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Poll: What Do You Think of Paul Ryan as Romney's Running Mate?

The press releases and tweets have been flying since the announcement Saturday morning.

After weeks of rumors, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finally announced his pick for his vice presidential running mate: Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin.

Ryan is the chairman of the House of Representatives' Budget Committee, and is a co-author of what the New York Daily News calls the House GOP's "deeply ambitious, and controversial, budget overhaul."

Ryan has served as the southeastern corner of Wisconsin's Congressman for nearly seven terms. 

Since the announcement, reactionary statements have been flying from both sides of the ticket.

President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, wasted no time sending out a statement, in which he said Romney's pick is evidence that Romney has effectively "doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past," essentially criticizing Ryan's efforts to overhaul the country's budget.

The Daily News also quotes opinions of both fans and opponents of Ryan, saying Republicans will find that he will "energize" the GOP and force the Obama camp to step up their game.

However, the article says Ryan may prove to be "a bitter pill to swallow" for senior citizens, who may not like Ryan's radical viewpoints on the federal budget and, more specifically, Medicare.

The Huffington Post says, however, that both liberals and conservatives should be "thrilled" with Romney's surprise pick of Ryan, who is 23 years his junior, citing many nicknames already being given to the pair, such as "America's Comeback Duo" or "The Dream Ticket."

Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington tweeted Saturday morning that Romney's pick has solidified the fact that the November presidential election has ultimately become "a very clear choice between two distinct ideologies."

PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - What do you think of Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

not Carl Peterson lll August 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM
As a fical conservative, I Could not vote for a socialist. I sat out the 2008 election However, when Obama won I was so moved, tears flowed now I cry for my country. I certainly will not sit out this election!!! Go Romney
Ivan G August 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Ryan is realistic, but we are still not ready for realism regarding the economy. Although I favor low axes in the abstract, we have to raise taxes to alleviate the deficit.
Travis Bickle August 12, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Ivan- Please kill yourself. You are a complete moron.
not Carl Peterson lll August 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME After world war ll, we were the winners. While the rest of the world strugled to get on its feet, we turned our war factorys into manufacturing, and sold to the world. The golden era was in full swing. The next generation spread the american dollar as the reserve currency. We replaced our reserve from gold to "our word". Polititions found it better to be fiscally iresponsible in the long run, for gains in the short run. The revolving door between big biz, and government work became the norm. The dotcom boom busted to the real estate boom. By the time 2008 came, it did not matter who was elected. It was too late. The problems have not begun to be resolved. Just do the math of total debt deficit, promised outlays, and possible receipts under any tax plan by anyone.. Obama by the way received the most from wall street than any one in hisory, and the same people are in his payroll. We will have Q.E (quantitative easing) to infinity. The gov. only way out is to print an inflationary depression, not a deflationary one. Gold will go to $25,000 an ounce The polarization will peak. The amount of government receivers is about to overtake the givers. The bottom 50% pay no tax. (government stats.) . After the dust settles, America will be good for another 60 years About the time it takes two generations to forget the mistakes of the past. I give the probability of the preceeding scenarioi about 80% And hey!!!! have a nice day
Tom Williams August 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Does anyone remember David Stockman and Mr. Reagan ?? and what happened after the Pres was elected - bye bye David.. However remember the first question - do you want Paul to be president?? Even BushI and II and their cabinets had to do very un-Republican government interference in the Market Place to save the Savings&Loans and then WallStreet...Why Even the Tea-Party and Paul don't want all govt. interference out of the market - consider copyrights and patents...consider government interference to who I will love and make love with, who I will marry, and what I do with my body... Romney had other choice and I don't mean grizzly bears w/ or w/out lipsticks...We are facing another defeat and with Paul and Mitt rightfully....
Stamford Bridge August 13, 2012 at 12:14 AM
The voters realize that this election is about the economy. It's not about gun rights, it's not about gay marriage, and it's not about Bain Capital. Sadly, too many voters are alo on the government dime. Welfare is up along with unemployment (currently 8.26%). So the socioeconomic status of the nation as a whole, is one of hanouts and pan handling. Those who leach off the system will never vote for a conservative, liberals dont like the idea of having to stand on their on 2 feet. The media once again, will get the worst president in American history re-elected. Until the people, of all parties, realize that the current path is destroying business, we will dwell in mediocrity. As for Ryan, he's a class act, a fiscally brilliant mind, but won't get a fair shot from the media, because he's not a liberal...
Shripathi Kamath August 13, 2012 at 04:20 AM
If the media gave him a fair shot, they would find this: http://bit.ly/MPMPZq But then the Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin has chosen to take their site down, it'd seem. Part of Paul Ryan record (on Bailouts and Government Stimuli) -Voted YES on TARP (2008) -Voted YES on Economic Stimulus HR 5140 (2008) -Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008) -Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009) Click on that link to find out more before Google cache is drained clean. But none of that matters now, does it? It should, since one is talking about his fiscally conservative leanings. Look, let's be honest. He has (R) next to his name, and that's all that matters to his supporters, not his actual voting record. Even if the record is a matter of congressional record, and even if his own party faction in Wisconsin does not consider him that conservative. "The media once again, will get the worst president in American history re-elected. " Nope, the worst president is dead. And the worst president of this millennium is ineligible. People elect Presidents, not the media. Or didn't you start off by saying "The voters realize that this election is about the economy?" They will pick who they think is best for the economy. It is not as if there is something to hide with the unemployment, GDP, hiring, how it is, how it was, etc.
Tom Williams August 13, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Did anyone give David Stockman a fair shot after Reagan was elected and found that the Republican Party did not want a balanced budget unless it was flowing into the coffers of the RP "supporters"
bbkong September 09, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Let's see, a Randian wonk with a budget so repellant he won't divulge the contents because it will kill Medicare/Medicaid running with a man who can't seem to open his mouth without lying. Hm. Sounds like a perfect match. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/09/08/mitt-romney-616-lies-in-33-weeks/ http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/08/paul-ryan-rnc-speech-lies-fact-check.html
not Carl Peterson lll September 09, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Hey bbkong,ATTENTION!!! Perhaps you forgot, But you posted your email addres in the public forum last week. Now, lets be 100% clear. Your email was published by you on the internet, thus made it available for up to seven billion people. But you are getting spam and decide its because of Altadena patch??? OK I'll be kind. I don't remember everything I ever wrote either. Gee I miss the back and forth. I am now thinking that you CAN handle the jabs without taking your ball, and going home. Last item: google: >trapwire+ utah buildings<. Absolutely no mainstream media has covered this. EVERYTHING,... E-VER-E-THING is being collected logged and analyzed. and that is just the beginning.
bbkong September 09, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Matter of fact, I do remember posting that. Glad I did too, I met someone who was a pleasure to talk with over a cold drink. My email is posted all over the internet already since I do a lot of business on the net and apparently my spam filter needed a minor update. Be that as it may, which candidate do you think is more likely to abuse Trapwire?
bbkong September 09, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Let me add that if you google my name you'll likely get an idea of what I do for a living and may even see a picture of my beautiful face.
not Carl Peterson lll September 09, 2012 at 09:42 PM
to bbkong, and the other 7 billion peeps. "Which candidate do you think is more likely to abuse trapwire", you ask? Well, I don't really think that is aswerable to make a difference. It, like so many other issues is now a systematic application and not party affiliated. Lets zoom our camera lens out. How much will one president be able to drive the force of trapwire? Could it end up that that would be the tail wagging the dog? Could it be that, THAT much information makes even a presidential candidate subject to those few in positions who "know" everything? What if the majority of what you ever: bought, sold, read, took pictures of, watched on t.v, said on the phone, roads you ever took---when, how fast, and with who in the car,-- walked in public, ...etc was available forever? You see, the computer can handle 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, calculations at the same time. I tried to pencil that out annnddd... it can handle....ohhhh. yeah, EVERYTHING. THIS SCIENCE FICTION OF THE FUTURE IS HERE NOW!! And like I have said, None of the mainstream media has covered the largest quantum leap of information gathering in the history of people. This is larger than a president. And, could it be a force that becomes the president maker by "knowing" everything, and the few who are in control the operations. To argue which party, I believe becomes a mute debate. hAPPY TRAILS
bbkong September 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM
@Marty Moot debate. Outside of a small town in Colorado is a server farm larger than any in the world and it's primary function is collecting and collating all the data that Trapwire dredges up. According to a friend of mine who did a lot of programming on the project, they already have more data than they can sort through for the next hundred years, so I'm not too worried about. Particularly since I'm not a revolutionary bomb making anarchist/libertarian type.
not Carl Peterson lll September 10, 2012 at 01:34 AM
oh bbkong, What are we going to do with you? Read what the trapwire computer does. The quantum computer analyzes data, at the rate that would take millions of years for a desktop. The computer is self programming self teaching, It is set to self-evolve as needed,and as it wants. It analyzes all cognative function of the human brain....I could go on.... google .....alexander higgens blog.....I just found that last night, but looks reliable OK so your not on the trapwire "danger, danger rob williams danger"!!! alert. but....I tried to google you. Are you: The guy with all the tatoos? the guy with the bear belly and guitar? The asian guy HMMM... kong.?. the black guy that we only see the back of that looks like a movie set of a small old town? Or do you sell ribs?
bbkong September 10, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I'm the guy who looks like he doesn't have time for tin hatted tomfoolery. If you have a problem with Trapwire maybe it's best you get off the internet before they come for you with the nets.
not Carl Peterson lll September 10, 2012 at 07:24 PM
@ bbkong I am them

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