What Do You Think of the Romney/Ryan Ticket?

News of Romney's Paul Ryan pick for vice president exploded on cable news and social media late Friday and was confirmed by Romney's app just after 7 a.m. Saturday. It was to be announced officially at 9 a.m.

It’s official: Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney’s running mate. National news media reported it as the news exploded throughout the Internet and on cable television late Friday and early Saturday.

Georgia Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) announced it on Loganville-Grayson Patch just before midnight on Saturday, and it was confirmed by Romney's app just after 7 a.m.

National news sites broke the news just before midnight on Friday evening, ending weeks of speculation.

Shortly before midnight, CNN was reporting that three sources confirmed that the Janesville, Wis., congressman, 42, was the vice president pick of the Republican Romney. News that Romney’s campaign was announcing its vice president selection on Saturday in Virginia broke widely late Friday.

Romney is to make the announcement early Saturday morning in Virginia, kicking off a four-state tour in his bid to unseat incumbent President Barack Obama.

The Huffington Post summed it up with one big red headline that trumpeted that the pick was  “RYAN”.  Even before 1 a.m., the story had generated more than 9,000 comments. By 2 a.m. Saturday, the website romneyryan.com, paid for and authorized by Romney for President, Inc., was already up and active, and NBC and other news sites also were reporting the pick was Ryan.

Brookfield-WI Patch reported that Ryan attended the Sikh visitation services in Oak Creek, Wis., earlier Friday, viewing the bodies of the deceased with Mitt Romney’s son, Tagg. Tagg Romney tweeted about accompanying Ryan to the visitation later Friday. Tagg Romney wrote on Twitter Friday: “In Milwaukee today along w #RepPaulRyanand #GovWalker to represent my family and offer condolences to the Sikh community.”

The Washington Post already had a graphic on its site entitled, "5 things you didn’t know about Paul Ryan" by early Saturday. They included, “Ryan is from Janesville, Wis., where in 1884 his great-grandfather started a family construction firm, which is still run by his cousins today.” Another factoid: Ryan drove the Oscar Mayer weinermobile in college. Ryan’s first political job was with Jack Kemp in 1991 at a conservative organization.

By midnight, national cable news media was reporting the Ryan choice as a fact, and soon local news media was, too. Ryan’s facebook page biography says he is a fifth generation resident of Janesville.  He is chairman of the House Budget Committee. He is married to Janna; the couple has three children. Pundits on cable news debated the Ryan pick, including Ryan's controversial proposals on Medicare.

What do you think of Romney's Pick? Do you think Ryan is the best pick for Romney if he wants to be elected in November?

(Editor's Note: Parts of this story appeared initially on Brookfield-WI Patch)

SeniorSoon August 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Taxpayers also get the health care benefts from the ACA. That's right, Greg. Woodall's motto---I've got mine and I'm going to keep mine while I make sure you lose yours....
SeniorSoon August 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
When asked for facts to back up hyperboles not to mention outright lies, almost two weeks and counting, Mitch Flanders is still coming up empty.
Michelle Johnson October 04, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Pat, You definately have a problem with people who have done WELL in life. Mr. Romney has worked hard to live the American Dream, which I see slipping from our grasp, for our children and generations to come. Mr. Romney has worked hard to acheive the American Dream. He has given not only of himself, but donated millions to the less fortunate. I am not in Mr. Romney's wealth class (far from it), but I don't begrudge him. I am insulted that there are people to the left that say that the people on the right don't care about the elderly, education, jobs, clean air and water...the list goes on. I had a Mother, I have children and I have grandchildren. The Rich Rant is getting very old and tired and so am I hearing about it!
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Do not reward Obama for this epic failure… Every voter needs to read this excellent article... Very well worth your time... http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ These are pretty good as well: http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012


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