Patch's Poll: Romney Picks Paul Ryan as VP; What's Your Take?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney settles on a fiscal conservative member of the House of Representatives as his running mate in the 2012 election.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate for the November election.

Romney announced the decision in a press release Saturday morning, titled “America’s Comeback Team,” as well as through his “Mitt’s VP” smart phone app.

Ryan, 42, is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He’s also a chairman of the House Budget Committee, and last year he unveiled a counter budget titled “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which proposed to eliminate the federal deficit over a multi-year period.

Democrats and liberals derided the budget, however, saying it focused more on cuts to spending for social programs and less on tax cuts for the wealthy.

The Huffington Post notes that both liberals and conservatives will be “thrilled” with Romney’s choice.

Do you think Mitt Romney made the right choice in choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate in the 2012 presidential race? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Steven Johnston August 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Excellent suggestion. I think they should ALL sacrifice their benefits.
Steven Johnston August 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM
It would be nice to see president Obama's transcripts form Colombia University.
Luther Heggs August 13, 2012 at 12:58 AM
When was the last time Connecticut went with a Republican president? Don't even waste your time voting.
meowkats4 August 13, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Connecticut in 1954 was a RED STATE, yes Dwight D. Eisenhower was President then!!!
Marty Salvatore August 13, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Uh... there was a decade called THE EIGHTIES. Both Reagan AND Bush won CT. (It's called Google...)
Sami Mehmed Jr August 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Some talk about Bain Capital. Look at Google who purchased Motorola and just announced downsizing, (over 4000 in the US). I haven't observed one "D" criticizing Google who has made an investment in a struggling company to rebuild a future in the mobile telephone and tablet business. Just maybe CT witnessing Malloy and Obama actions can make an "R" win possible with the Ryan selection.
000 August 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM
@Sami; You don't observe "D's" criticizing Google because Google ain't running for President. And, why do you think an "R" win in CT would change a thing? Think about it. How was Ryan's budget (the real heart of the matter) any different from Obama's? http://www.ezimages.net/upload/5MIN/HeresYourVastDif.gif Time to wake up and realize that your two major parties are the same, they are both the parties of BIG GOVERMENT. http://mansfield.patch.com/blog_posts/liberals-or-conservatives-democrats-or-republicans-who-is-right Better shift the paradigm if you want real change. The two major parties have failed for decades, they got us in the mess, yet you keep pulling the same party levers like conditioned lab rats.
Tom August 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The democrats Obama specifically are incapable of actually participatinf in a real debate concerning the major issues that face this country.While in control of congress for most of the last 50 years they along with the consent of many republicans have allowed spending across the board to expand at an unmanageable rate. Any time a serious attempt to conterol the growth of government over the last 20 or so years the response from the dems has been nothing short of embarrassing.Instead of an honest analysis and debate over facts.The democrats only retort has been a series of personal attacks vicsious slurs, outright lies and the age old throwing granny under the bus. The devisiveness that many on both sides may abhor is the direct result of years of failing to deal with budget deficits the debt taxes and Out of control gov't spending. I'm not even concerned with the failed economic policies of Obama anymore,they were clearly doomed to fail simply because a redistributionist planned economy where the winners and lsers are determined by the gov't has always failed. The biggest failure to me has been the absolute lack of integrity, courage and leadership.
Tom August 13, 2012 at 02:14 PM
zach you must really think that the complete gutting of of major segments of the economy all of which contribute to GDP will be a good thing. To return to an isolationist economic and foreign policy will not only negatively impct gdp to such an extent that even the most positve economist when they can estimate what impact Johnson would have on the economy( he has shown little specifics on positive impact)project less than the abysmal current gdp nos. of 1.5 growth Many would anticipate severe gdp decline well in the minus category as his plan take place. What would be his answer then. a declining gdp = recession = less revenue and more cuts. Its agood thing that he will be bringing troops back from overseas because they will be needed to handle the chaos in the streets. yes i agree that projected spending at 22% of gdp over the next 10 years brings us to more than an economic crisis. The more sensible path is based upon Ryans and Simpson Bowles.. The real problem with liberterians like a Paul or Johnson is that they oppose progress at the expense of being perfect. and the inherent risk involved is ignored. you need not look back past the end of the carter admin. when the rate of growth of spending to gdp escalated at an even higher rate than today, primarily due to inflation and high interest rates on the debt. Growing gdp was the solution
000 August 13, 2012 at 03:22 PM
The "progress" you say "libertarians like Paul Or Johnson" oppose has ALREADY bankrupted this country and is leading to a collapse of the dollar, and at that point, no more progress will be possible. And, you talk about chaos in the streets! So forget the idea that libertarians like Paul or Johnson are opposed to progress. They aren't. They are only opposed to driving this country off a fiscal cliff. Your "progress" is like the junkie who has to have that next fix, and then he'll quit. This quest to quit after the next fix has led to 16 trillion in debt right now, and your idea of "progress" or Ryan's plan, does nothing to stop or even slow that. The figures are right here; http://www.ezimages.net/upload/5MIN/HeresYourVastDif.gif Your plan is not "progress" when it puts us easily 23 TRILLION in debt by 2121 (and now, probably even more). That's progress? Your plan is suicide. Your plan is to wait until after the next fix to get straightened out. Ya, sure.
Maria Giannuzzi August 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I have heard news reports that some of the biggest investors in Bain were Central Americans with ties to governments that violated human rights in their countries. It would also be interesting to know if the money from these investors came from illegal activity in those countries.
Maria Giannuzzi August 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I am concerned about any employees that were laid off in the wake of the auto bailout. But my understanding is that the auto industry has recovered somewhat. Have those former employees been rehired? If so, then the auto bailout was beneficial in the long-term. Capitalism creates winners and losers. You need a safety net, job training, and an economy that creates lots of good-paying jobs with decent benefits, as well as incentives for small business creation. Of course, predatory capitalism is much more problematic. Cutting wages, cutting benefits, part-time hours, and shipping jobs overseas with the goal of ever higher profits makes it much more difficult to sustain a good standard of living and a strong economy.
Tom August 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM
once again you focus on total debt. somewhat irrationally when yes its a crisis yes we are on the verge of an economic collapse if debt is not significantly reduced. but you fail to realize debt is only a problem over the long term when viewed as an absolute. any real economic analysis must be done within the context of Gdp growth, revenue growth and spending. Now if you believe simply that those currently in charge are incapable of making those decisions i tend to agree with you. However Ryan SB and others offer achievable real numbers. I have yet to see anything from a revenue/gdp analysis from the liberterian view point. please point me in that direction if one exists.
Maria Giannuzzi August 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM
President Obama was 18 years old when he entered Columbia. He was a teenager. Sometimes teenagers do not exhibit the best judgement. Are we now criticizing teenagers? Children do not choose their parents. Are we now implying guilt by association? Let's focus on the actions and behavior of politicians after the age of 25.
Michael August 13, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Maria, Let me try a defining fiscal responsibility for you. Putting forth a budget that at least one person in your own party would vote for. As a person who was unemployed for over two years under this current administration, I will tell you this jacknut (you call your president) knows nothing about creating jobs, nothing about foreign policy, all he wants to do is attack the opponent, yet everything he has ever been involved with in now sealed. Harry Reid told me the other day, the reason that B.O's records at Columbia are sealed is because he went to school as a foreign exchange student.
Tom August 13, 2012 at 04:59 PM
You are right Michael as a foreign exchange student he was not entitled to recieve financial aid. Nancy Pelosi told a friend of mine that George Soros came up with the tuition. Just saying.
Sami Mehmed Jr August 13, 2012 at 05:07 PM
@ Z Smith. Your point about running for President does not hold water. It leaks like a strainer. Romney was in business just like Google is in business. Free Enterprise, I think. Now, you cannot hold that against a private citizen regardless of his wealth once that person decides to run for political office. However, it appears your can! Just like the Obama administration is twisting the facts with dishonest ads. And in the case of Ryan, he presented a budget as a starting point. A starting point to start honest discussions on capital hill as demonstrated with his accidentally recorded conversation with Mr Clinton. Ryan's plan make long term sense. The "D" group has not proposed a plan. The "D" vote and pass laws on unread documents. Yes, both parties share blame .... however the Republican party at this time has proposals that will move this country forward without creating a larger welfare state for the choosen, (their one idea out in the open), while maintain Medicare for the older population with the necessary leadership the United States of America deserves.
Sami Mehmed Jr August 13, 2012 at 05:09 PM
@Tom. This citizen could not agree with you more ... "The biggest failure to me has been the absolute lack of integrity, courage and leadership". May I take to liberty to also mention his ability to divide the country, (thank you).
Sami Mehmed Jr August 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
@Tom. Is this just hear say or is there substance published in black and white, (no pun intended).
Tom August 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Sami please put on your sarcasm meter i'm just going along with Michaels previous post poking a little fun at the pure deviseveness ( as you pointed out ) of this adminstrations lack of ethics in the campaign.
Emily August 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM
http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/obama%E2%80%99s-college-classmate-the-obama-scandal-is-at-columbia/ This is from a classmate of Presidnet Obama ar Colombia and it asks some very interesting questions
Tom August 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Even i will not go there Emily. there have been many people who new him at Columbia remember he was only there for 2 years as a transfer student. Not surprising that many would not recall him even though Colunbia under grad population was proabaly around 1000 the total population of all schools must have been around 15k back in the early 80s. I do think its credible that roots assertion about coming in as a foriegn student may have some merit but even thats out there.
J. Lippi August 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Fact - 4/80 hired nuther fact - 9/93 laid off nuther fact - 1999 hired nuther fact - 2010 laid off nuther fact - still the same now who wants to guess who was president during my employed years and lay offs. The current prez lost it right away when he said @#$! about the cop from Boston, who in his position, comments prematurely on a subject before they know ALL the facts, and their is still people walking and talking that support him ? I just do not get it. But if he was a repub he would have been ran out of office. Both sides say the same thing, what you choose to hear is up to you. These forums go on and on with the same subject matter and nothing changes, if I just hint that I support Bush then the ears shut - mouth opens - and you know what comes out. If I say that I am willing to concead that Bush is an idiot if we also agree that the current prez ( I cant even say his name ), is also an idiot, then the ears close - mouth opens - and you know the rest. I read a story about a baby being born, yada yada, and in the comments Bush was mentioned in the first comment ! WTF ! And the moral of the story is...one thing is certain who ever gets in, we the people will keep fighting amongst ourselves when the anger should be at Washington as a whole.
Maria Giannuzzi August 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
A resident of a foreign country who is not a citizen of that foreign country may qualify as a foreign exchange student. They also may be eligible for a scholarship from that foreign country or a foundation or organization in that country. It depends on the rules and policies in that particular country. And some people can hold dual citizenship. If your mother was born in Italy during a certain time period, an American citizen is eligible to become an Italian citizen. I have noticed that almost all those who are complaining about a lack of fiscal responsibility refuse to suggest what federal programs should be cut and by how much. This is very convenient for them, but unfortunately the President and Congress do not have that easy out. We have the Republican budget proposal authored by Congressman Ryan. Before blindly rubberstamping this budget, all Americans should review the spendings cuts for various programs and the tax advantages for the very wealthy. They should ask themselves who is doing the sacrificing. They should ask themselves why certain groups are not being asked to sacrifice. I am truly sorry you are unemployed and I hope your unemployment insurance has not run out. Many people are in similar tough spot. In fact, there are individuals who have unemployed or underemployed for several years.
000 August 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM
@Tom "Once again you focus on total debt." Why wouldn't anyone? "Total debt" is the issue. This idea that says "debt is good" and you can print, borrow and spend your way out of economic problems is called "Keynsian economics" and it has bankrupted us, put people out of work, foreclosed on houses and will crash the dollar and worse. To say "debt is only a problem over the long term" is absurd. Ironically, the grandfather of this type of "debt is good" thinking, Lord Maynard Keynes agrees with you. He said; "The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead." This is an evil and callous way to think. It is this type of seriously flawed economic thinking that created what is already a crisis, taken people's homes and put them out of work. This type of flawed thinking has hurt real people. Ryan's plan does NOTHING to stop this trend, in fact it continues it.. Here are HIS numbers. http://www.ezimages.net/upload/5MIN/HeresYourVastDif.gif YOU support Ryan then YOU endorse his plan so YOU can explain how 23 Trillion in debt in the long term is good. To dismiss criticism of Ryan's DO NOTHING Plan on the basis of other plans is misdirection & distraction. This is YOUR man, YOUR plan, YOU explain it. The existence or lack of any other plan has nothing to do with the fact that Ryan's budget continues the Bush-Obama spending and debt binge.
000 August 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM
And before anyone says there are no real alternatives like @Tom did; Here's Gary Johnson's plan; http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/gary-johnson-and-fair-tax Here's Ron Paul's Plan; http://c3244172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/RestoreAmericaPlan.pdf
000 August 14, 2012 at 01:10 PM
@Sami, If Romney's Bain was financed (according to reports 40%) by the same families that financed & or organized Salvadorian "death squads" there is an issue here. http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/10/romneys_death_squad_ties_bain_launched http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/mitt-romney-death-squads-bain_n_1710133.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular I don't know if this is true, but it deserves a thorough investigation in the same way that Obama's real/legal identity and past history does. http://youtu.be/zkwFBWPNwcI Why is it that both sides will never investigate these things? Is it that they are baseless? Well, if they are baseless then why not let an investigation determine this? The real reason is that both sides have the same agenda, the status quo and they watch each other's backs. And Sami, if you believe that a GOP leadership will "move this country forward without creating a larger welfare state for the chosen" then you have forgotten the GOP has had plenty of time to reign in entitlements and has done as little as it's counterparts. Romney invented ObamaCare, remember? As long as you believe any one entitlement is sacred like social security or medicare, you can't complain when the other side doesn't want it's welfare or medicaid axed. This is the losing game the GOP plays with the Dems and it's time to shift the paradigm.. This is Ryan's plan, to change NOTHING. I http://www.ezimages.net/upload/5MIN/HeresYourVastDif.gif
Sami Mehmed Jr August 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
@Zachary Smith. Its really difficult to respond to your posting. Numbers presented by either side can be manipulated to show whatever the author wants the numbers to represent. Which plan is better? I am under the impression that the "D" side has not presented a plan publicly in the Senate. The "R" have published a plan as a starting point. As I said before, reference the conversion between Mr Clinton and Ryan which was accidently recorded by the press. Also, the co-authors of the Ryan plan include at least two democrates. Also remember that the "D"'s voted down the Obama plan in the Senate by a very large majority. His own party. Who are you kidding and what are you reading? 4 years of nothing has to stop and his dirty campaign highlights the Obama administration failure(s).
Tom August 14, 2012 at 05:45 PM
. zach, clearly you don't understand Keynes and believe me i'm not a Keynesian.but just to be clear ,Keynesial in a macro sense called for the management of an Economy during a recession to increase debt to spur investment and increase economic activity. Like you i agree that it is a perscription for ruin. At the same time where is growth going to come from in Johnsons plan essentially it reduces this country to Great Britain at the beginning of the 20th century. Isolated and retrenching from the economic world stage. To blindly show total debt absent its relation to growth is disingenuos. If you don't believe the projected rate of economic growth will occur that your right and is certainly debatable. What I do find very alarming about those like Paul and Johnson in fact most Liberterians is that when you begin to peel away much of cry of economic freedom and liberty in the end the begin to mimic those on the left where a minority can impose it's beliefs upon a majority.. . .
Tom August 14, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Z Smith A fundemental understanding of economics is neccessary in order to explain it too you. there i no misdirection. showing graphs with increased debt does nothing to advace your argument. whats next pictures of the Fed


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