Vice Presidential Candidate
Posted: August 17, 2012
I promised a few months ago that I would not editorialize about the upcoming presidential election prior to November. But after Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was selected as Republican President Nominee Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate, I could not help but offer my thoughts about the campaign.
Paul Ryan's addition to the Republican presidential ticket is the best thing that could happen for the upcoming election. I say that because it's now apparent that there is a clear line about what each party has to offer. Ryan's conservative stance and ability to articulate his opinions about the country's financial debacle make it much easier for voters to decide which candidate to vote for.
On the other hand, no vice presidential candidate in the past has swayed public sentiment to vote for the person running for the chief executive of the country. In fact, a recent survey suggested that 62 percent of the prospective voters stated that Paul Ryan's addition to the ticket will not make them more likely to vote for Romney.
There will no doubt be negative reports about Ryan's past voting record in Congress that could undermine the Republican presidential candidate. However, I look forward to watching Ryan debate Vice President Joe Biden. It should make for good television ratings.
Having said this, I still believe that President Obama will win re-election. I hope I'm wrong, like I have been in the past three national elections. But I think the younger generation of voters will help the incumbent keep his seat in the Oval Office.
On a related note, I was happy to see that former Governor Tommy Thompson won the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate. It wasn't surprising to me that Thompson won by a favorable margin in the Chippewa Valley. He's always had strong ties to the region and is sure to think about West Central Wisconsin as he builds his coalition in Washington,D.C. On name recognition alone, I don't see Thompson losing to Tammy Baldwin the November election.
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