San Diego Reacts to Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney Running Mate: Cheers, Jeers

Wisconsin lawmaker known for his budget plan was introduced as pick Saturday in Norfolk, VA.

Updated at 6:50 p.m. Aug. 11, 2012

Local Republicans and Democrats were quick to praise and condemn Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s pick for vice presidential running mate Saturday, and a U-T San Diego editorial called the 42-year-old Wisconsinite “highly qualified to succeed Romney as president should tragedy strike (and) a smart choice politically.”

Fellow GOP congressman Duncan D. Hunter was quoted as saying: “Paul Ryan (is) ... about confronting our budget situation now and not putting off the tough choices. He’s a great pick and he adds a whole new dimension to the ticket.”

But Jess Durfee, chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, told U-T San Diego: “Ryan authored the Republican bill to eliminate Medicare. ... Romney and Ryan are bad for seniors, bad for the middle class and bad for San Diegans.”

And MaryAnne Pintar, a spokeswoman for Democratic congressional candidate Scott Peters, added: “It’s disappointing that Mr. Romney bought into the Ryan-Brian-Tea Party agenda.... The voters now have a clear choice between Peters, a leader and consensus builder who wants to balance the budget right way, and Bilbray, another soldier in the extremist army.”

Speaking on behalf of Rep. Brian Bilbray —Peters’ opponent in the 52nd Congressional District—Fred Tayco said: “Paul Ryan is a young, intelligent, articulate rising star who will serve as a great pick for vice president.”

At the California Republican Party convention in Burbank, Ryan Trabuco of San Diego told KPCC-FM radio: “His pick really shows Romney is focused on the fiscal health of the country. I like Ryan because he’s almost a bit of a libertarian.”

And Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, called Ryan “an excellent pick for VP. He represents the generation which is being robbed by President Obama’s overspending. The phones have been ringing off the hook at party HQ with positive feedback and volunteer interest.”

Original story:

Standing in front of a crowd of supporters on the retired battleship Wisconsin, Mitt Romney on Saturday intoduced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate.

Huffington Post reported that Romney—the Republican former governor of Massachusetts who has a summer —called Ryan a man of "great steadiness" and "unquestioned integrity." 

Huffington Post continued:

Just hours after his campaign confirmed Ryan as his selection, Romney says Ryan won't demonize his opponents. Romney says that Democrats may disagree with Ryan's policies, but he doesn't know anyone who doesn't respect his character and judgment.

The long-awaited pick was leaked late Friday night by several media outlets, including NBC and Huffington Post, calling Ryan, the 42-year-old author of the House budget plan, the choice was formally announced in Norfolk, VA.

noted that Romney passed over Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who had been on the short list of many political experts, reporting:

Romney will be in Manassas late this afternoon for a campaign rally, and McDonnell is scheduled to attend. Romney was scheduled to make the announcement Saturday morning before 9 a.m. in Norfolk as he starts a tour of Virginia, an important swing state in this year's presidential elections.

Just days ago in Dale City,  this fall.

McDonnell was among a short list of other prominent legislators considered for the spot, including Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota; Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, according to the New York Times.

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Was Me August 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Doug is probably not a Democrat but will tell you he has been a registered Republican for eons. I submit he lends to be a RINO. (could be the Green Party) (LOL)
Doug Curlee August 13, 2012 at 02:59 PM
was..in point of fact, i've been a registered non-partisan, or decline to state, or no party preference, or whatever the hell euphemism they're using this year, since i started in journalism almost 46 years ago.. that's what i will continue to be.. doug
Andy Schreiber August 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
So taking 700 billion dollars from Medicare is no big deal? That is Obama's plan, not Ryan's. We already know that Obama's plan will bankrupt Medicare within 12 years (2024).
Andy Schreiber August 13, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Doug, when was the last time that you voted for a Republican?
Things I Learned August 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5JVZ3nIcwg ;-)
Kevin George August 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Here is something I can say I have never said before: I can't wait for the vice presidential debate!!
Libi Uremovic August 13, 2012 at 03:58 PM
i agree...it's time to find solutions instead of allowing our politicians to create a circus out of every topic...
Doug Curlee August 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
andy.. in fact, i usually voted for duncan hunter the elder..and i even voted for duncan the younger the first time he ran..i usually vote for dianne jacob..when i lived in his district, i always voted for ron roberts..there have been others.. i tend to vote the person, not the party... doug
Libi Uremovic August 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
having no candidates in the last vp debate makes you hungry...
Ron Selkovitch August 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
i must be living in an alternate universe and need some help. I seem to remember that there was a time when the Democrats supported Medicare and the Republicans opposed it, even calling it Socialism. Now both sides are claiming to be its protector. Am I missing something? Are we all in favor of Social Security now?
Komfort August 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Nope, Ron, it is the same universe that Medicare and Social Security are deducted for our hard earned income. The question is which party will hand it back.
Ron Selkovitch August 14, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Well Komfort, I am disappointed. I was hoping for a straight answer. Do Republicans want to support and protect Medicare, or do they want to end it? If you can't answer on behalf of the party, answer on behalf of yourself.
Things I Learned August 14, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Alter or abolish it for new people because it is a ripoff. Preserve it for people who were dumb enough to trust the government and are now trapped.
Arbre August 14, 2012 at 01:56 AM
How is Ryan able to be a conscious Catholic and an Ayn Rand devotee at the same time? The two aren't at all compatible.
Things I Learned August 14, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Concern troll is... concerned.
Tom Yarnall August 14, 2012 at 02:09 AM
The Republicans now have a great team that reflects their values.. The 3R's, Romney, Ryan and Reagan. If the welfare recipients,Afro Americans, and the Hispanics don't turn out this could assure a GOP winner.
Andy Schreiber August 14, 2012 at 02:33 AM
@ Tom: Gee, how original - bringing up the race card. All you need to do is go to the Marxist card (i.e. "Romney is successful, so we should resent him") and you will have repeated and exhausted all of the Left's brilliant argumentation in the upcoming election. Rinse & repeat.
Things I Learned August 14, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Andy Schreiber August 14, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Good to know. I find that a lot of people who claim to be "independent" or unaffiliated are not really so when you examine their voting habits. Glad to see that you do not fit that mold.
Ron Selkovitch August 14, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Can I assume that both TIL and Komfort are against Social Security and want to see its demise. Now lets see if Romney and Ryan clarify their position.
Things I Learned August 14, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Ron Selkovitch August 14, 2012 at 03:57 AM
And, of course, if the bigots don't turn out, Obama will win.
Things I Learned August 14, 2012 at 04:08 AM
"And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." --Barack Obama on the 2008 Pennsylvania Democrat primary voters http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0408/Obama_on_smalltown_PA_Clinging_religion_guns_xenophobia.html "(CBS News) Keith Judd -- also known as Inmate No. 11593-051 -- made a decent showing against President Obama in the [2012] West Virginia Democratic primary Tuesday night. The inmate, currently serving a 210-month sentence for extortion at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, not only managed to get on the West Virginia primary ballot, he also managed to win nearly 70,000 votes. That means Judd carried 41 percent of the vote in the Democratic presidential primary, while Mr. Obama took 59 percent." http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57430719-503544/4-in-10-choose-convict-over-obama-in-w.va-primary/
Steve Mrtl August 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM
so. waiting for the huge sell off.
Tom Yarnall August 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Andy, I can't imagine what you are trying to say since I am a die hard Conservative. My comment had nothing to do with race, just fact. Obama got 95% of the Afro vote and 65% of the Hispanic vote. If you were a habitual welfare recipient who would you vote for? You should put your brain in gear before starting to blab.
Tom Yarnall August 14, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Ron, you just gave credence to the old saying "it takes one to know one".
Ron Selkovitch August 14, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I’d like to address your first paragraph TIL, and thanks for providing the link so that I can reprint it in context. “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” If you read it just a little objectively you find that, if anything, Obama is sympathetic to these people and tends to blame both the Bush and Clinton administrations for their plight, and is not surprised they are bitter. Then if you read the list of characteristics I am sure you’ll find a strong correlation between them and right wing Conservatives and Tea Party supporters who tend to vote Republican and dislike Obama. Now TIL, what objections, if any, do you have to Obama’s statement
Komfort August 14, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I find that Obama's prediction that the "successive" administration would be equally impotent to the needs of middle America to be very thoughtful.
Libi Uremovic August 14, 2012 at 05:40 PM
what good would a 3rd party do when 2/3's of the country is as locked-in as you are? what do you do for a living richard?
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