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Reports: Romney Picks Paul Ryan, Announcement Saturday Morning in Virginia
Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2012 | Guy Benson

Posted on 08/11/2012 3:38:21 AM PDT by Kaslin

Sonic Boom (via NBC News):
 

Campaign sources indicate that Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, NBC News reported Friday night.  Earlier Romney's campaign said in a statement that it would announce a running mate at 9 a.m. ET Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., just before he begins a four-day bus tour in the battleground state.


I spoke with a high-level Romney campaign source earlier this evening, who confirmed that the announcement will come at approximately 9am ET on Saturday, though he could not officially confirm that Ryan is the pick.  The unveiling will occur at a rally in Norfolk, VA -- with the (ahem) U.S.S. Wisconsin as a backdrop.  Another well-placed GOP source informs me that party operatives are being told to prepare for a Ryan VP roll-out. For additional details, read the Weekly Standard's reportage, which has been all over this.  A chartered plane has also been spotted in Ryan's home town, so all signs point to Ryan.  This is happening. ABC News is reporting that top other contenders such as Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty and Marco Rubio have been informed that they will not be Romney's running mate.  There's a faint possibility that this is a giant head-fake, but I sincerely doubt it.  Multiple sources have told me similar things, plus the Romney campaign would be crazy to leak a name like Paul Ryan, only to surprisingly pick, say, Tim Pawlenty.

Any way you slice it, this is a game-changer.  As I wrote earlier this week, Paul Ryan is one of the sunniest, most likeable conservatives on the scene today.  He's also the party's top wonk and is completely fluent in fiscal issues.  I predict that Democrats will publicly gloat over this pick ("he'll be so easy to demonize!"), even as they privately worry.  Paul Ryan is earnest, smart, articulate, attractive, calm, good-humored, and exceptionally gifted in explaining his case in persuasive and unthreatening terms.  He's from the Midwest, has blue collar appeal (unlike Romney, he did not grow up wealthy), and has a beautiful young family.  The Left will launch vicious and totally dishonest attacks, as they have throughout the last two years of budget debates.  But never before has Paul Ryan enjoyed a larger platform from which to make his case to the American public:  The country is going broke, a fiscal calamity awaits, but we can avoid it if we take responsible, urgent action.  This campaign is about to get a major (and needed) injection of seriousness.

It's time to brush up on Paul Ryan's budget -- on what it does and does not propose.  Let's also recall that Ryan's bipartisan Medicare reform (which he co-authored with liberal Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden) does not affect anyone over the age of 55.  Period.  This message will need to be hammered in multiple ads and played on a loop in Florida, as "scare granny" tactics from Democrats will be off the charts.  Medicare's own bookkeepers warn that the program will be insolvent within 12 years without meaningful reforms.  Barack Obama has no plan on this front, aside from robbing $500 Billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, and empowering an unelected panel of bureaucrats to ration care.  Paul Ryan is very adept at making this case, and every bit of that skill will be essential over the coming three months.  Barack Obama's reckless budgets have been unanimously defeated for two consecutive years, and the Senate has not produced a budget in over 1,200 days.  The president -- by his own administration's admission -- has no plan to deal with our long term debt, which threatens to swallow our economy and change the very nature of the American idea. Whether we like it or not, this is a debate America must have.  Paul Ryan is one of the very best -- if not the best -- conservative communicators on the biggest issue of our time.  Buckle up, guys.  This is going to get intense.

Finally, this is a bold pick by Mitt Romney.  It underscores his appreciation of the national moment and the seriousness of our economic and fiscal state.  It should also eliminate any doubts about Romney's commitment to Obamacare repeal and entitlement reform, Paul Ryan's top issues.  Parting thoughts: (1) Regardless of where this campaign goes, I cannot wait for the Vice Presidential debate.  (2) Two clips:
 




UPDATE - The Ryan family:
 

 

UPDATE II - www.RomneyRyan.com "America's Comeback Team."


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012veep; paulryan; ryanvp; va2012; vpryan
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1 posted on 08/11/2012 3:38:28 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

So much for the “boring, White guy”, Brian Williams.


2 posted on 08/11/2012 3:45:58 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie and stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: Kaslin

Go ahead. Pick Ryan, then ride off into the sunset, make a left turn and never come back ,leaving Paul Ryan as the parties pick


3 posted on 08/11/2012 3:46:03 AM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: Kaslin; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

More Paul Ryan — discusses Medicare reform proposal

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


4 posted on 08/11/2012 3:51:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: Kaslin; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

More Paul Ryan — discusses Medicare reform proposal

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


5 posted on 08/11/2012 3:51:48 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: South Dakota

Lol! My feelings exactly! Great VP candidate with lousy presidential candidate...hey, is there a GOP pattern here?


6 posted on 08/11/2012 3:56:42 AM PDT by livius
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To: Kaslin

My 6am local news today (Saturday) led with the Ryan announcement...the local “reporter” called Ryan “controversial” and someone who “supports” lower taxes on the wealthy. There followed with a feed from NBC that was a complete hit piece.

Not one word about Ryan’s accomplishments or background, other than that he was seen by some as “anti-poor”.

Wow! It’s only August...what’s the media going to be like in October?


7 posted on 08/11/2012 3:59:41 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: Kaslin

I am so glad he didn’t fall for the Rubio trick that the Dems and their media lackies were promoting. Accepting Rubio would have undermined the NBC issue and that is why they wanted him.


8 posted on 08/11/2012 4:05:49 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: Kaslin

I suppose we could always just vote for Ron Paul.
He isn’t campaigning anymore because he ran out of money, but he hasn’t withdrawn either.


9 posted on 08/11/2012 4:08:41 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Repeal Obamacare, the CITIZENSHIP TAX)
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To: Kaslin

Capital idea is made.


10 posted on 08/11/2012 4:08:41 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: chopperman

A certain FR poster will be disappointed he can’t copy and paste like a madman - but it may prevent a case of carpal tunnel syndrome.


11 posted on 08/11/2012 4:10:51 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Kaslin

Should Romney win in November,he would probably be reelected in 2016, so in Ryan, we’re looking at the likely successor to Romney. I could think of worse things than that.


12 posted on 08/11/2012 4:11:52 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: Kaslin

13 posted on 08/11/2012 4:12:40 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Kaslin

I’m searching through the recipe book looking to see how I’ll eat my plate of crow. I’ll probably use a lot ketchup, but I use ketchup on a lot of things.


14 posted on 08/11/2012 4:15:34 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Utah Binger

RR.....Rolls Royce?


15 posted on 08/11/2012 4:19:10 AM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: WellyP

16 posted on 08/11/2012 4:22:52 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Kaslin

Excuse my stupidity of the nominee process, but what happens if Romney decides to back down, to leave,or even if he is rejected?

Does Ryan then become the nominee for POTUS?

I keep getting an image of a no show of Romney for the elections.


17 posted on 08/11/2012 4:23:26 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Vote for Sarah Palin, she is the cure to the disease and infection of socialism.)
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To: chopperman

Good choice. If we have victory, he will be missed in the House.


18 posted on 08/11/2012 4:24:29 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Kaslin

Awesome. Can’t wait for the VP debates.


19 posted on 08/11/2012 4:28:05 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Kaslin

Make no mistake about it Ryan’s a good man and a great leader in Congress.......but wrong as the VP nominee. With him on the ticket, the pubbies will be blasted by Bam and the MSM for cuts to social security & medicaire (the third rail of American politics). This ticket in effect takes Bam off the hook for his lies, Marxism and incompetency. No way the seniors in FL. will go with Romney. Its unfortunate but their are not enough intelligent voters in this country to offset the morons. With Rubio, Romney would have won, hands down.


20 posted on 08/11/2012 4:31:22 AM PDT by kenmcg (t)
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To: Kaslin
Idea for GOP Campaign:
Our Country Needs Some R & R.
Vote Romney and Ryan to stop government over-spending and get our economy on the Right track.

21 posted on 08/11/2012 4:32:47 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: Kaslin
alt
Ryan with wife Janna and family

 

Good looking family get them out on the campaign trail. Paul Ryan looks youthful and dynamic. He runs each day so is athletic. Full head of black hair same as Mitt. The visuals are all very good and much better than the two mangy mutts Obama and Biden. Biden is a white haired bald head stooge while Bammy is going gray himself and looks mangy (worth mentioning twice)

22 posted on 08/11/2012 4:33:30 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: Kaslin
Ryan is going to make Biden look like an even bigger idiot—if that is possible—than he already is during the VP debate...

...look for Crazy Joe to suddenly want to spend more time with his family soon—and PIAPS being begged bullied and bribed to be Obama’s number two.

23 posted on 08/11/2012 4:39:43 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Not voting for Mitt? Obama love you long time.")
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To: Kaslin
Once again conservatives are left voting for the Veep instead of the Potus.

And good thing CNN is still on narrative as Blitzer says Ryan will hurt the minority vote.
He's not Hispanic, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Canadian, and New Yorkese.
And any other minority block that I've completely forgot about according to Blitz.

24 posted on 08/11/2012 4:40:34 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: WellyP
RR.....Rolls Royce?

Nash Rambler and a Lincoln Continental

25 posted on 08/11/2012 4:42:41 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: P.O.E.
Like in 2008 there will only be one VP debate.
26 posted on 08/11/2012 4:43:28 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Not voting for Mitt? Obama love you long time.")
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To: Kaslin

GRRRRREAT choice! HOORAY Mitt Romney! HOORAY Paul Ryan!


27 posted on 08/11/2012 4:43:28 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Kaslin
I voted for Palin in 2008 and I will be voting for Ryan this year—don't give a hoot who was or is on THEIR tickets.

If you don't vote for Ryan you are voting for Obama...

...sounds better don't it.

28 posted on 08/11/2012 4:47:19 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Not voting for Ryan? Obama love you long time.")
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To: PGalt
My favorite choice by far.. Ryan is a fiscal hawk, and THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE CONGRESSMAN IN WASHINGTON..

ROMNEY-RYAN

29 posted on 08/11/2012 4:51:12 AM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: MaxMax
And good thing CNN is still on narrative as Blitzer says Ryan will hurt the minority vote.
He's not Hispanic, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Canadian, and New Yorkese.
And any other minority block that I've completely forgot about according to Blitz. 


Paul Ryan + Mitt combination just might up the white vote for them. More so than if Mitt had picked a black or Hispanic VP. The white vote is not static and can easily make up for the theoretical minorities lost by picking Paul Ryan

The white vote still dominates our elections. What we need are more white females voting Republican

30 posted on 08/11/2012 4:52:30 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: kenmcg

Agree. Mistake.

Dont see a bump. Doesn’t help with women voters.

Another incompetent campaign handing zero a win.


31 posted on 08/11/2012 4:53:28 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Happy Rain

On October 11. Set your DVR.


32 posted on 08/11/2012 4:54:35 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

The VP debate will be similar to a first round NCAA basketball match, where the top seed faces the lowest seed. No, Joe, you’re not the top seed.


33 posted on 08/11/2012 4:54:56 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: LS

Good choice. If we have victory, he will be missed in the House.

He will be President of the Senate. We need him even more over there.


34 posted on 08/11/2012 4:56:08 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: driftless2

Crow Stroganoff
Remove breast meat from the bone. Slice into strips about 1/2”
thick. Place in a pressure cooker with several cloves of garlic, 1/2
cup diced onion, 3 cups of water, 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper,
1 teaspoon dried lovage leaves (can substitute 1/4 cup celery). Cook
under pressure (10 pounds) for 30 minutes. Cool. Remove and
discard garlic. Add broth from 4 oz. can of mushrooms. Adjust
liquid to measure 3 cups. In a shaker mix 1/4 cup of flour with 1
cup cool broth. Heat remaining broth and add flour mixture;
simmer until thickened. Add meat and mushrooms and bring to a
simmer again. Just before serving, remove from heat and add 1/2
cup sour cream. Serve over noodles or rice.


35 posted on 08/11/2012 4:56:28 AM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: dennisw

Soccer moms. They elected Clinton.

Women also elected Kennedy. Several point gap in favor of Rats among women voters.

That’s why Palin was attacked so viciously. They can’t allow Republicans to close the gender gap. Women voting stupidly and minorities voting for handouts is the backbone of the Rat party.


36 posted on 08/11/2012 4:58:37 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: South Dakota

Agreed. As I said on another thread:

I’m tired of upside down tickets. 2008 should have been Palin/McCain, and 2012 would be much better as Ryan/Romney (although better still with Romney not even on the ballot). Still, our choices are what they are. If Obama wins, there is less than a 1% chance of America surviving as a free country until 2016. If Romney wins, the destruction will be much slower, and we will probably have a 50-50 chance of reversing the slide after 2016. That’s a huge improvement, and probably the best chance we have left.


37 posted on 08/11/2012 4:58:47 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: kenmcg

“With him on the ticket, the pubbies will be blasted by Bam and the MSM for cuts to social security & medicaire (the third rail of American politics)”

Zero already cut a substantial amount of money from Medicare for Medicaid. Should counter any zero arguments.


38 posted on 08/11/2012 4:59:52 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: Happy Rain

It does


39 posted on 08/11/2012 5:05:29 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: duckman; kenmcg

I don’t know I agree it was a poor choice. Yes, there would have been pandering reasons to run with a minority or woman choice to pick up votes, but given that Romney has something of a political rather than principled reputation (not hard to see around here), it wouldn’t have done his base any favors.

Sure, one could have gone with Rubio, but the man appears to have baggage, and he has minimal exposure on the national scene. It would have looked like 100% pander.

Ryan does a decent job of locking up the base as I cannot think of any conservative who doesn’t like him. He is a very smart, focused individual who stays on message. Also with Wisconsin possibly in play at the moment he adds to that part of the calculation.

Now there is no doubt the Dems will demagogue the heck out out this with even more granny thrown off a cliff BS, but let’s be honest, either the populace grows up and faces the situation, or we’re toast, and any serious GOP contender better be willing to point that out and follow through.

Anyway, Romney already endorsed the Ryan plan, so he’s ‘vulnerable’ to any associated charges already. He might as well buy all in.


40 posted on 08/11/2012 5:10:07 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: dennisw

That would be a nice Presidential family down the road.


41 posted on 08/11/2012 5:10:22 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Kaslin

The only man that offered a real budget from any side for the last years.


42 posted on 08/11/2012 5:10:42 AM PDT by crz
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To: kenmcg
Make no mistake about it Ryan’s a good man and a great leader in Congress.......but wrong as the VP nominee. With him on the ticket, the pubbies will be blasted by Bam and the MSM for cuts to social security & medicaire (the third rail of American politics). This ticket in effect takes Bam off the hook for his lies, Marxism and incompetency. No way the seniors in FL. will go with Romney. Its unfortunate but their are not enough intelligent voters in this country to offset the morons. With Rubio, Romney would have won, hands down.

With the approval of the Congress at 12%, why on earth would you pick a VP from that?? I love Ryan but this was like Sarah, a pick for the conservatives that will not carry over to independents sorry to say. Not looking forward to the next polls.

43 posted on 08/11/2012 5:13:33 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: Kaslin; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
We interrupt this thread with BREAKING NEWS... Ken Brockman reporting--

Paul Ryan has been named Mitt Romney's VP running mate... and we now take you to the Senate Rotunda for remarks by Senate Majority leader Harry Reid--

Well, I now can report that an anonymous caller told me... that Paul Ryan beats his wife with a fireplace poker--

Also, I was told Paul Ryan... is know for browsing the world wide web for child pornography--

And he secretly runs... a covert dog fighting ring in a barn outside Jamesville, Wisconsin--

I get no joy from this information and report it... simply as my duty to be a good American!

We now take you to Joe Soptic... for his comments on Senator Reid's facts--

Wow, Senator Reid, I am so awed by your truth, I find I must also report that when Mitt Romney was killing my wife... Paul Ryan was his lookout and getaway driver--

And we also have remarks by Stephanie Cutter... on the Ryan selection--

Paul Ryan was the dirty dog... that photoshopped me into that photo... with President Obama!

And he doctored that conference call with Joe Soptic... editing my voice in to it when I have never met nor talked to Joe Soptic at any time in my whole life!

President Obama has also spoke out about Paul Ryan... saying he welcomes the Congressman to the race--

Paul Ryan brings a wealth of talent to this election... Talent, I say, in championing legislation that will give billionaires untold trillions of dollars in tax cuts, destroy Medicare and Medicare, starve the poor and elderly in doing away with Food Stamps, remove from the voter rolls all Blacks, Hispanics and Gays. And finally, Ryan will ramp up the continuing total war the GOP has on women and their reproductive rights. It is "Romnyhood & Ryan, Rape and Pillage" for the Radical Right-Wing GOP!

Now, we must stop all these negative attack ads... on me and get back to trashing the evil Romney and his spawn from hell, Paul Ryan!

There you have all the BREAKING NEWS this objective journalist can report. We now return you to this thread already playing... This has been Ken Brockman reporting.

44 posted on 08/11/2012 5:15:49 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: RummyChick
That would be a nice Presidential family down the road.

I agree.
45 posted on 08/11/2012 5:16:11 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: carlo3b

I agree 100%. Carlo3b.


46 posted on 08/11/2012 5:16:11 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: carlo3b
You forgot the last step...

"Throw out contents and eat the pressure cooker."

47 posted on 08/11/2012 5:18:42 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: PGalt

Ryan will be a great candidate. We love him here in Wisconsin!


48 posted on 08/11/2012 5:20:50 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Wpin
You beat me to it. I just now thought of that, and that's a 51st vote in the senate if we need one. It's freakin' brilliant IF Romney wins---it ADDS a conservative to the senate rather than taking one away (i.e., Rubio, or Portman).

Carl Cameron just on: "This definitely moves WI toward the red and Ryan has blue-collar appeal that will help in other swing states like OH and FL."

I should add, FYI my wife just said, "What a good looking ticket. Women care about that stuff."

49 posted on 08/11/2012 5:28:34 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: carlo3b

You are correct, sir.


50 posted on 08/11/2012 5:31:11 AM PDT by Rocko
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