In Norfolk, Va. yesterday, Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate. Ryan is chairman of the House Budget Committee, and has been central to the tea party’s tax and spending policy. Other choices included, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Speaking to a cheering crowd of supporters at Norfolk’s naval museum, Romney said, “I did not make a mistake with this guy.”
“I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate. Mitt Romney is a leader with the skills, the background and the character that our country needs at a crucial time in its history,” said Ryan.
This is but the first stop of a bus campaign that is scheduled to continue on through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. All are states President Barack Obama won during the 2008 election. Combined, they hold 75 of the 270 electoral votes need to win the election.
In the campaign to come, Romney said he plans to deliver a message of “bold, specific and achievable” economic reform. Both Romney and Ryan support changes and budget cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps and student loans. They intend to use the projected $5.3 trillion in cuts in federal spending over the next ten years to cover projected deficits in tax revenues.
The Obama campaign criticized the Republican budget plan, nicknaming Romney and Ryan “The Go Back Team.”
“Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney both support trillions in budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires that will result in tax hikes on the middle class and deep cuts in education and other investments we need to grow. Ryan’s extreme budget plan, which Mitt Romney has embraced, would make deep spending cuts now to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, which would weaken the recovery and cost the economy jobs,” posts the Obama campaign in an official statement.
Later Saturday, Romney and Ryan made a stop at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va. There Ryan announced he had both good news and bad news.
He said the bad news is that “President Obama is the president of the United States, and the good news is that on November the 6th he won’t be any longer.”