MITT ROMNEY ANNOUNCES VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN NORFOLK SATURDAY
Boston, MA – On Saturday, Mitt Romney will begin his “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour by announcing his choice for Vice Presidential candidate in Norfolk, Virginia. The following events are open to the press.
Event: Governor Romney Tours USS Wisconsin
Location: USS Wisconsin
1 Waterside Drive
Program Time: 8:45 AM EDT
Based on the fact that he is making the announcement on the USS Wisconsin, we believe that Congressman Paul Ryan is going to be his pick for Vice-President
10 Reasons Paul Ryan Should Be Mitt Romney’s VP Pick
Some say a Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket would bring about an electoral disaster for Republicans—guaranteeing a return of the “throwing Grandma off a cliff” type of attacks we’ve seen from the left on Medicare reform—I’ve got my fingers crossed for Romney to go with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his running mate. Here’s why:
- Naming Ryan to the ticket energizes the base. This week both The Weekly Standard and The Wall Street Journal endorsed Ryan for vice president, on the argument that serious times demand serious candidates. Romney could use a little street cred with fiscal conservatives, and no one brings more of that than Paul Ryan. Putting him on the ticket says to the right that Romney is “one of us” after all. One problem: As the pro-Ryan pressure builds up on the blogosphere and weekend talk shows, there could be a big let-down on the right if Romney doesn’t name him. That could make things very difficult for Romney—because not naming Ryan says almost as much as naming him does. Big problem.
- This is an election about “big ideas,” and the longer it stays on small issues like Bain Capital and Romney’s tax returns, the worse Romney will do. Ryan is the intellectual leader of the party—who better to take the Republican case to voters in common sense language about how high the stakes are? Time to move from defense to offense.
- Paul Ryan has already survived attacks from the left and lived to tell the tale. A few months ago, I got to watch Paul Ryan debate entitlement reform with Rep. Barney Frank, who was rude and ill-informed. Ryan not only handled Frank gracefully, he won the argument. When everyone else’s hair is on fire, Ryan keeps his cool. He’s a happy warrior, reasonable and nonthreatening. People like that. Democrats are already attacking the “Romney-Ryan” budget, so let’s put the guy who can best defend it out front.
- Selecting Ryan puts entitlement reform front and center, before it’s too late. Current retirees have paid more in Social Security taxes than they will collect in benefits, for the first time ever. We can all see the crisis looming, and whether you agree with it or not, Ryan’s the only one with a credible plan on the table for avoiding disaster. I believe most families are ready for a solution to the problem, not more stalling. More than any other name on the short list, Ryan guarantees that the election will become a mandate on enacting reasonable entitlement reform, simplifying the tax code, and reining in spending.