Romney Introduces Paul Ryan As VP Pick
Romney Introduces Paul Ryan As VP Pick, The GOP candidate cites the Wisconsin congressman’s character and judgment at a rally in Virginia. Mitt Romney introduces Paul Ryan as his VP running mate, Against the flag-draped backdrop of the USS Wisconsin, Mitt Romney formally introduced Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman from Wisconsin, Saturday as his vice presidential running mate. Ryan’s budget-cutting ideas have the potential to transform the presidential race. Support for his proposed mix of spending cuts and tax cuts has become a litmus test on the right–and opposing them has become a rallying cry on the left.
“A lot of people may disagree with Paul Ryan, but I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t respect his character and judgment,” Romney said in announcing his running mate.
In less than three weeks, Romney is set to accept the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Tampa.
A senior Romney aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yahoo News that Romney made his decision to pick Ryan on Aug. 1-the day after he returned from an overseas trip to Europe and the Middle East. Romney called Ryan that same day and arranged a meeting-though aides did not say when that meeting took place. Both sides kept the secret for more than a week.
Romney and Ryan, a seven-term member of Congress, became close during the run-up to April’s Wisconsin primary, when Romney and Ryan campaigned together for nearly a week. Ryan, a star of the conservative moment, sometimes overshadowed Romney on the stump-but the candidate did not seem to mind. Reporters quickly noted a budding “bromance” between the two men, a description Romney aides did not discourage.
In picking Ryan, the Romney campaign emphasized the congressman’s local roots, releasing a bio that noted he was a fifth-generation Wisconsin native and the son of an attorney and a stay-at-home mom. Romney aides are hoping Ryan will help the Republican ticket win over working-class voters, who have been openly skeptical of Romney’s candidacy. In accepting the role of Romney’s running mate on Saturday, Ryan made a direct appeal to that voting bloc.