The Paul Ryan VP selection doesn’t play to a specific subset of people (e.g., Sarah Palin/Women or Marco Rubio/Hispanic-Americans) or a key swing state (Wisconsin will likely remain a blue state), but what it does is reframe the discussion. With all the negative campaigning that has been going on, there has not been enough direct contrasting of the two, very different, America’s that the candidates envision. Selecting Paul Ryan, the architect of the GOP budget proposal for the 2012 fiscal year, almost forces that discussion to begin again.
On that note, here are some of the quotes from Paul Ryan’s speech today that jumped out at me today:
We believe in equality of opportunity, not outcome…
The commitment we make to you is this: we won’t duck the tough issues, we will lead, we won’t blame others, we’ll take responsibility, and we won’t replace our founding principles, we will reapply them…
Our rights come from nature and God, not government!
Paul Ryan is only 42 years old, which in any other election may invite criticism of youth and lack of foreign policy experience. Given President Obama’s pre-election credentials I think that may come across as hypocritical and won’t be an attack that is leveled. Additionally, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Brit Hume, said Ryan can speak intelligently about foreign policy and it shouldn’t present a major issue.
Paul Ryan is the intellectual leader of the Republican party yet he is young and energetic. As such, he’ll energize the Romney campaign without really bringing any controversy, with the exception of his budget proposal which does nothing more than focus the conversation on where it needs to be. I think it is a great selection because it shifts the debate squarely on the drastically different views of America.
As he said today,
“We can turn this thing around. We can!”
Conservative or far-left liberal, I am interested in hearing your thoughts on today’s selection. Please share in the comments below. Hearing your thoughts is why I wrote this short blog post this morning.
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