Local Party Chairs React to Romney's Choice for Running Mate

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Saturday he has selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his choice for Vice President.

News broke early Saturday morning that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mateaccording to a Fox News report.

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

Romney made the official announcement at a campaign stop in Norfolk, Va., calling Ryan "an intellectual leader of the Republican Party."  

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Pennsylvania Republican leaders praised Romney's choice of running mate.

"I congratulate Paul Ryan on being selected to join Mitt Romney on the Republican Presidential ticket," said Rob Gleason, chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, in a statement released following the announcement. "Pennsylvanians will be well served by a Romney-Ryan team in a White House that can finally shut the door on President Obama’s four years of high unemployment, out-of-control spending, and usher in a new era of American prosperity. Pennsylvania will be first in line to send Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to the White House when we deliver our 20 electoral votes this November."

“Quite simply, President Obama has failed," continued Gleason. "The unemployment rate has now been above 8 percent for 42 straight months. Friday’s jobs report illustrates how Obama has failed to fix the economy and meet his own standards: He promised his massive $831 billion stimulus would create millions of jobs and bring unemployment down to around 5.5 percent by today. Most staggering of all, the real unemployment rate is 15 percent! That means that 15 percent of Americans either can’t find a job, full-time work or have given up even trying to find a job. That is this President’s legacy and the reason Pennsylvanians are going to vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket."

Pennsylvania Democrats also issued a statement on Romney's choice.

"Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan proves once again that he has the wrong agenda for middle class Pennsylvanians," said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn in the release. "Paul Ryan shares Mitt Romney's commitment to helping the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Ryan is the author of a budget plan that will increase taxes for the middle class and end Medicare as we know it, all to fund tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The Romney-Ryan agenda will cut investments in education, clean energy, and innovation that will help our economy grow while returning to the same failed trickle down economic policies of the past. The Romney-Ryan budget plan will cost America over 1 million jobs while cutting key investments in middle class programs like Head Start and veterans health care. Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan has made it clear that he will abandon the middle class and seniors and take us back to the same failed policies of the past that hurt middle class Pennsylvanians."


Lorbee August 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
You see, Karen...this is why I say you are a liberal with their head in the sand. Saying that "Romney barbecued a dog" is as stupid as all of you insisting that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her front porch as they so enjoyed guffawing over on Saturday night live. These ridiculous accusations are grabbed onto by the pitbull teeth of you seething democrats, and have no basis in truth. Romney earned donations from a man named Malek, who is accused of committing a heinous act of animal cruelty in 1959, (and was later found to be not guilty with another individual admitting to acting alone! How can anyone take you seriously? Good God, can you really be this anxious about this election that you wouldn't even take the time to research what is truth and what is fiction, when people are jobless for years, have lost the bulk of the net worth and are being tossed out of their homes? The same with Palin, who once said that you could actually see some of Russia's landmass from Alaska. This is the problem that people have with democrats. They can't seem to decipher what is really important and what is required of a president. Sad and pathetic that you can turn a blind eye to the completely shameful report card and shady background of obama. Re-read your childish post and IT should make YOU sick in the stomach. What a joke you are, Karen. Spare me. Malek told the Post he was in no position to stop the crime at the time of the incident.
Lorbee August 18, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Yes, Kathleen. Karen is just so factual that she believes Romney barbecued a dog. Go and have another glass of Kool Aid. Apparently you have not had enough yet.
Lorbee August 18, 2012 at 02:22 AM
If he had a record to run on, he wouldn't have to be pathetically grasping at straws and launching unfounded attacks at Romney first, and now Ryan. I can't wait to see the commercial with Ryan pushing the old lady in the wheelchair off the cliff. In fact, the entire presidency, complete with biden's incredible and outrageous "gaffes" (a kind word) is a comedy of errors. So sad that this is what obama's USA looks like today.
Karen August 18, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Lorbee, really? 10:03 p.m. on a Friday evening you post? Please take a look at what you've written tomorrow after a good breakfast and some strong coffee. Until then, I'll have whatever you're having...
Ego_Death August 20, 2012 at 03:32 PM
A viable 3rd party needs to form that is socially tolerant and fiscally conservative. one that does not bow down to special interests and refuses the $ from the lobbyist. Citizens United decision made me lose faith in the supreme court. The republicans stating they would do what they can to make this president fail made me lose faith in congress. I really wish there was a different option. The whole system needs to be re-done.


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