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Romney campaign confirms Paul Ryan as running mate
Chicago Tribune ^ | August 11, 2012 | (al-Reuters)

Posted on 08/11/2012 4:49:04 AM PDT by combat_boots

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, the Romney campaign confirmed on Saturday.

"Mitt's choice for VP is Paul Ryan. Spread the word about America's comeback team," a Romney campaign app said, confirming widespread reports he had selected the 42-year-old Wisconsin lawmaker who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; elections; romney; ryan; ryanvp; vpryan
"America's Comeback Team"
1 posted on 08/11/2012 4:49:18 AM PDT by combat_boots
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To: combat_boots
My take:
Our Country Needs Some R & R.
Vote Romney and Ryan to stop government over-spending and get our economy on the Right track.

2 posted on 08/11/2012 4:53:12 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: combat_boots
But somebody called me late last night to tell me that Paul Ryan stuck his tongue out at another student in the 1st grade! I hope the Obama campaign doesn't hear about this or they'll make another tv spot with him pushing an old lady in a wheelchair over a cliff and this time GULP! he'll stick his tongue out as he does.
3 posted on 08/11/2012 4:54:50 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: combat_boots

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.


4 posted on 08/11/2012 4:55:07 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Pollster1
Our choices ARE NOT WHAT THEY ARE.

The illegitimacy of the results of the last primary system are a scandal waiting to be poked with all the pestilential smarm sprayed over the body politic.

5 posted on 08/11/2012 4:58:55 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Your whining is so predictable!

I imagine you would criticize Jesus Christ for not being able to swim.


6 posted on 08/11/2012 5:07:16 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: muawiyah

Your whining is so predictable!

I imagine you would criticize Jesus Christ for not being able to swim.


7 posted on 08/11/2012 5:07:24 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: muawiyah

Your whining is so predictable!

I imagine you would criticize Jesus Christ for not being able to swim.


8 posted on 08/11/2012 5:07:47 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: muawiyah

Your whining is so predictable!

I imagine you would criticize Jesus Christ for not being able to swim
,


9 posted on 08/11/2012 5:07:47 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: combat_boots

Paul Ryan wrote Roadmap for America Futures, a detailed analysis of our fiscal crisis and how to get out of it.

Obama wrote Dreams of My Father — a fabricated ode to his deep seated narcissism.

Stark contrast


10 posted on 08/11/2012 5:09:19 AM PDT by vekzen
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To: Redleg Duke
hmmmmm ~ made you excited or something ~ 4 hits on the same piece of nonsense!

Speaking of Romney and the Mittbots simply doesn't bring to mind Jesus!

11 posted on 08/11/2012 5:15:16 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: combat_boots

I will never forget 0bama wanting to speak with Ryan privately after Ryan destroyed him in place with his financial acumen.

A Wisconsin boy, too.

I’d have preferred West or Petraeus, but that’s me.

Having a financial team with creds is actually a pretty good way to go, intellectually speaking.

We need some real SOBs to cut the chains of debt and ridiculous trading practices. We are being looted right and left.

We also need to round up the communists in Congress and send them to a deserted island—together. For the children.


12 posted on 08/11/2012 5:20:28 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots
Ryan is a nice safe pick for VP. Romney's campaign team probably figured the Hispanic vote is as lost as the African vote and picked the guy that has actually tried to cut Washington spending. I do not think Ryan has any skeletons in his closets, but I am sure Lil Barry's team is now scouring his records. Tax returns to school grades to his Jr. Hi sweetheart. All are fair game to the Obama Reelection team.
13 posted on 08/11/2012 5:23:20 AM PDT by Tupelo (TeaPartier ..... but no longer a Republican)
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To: Pollster1

“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.”

Don’t you know - Conservatives have to sit in the back of the bus.


14 posted on 08/11/2012 5:26:24 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: combat_boots

Good pick.
Maybe Paul can light a fire...


15 posted on 08/11/2012 5:29:29 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: combat_boots
With this pick Mitt Romney has made his intentions clear, he will run this campaign on the economy, and with Paul Ryan on the ticket that means control of deficits and debt, a commitment to the electorate to restrain spending and which in turn explicitly includes reform of entitlements. Ryan since the 2010 election has been publicly declaring that it should be the strategy of the Republican Party to work with Obama where possible but, anticipating that would not be possible, to offer the electorate a clear choice. That is why he presented his competing budgets, to make explicit the choice.

In other words this choice should reassure many conservatives that it will be the strategy of the campaign to depart from the passive aggressive approach of the John Boehner House of Representatives and embark on an explicit attack on the Obama economy. I hope the attack also includes a indictment of Obama as a rank socialist, a radical Alinsky redistributionist whose definition of "transformation" ultimately means the death of capitalism and democracy. I fear this is unlikely for these reasons which follow. I also hope that this attack includes a clear warning to the people of the existential threat facing the nation recently described by Marc Steyn as a "death spiral."

Many of us question why Romney has been relatively passive in his campaign against Obama when he was ruthlessly aggressive in his attacks which brought down competing Republicans in the primaries. I think his advisors tell him that he is pursuing two different electorates in the primaries as opposed to the general. In the primaries one is dealing with a committed base who want red meat and in the general one seeks to enlist the independents and undecideds who supposedly resist negative campaigns. I think this is much overblown. History reveals that truly vicious negative attacks such as those waged by Lyndon Johnson against Barry Goldwater were extremely effective with independents who became convinced that Goldwater would blow up the world. I believe that successful negative campaigns do not experience blowback when the candidate who wages it is likable. I think that both Ryan and Romney have the kinds of personas that will shield them from such criticism if they choose to attack, but that, of course, will be Ryan's job for which I think he is well-suited if he is temperamentally fit.

Ryan will not be flummoxed in the debate and he is very unlikely to make any serious gaffes on the stump so, from a practical political point of view, he fulfills the first criteria for a vice presidential pick, he will likely do no harm. Of course, that consideration follows only after the pick can be confidently presented as the man who can succeed to the presidency in the event of tragedy. Ryan fills those requirements splendidly.

His selection focuses the nation on the state of the economy. That is the terrain on which Romney has elected to run, probably at the expense to some minor extent of litigating the social issues. I am a social conservative in many respects as well as a fiscal conservatives but I am not concerned in this cycle about the ticket concentrating on spending, taxes, and jobs because I believe that the nation is careening toward a fiscal cliff from which there could be no recovery which would satisfy a conservative. This is a question of saving democracy and capitalism not advancing social issues which will die with the Republic-apart always from abortion which remains a dealbreaker for me.

I am concerned that the candidates will look like two nerds in a pod. Balancing that is the knowledge that Ryan is extremely likable, extremely telegenic, and therefore able to carry a negative message against Obama without appearing mean-spirited. Both of these guys are tall, physically attractive, physically fit and not the caricature by any means of nerds.

No candidate, of course, comes without negatives and Ryan's budget plan does open the door to demagoguery from the left but that is only the kind of demagoguery we get with Ryan rather than the kind of demagoguery we would get with another pick. In other words, we know how our enemy operates and if we are going to be compelled to wage a campaign against demagoguery let us at least do it when the subject matter is the budget.

My other choice for the slot was Marco Rubio and either man would have the advantage of being the right age in 2020 to make a credible candidate. I believe we are going to win the election this cycle and, if Romney can perform credibly, the next. But I am extremely concerned about the downstream effect of the demographic wave that is engulfing the nation with immigrants who simply do not share the culture, language, or understanding of the rule of law, of capitalism, of democracy all of which are part of our national fabric. Those who are not immigrants are being "transformed" at a frightening pace into welfare and entitlement dependents who will be likely to vote their purses.


16 posted on 08/11/2012 5:33:20 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: combat_boots

Good choice, Romney!!! You have my vote now...and a $25.00 campaign contribution. And.....Wisconsin. you gave a smashing victory to Governor Scott Walker, just a few weeks back. Time to give the electoral votes of the great state of Wisconsin to Mitt Romney & “The Wisconsin Blue Collar Kid”, Paul Ryan!!!

And.....Yep, you good folks down Virginia way, please turn out with gusto and determination Today in greeting Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan as they travel on their campaign tour bus through the great state of Virginia. Folks, we got us a country to save here!!! Let’s get on with it, big time, starting today!!!


17 posted on 08/11/2012 5:33:20 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( you good folksMy only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: combat_boots

I can’t wait to watch Ryan debate with Biden.


18 posted on 08/11/2012 5:38:22 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: combat_boots
Ryan appeals to the Tea Party wing of the GOP. He is awesome in front of crowds, has more intelligence that Plugs(do really believe the Dhims would trust Biden with the button?)
He will literally destroy Biden or Oblabber in ANY kind of debate on the economy.

EXCELLENT PICK!!!

19 posted on 08/11/2012 5:41:17 AM PDT by Wizdum (My job is to get you to shoot soda out your nose)
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To: nathanbedford

OUTSTANDING analysis! We share some valid concerns with this selection. Although, I feel that now we have a chance to turn the poorly planned,(and executed), attacks by the media and the Oba-Messiah’s campaign on their heads, and do so in an intelligent manner without becoming spattered with the filth.

The economy is not going to all of a sudden become golden to support Obama’s cause. A lil “R&R” for the country, (wonderful slogan!), is called for to set things straight.


20 posted on 08/11/2012 5:49:23 AM PDT by NCDragon (If you can't stand behind the troops, try standing in front of them!)
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To: combat_boots

Query:

What time did Romney’s team send out their “official app announcement”?

I don’t have cell phone/texting, so I did not sign up for it. I am curious as to what time they finally sent it, given that the rumors were pretty solid by 9PM yesterday.


21 posted on 08/11/2012 5:50:21 AM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: combat_boots

I like the Ryan choice

given all the possibilities, it is a smart choice

it does not pander to Hispanics (I wanted to keep Runio safe in his Senate seat where we need him)

it’s not an exact “social conservative” (won’t be automatically used against the ticket on that score by the left)

it’s not a lighting rod the left will easily demonize, anymore than they will demonize the whole GOP for the fiscal cleanup we all want

Ryan’s fiscal analysis and ideas appeal to most Conservatives, at least in some degree even if not
completely

as any VP choice must be, it must have a greater degree of positives than negatives - the Ryan choice does that

MY one question is, are we/will we be lacking some resolve in the GOP House caucus without Ryan there, and will the GOP keep his seat in the House


22 posted on 08/11/2012 5:59:23 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“Good pick”.

Bingo.

Almost all that needs to be said.

This election better be all about budget, out of control spending, debt and interest on the debt, the fed, inflation, interest rates, out of control deficit that barely pays for Social Security, medicare, medicaid, and other welfare payments, jobs, jobs, jobs, and letting the private sector loose to grow the economy.

...but I’m betting someone will make it all about Paul Ryan wanting to push granny over the cliff in her wheel chair.

If it will save the Republic, granny might even be a willing sacrifice.


23 posted on 08/11/2012 6:02:04 AM PDT by wita
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To: Pollster1
If Obama wins, there is less than a 1% chance of America surviving as a free country...

True. But Obama can't get re-elected unless the country is already lost.

24 posted on 08/11/2012 6:04:30 AM PDT by PhatHead
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To: nathanbedford
It does NOT matter who the VP pick is, the VP has no real power. The real power is in CONGRESS who writes and passes laws.

Then what ever idiot who is in the WH who signs it. The president is a cheer leader for his party in other words. The RINOS and the most corrupt demoRATS must be voted OUT of office to effect the changes we conservatives want.

Or they will continue to send Pork laden bills, and bills to strip us of our rights hidden in must have legislation to the president to be signed into law.

Government 101.

25 posted on 08/11/2012 6:12:55 AM PDT by GailA (IF U will not keep your promises to the Military, U won't keep them to the public)
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To: combat_boots

I have a little different take this morning: If this pick of Ryan as his running mate helps the weak, ineffective Romney, that’s a good thing and the thought of a Plugs/Paul showdown is exciting.
But as a WI. resident, I have a concern. We will be losing a WI.rep who is our pride and the House will have to replace him as chairman of the budget committee.

Veeps usually don’t do anything beyond the importance of attending openings of new DMV offices.
Of course, with Ryan, that would be a huge waste of talent.
The GOP and Mittens will get this...right..RIGHT?


26 posted on 08/11/2012 6:42:30 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Tupelo

Ryan is despised and feared by Hussein, who inside the confines of the WH is known for his temper and filthy mouth.(the F word being his fave).

You can bet O’s got four cigs coming out of each side of his mouth this morning and is throwing the ever present basketball at the TV tuned to Fox news.


27 posted on 08/11/2012 6:47:31 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: nathanbedford

Thanks - good analysis.

I believe the largest problems we face are economic, and both R&R understand the problem (in stark contrast to our current academic central planners).


28 posted on 08/11/2012 6:47:58 AM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Mountain Mary
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29 posted on 08/11/2012 6:54:57 AM PDT by GraceG
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