Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his VP running mate turned out to be a brilliant decision. Ask any of the estimated 10,000 thrilled supporters who attended Ryan’s return to his native Wisconsin on Sunday. The new candidate was so moved by the enthusiasm of the throngs that he showed a moment of grateful emotion.
Within hours of Saturday’s announcement, renewed hope was felt by many previously disappointed with Gov. Romney. His failure to be more forthcoming on plans to reverse the Obamanation of America won him no friends.
By Monday the pulse of a cross section of voters was taken. Top pollster John Zogby (JZ Analytics), showed Romney/Ryan and Obama/Biden tied at 46%, an impressive bump up for team Romney. Just days earlier many polls had President Obama ahead by 5 percentage points.
A nationwide phone survey conducted by Scott Rasmussen (Rasmussen Reports), put Paul Ryan’s favorable numbers at 50% of likely voters up from 39% before winning the VP nomination. The poll further found over half (29%) of the 50% view Ryan as Very Favorable.
The Wisconsin congressman was certainly the right choice from a strong field of contenders. At 42, the handsome, athletic, Tea Party favorite brings hope to those who were reticent to get behind presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. On personality alone he scores points over the less exciting former governor. The two men like and respect each other which makes business savvy Romney more likely to listen to the politically intuitive congressman.
Ryan is the only candidate who can talk about America’s problems, offer sound solutions and do so without sounding partisan. He has that rare ability to present himself as any other hard working, deeply concerned American who foresees the future under a second Obama term. What stares back at Ryan and all patriotic Americans is the demise, by design, of a once great nation.
The Miami University (Ohio) graduate and married father of three brings a wealth of experience to the ticket. He has ably represented Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district for thirteen years and maintains his position as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. His political experience includes time as a senatorial aide, legislative director and a speech writer for former vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp (NY).
Ryan’s focus with the House Budget Committee is on privatizing Social Security to prevent insolvency, introducing a voucher program to replace Medicare (for those 55 and under) and making the states responsible for Medicaid and food stamps funded by block grants from the feds.
Paul Ryan describes himself as, “as pro-life as a person gets.” He opposes same sex marriage and would impose criminal penalty on doctors who perform partial birth abortions.
A strong defender of gun rights, Congressman Ryan believes in a licensed gun owner’s right to carry/conceal in every state if licensed in one state. He would ban flag burning, end federal funding of National Public Radio and he supports energy self-sufficiency for America.
As a devout Catholic, Paul Ryan believes in values that strengthen the family. As a strong conservative he believes in ideas that will strengthen the country.
Together Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan have a message. There is no better time than now to deliver it.