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    Romney Announces Ryan as VP Running Mate

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced the choice of his vice-presidential running mate Saturday, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan.  

     

    Mitt Romney’s announcement came during a campaign stop in Virginia.

     

    Congressman Paul Ryan, little known nationally, bounded down the steps of the battleship USS Wisconsin and into the bright glare of a U.S. presidential campaign.

     

    “My dad died when I was young.  He was a good and decent man. There are a few things he would say that have just always stuck with me. He’d say, 'Son, you’re either part of the problem or part of the solution.' Well, regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem and Mitt Romney is the solution,"he said. 

     

    At 42, Ryan brings youth to the Republican ticket and strong support from conservatives for his bold budget proposals to cut the size of government.

     

    But Ryan can expect attacks from Democrats who argue his budget plan would hurt the poor and senior citizens.

     

    By adding Ryan to his ticket Romney hopes to build enthusiasm for his campaign as they prepare for the Republican nominating convention at the end of the month.

     

    “We are offering a positive governing agenda that will lead to economic growth, to widespread and shared prosperity and that will improve the lives of our fellow citizens," Romney said. 

     

    The Republican ticket may be set, but it’s too early to know if Ryan’s addition will help or hurt, says analyst Norm Ornstein.

     

    “But there is no evidence that people vote for a vice presidential candidate. They vote for a presidential candidate and we don’t have any evidence that people say, 'I love that presidential candidate but because I can’t stand the vice presidential candidate I’m going to vote against him," he said. 

     

    Romney and Ryan embark on a campaign bus tour through key battleground states in advance of the upcoming Republican convention in Florida, where both men will be in the national spotlight.  


    Related photo gallery

    • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential candidate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wave at the crowd during a campaign event, Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va.
    • Paul Ryan addresses the crowd, Aug. 11, 2012, during a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, not shown, in Norfolk, Va.
    • Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) introduces Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his vice-presidential running mate during a campaign event at the retired battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, August 11, 2012.
    • Paul Ryan, and his family, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his family, partially visible at center back, wave to the crowd, Aug. 11, 2012, in Norfolk, Va.
    • Rep. Paul Ryan high-fives people in the crowd after speaking at a campaign event, Aug. 11, 2012, in Norfolk, Va.
    • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential candidate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan are joined by Ryan's daughter Liza as they wave to the crowd, Aug. 11, 2012, in Norfolk, Va.

    Jim Malone

    Jim Malone has served as VOA’s National correspondent covering U.S. elections and politics since 1995. Prior to that he was a VOA congressional correspondent and served as VOA’s East Africa Correspondent from 1986 to 1990. Jim began his VOA career with the English to Africa Service in 1983.

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