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Poll: Romney Picks Paul Ryan as Running Mate—Your Thoughts?

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will run for vice president on the GOP ticket. Is he the right choice?

The team of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will take on Barack Obama and Joe Biden in November.

Romney and Ryan, a Wisconson Republican congressman, teamed up in Norfolk, VA, this morning to make the official announcement, although details leaked out hours before.

Ryan is considered a rising star in the GOP and is best known for his proposed budget that calls for an overhaul of Medicare.

Some analysists call Ryan a "bold choice" because the congressman's selection is considered a controversial move and a departure from the "safe" reputation Romney has. Ryan has a long voting history on issues that Democrats want to run on — health care and Social Security, especially.

Ryan also has never run for a statewide ticket, according to ABC News.

Politicos have been salivating for weeks over Romney's running mate choice. The many names thrown around included Gov. Chris Christie, that he was interested in running.

What do you think? Did Mitt Romney make the right decision? Does Paul Ryan running as VP change your vote one way or the other? Are you bummed Christie wasn't selected after all? 

Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments.

Concerned August 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Gene, You are kidding I hope. European countries do not have states as we do, but they have localities and cities etc that incur debt and that debt, including unfunded pension obligations are included in their calculation of % of debt to GDP. To not consider the debt, we as Americans shoulder at the state and local level, is stupidity or naive at best. Yes 175% is our total debt load as a % of our GDP. It is unsustainable and will ruin our country if it is allowed to continue. I am not confused but I am concerned about your lack of knowledge on important issues. This is an important election and we all as Americans need to spend quality time studying the facts on issues especially the economy. I promise not to get my facts from the republican handlers and you promise not to get your facts fro the democratic handlers. Deal? Read from a variety of sources and remain open minded so the facts can help you determine what is best for our country and future generations. Stop thinking political party.
John Jay August 21, 2012 at 01:26 PM
RE: RP -- I live within my means. I have a modest home -- and pay unbearable school taxes for it for one child. Meanwhile, a 100% low-income development went up. A person with 3 children moves in and they pay 0 property taxes. Please explain to me why I should be punished for living within my means and can afford a home mortgage -- but my school taxes go to support someone living in an apartment with 3 kids and pays nothing. "RP: Oh yeah, the GOP and libertarians think that all poor people are lazy moochers. That will come as a shock to the poor person working 3 part time jobs and still doesn't make enough to pay a federal income taxes."
John Jay August 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
RE: RP -- I live within my means. I have a modest home -- and pay unbearable school taxes for it for one child ($10K). Meanwhile, a 100% low-income development went up in town. A person with 3 children moves in and they pay 0 property taxes. Please explain to me why I should be punished for living within my means and can afford a home mortgage -- but my school taxes go to support someone living in an apartment with 3 kids and pays nothing. "RP: Oh yeah, the GOP and libertarians think that all poor people are lazy moochers. That will come as a shock to the poor person working 3 part time jobs and still doesn't make enough to pay a federal income taxes."
Joe R August 21, 2012 at 02:04 PM
JJ, so you hate renters? You regard renters as second class citizens? Renters indirectly pay taxes through their rent. What about the home owner without kids, what about the homeowner whose kids are grown and he no longer has any children in the public schools? If you think renting an apartment is such a knock, such an easy way out, why don't you sell your house and rent? Having well funded public schools is a positive force for any community or town. Like all right wingers, you seem to have a problem with poorer people who don't pay as much taxes as you, who may have more kids than you. Do you want to bar them from public schools? Only home owners' kids are allowed to use the public schools and renters children can just rot in hell?
John Jay August 21, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Nice personal attacks, Joe R (Re; Joe R's comment "JJ, so you hate renters? You regard renters as second class citizens?"). I am not going to take your bait regarding personal attacks. I am pointing out that funding public schools on the backs of property owners is entirely unfair. If you want to engage in a meaningful discussion of the 100% inequity regarding New Jersey's flawed school funding "system", please do so.

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