Poll: What Do You Think of Paul Ryan as Romney's Running Mate?

The press releases and tweets have been flying since the announcement Saturday.

Now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has announced his pick for his vice presidential running mate, Patch wants to know what you think.

Rep. Paul Ryan is the chairman of the House of Representatives' Budget Committee, and is a co-author of what the New York Daily News calls the House GOP's "deeply ambitious, and controversial, budget overhaul."

Ryan has served as the southeastern corner of Wisconsin's Congressman for nearly seven terms. 

Since the announcement, reactionary statements have been flying from both sides of the ticket.

President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, wasted no time sending out a statement, in which he said Romney's pick is evidence that Romney has effectively "doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past," essentially criticizing Ryan's efforts to overhaul the country's budget.

The Daily News also quotes opinions of both fans and opponents of Ryan, saying Republicans will find that he will "energize" the GOP and force the Obama camp to step up their game.

However, the article says Ryan may prove to be "a bitter pill to swallow" for senior citizens, who may not like Ryan's radical viewpoints on the federal budget and, more specifically, Medicare.

The Huffington Post says, however, that both liberals and conservatives should be "thrilled" with Romney's surprise pick of Ryan, who is 23 years his junior, citing many nicknames already being given to the pair, such as "America's Comeback Duo" or "The Dream Ticket."

Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington tweeted Saturday morning that Romney's pick has solidified the fact that the November presidential election has ultimately become "a very clear choice between two distinct ideologies."

Margaret Doherty August 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Ayn Rand is his goddess and yet he claims to be a Catholic. It's hard to reconcile those two realities as Catholicism is based on actions for others and Ayn Rand was completely for the self. Also she was an atheist. Can't have it both ways. Ryan seems confused and ignorant at best.
Greg Hiscott August 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Is it a function of government to be charitable? That is news to me. So you read the LA Times and adopted their premise that a person cannot hold an objective philosophy over business and finance and a charitable view over society. I think it is a perfect approach. You rule over people based on objective financial metrics and you willingly give based on your personal belief system. The fact that both Romney and Ryan have authentic religious credentials is a huge plus. It means that they conduct their lives based on a well defined value system and not on the "reality of convenience".
Donna Roberts August 13, 2012 at 03:26 PM
So where is the poll?
Julia August 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Great pick
Donna Evans August 14, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Thank you, Donna for pointing that out! Yipes, sorry! I've attached the poll to the story now. Please vote :-)


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