seems as if the GOP is more comfortable with the idea of backing-off the credit card. Paul Ryan has made a couple of bites at the apple with his proposals and this is what used to be called ‘leadership.’ His proposals would be a great jumping off point in a Romney administration.

As for a second Obama term, I really try to be open minded. While it is clear Obama strongly disagrees with the Ryan budget, he has not yet offered a ‘counter-plan’ to reduce the deficit. Instead he gives us 1.5 trillion dollar deficits that not even his own senate supports. We as voters are therefore left to guess what his deficit reduction plan might be. Based on his record, my guess is he has no plan which scares me. The fact is, to maintain his spending levels everyone’s (and I mean everyone’s)federal taxes will have to at least double. So, as voters, we are left to assume that there will be no deficit reduction plan from Obama or a ‘double taxes’ budget from Obama. No matter what, it’s crap leadership because we shouldn’t be guessing. We should know.

President Obama is an unusual leader. He carries and presents himself as good as any politician I’ve ever seen. Still, his speeches are not inspiring, rather they are preachy and condescending as he spouts orders indignantly and lectures those who disagree with him. In the end, he comes across as a politician who doesn’t know how to roll up his sleaves and work with people he neither agrees with nor likes. The details of politics...the give and take...the interaction....the things that are usually the mothers milk of a skilled politician.....completely escape President Obama. In short, he doesn’t enjoy the very thing a President is called upon to do...which is to craft agreement and law where none appears to exist.

Our greatest Presidents were labeled great not because everyone agreed with them all the time. They were labeled great because they brought people and ideas together in what was thought to be impossible situations. For example, all of the south and half of the north hated President Lincoln. Even with this head win, President Lincoln was still able to maneuver in that environment and maneuver successfully.

No, President Obama is no leader. He prefers to lecture, whine, politicize, pander, and hit the golf course by 1 PM....mistaking attitude and anger for negotiation and positioning. It is obvious he is in completely over his head. It is clear that President Obama hasn’t the skills or the patience to get his vision in place. Heck, I’ll even go one further. He doesn’t even have a vision. If he did, there would be more than the Ryan Budget Plan for us voters to consider.


19 posted on 06/23/2012 6:35:20 PM PDT by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: txrangerette

Ryan should probably have been the Presidential candidate, with somebody like Newt to add a little more excitement and experience.

I’m not sure Romney would like to run with Ryan, however, since Ryan is a lot smarter and less liberal than Romney and I don’t think Romney likes competitors.

Rubio, having had a Mormon background and having becoming increasingly liberal lately, would also have been too much on the same line and I think Romney never seriously considered him. Romney gave money to Rubio’s Senate campaign because he was buying everybody he thought might be a rival to him.

That said, I’m not voting for VP again.


20 posted on 06/23/2012 6:36:42 PM PDT by livius
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