Skip to comments.Romney to announce running mate Saturday morning in Virginia (Paul Ryan strong possibility)
Posted on 08/10/2012 8:07:33 PM PDT by xzins
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Ryan is a good pick because he has a plan for economic recovery for the US that he has been pressing for.
The dems and Obama have already refuted it.
The election IS about Obama. Ryan can quote chapter and verse of what Obama has done wrong to get us in this position and Ryan has the plan to get us out. Every second spent by the dems and Obama trying to denounce it, puts the subject back on Obama.
Therefore the election NOW turns from Fluke to Nuts (like Liz Warren etc) to THE ECONOMY and Obama’s record, or IOW, Obama.
Ryan is a smart man, he can handle the media..they will trash him if he’s the pick starting tomorrow. Id vote for Scooby doo and Scrappy Doo if it meant getting rid of Obama. Have to look at the big picture, its either Obama loses or kiss America goodbye. I refuse to live under Communist rule, I just refuse to do it..I think if Romney does pick Ryan it’s to help bring together the Conservative vote. Id be pleased with a Ryan pick, he seems like a good guy and very likable. At the end, this is ALL about getting rid of Obama, before its really too late
The hard cold reality is that other than as a source of fundraising most of the South is irrelevant to both candidates. It's the nature of the Electoral College system. With a few exceptions they're not competitive states and it would be tactically silly for Romney to try to do anything for "southerners."
Romney could pick Jesse Jackson Jr. for VP and he'd still win Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama.
He brings fiscal conservatives into play which were to vote for Romeny anyway.
Out in the real world (not the tiny hothouse of Free Republic") self-described "social conservatives" were going to vote for Romney anyway as well.
And there are more fiscal conservatives would would be scared off by a social conservative VP pick than vice-versa (the weird constituency of Mike Huckabee notwithstanding.)
Ryan also would add some youth and humble(r) background to the ticket - his family wasn't poor, but he was a waiter, drove the Weinermobile for a while, etc.
Is that what Nauticus is? Never heard of it.
FYI .. I’ve always been impressed with Ryan’s competence and
thorough knowledge of budget issues/economics/taxes, etc., and I was thrilled to see him take Obama on .. directly ... to his face at the bi-partisan gathering months back. O did not like that, and Ryan did not shrink back at all, God love him.
I truly haven’t heard any negatives about Ryan, and should there be criticisms of which I’m not aware, I’d sure like to know what they are, if anyone would be so kind as to put them out here.
I’m just sick to death of all the wimps on our side, the ‘niceness’ .. the gentlemanliness ..that needs to END. We need take-no-prisoners, tactical warriors and fighters NOW ..before it’s too late.
Good points, but IIRC, old people don’t trust Obama.
no I agree Ryan will bring fiscal conservatives, but what about the swing states of VA and FL?
How about conservatives or fiscal conservatives don’t win an election, I;m here in FL and trust me Ryan is not liked at all even by life long republicans who do work for the GOP.
Sorry but from who I talk to and who I know and my feelings then Ryan does not bring FL or VA into play, nor the elderly, nor the hispanics, nor even most women.
Like you said he brings conservatives, you said it yourself.
Think about this, does he seriously bring FL, no, does he bring VA , mmmm doubt it, we need those states, .
Sadly this election is not just about the economy which the elitist GOP thinks it is, many care about their money and pockets but also care about social issues and many elderly care about cuts.
Not saying he will cut their SS, medicare as obama already has but right now that is how Ryan is looked at.
We have to think and look at this from a state way not just a conservative way
“Carl Cameron saying VP announced in morning at 9 am. He is saying it sounds like Paul Ryan.”
Could be Tanya Harding. I hate when there is speculation. Just say who it is and get it over with.
"Paul Ryan: Hiding Spending Doesnt Reduce Spending"
Obama seems to have a true hatred of Ryan -- so he'd be a great choice just because of that! (The 'rats wanna make this about taxes -- great!
It’s Bob. ;-)
Considering her boxing career, she could be important in swing states.
USS Wisconsin.....Walker would constitute left field would drive the moonbats crazy
Do you know how to spell “does”? LOL
you do know FL and VA are in the south right?
Also many social conservatives are not voting for Romney anyway and this does not help. plus it doe snot help hispanics, old people or even military in VA and VA.
Without FL and VA then kiss this election good bye and you can say how great Ryan was after because it goes with your views.
Me, I’m looking at this as a way to win not my views and we need FL and VA and yea it is the south so if Romney wants ot piss off the south then he looses
Could be Eric Cantor. Eric was in KC today at an event for Lynn Jenkins. He told us he would be campaigning on Saturday with Mitt back home in VA. My guess was originally Ryan. But then why VA. Cantor is a very dynamic guy, very smart able guy.
I think Romney will pick McDonnell, either way, good luck to whoever takes on the role.
In a national campaign I think McDonnell’s master’s thesis would create better Obama attack ads than Ryan’s budget cuts.
It is Scott Walker.
It’s not just about the individual battleground states. Ryan appeals to suburban women. GOP gets that demo and they win the election.
McDonnell has never been on the national stage so there is a bit of an unknown there. Governor of VA is a plus for sure but how will he react when he gets carpet bombed by the MSM?
OTOH, Ryan has been through that fire and has already pimp slapped the kenyan during the health care roundtable. Ryan doesn’t back down.
I like Rubio but unfortunately I think he is out with the Crist mafia in the campaign.
The safe pick here is McDonnell. Romney needs VA and McDonnell is not a beltway type. Ryan is a riskier choice and based on the last few weeks I don’t see Romney rolling the dice with Ryan.
I’m very excited about Paul Ryan possibly being the pick.
My prayers go out to him.
He opted out of the presidential race because he did not want to subject his young family to the onslaught.
Well.....here it comes!
Excellent! Thanks ...
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Considering the more somber and governing impact of the VP choice of someone who could slide right into the POTUS spot if God forbid anything happened to #1, it leads me to considering an appraisal of McDonnell, and he certainly has maturity and life experience. Ryan could always go into the cabinet, creating, streamlining, monitoring economic policies, taxes, etc.
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71st Governor of Virginia
Robert F. McDonnell
Governor McDonnell went to St. Louis Catholic School for third through fifth grades, Woodley Hills Elementary School for 6th grade, and Walt Whitman Junior High School for grades 7 and 8. For high school McDonnell went to Bishop Ireton in Alexandria.
It was while attending Bishop Ireton that he has his first, and only, brush with gridiron greatness, scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion against the famed 1971 T.C. Williams Titans of Remember the Titans. You can read the Alexandria Gazette article about the game by clicking here.
After high school McDonnell was off to South Bend, Indiana to live his dream of attending the University of Notre Dame. He could only afford college through a full Army ROTC scholarship. For Governor McDonnell a higher education came with a commitment to serve his country. Like his father before him, McDonnell would wear the uniform as a military officer. McDonnell graduated in 1976 with a BBA degree in management.
McDonnell went on active duty in the U.S. Army in October 1976, heading to basic training in San Antonio, Texas and then being assigned to Grafenwohr, Germany. He didnt go alone. Earlier that year Governor McDonnell married Maureen Gardner, of McLean, Virginia. The two have been married for 36 years and have five children.
In Germany, McDonnell was a platoon leader with the 2nd Armored Division, and also ran a medical clinic for the post. In December of 1979 he left Germany, heading to Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia. But he left Germany having gained a helpful tool for his future endeavors: a Masters of Science in Business Administration earned by taking night classes for three years from Boston University.
At Fort Eustis in Newport News McDonnell worked at McDonald Army Hospital as the Medical Supply Officer. And in April 1981 he left active duty. But he didnt leave the service. All told Governor McDonnell would serve 21 years in the U.S. Army, both active duty and reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1997.
Governor McDonnell took the family, including his oldest daughter Jeanine who had just been born, to Atlanta to put his business degrees and military experience to use with American Hospital Supply Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. It would begin a period of quick promotions and several moves. After a year McDonnell was promoted to the companys headquarters in suburban Chicago.
A year later the company placed McDonnell in charge of their multi-million dollar custom products regional division, managing the Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City offices. Based in Kansas City, McDonnell was moving rapidly up the corporate ladder. But something was missing.
Governor McDonnell was still eligible for the Vietnam-era GI Bill, but those benefits would disappear after 1989. McDonnell realized that he wasnt finished with his education, so he used the GI Bill benefits to get back to Virginia and enrolled at Regent University in Virginia Beach to seek a Masters Degree in Public Policy.
A few months after enrolling in 1985, this young university announced the creation of a law school, and McDonnell applied for admittance. It began, as he calls it, the years without sleep.
McDonnell simultaneously attended law school, continued his work for a Masters Degree in public policy, raised his young family, worked as a sales manager for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and served in the active reserves of the Army with the 18th Field Hospital in Norfolk.
It was during those law school years that McDonnell did an internship on Capitol Hill with the House Republican Policy Committee. Serving the committee, spending some time with its Chair, Congressman Jerry Lewis of California, and others, McDonnell realized that he wanted to be more involved in public policy, and the way to do it was through elected office. He wouldnt wait long to pursue that direction.
McDonnell graduated from Regent in 1989 and took a job as a prosecutor in the Virginia Beach Commonwealths Attorneys Office. Serving on the front lines of the criminal justice system he worked cases that brought home to him the need for greater victims rights and policies that put criminals behind bars longer, and kept citizens safer in their homes. He now sought a greater role in making Virginia a safer and stronger place.
McDonnell had plenty of experience with public service, as a soldier and a prosecutor. But running for public office is like nothing he had ever tried before. Deciding to run for the Virginia House of Delegates meant taking on an entrenched twenty-year incumbent.
McDonnell hit the streets and he talked to thousands of voters at their doors, ruining several pairs of shoes in the process, and when the votes were counted that November evening in 1991, McDonnell was elected by a six-point margin to the House of Delegates. Hes never lost an election since.
McDonnell went to Richmond to represent the 84th District in Virginia Beach. In the House of Delegates, he rose to the position of Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee.
He was Chief Patron of numerous bills during his career, including Governor Allens Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, Virginias historic Welfare Reform legislation, the reform of Virginias drunk driving laws and a crack down on sex predators and gangs, legislation to abolish the death tax, and legislation to rewrite and improve Virginias Public Private Partnership Transportation Act. He also authored legislation and secured funding for the creation of Virginias Judicial Performance Evaluation Program to guide the General Assembly in reappointing judges.
His performance stood out. He was named the Network of Victims of Crime Legislator of the Year in 1996, The National Child Support Enforcement Association National Legislator of the Year in 1998, The Family Foundation of Virginias Legislator of the Year in 1998 and 2001 and the Virginia Sheriffs Association Legislator of the Year in 2005.
An article in The Virginian-Pilot noted, His fingerprints are all over major pieces of legislation from welfare reform, to judicial performance evaluations, to juvenile justice and parole reform, to tort revisions. Few legislators can duplicate his track record of involvement and success. (Virginian-Pilot article, Beach delegate stakes claim to states No. 3 slot, Warren Fiske, October 19, 2005)
As Attorney General, McDonnell focused on policies to keep Virginia safe, strong, and prosperous. He kept his promises from the campaign trail, and fulfilled all 7 of his campaign pledges. He enacted a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for violent child sex predators, increased penalties for drug dealers, protected Virginians from terrorist threats, safeguarded private property rights, reduced frivolous lawsuits and made Virginia a national leader in combating internet crimes and identity theft.
During his three years in office, 92 of his 105 legislative proposals as Attorney General became law, most with overwhelming bipartisan support.
He has been commended for his work as Attorney General to strengthen Virginias mental health laws, establish a Senior Alert to assist in locating missing seniors with mental deficiencies, create a state of the art Sex Offender Registry, and provide new tools for law enforcement involved in online investigations of identity theft, sexual predators, and other 21st Century criminals.
McDonnell created and led Virginias Youth Internet Safety Task Force, which received widespread attention for its significant recommendations to improve online safety, and established the ongoing Attorney Generals Task Force on Regulatory and Government Reform.
The task force made over 300 recommendations to streamline Virginias Administrative Code, and reduce burdensome government regulations.
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Very impressive. And there’s definitely a gap in all the prospects of any solid foreign relations expertise.
ON DRUDGE NOW
Will Announce His Running Mate at 9AM ET Saturday in Norfolk...
At Nauticus Museum, home of USS Wisconsin...
SOURCES: Final names Ryan, Rubio, Pawlenty, Christie, Portman and one unnamed wild card... Developing...
ROMNEY MADE CALLS LATE TONIGHT TO THOSE WHO DID NOT GET SLOT...
I’ve lived in Volusia County (Daytona Beach) since 1977. Where are you??
OK .. what are the downsides of Ryan? Would really like an informed opinion. Is it that Medicare would be revamped?
It won’t affect those in their 60’s .. thanks.
8:45 am ET.
No one is better at defending What Needs To Be Done than Paul Ryan.
And who’s going to debate Ryan, make-sh*t-up-as-you-go Joe Biden?
Virginia is a tough state because of Northern Virginia and how that area is full of liberal loons, but from what I saw a few days ago, a poll came out showing Romney actually behind 2 points in that area, so if that is the case he could win Virginia without having McDonnell as his VP pick. Picking Ryan doesn’t necessarily mean he could win Wisconsin, I guess it depends how popular Ryan is in Wisconsin(And I have no idea what his numbers are)
Single divorced women will vote for Obama no matter what. I agreed with what Ann Coulter said and its true about single divorced women, that they vote Democrat. My cousin’s ex wife loves Obama, she sits at home waiting for her child support check to come, doesn’t work, collects money from the Govt, that is your typical Obama supporter.
I think Romney will win Florida, I think there is enough people terrified about Obamacare going into effect that will vote for Romney in hopes he will kill the bill before it harms them. Sure there are some elderly who think Obamacare is awesome, but I dont think they all do.
Geographically, yes, and the both joined the Confederacy. They USED to be Southern states.
Culturally and politically, anyone who knows anything about either state or lives there (I live in VA, btw) starts laughing hysterically when the idea of them being "Southern States" are brought up.
Also many social conservatives are not voting for Romney anyway
Correction....several hundred social conservatives on Free Republic and a couple of blogs have bleated loudly they will not vote for Romney. Those several hundred people do not represent in any way, shape, or form the millions of social conservatives out in the electorate.
Most social conservatives are heavily concentrated in states that no Republican could ever lose, and they are thus irrelevant.
Of the rest, the idea that there are millions of social cons who sit out election after election because the candidate isn't a check-box social con and will FINALLY show up to vote if we just had the perfect social con Presidential or VP candidate is a complete fantasy.
NOTE — update below about Tagg Romney
From Boston to Janesville
By Robert Costa
August 10, 2012 5:57 P.M.
Take note, veep watchers: Earlier today, a charter plane took off in Boston, stopped in Chicago, then flew to the tiny airport in Janesville, Wis. Janesville, of course, is the hometown of Representative Paul Ryan, a top vice-presidential contender. According to a source on the ground, the plane is still in Wisconsin.
Tomorrow morning, Mitt Romney will visit the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va. For what its worth, Ryan is scheduled to be on vacation in Colorado.
You can track unusual charter flights at FlightAware, a useful website.
UPDATE: Tagg Romney was in Milwaukee today.
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NBC Reporting Its Ryan
By Rich Lowry
August 11, 2012 12:13 A.M.
If Its Ryan
By Rich Lowry
August 11, 2012 12:04 A.M.
I suspect Bob put his finger on something very important in this piece the other day.
The downsides to Ryan are that he is in Congress and not from FL/OH/VA.
GRETA, CITED ON TWITTER: SECRET SERVICE DISPATCHED TO HOME OF PAUL RYAN Weekly Standard: Romney Campaign Preparing Ryan For Pick In Case He Gets Picked Ace
If the announcement is aboard the USS Wisconsin then it likely is Paul Ryan...or a gay sailor.
Thank you ..!
I’m guessing and hoping it’s Ryan but I’d be fine with MCDonnell.
Rubio, Pawlenty, Christie, Portman—No, I don’t want any of these 4.
“Geographically, yes, and the both joined the Confederacy. They USED to be Southern states.”
LOL. Everywhere I go in “The South” I meet refugees from CA or the NE. There has been a huge demographic shift in the last 10-15 years. Outside of politics, suburbia is pretty much the same from coast to coast now. There is even a Trader Joe’s in South Carolina now!
[ I’m here in FL and trust me Ryan is not liked at all even by life long republicans who do work for the GOP. ]
huh? Why? He’s a very likable guy, imo.
I’d be disappointed in those 4, as well.
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MATT DRUDGE @DRUDGE SOURCES: RUBIO TOLD THIS EVENING HE IS NOT THE PICK,,,
141 posted on Friday, August 10, 2012 11:28:00 PM by hope
Thanks, Hope and lodi90.
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And PGHBaldy — Greta’s a bloodhound .. if she’s reporting that about the SS at Ryan’s .. I’d have a hard time doubting it, unless it’s a masking fakeout. Thanks!
Greta just said on twitter that if its not Ryan than she has been fooled and it would take a lot for her to be fooled
I can confirm that I was just contacted and I’m not the pick, either.
Sure would like it to be Ryan. Historically, though (except for the GOP in 2008), it always seems to turn out to be some boring Party hack that supposed to help with the swing States, but that nobody else ever heard of.