With the USS Wisconsin serving as the backdrop, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney formally introduced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate this morning in Norfolk, Virginia, a very crucial battleground state.
Ryan will no doubt be a controversial pick. His budget proposals have been endlessly demagogued by President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. However, those same budgets have helped put the House GOP’s focus back on fiscal issues more than wedge social issues.
Over the last four years, President Obama has been unable to piece together a budget that could attract enough support to pass Congress. In fact, when Obama’s budget was brought up for a vote in the House, it was shot down unanimously. The Senate followed in May, rejecting Obama’s budget without a single vote in support.
While Obama’s campaign will no doubt be gunning for Romney’s running mate over his budget proposals — the “Roadmap for America’s Future” and the “Path to Prosperity,” don’t expect Ryan to back down. Ryan has taken on Obama before over fiscal policy, making the President’s rhetoric look cheap in the process.
Media outlets are reporting that Mitt Romney, will name his running mate tomorrow morning some time between 8:30 and 9am in Norfolk, Virginia during an appearance on the USS Wisconsin.
The choice of location is leading some to speculate that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be the pick. But with the USS Wisconsin serving as the setting, others to believe that Rep. Paul Ryan, who represents Wisconsin’s First Congressional District, will serve as Romney’s running mate.
For what it’s worth, The Weekly Standard is reporting that Ryan is the likely pick.
Stay tuned in the morning for details.