Illinois Voters: React to Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's Pick for VP

Romney touts the Ryan's Wisconsin values; says he is an "intellectual leader of the Republican Party." What do local voters think? Share your opinion on Patch.

Written by Jeff Rumage

Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) as his vice presidential running mate Saturday morning.

Ryan, 42, has served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, currently chairing the House Budget Committee and serving on the House Ways and Means Committee. In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his "Roadmap for America’s Future."

Who will rally around (or against) Paul Ryan's selection more: Democrats or Republicans? TAKE THE POLL BELOW!

Romney formally made his VP announcement on a tour of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA. In the announcement, Romney said Ryan is an "intellectual leader of the Republican Party."

Romney also said Paul understands that people can have honest disagreements without making personal attacks.

"There are a lot of people in the other party ," Romney said.

  • : This is Patch's main story on the announcement, breaking just after Romney announced his choice via a smartphone app. It was updated to include excerpts from Ryan's acceptance speech in Norfolk, Va.
  • : Here's the text of Ryan's speech as prepared before the official announcement with Romney in Norfolk, Va. In it, Ryan says Romney has the "courage to tell you the truth." 
  • : Who is Paul Ryan? Here's a report on his political history, characterized by a quick rise onto the national political scene.
  • : Here's a gallery we pulled together with photos of Ryan working in Wisconsin over the past year.
Brian August 15, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Joe.. I'm sure you voted for Bush too. Isn't he the jackass that got in this mess to begin with? I think so.
D. Page August 16, 2012 at 06:23 PM
The same idiots that elected Bush will vote for Romney. Diehard republicans have tunnel vision when it comes to voting for who's best for America.
Ken P August 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I am constantly amazed by all of this talk about shipping jobs overseas. Companies wouldn't have to manufacture their products overseas if people would just buy what they make here. But, electrical regulations, govt. regulations, unions, benefits, safety regulations, and others requirements provide a product that costs more than a product made in say China. If you put an American made product on a counter and a much cheaper made product on the same counter with a lesser price guess which one the consumer will buy. No people it is you who forces companies overseas because you want a cheaper product. On my recent trip to China I asked some businessmen there what they buy and they said if they can afford it they buy American because of the quality. So quit blaming everyone else because you don't want to pay american prices yet you want American wages.
lvent August 17, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Ever try to buy a fake Christmas tree made in America....? There aren't any. So don't buy one. Everything the Govt Corp tries to sell US is fake.
Dorothy D'Amico Conroy August 18, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Amen !


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