Who else but Paul Ryan for veep?
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Ryan, as those who have met him can attest, is a warm, personable kind of guy. Every politician feigns warmth, but Ryan’s is real. As solidly conservative as anyone, he’s not a hot-button social conservative who will alienate independents and moderates. He could be the vehicle that Romney rides to reach the people we used to call “Reagan Democrats,” the fiscal conservative, social moderates who can constitute the margin of victory in November. One of the biggest reasons he can do this is that he understands why Republicans have lost them.
Ryan — quoting again from the Almanac — said after his selection as top Republican on the Budget Committee in 2007, “We lost our brand as the party of fiscal responsibility, and we’re going to get it back. It’s important that we give voters a very clear choice on fiscal policy.” Since then, his deeds have matched his words. That’s the sort of star power that can make the difference between victory and defeat.
Mitt Romney will choose his running mate based on whatever criteria he has in his mind. On Saturday, he was on the campaign trail in Wisconsin with Ryan at his side. It must have occurred to him that Ryan is precisely the man he needs at his side throughout the fall campaign.
Paul Ryan for Vice President. He’s the choice Romney needs to make.
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