Mitt Romney to Name Paul Ryan as VP Running Mate

Mitt Romney picks paul ryan as running mate republican

Sources say Mitt Romney is set to select 42-year-old Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his Republican running mate in the 2012 election versus President Barack Obama.

Romney’s camp announced Friday that his sidekick would be named at 9 a.m. Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia. And NBC tweeted minutes ago that the pick is Ryan.

Ryan is a risky pick for Romney, with Democrats salivating over the chance to skewer his budget plan — he’s chairman of the House Budget Committee — which slashes government spending and privatizes Social Security and Medicare. But Ryan’s also a young and smart rising star whose choice will be cheered by conservatives, reports HuffPo:

Conservatives believe Ryan is one of the brightest, best young faces and minds who can cheerfully articulate a case for limited government while simultaneously arguing that a less expansive bureaucracy and a revamped entitlement system is the best way to preserve government aid and benefits for the poor, indigent and elderly. Facebook fan Beth Meyers of Charlottesville, Virginia, summed up Mitt’s pick like this:

He’s going for the young conservative hipster and his wise daddy type campaign. I can dig that.

But other Heavy fans were wary, including Daniel Yanes who captioned the photo posted — which depicts Mitt grinning while grabbing Paul’s shoulders — like this:

They think we our going to help the middle class HAHAHAHA!!!

On Thursday this week Romney’s website published a short post titled “Rep. Paul Ryan: We Cannot Encourage No Strings Attached Dependency.” It quotes the congressman:

“Look, this welfare reform—it worked. It reduced child poverty. It moved people into higher income levels into work. So of all times, when we have 23 million people who are looking for work and can’t find a job, who stopped and just gave up, or work in temp jobs, it is all that much more important that we make sure we get people transitioned into job training and back into jobs, and not encourage people to just have no strings attached dependency.”

For liberals such talk makes Paul a ripe target. They’ve even put up attack billboards on his home turf in Wisconsin:

Paul Ryan billboard millionaires medicare Mitt Romney

Here’s Ryan’s keynote address at the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s “Tax Policies for 4% Growth” conference:

Rep. Paul Ryan vs. President Obama | ForbesChairman of the House Budget Committee Congressman Paul Ryan on what the GOP needs to focus on in the 2012 presidential election to win back the White House. Subscribe to FORBES: Stay Connected Forbes on Facebook: Forbes Video on Twitter: Forbes Video on Instagram: More From Forbes: Forbes covers the…2012-04-10T21:32:49.000Z

And here’s David Pakman describing Ryan’s budget as pro-rich, anti-poor, and scary for America:

Paul Ryan's New Budget Helps Rich, Hurts Poor–Paul Ryan releases a new budget, and it's arguably even worse than the last one, putting even more of a burden on the poor. –On the Bonus Show: Sweden moves to cashless economy, Israel bans underweight models & undisclosed airbrushing, Panda poop tea is developed, more. The David Pakman Show is an internationally syndicated talk…2012-03-22T02:00:07.000Z

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