Speak Out: What Do You Think of Mitt Romney Choosing Paul Ryan for VP?
Should he have chosen McDonnell? What role could McDonnell play in a Romney administration?
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced his VP choice, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Saturday morning as he prepares for a day of campaigning across Virginia.
Romney will be in Manassas this afternoon on a campaign stop. (Go to Manassas Patch for live updates starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.)
Who is scheduled to stand alongside Romney today in Manassas helping him campaign? Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was talked about as a possible running mate for Romney.
McDonnell has spent time this year campaigning with Romney across Virginia, as well as South Carolina, Florida and other states. McDonnell endorsed Romney after longtime McDonnell friend Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race.
On Saturday morning, McDonnell tweeted: "Thrilled to join the winning ticket, @MittRomney and @RepPaulRyan, today at stops in Virginia!"
What do local politicians and voters think about the choice?
On the Republican side, Del. Rich Anderson (R-51st), who represents areas in Manassas, Woodbridge and Lake Ridge, said he was not familiar with Congressman Ryan until he did some research Friday night, but he said he liked what he found.
"I do think he is a good choice for two reasons: Practically, he is a conservative figure in our country and I think that brings balance to the Romney ticket," said Anderson. "While I don't know a whole lot about Ryan when I started to hear the buzz about him last night, I took the chance to explore more about him. He's very articulate about budgetary matters."
"I think that taking the federal budget monster and wrestling that into control is paramount," said Anderson. "I think both parties can agree on that. From a practical perspective and philosophical perspective, I think Ryan is a good choice."
Another Republican, Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, and a candidate in the race for lieutenant governor, said via his Facebook page: "Great pick in Paul Ryan. Finally we can start a discussion on how we are going to solve our national debt."
Jason Howell, an Independent candidate running for U.S. House, said, "Paul Ryan was someone I was looking forward to working with on the Budget Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Unfortunately both Jim Moran and Paul Ryan voted for the 1999 Financial Modernization Act which got us into the Great Recession."
"I look forward to working with the budget committee in 2013 to find bipartisan solutions," Howell told Patch at the Arlington County Fair this morning.
Mark Gibson, an Independent candidate running for Congress in Virginia's 11th congressional District, said Saturday morning: "I think Mr. Ryan is an astute, intelligent man. But his approach is partisan — aiming to please his party base rather than solving problems from an independent, pragmatic stance."
Democrat Del. Scott Surovell, who represents Virginia's 44th District, said from a political standpoint, McDonnell would have been a better choice because McDonnell "has a heart and some compassion for people who aren’t as fortunate as he is.”
"McDonnell would have brought something to the table, being from a state that’s in play this cycle."
Surovell also told Patch, "Paul Ryan has proposed some of the most extreme anti-government budget proposals we’ve ever seen. ... [Ryan] seems more intent on destroying government programs than trying to figure out a way to make them work."
What do you think of a Romney-Ryan ticket?
Do you think McDonnell would have been a better choice? Why wasn't he chosen? What role could McDonnell best play in a possible Romney administration?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.