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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.

Time for another Midtown Question of the Day. So 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)

Michael Langford August 11, 2012 at 09:54 PM
This could be Romney shooting the Elephant in the head. This choice could make the Elderly cross the aisle to avoid any of Ryan's "Coupons, not Medicare" program from being implemented. The Elderly overwhelmingly vote for the Right in presidential elections. Once they cross to avoid this particularly poisonous vice presidential pick (for their interests), they're much more likely to consider it again in the future (and consider themselves independents instead of Republicans). Romney may have permanently transformed the Republican party as a party capable of getting elected to the Presidency to a historical footnote.
Chef August 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Thank the DEAR LORD above--FINAL ..Lets get these LEFT WING LIBERAL IDIOTS out of office and BRING IN SOME REAL AMERICANS......................AMEN I SAY...AMEN....
Pete August 12, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Nothing fails like prayer...or a repubilican.. ;)

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