In chosing Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, Mitt Romney has set the stage for an an ideological battle that will force our nation to undergo some deep soul searching. By picking Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has finally proven to conservatives that his committment to fiscal responsibility is based upon more than just platitudes and political gamesmanship and in doing so he has not only fired up the base of his Party, he has gotten the attention of voters who are yearning for leaders of substance and who are willing to provide the reforms needed to solve our problems instead of prolonging or exacerbating them.
That is the message offered to us by this first major decision of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
By picking Paul Ryan, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Mitt Romney has cornered the market on the most important issue facing Americans today, the economic health of our nation and made it quite clear that he is willing to provide our economy with more than just lip service.
As the House Budget Chairman, Ryan has dedicated himself to getting this nation’s economy back on track by actually addressing all the third rails in politics, including the mountain of entitlements that have brought our nation to the brink of bankruptcy. As the architect of a budget plan that chooses to address our entitlement and spending problems, Paul Ryan has been one of the few political leaders with the fortitude and courage to address our problems honestly and realistically. And by nominating Ryan for Vice President, Mitt Romney demonstrated the courage to recognize and acknowledge that Ryan is an asset that we must give a greater role to play in our governance. As such, Romney’s decision to pick Ryan can probably best be described as purposeful.
Romney could have a chosen a running mate based on a number of political and electoral considerations. He could have picked someone like Bob Portman in the hopes that Portman would have delivered the must win state of Ohio to Romney. He could have picked someone like Condoleezza Rice with the intention of playing gender politics or Marco Rubio for the sake of a focussing on ethnic politics in an appeal to the Hispanic vote. There were any number of political based choices that Romney could have made in an attempt to appeal to different electoral demographics. But Romney did not to give into such political temptation. Instead he chose to appeal to all Americans by carefully deciding to put policy considerations over political considerations. And it was a courageous choice. It is no secret that Democrats will try to paint Paul Ryan as a heartless conservative whose budget plan attempts to destroy Americans by cutting everything from Social Security benefits to the elderly, to slashing assistance for the impoverished. But Romney did not succumb to the fear of such propaganda. Instead, by picking Paul Ryan for Vice President, Mitt Romney demonstrated the courage to confront such accusations. In fact selecting Paul Ryan seems to signal Romney’s desire for President Obama to make such accusations so that the Romney-Ryan ticket can dispel those myths once and for all.
But beyond the courage behind Romney’s decision is also the worthiness of Paul Ryan himself.
Paul Ryan is young but experienced, confident, humble, and uses soft spoken words to convey hard hitting facts as he avoids demonizing the opposition. He is a down-to-earth, friendly, likeable, family man, who can relate to voters and still make them feel confident in his ability to step into the presidency if the need arose. So much so that almost exactly one year ago today, I saw fit to endorse Paul Ryan over Mitt Romney for President. Given that small aside, you won’t hear me complaining about Romney’s choice. It is a decision that leaves me confident in Romney’s judgment and excited by the promise of his campaign and potential presidency.
By picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney neglected to make the safe choice that I feared he would make. Instead he made a bold choice, the boldest choice of his political career and in the final analysis I believe Paul Ryan will prove to be an extraordinary choice. Few people have the type of natural command of the budget that Ryan does. And as a protegé of conservative icon Jack Kemp, Paul Ryan is the embodiment of fiscal conservatism and today, Mitt Romney boldly embraced those principles and ensured us of a presidential campaign that will put the ideological direction of our nation at the forefront of the campaign and force us to debate the real issues, the issues that President Obama is trying to avoid.
Who Is Paul Ryan?
Spouse(s): Janna Ryan
Children : Sam, Liza & Charlie
Residence : Janesville, Wisconsin
Alma mater: Miami University, (Ohio) (BA),
Profession: Blue Collar worker, Marketing Consultant
Political Career :
Intern for the foreign affairs advisor assigned to Wisconsin Sen. Bob Kasten.
staff economist attached to the office of U.S. Senator Bob Kasten
1998 – Elected to Congress from his Wisconsin hometown
The Ryan Record:
Recent Key Votes
HR 4480 – Domestic Energy and Jobs Act – Legislation (Yea), June 21, 2012
- HR 436 – Repeals Excise Tax on Medical Devices – Legislation (Yea) – June 7, 2012
- HR 5855 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2013 – Legislation (Nay), June 7, 2012
Bill Sponsorship & Co-Sponsorship
Some of Ryan’s most recently sponsored bills include…
- H.R. 5652: Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012
- H.R. 4966: Sequester Replacement Act of 2012
- H.Con.Res. 112: Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013 and …
- H.R. 3521: Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2012
- H.Res. 302: Expressing support for the designation of August 22, 2011, as Rose Brucia Stranger …
- H.Con.Res. 34: Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and …
- H.Res. 126: Providing amounts for the expenses of the Committee on the Budget in the …
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Ryan on the Issues
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