It’s on. Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, a fiscal conservative, to challenge the big spending Obama/Biden team.
Mitt Romney has tapped Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate, multiple sources with knowledge of the decision told Fox News.
Romney will make the selection official during a campaign stop Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., before launching his “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour.
Ryan has made fiscal discipline the touchstone of his tenure on the budget committee. With Ryan at his side, Romney can focus on jobs-creation proposals while his running mate focuses on plans for balancing the government’s books.
Why Ryan? The National Review provides a clue:
According to Romney insiders, Romney deeply appreciated Ryan’s willingness to privately share his critique of the campaign during the heated Republican primary, where Romney often struggled to make his case. As he watched from afar, long before he endorsed, Ryan drafted a series of detailed strategy and policy advisories, and discussed them with Romney over the phone. For Romney, those corporate-style memos made a lasting impression — and catapulted Ryan into Romney’s circle, where he has remained since.
The 42 year old Ryan is a seven term congressman from Wisconsin. He is the Chairman of the House budget Committee. Ryan is the author of of the 2013 budget plan, The Path to Prosperity which will reduce the nation’s debt to 62% of GDP in 2022 compared to Obama’s proposed 86% of GDP. Democrats have been wildly critical of the plan as they were Ryan’s prior year budget plan, which they pictured as literally throwing granny oer a cliff because of proposed plan’s changes to medicare.
Ryan will draw a sharp contrast with the Democrats who, thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have prevented votes on the Ryan budget proposals. Under Reid, the government has operated without a budget for 1200 days.
There can be no doubt that Obama and the Democrats will unleash on Paul Ryan. It will be a nuclear assault, but Ryan is a serious man. He is telegenic, too. Watch:
Some pundits have said Ryan may fold under the intense scrutiny and pressure of a presidential campaign. You be the judge of how he fared head to head against Obama:
Paul Ryan is a serious man for these serious and dangerous times. So, it’s on, and the next three months will be a heavyweight slug-fest which will acclaim or cast aside America’s exceptionalism.