Poll: What Impact Will the Ryan Choice Have on Romney's Campaign?

While many conservatives hail Romney's choice of the Wisconsin representative, others say it's an indication of just how desperate the presumptive GOP nominee is to win the affection of people in his own party.


Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has been passed over again as the GOP's vice presidential nominee—this time by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, named this morning by Mitt Romney as his running mate.

Pundits are already speculating about the impact that Ryan, the chief architect of the Republican Party’s plan for tax and spending cuts, will have on Romney's campaign.

The New York Times says that the choice of Ryan, an advocate of reshaping the Medicare program of health insurance for retirees, means the Obama campaign can portray its opponents as "two men who would strip health coverage for retirees and favor the wealthy."

Some party conservatives, however, had been lobbying for Romney to choose Ryan; according to the Times, they see his proposed budget as the key to unlocking the economy’s potential.

Who's right? Minnesota and Wisconsin are "purple states," with urban areas that lean Democratic surrounded by rural areas that tend to be Republican. So we're curious about how Twin Cities area residents feel. Vote on whether you think the choice of Ryan makes a GOP victory more or less likely in November, and tell us why in the comments.

Susan September 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Point taken, Orono. Being as I haven't been at all his campaign speeches (and don't have the time to watch them all), I will wait to see what he has to say at the convention. Too bad your guy was overshadowed on his big night. ;-) Yeah, it's a silly point, but I couldn't resist.
Orono September 02, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Seriously Edward, what is my fair share? I already pay 35%. Isnt that enough for you? I pay both a higher percentage and (Im guessing) a whole lot more, in taxes. Edward, I am truly sorry your life didnt plan out the way you desired but to penalize me and think that me paying more will solve your issues, is pathetic. Re-Read your posts. You are myopic on your desire to penalize those with more than you. Grow up Edward and face the fact that some of us have more than you. For me to lower my tax rate from 35% to 15% would be extremely difficult. To pretend that we all pay only 15% is simply a defense mechanism you try to use to make your greedy and jealous little self feel better.
Orono September 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
The two classes are being created by your president. If your child is saddled with huge student loan debts, I blame you. My son graduated Stanford completely debt free. I gave him half of his tuition. He used scholarships and money he saved to cover the rest. Had he not been able to cover the balance, he would have gone to a school less expensive. The point is, I actually was a parent to my son and helped him realize his responsibility. He researched what his loan payments would be and didnt want to handcuff himself. When I see students leaving college with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, I blame to stupid parents for allowing it to happen.
Orono September 02, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Susan, I just spent a week at a conference with other business owners discussing the effects of Obamacare on a small business. The cost to me is way beyond even what I thought it would cost me. I can share some of the information later.
Susan September 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thanks, I will be doing some hiring myself, this year. Although I am no where near fifty employees, I would like to get some insight from someone who is.


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