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Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney picked U.S. Representative Paul Ryan from Wisconsin as his running mate. Ryan has been a leading advocate for fiscal responsibility in Congress.
That said, Ryan has also been somewhat controversial. Medicare and social security advocates point out that Ryan's budget plan would largely dismantle the programs which would save tons of money but would simply not fly politically or morally. While pushing for these social cuts which would hit seniors hard, Ryan voted for increases in defense spending, TARP, and other spending increases.
Ryan is not a bad pick, to be honest. He's young and has several years of experience in federal government. Born in 1970, Ryan was first elected to Congress in 1998. I just don't see Ryan delivering too many states to Romney, if that was the aim.
Ryan won't likely pull Ohio or Pennsylvania or Michigan where his extreme views will be a detriment. He may even hurt Romney in Florida for that same reason. Many retirees living there may find Ryan's views threatening to the social security and medicare checks they depend on and have paid for with payroll taxes for years.
Looking state-by-state, even if Ryan can deliver Wisconsin for Romney, and I would question that, the Romney camp still has to pull one of the big states to go along with it unless Romney can pull a few other "blue states" into his column. I don't see that happening.
Thus, this pick, in my opinion was simply an ideological one. It was a pick that was made to, as I said earlier, solidify Romney's base. I don't think it will trim into the Obama/Biden campaign's advantage with independents. I still have this race at 290-248, Obama.