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The Paul Ryan VP Pick: What Does It Mean In Missouri?

Mitt Romney's selection for a Vice-Presidential pick could have impact on November here in races beyond the White House.

After NBC News first reported the selection Friday night, Wisconsin U.S. Representative Paul Ryan was formally introduced to the nation as Mitt Romney's running mate on the GOP ticket Saturday morning during an event in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA.

Ryan had traction when asked who they thought should get the nod, finishing in third place behind U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

At least one participant in that survey, reached overnight, said she was disappointed by the selection.

"Paul Ryan not my pick - Romney needs someone more electric, we need all the help we can get - GOP seems to not get it. Same old same old isn't working - still don't have enough young people or allure of message."

Another participant said early Saturday "the Ryan pick will help put the focus of the campaign on the budget. That highlights the problem of our time: getting our fiscal house in order. And that, plays to Romney's reputation as a corporate fix-it guy. It's a strong ticket."

State Senator John Lamping, not a Patch survey participant, tweeted support for the pick, saying "Ryan is a Fiscal Conservative for a Fiscal Crisis."

Greenfield (WI) Patch:

In Missouri, Romney has a lead of up to 9 points over President Obama according to a variety of polls gathered by RealClearPolitics.

Ryan has gained acclaim for his work as the chair of the House Budget Committee, which produced the so-called "Ryan Budget" which as NBC News reports, "Substantially restructures Medicare; cuts Medicaid, food stamps, and transportation infrastructure; and it reduces the top tax rate from 35% to 25%.

U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), now the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill (D-Kirkwood), served on the House Budget Committee with Ryan and endorsed the budget plan.

McCaskill was already on the attack via Twitter as Ryan was still speaking at the announcement, saying "The part of Ryan-Akin budget I hate the most? Cutting Medicare and then giving those cuts to the mega wealthy. Wrong."

Akin's campaign had not commented about the selection as of early Saturday morning.

Tell us what you think this pick means for Missouri in the comment section. 

RDBet August 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM
You are correct Sonny. Not many people are aware of the tea party agenda of undermining public education. They view public education as liberalism and everything liberal must go. Saying education is local, well I agree it is somewhat local - but locals have to live with the shift towards standardized tests and Leave No Child Behind. And the state legislature politicians...oi! Then we have the colossal local failure of Imagine Charter schools, the supposed education solution by right-wing... Anyway, public ed is beyond the scope here - but I just brought it up in light of Ryan's teacher's comments, because here we have a down economy, and the GOP candidates want to cut education (which potentially helps all, especially the poor) and keep/lower taxes on the investment income of the wealthy. Romney claims class sizes don't matter ....pffft Let's see him send his kids to a school with 32 six graders in it for one teacher. What a sham and shame.
Devon Seddon August 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
No Larry, It actually puts the burden back on the shoulders of those who created it, and who can most EASILY afford it, the government. How is it that the government is playing the poor victim here? This is their problem, the burden should be on them. Again, buying the rhetoric that "if the rich don't pay for our screw-ups, who will?" - Ryan's reply is simply "those responsible should be accountable, and make the sacrifices to fix it, not the rich, not the poor, the government." Rich people didn't spend you into debt, poor people didn't spend you into debt, and neither are responsible for paying for it, this falls back on the government. It always comes back to that same misdirection. Look: The government broke this. NOT the people, regardless of how much money they have. It ain't about rich & poor, it's about allowing them to divide us that way. United We Stand, Divided We Fall Divide & Conquer Don't be a part of dividing us.
Devon Seddon August 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM
True. But, it doesn't devalue the validity of her statement. That's not the end of the list of things they would be offended by either.
Devon Seddon August 19, 2012 at 02:15 AM
No, but it sure seems like the perfect thing to tell someone who won't think for themselves. Just to clarify some of the basic differences in philosophy: Republicans believe in the system that has worked better than any in history & think we should return to it. Democrats believe that making government bigger & controlling everything to provide for everyone is not only necessary (when it isn't) but possible (which it also isn't). They believe in that idea, even though it's proven ONLY to fail throughout the entire history of the world. Democrats believe everyone is accountable to a government that isn't & that everything that belongs to you is theirs to distribute. Anything you have, you only got because they allowed you to get it. And if they get their way, it'll be true. Democrats want you to believe that your money is theirs, Republicans want to remind you it's the other way around. Republicans believe that what you make is yours & know that an economy only comes around when the people spend & business thrives. Democrats believe that everything gets better, the more of your money they take/spend & that we are too stupid to decide how to spend our own money ourself. Democrats praise themselves for providing a fish, then tell you that building ponds instead, is just an attempt to take away that fish. "If you're under 30 & a Conservative, you have no heart. If you're over 30 & a Liberal, you have no brain." - Winston Churchill
Julie Green August 20, 2012 at 05:10 AM
ALL THAT I BELIEVE & TRUST IS JESUS, THE ONE WHO DIED FOR MY SINS & SAVED ME FROM THIS RIDICULOUS WORLD!!! SO, JESUS ALREADY WON THE VICTORY!!! WHY IS PEOPLE SO SCARED & FEARFUL OVER, WHAT'S HAPPENING??? THE ONLY THING PEOPLE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT IS BEING SAVED FROM JESUS, INSTEAD OF BEING OF THIS WORLD!!! FREEDOM, Hmmmm......... THAT'S A VERY INTERESTING...... THERE'S NO FREEDOM IN THIS WORLD, THAT WE LIVE IN!!!! THE ONLY FREEDOM, WE'RE EVER GOING TO SEE, IS IN HEAVEN WITH JESUS!!!

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