To the sound of the music from the 1997 motion picture Air Force One, Gov. Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate in Norfolk, Virginia today to a crowd of 2,500. The announcement was made from the Nauticus, The National Maritime Center on the USS Wisconsin, now a museum.
Conservatives who may have been skeptical of Romney, will likely be pleased with Ryan’s selection days after a gaffe by campaign press secretary responding to an Obama ad made many conservatives unhappy. As the leader of Republican budget policy in Congress, Ryan’s selection is likely to put focus on Medicare and budget reform issues.
Interestingly, at 42, Ryan is the age of Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, and represents the first time a member of Generation X will be part of a presidential ticket. There is a 23 year age difference between Romney and Ryan. Ryan became a member of Congress at the age of 28 in 1999. CNN reported that Romney made the final selection of Ryan on August 1.
Unsurprisingly, the Obama campaign was critical of Romney’s selection of Ryan. In the statement, the Obama campaign focused criticism on budget policy issues and mentioned Medicare. The statement is an indication of what Democrats are likely to focus on.
“In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy. The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors,” a statement from Obama 2012 in part read.