VP Candidate Representative Paul Ryan (R/Wisconsin) - An Asset or A Liability?

Will Rep. Paul Ryan for VP handicap Romney's Campaign?

Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is both a liability and an asset for Mitt Romney.
Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is both a liability and an asset for Mitt Romney. | Source

How will voters react to Rep. Paul Ryan as Romney's choice for his running mate?

I don't want to purposely rain on what should be a day of rejoicing for conservatives in the Republican Party, or what Willard Mitt Romney has hoped to achieve by selecting Representative Paul Ryan (R/Wisconsin) as his running mate, but Romney's choice of Ryan has the makings of a political disaster.

Paul Ryan is best known for his views on the future of America's economy. As a Roman Catholic he has come under criticism from his church leaders for views on the economy which his church says fail to adequately protect the poor and vulnerable in American society.

His views have also been criticized for favoring tax benefits for the rich, the very complaint the Obama Campaign continues to pound away at when trying to claim that Mitt Romney is out of touch with the mainstream American voter.

By selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, Romney is gambling that the choice of Paul will unite the Republican Party and focus Election 2012 on Obama's deficit spending and Obama's record as president.

What Paul's selection has actually done is to add to the controversy symbolized by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and the polarization of the "Haves" and "Have Nots" as the Republican Convention and remaining months of the campaign come down to the national voting on November 6, 2012.

The technicalities of the nation's economic dilemma are not something the average voter will get excited by, controversial or not. Rep. Ryan can probably explain those as well as any possible Republican candidate for the vice presidential slot on the national ticket. But the technicalities of our economic system are a "ho hummer."

Furthermore, classical U. S. politics calls for grandiose promises of "something for everyone" and not the reverse: "universal sacrifice," especially sacrifices the opposition will characterize as coming from the 99% in favor of the 1%.

Rep. Ryan has 13 years of experience in the House of Representatives, and a lifetime of post-college (Miami of Ohio) experience in Washington, DC and Wisconsin politics. His selection should be good for Republicans' chances of winning Wisconsin's electoral college votes. He is an experienced politician who carries with him the possible label of "obstructionist" as a leading House Republican opposed to so many of Obama's initiatives in the current deadlocked partisan politics on Capitol Hill.

Can Americans visualize Rep. Paul Ryan as a viable American president should Romney somehow become incapacitated? How will Ryan fare in a head-to-head debate with current Vice President Joe Biden?

The potential voters who actually vote on November 6th will be mulling over those questions as well as Obama/Romney when they enter the voting booths on November 6th. Meanwhile the "he did/he didn't" and the "he would/he wouldn'ts" will continue to be laid out before them until then.


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Steve Orion 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

I just saw the news break about an hour ago, it's an interesting development. Will this help Romney, who has been slumping in the polls? I don't see this changing too much, at all. It is also interesting to note how many Democrats seem to be giddy over the decision.

A good Hub asking some essential questions, well done!

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

If you haven't read Paul Ryan's wikipedia bio, and you tend toward Romney, it will give some real pause for reflection. Is he a disciple of Ayn Rand or not?

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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Well, now the line in the sand has been drawn very clearly. The class warfare will be in full swing. Tax breaks for the rich and gutting benefits to the working class and senior citizens. Why anyone who cares about the average citizen would vote a Romney/Ryan ticket is beyond me.

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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

I just hope some journalist somewhere will ask them: If you are so against gvt, and so into gutting gvt........why are you advocating an increase to the military?

What are you planning ?

And if you are so worried about the debt and deficit, why make permanent and increase the tax breaks for very wealthy Americans?

And why increase gvt control, by stripping personal reproductive decisions away from citizens, and giving it to legislatures?

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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

"How bout we talk about the military industrial complex, big pharma giveaways, big oil and farm giveaways, corporate welfare?! Try putting those in the mix when you want to talk about budgets, deficits, tax breaks....waiting, waiting."

Ryan voted for Iraq, Afghanistan,prescription drug bill and TARP.

"Ryan has also opposed efforts to close offshore tax loopholes, a record 51 times since he took office. He voted against an amendment in 2006 that would have barred funding for government contracts with U.S. companies incorporated offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes. In 2004, he opposed an amendment that would have prohibited the Export-Import Bank from approving direct loans to U.S. companies incorporated offshore to avoid U.S. taxes."

I see why RMoney likes him.

Big Boon for Big Business...everyone else--eat dirt.

Oh, and privitizing only means the banks get another cut off your life. *privitize*...pay bank fees. Cost goes up, quality goes down. OH JOY

Gvr FeeFeeand his "CutCut, but not for me" friend. Blah.

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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

"If you haven't read Paul Ryan's wikipedia bio..."

*Please* don't use Wikipedia as a source. We can do better.

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

nicomp ebay and Amazon seemed to have nothing on Rep. Ryan, so suggest a better biographical and I will add a link. The New York Times and the Washington Post will surely have something this weekend. Frankly, I like wikipedia and its sourcing, and I am not the only Hubber who frequently uses them. Why don't you appreciate what they offer via their contributors?

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Great hub. You can also use the internet to see why Ryan has done while in office. That will help you decide if you want to vote for or against Mitt Romney. You can always look what the person who is running for office has done. Has that person done what he/she promised to do? Has that person lied? Don't just watch the news. The news is crap. Look up congress votes and see who has votes yes or no.

Type in that persons website. There is a lot you can do on the internet that will be true. Please forgive me for using the word crap, Mitt Romney is full of it.

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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

"nicomp ebay and Amazon seemed to have nothing on Rep. Ryan, so suggest a better biographical and I will add a link"

Rep Ryan's site would be a good place to start. paulryan.house.gov

A bio: paulryan.house.gov/Biography

A third-party site: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/paul-ryan/

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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

" Why don't you appreciate what they offer via their contributors?"

I don't know who their contributors are! It's a user-supported site with no paper trail. Anyone can write anything. I've edited their pages myself.

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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Has anyone seen the movie "2016 " That came out yesterday?

Obstructionist is a unique term to use for Republicans and Ryan. Wisconsin is a primarily Democratic state.

In California there hasn't been a solid Republican base since Ronald Reagan and there never will be. We voted a law last year which ensures Republicans can't get elected unless the general public gets really P.O.ed

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I have kept my promise to nicomp and have listed her source of info on Paul D. Ryan, but I want to add that the wikipedia article has 88 attributions and a host of external links listed. From those a wikipedia reader can get a valid look/see at Representative Ryan as a politician and as a man.

cleaner3 4 years ago

I can see that the lefty liberals have come out with their mediscare tactic's already and the democratic left wing of the "supposedly " politicians, who only have the poor and "the middle class" in their best intrests at heart. Right away they espouse the same retoric that has becme boring by now. the thing all americans should be focusing on is the record of the current office holder , he has repeated lied to the american people.

Paul Ryan will reform the entitlements like medicare and medicaid , because they are currently going broke and if this is not done we all be facing a future that you do want to see. it will be by closing loopholes . He will work to cut Corporate tax rates so that all the cash being held offshore will be brought back into the economy so that businesses will start hiring and bring much neesded reinvestment. He and Romney will actually cut taxes acrss the board which will actually lower tax rates for the middle class. these are true facts. they are not the lies that the talking heads espouse on T.V. why don't we talk about obama's record , ? because he is a failure , a complete and utter failure . 1.5 percent growth rate, 8.2 percent unemployment. lets talk about that . we need change .

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Eliminating the mortgage interest credit will raise taxes and be unpopular enough to by itself cause conservative defections and a loss of many independent votes. Admittedly a second term Obama with no reelection concerns may well do the same thing and has already shown his predilection to raise taxes...something any future administration will have to do to slow the runaway National Debt (now at $16 Trillion.) Ryan's role is already one of focusing on the economy. If he can do that without alienating the less conservative Republicans and independents, then President Clinton's dictum that "It's the economy, stupid" may still turn out to be true. Certainly Obama's track record on handling the economy is far from stellar.

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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

The average American voter will not analyze their choice for Vice-President to the level you have here. It seems likely that few will look beyond the universal appeal of the Oscar Mayer Wiener song, a song that nearly every child raised in America has sung at one point or another in time, and likely more well-known than the Star-Spangled banner. We subconciously associate that song with the 'better times' of our youth. That song will be associated with the candidate who drove the Weiner-mobile, not with Obama.

Sometimes its the little things that make a difference.

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Can you imagine "the double whammy" of not only losing so much of a home's value, but then to be told the interest credit you counted on is gone too!? And that's a BIG thing.

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