American University: Paul Ryan Complements Romney
August 24, 2012
Republican voters and political analysts alike have accused Republican
presidential candidate Mitt Romney of being stiff, out-of-touch and
willing to compromise his political beliefs when pressured. The same
cannot be said of Romney's vice presidential pick, Congressman Paul
Romney thinks the young, but experienced lawmaker is part of his key to
success this year in his race against Barack Obama.
"With energy and
vision, Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican
Party," Romney said. "He understands the fiscal challenges facing
America: our exploding deficits and crushing debt and the fiscal
catastrophe that awaits us if we don't change course."
Congressman Ryan holds a degree in economics and political science from
Miami University of Ohio. He was elected to Congress at the age of 28
and is now in his seventh term representing Janesville, Wisconsin - the
town where he was raised and still lives.
Ryan chairs the House of Representatives' Budget Committee. The
42-year-old is best known for presenting federal budgets that propose
trillions of dollars in spending cuts as well as controversial changes
to Medicare, the government's health care program for elderly Americans.
When Ryan delivered the Republican response to President Barack Obama's
State of the Union address in 2011, he laid out his philosophy to
"We need to reclaim our American system of limited government," he said.
"Low taxes, reasonable regulations and sound money, which has blessed us
with unprecedented prosperity and has done more to help the poor than
any other economic system ever designed."
Ryan, who is married with three children, is a Roman Catholic who
opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.
President Obama has begun to question Ryan's ideology vociferously.
Ryan is a decent man," said Obama on a recent campaign stop. "He is a
family man. He is an articulate spokesman for Governor Romney's vision,
but it's a vision that I fundamentally disagree with."
Jennifer Lawless, a professor of government at American University in
Washington D.C., says Ryan helps balance the Romney ticket.
"I think that he adds a degree of enthusiasm and charisma that a lot of
Republicans felt Mitt Romney lacked," Lawless explained. "So he not only
shores up the Republican base's enthusiasm with his conservative
credentials, but he also delivers a kind of excitement that was missing
from the ticket."
It was Ryan's endorsement of Romney at a critical stage in the GOP
presidential primaries that helped propel the former governor past all
of his competitors in the race to compete against President Obama in