The race for president 2012 has taken its latest turn: Republican candidate Mitt Romney has now selected his Vice Presidential running mate. The former governor selected Wisconsin Republican congressional member Paul Ryan, as his running mate, on Saturday August 11, 2012.
Ryan is a seven-term member of the House of Representatives and has become increasingly popular amongst the Republican party for his now famous 2010 “Paul Ryan Budget.” Former Vice President Dick Cheney has lauded his work in Congress and many believe top party officials strongly urged Romney to pick Ryan. Democratic opponents argue that the budget would “end Medicare as we know it.”
Ryan is the first sitting House member to be chosen as a vice-presidential running mate since then former House Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-NY) in 1984.
Ryan has recently received praise and criticism from his Republican allies and Democratic contenders for his “Ryan tax plan,” a plan that alienates many seniors across America for its stark cuts to Medicare.
Additionally Ryan’s record on passing bills has not been long, but rather short with him only passing two bills in 13 years. However, Romney had this to say in his remarks about selecting Ryan, “He’s demonstrated, over his years there, an ability to work across the aisle, to find people who have common purpose, who may disagree on some issues but find enough common ground to get things done,” Romney said.
According to a USA Today/Gallup poll, Ryan was rated as an “excellent” or “pretty good” selection by 39 percent of Americans, and an “only fair” or “poor” selection by 42 percent. Just 17 percent said the pick made them more likely to vote for Romney. However, a different poll conducted by ABC News/Washington Post, found Americans split about evenly in their opinions of Ryan, with 38 percent viewing his selection positively and 33 percent negatively.
Republicans have a plan to reform entitlement spending, reform all welfare programs and enact a Ronald Reagan-style tax reform that lowers tax rates for all Americans and believe Ryan is the right choice for their party. Democrats see Ryan’s pick as a similar Sarah Palin in 2008.
As the debates begin to start after the conventions in September voters will see just how well the Ryan pick will fair for Romney.