H-F Voters: React to Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's Pick for VP

Romney touts Ryan's Wisconsin values; says he is an "intellectual leader of the Republican Party." What do local voters think? Share your opinion on Patch.

Written by Jeff Rumage

Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) as his vice presidential running mate Saturday morning.

Ryan, 42, has served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, currently chairing the House Budget Committee and serving on the House Ways and Means Committee. In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his "Roadmap for America’s Future."

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Romney formally made his VP announcement on a tour of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA. In the announcement, Romney said Ryan is an "intellectual leader of the Republican Party."

Romney also said Paul understands that people can have honest disagreements without making personal attacks.

"There are a lot of people in the other party ," Romney said.

  • : This is Patch's main story on the announcement, breaking just after Romney announced his choice via a smartphone app. It was updated to include excerpts from Ryan's acceptance speech in Norfolk, Va.
  • : Here's the text of Ryan's speech as prepared before the official announcement with Romney in Norfolk, Va. In it, Ryan says Romney has the "courage to tell you the truth." 
  • : Who is Paul Ryan? Here's a report on his political history, characterized by a quick rise onto the national political scene.
  • : Here's a gallery we pulled together with photos of Ryan working in Wisconsin over the past year.
Debbie Hart August 11, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Paul Ryan to young people: We'll save the nation from bankruptcy so you can enjoy a future as good as your parents and grandparents. Barack Obama to young people: Free birth control because we can't afford any more people! Yay!
Mr. Jack August 11, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) August 12, 2012 at 03:17 AM
galvanize |ˈgalvəˌnīz| verb [ trans. ] 1 shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action : the urgency of his voice galvanized them into action. Just in case.
Mr. Jack August 12, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Ya, no...not yet, anyway.
babyboomer August 12, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Romney has made a much more intelligent selection for a VP than what happened 4 years ago!! Kudos to him. Last election the Republicans lost mostly because of the terrible choice that was made for the VP choice of Sarah Palin. Could anyone see Sarah Palin as President? Not me!!
babyboomer August 12, 2012 at 01:33 PM
This country is in trouble simply because of our "leaders" unwilling or unable to get along in congress mostly due to the Tea Party and to the leaders of the Democratic party to compromise. Nancy Pelose needs to go!! The Tea party needs to go!!
Kirk Mauriello August 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM
It is about time a plan will be seen that shores up those over 55 and provides for a future for younger Americans. At the very least the American Public will be educated and can put the pressure on any party that is in office. Budgets are very simple. Everyone in America runs an individual budget. Some are run like the government in debt and others are run correctly. But we chastise the people who run good budgets and call them "rich" an want to tax them more.
scott Intravia August 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I would've preferred rubio. But picking ryan was bold and sends a clear message that he is committed to the budget process and less government. I also think ryan helps Romney get some balls that he's going to need to beat obama hopefully. It's gonna get ugly and unfortunately this team is gonna need to get uglier. It sure is going to be an interesting couple months.
Anita August 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
And "young people" no more college loans for you... "seniors" a check to pay your doctor's bills yourself. Can't figure out the bills without help?... not the government's problem. Ryan says that, too.
Anita August 12, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Again, a VP choice that is more of a lightening rod than the Pres candidate.
Linda T August 12, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Not for me. Ryan is too extreme. We seriously need a third party that can do more than just be a spoiler. I'm considering Rocky Anderson, even though he has almost no chance, especially in our corrupt, two-party system that's bought and paid for by corporate interests. Still, Anderson represents my values far better than the major-party candidates and he has a long, proven track record of honesty, integrity, and commitment to the rule of law. For people disgusted with both major parties, research Anderson as an alternative. A strong showing would send an important message even though it would take a miracle for him to win.
Tom August 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Romney to tea party: Will you please like me now?
Juvenal August 12, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Debbie Hart August 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Jack August 13, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Why would anyone pick a guy that looks like Alphafa from the Little Rascals orthe profile of a photograph of medical schematic illustration of someones nasal passages, venue 1930?
Tom August 13, 2012 at 04:03 AM
In the words of his own House leader John Boehner (referring to a certain incumbent President of the United States), Ryan has never had a real job, for God's sake.
scott Intravia August 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I'd rather alfalfa instead of Buckwheat and spanky :)
DJ Morgan August 14, 2012 at 02:36 AM
The current two party system is locked in a play ground game of king of the hill instead of trying to solve the problems of the average American.
Jack August 14, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Well, I don't know? I think Herman Munster and Al make aren't quite as appealing as the formentioned.
scott Intravia August 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I guess that kind of sums it up. I am a die hard conservative (not repubkican) and now I can't get herman munster outta my head....lol. the political scene has just really gotten comical.
Joel Thompson August 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Release your taxes!!!! Can't vote for someone thats hiding that facts. Why cant we know how you really made your money?
Juvenal August 14, 2012 at 09:14 PM
http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2012-08-01.html This is admittedly from a far-right commentator, but it can't be denied that the president's Oppo research hit squad will seek to destroy whatever they find in Romney's returns; so even if they are clean as a whistle the better option would be to refuse to produce them. BTW we're still waiting on the report cards, SAT & LSAT Scores, and thesis, and never-published law Review articles of the guy currently in the office; its pretty rare, even in the diversity -obsessed Academy, to graduate college without honors and be accepted to Harvard Law: http://www.nysun.com/new-york/obamas-years-at-columbia-are-a-mystery/85015/
Genvieve LaChappele August 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I'm going to vote for a candidate that could get more than 0 votes on his budget. I still don't understand why the two times that The President had his budget brought to a vote, he couldn't even get one vote from The Democrats. Not one! I thinks that is a record!


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