Any moment now Mitt Romney is going to come out and officially announce that Paul Ryan will be his running mate.
The campaign sent out the following message on their iPhone app:
Mitt’s choice for VP is Paul Ryan. Spread the word about America’s Comeback Team – #RomneyRyan2012
I like it! This shows that Romney is quite serious about turning things around. You can read the press release at The Weekly Standard.
I’m already hearing Democrats talk about how Obama will go after Romney/Ryan on Medicare cuts. They don’t have room to talk, as Ryan has already explained to Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Update: In The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza is griping about Ryan’s lack of private sector experience. What about Obama? Good grief.
Speaking of Obama, Ryan’s already used to being one of his targets.
After one of those broadsides, Mr. Ryan fired back, saying he had hoped for more out of the president.
“Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells,” the usually mild-mannered Mr. Ryan said. “Exploiting people’s emotions of fear, envy and anxiety is not hope; it’s not change. It’s partisanship. We don’t need partisanship. We don’t need demagoguery. We need solutions. And we don’t need to keep punting to other people to make tough decisions.”
In tapping Mr. Ryan, Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has turned the election from a referendum on Mr. Obama’s economic record into a choice between two dramatically divergent views of the government’s spending and taxes.
It also instantly elevates this year’s election beyond the name-calling and accusations of recent weeks, and gives both sides something substantive to debate.
If you’d like a preview of Ryan’s speech this morning, click here.
Update: Am Spec’s Aaron Goldstein is happy:
By picking Ryan, Romney has both elevated and embraced one of the leadings lights of 21st century American conservatism. More than any other Republican, Ryan has articulated a spirited defense of the free market, fiscal responsibility, what limited government should like and how we pay for it.
By picking Ryan, Romney has shown he’s not content to play it safe and willing to take a risk to win the election to restore America’s greatness.
By picking Ryan, Romney has put Wisconsin in play.
By picking Ryan, Romney has chosen a running mate that has gone toe to toe with President Obama and got the better of him as was the case during the 2010 Health Care Summit in Washington, D.C. When Obama publicly insulted Ryan to his face during a 2011 speech at George Washington University, Ryan called an impromptu press conference and said, “Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells.” Ryan strikes fear in the heart of Obama. (Read More)
So does Romney.
For the left, A Romney pick of Ryan is a gauntlet in their faces. It says he doesn’t buy the polls that he is behind. It means he isn’t afraid of the flack he will get from the MSM. It means that he understands that the GOP house candidates will happily run on the Ryan plan while Democrat after Democrat runs from Obama like the plague. It’s a direct challenge: I’ve shown you my budget now show me yours.
I can’t wait to see Ryan debate Biden. That will be must-see TV.
Update: And this is why Obama does not like Paul Ryan:
Update: Scared Monkeys linked and has some video from the announcement, and much more. Donald Douglas also got up early to comment, and noted that Glenn Reynolds pointed out that the announcement comes on the day that the federal government has gone 1200 days without a budget.
As for the conservatives who are griping, what do you people want? Four more years of Obama. How will that help matters? Go read Michelle Malkin’s post if you still have doubts. Either way, he’s the pick.
Paul Ryan is an excellent VP choice
The Obama cheerleaders in the media are already attacking him because of the budget he proposed last year. Well, bring it on. Let’s have a fight over substance. And let’s expose Obama for the destructive leftist he is and Biden for the weak dufus he is.
Mitt Romney: Not a commie. Paul Ryan: Not a Dufus. Makes for a good slogan.
Update: Linked by Virginia Right – thanks!
Update: So happy to see that my dear friend Zilla weighed in.