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As important, Mr. Ryan can make his case in a reasonable and unthreatening way. He doesn't get mad, or at least he doesn't show it. Like Reagan, he has a basic cheerfulness and Midwestern equanimity.

As for Medicare, the Democrats would make Mr. Ryan's budget a target, but then they are already doing it anyway. Mr. Romney has already endorsed a modified version of Mr. Ryan's premium-support Medicare reform, and who better to defend it than the author himself?

Republicans are likely to do worse if they merely play defense on Medicare and other entitlements. The way to win on the issue is go on offense and contrast Mr. Romney's patient-centered reform with President Obama's policy of government price controls and rationing medical care via a 15-member panel of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.

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Personalities aside, the larger strategic point is that Mr. Romney's best chance for victory is to make this a big election over big issues. Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to make this a small election over small things—Mitt's taxes, his wealth, Bain Capital. As the last two months have shown, Mr. Romney will lose that kind of election.

To win, Mr. Romney and the Republicans have to rise above those smaller issues and cast the choice as one about the overall direction and future of the country. Americans tell pollsters they are anxious and unhappy precisely because they instinctively know the country is troubled in ways it hasn't been since the 1970s. They know the economy is growing too slowly to raise middle-class incomes, while the government is growing too fast to be affordable.

1 posted on 08/10/2012 10:21:38 PM PDT by jb729
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Remember this everybody, the Dems tried to run against Paul Ryan in 2010. They were using him as a poster child for pushing granny off the cliff and they lost big time!

This is a great choice!


2 posted on 08/10/2012 10:29:49 PM PDT by jb729
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5 posted on 08/10/2012 10:44:58 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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Actually, I’d prefer that Ryan stay in the House until we get spending under control!


7 posted on 08/10/2012 10:48:52 PM PDT by SuziQ
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Paul Ryan is a fine choice.

Time for R&R to rock & roll.

11 posted on 08/10/2012 11:10:32 PM PDT by TChad
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From Catholic Vote today:

Paul Ryan, Representative from Wisconsin's 1st District  

Life
Co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

Voted to amend the health care law so that no federal funds may be used to pay for any part of any healthcare plan that offers abortion coverage.

Voted for the Abortion Pain Bill and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Voted to prohibit partial birth abortion.

Marriage
Voted for a resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Voted against repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Religious liberty
Voted for the Religious Liberty Protection Act of 1999.

On the HHS mandate: “This is much, much bigger than about contraception. This is about religious freedom, First Amendment rights, and how this progressive philosophy of fungible rights of a living breathing constitution really clashes and collides with these core rights that we built our society and country around.”

Embryonic life
Voted against the Stem Cell Research Act of 2007, which would have required the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research on embryonic stem cells.

Voted in favor of developing methods to produce stem cells without using human embryos.

School choice
Voted in favor for school vouchers in Washington, D.C.


12 posted on 08/10/2012 11:15:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Bump for an interesting article. thanks for posting it..


13 posted on 08/11/2012 12:54:49 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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Wrong choice for reasons stated.

Should have been Bobby Jindal who has accomplishments as governor now, brings gravitas on healthcare, keeps the focus on repeal of Obamacare and would have been the antidote to Romneycare.


14 posted on 08/11/2012 2:12:34 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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Excellent choice-Ryan, IMO. Intelligent, conservative, great speaker/debater and he knows his stuff. If majority of Americans are so stupid and ill informed and make the same mistake voting for the Bamboozler-in-chief—again then whatever carpola they reap from it they will have richly earned it.


16 posted on 08/11/2012 5:20:50 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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I’ll let everyone else argue their “best choice” with their own criteria. Paul Ryan is a fine choice for VP. He’s passionate on all his positives, and people can rally behind him.


18 posted on 08/11/2012 6:10:13 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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