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Illinois Voters: React to Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's Pick for VP

Romney touts the Ryan's Wisconsin values; says he is an "intellectual leader of the Republican Party." What do local voters think? Share your opinion on Patch.

Written by Jeff Rumage

Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) as his vice presidential running mate Saturday morning.

Ryan, 42, has served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, currently chairing the House Budget Committee and serving on the House Ways and Means Committee. In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his "Roadmap for America’s Future."

Romney formally made his VP announcement on a tour of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA. In the announcement, Romney said Ryan is an "intellectual leader of the Republican Party."

Romney also said Paul understands that people can have honest disagreements without making personal attacks.

"There are a lot of people in the other party ," Romney said.

  • : This is Patch's main story on the announcement, breaking just after Romney announced his choice via a smartphone app. It was updated to include excerpts from Ryan's acceptance speech in Norfolk, Va.
  • : Here's the text of Ryan's speech as prepared before the official announcement with Romney in Norfolk, Va. In it, Ryan says Romney has the "courage to tell you the truth." 
  • : Who is Paul Ryan? Here's a report on his political history, characterized by a quick rise onto the national political scene.
  • : Here's a gallery we pulled together with photos of Ryan working in Wisconsin over the past year.
Jillian Duchnowski August 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Comment left on the Yorkville Patch Facebook page: I see you're point but I disagree. I feel like many more independents will sign on now. I wasn't really big on Romney until I heard this. if it's true, the election is over before it happens. there's no way Obama can overcome this. not when you have two economic minds which is what we desperately need.
Jillian Duchnowski August 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Comment left on the Yorkville Patch Facebook page: If by economic minds u mean people who want to gut medicare then they're geniuses
Jillian Duchnowski August 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Comment left on the Yorkville Patch Facebook page: Yes, keep borrowing from the Chinese. The borrowing is not sustainable. Just ask all the folks who lost their homes over the last 4 years.
Katy K August 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
You're kidding right????
Rachael B. August 15, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Paul Ryan?? Who cares? I'm voting for Obama-Biden.

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