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Full coverage: The Ryan pick

Full coverage: The Ryan pick
Paul Ryan receives Human Events' "Conservative of the Year" award in 2011 from Human Events Editor Cathy Taylor, Managing Editor Adam Tragone and Editor Emeritus Tom Winter.

Paul Ryan’s selection electrifies GOP grassroots

By: John Gizzi

The Human Events 2011 Conservative of the Year, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), was formally announced as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate on Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va.

Reaction from Republicans was swift — and enthusiastic.

“In choosing Paul Ryan, Gov. Romney is signaling he wants to change the course of government, not manage it. This is the start of an aggressive, ideas campaign!”

So said California’s Republican State Chairman Tom Del Beccaro Friday night, shortly after television news reports strongly suggesting that Romney was planning to name House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice presidential running mate Saturday morning. Del Beccaro was hosting a private party of fellow California GOP leaders in his suite at the Burbank Marriott here during the state Republican convention. To a person, the other party activists were genuinely excited about the 42-year-old Ryan’s selection, and all echoed their chairman’s confidence that this was a first step in what would be a campaign grounded in conservative ideas and change.

“I’m as grassroots as you can get and I’m thrilled about Ryan!” Alameda County GOP Vice Chairman Hugh Busell told Human Events, “He had the courage to say why we needed to eventually change the nature of entitlements such as Medicare, and he could explain it.”

As news outlets confirmed that the Badger State lawmaker would indeed be tapped by Romney on Saturday, Republicans activists throughout the country last night seemed to be trying to outdo the excitement evinced at the Burbank convention last night. Minnesota State GOP Chairman Pat Shortridge told reporters: “Ryan’s a great pick. This proves Gov. Romney knows that getting to 270 electoral votes is a means to an end. Only bold solutions will suffice.”

Arizona Rep. and GOP Senate hopeful Jeff Flake was even more ecstatic, as he tweeted supporters: “Wow! What a powerhouse economic team! It drips of gravitas. Can’t wait for the fall elections.”

In reportedly tapping Ryan over over two other more low-key Midwesterners—Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty—Romney clearly recognized that he needed a running mate with conservative credentials (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 93 percent) and one who could energize the conservative grassroots. As the author of the Republican alternative budget known as the “Path to Prosperity” (or “the Ryan Plan,” in press shorthand), the Wisconsin lawmaker became a media sensation and a much-sought-after speaker for fellow Republicans running for office. Shortly after release of the “Ryan Plan” in March, its author became the vice presidential prospect with the most media coverage, according to HighBeam research. Its polling showed Ryan besting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 27 percent to 23.5 percent in terms of media attention.

Advantages of Ryan on the ticket—and perils

But it also made Ryan a target of the left, and attacks on the man and his budget are sure to be recycled by the Obama-Biden campaign. From his podium at the White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney denounced the Ryan Plan as “a segmented replacement for Medicare that would burden seniors and end the program as we know it.” One Democratic ad in a 2011 special U.S. House election had a Ryan lookalike pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair off a cliff.

Issues and grassroots excitement top the list of advantages of a Romney –Ryan ticket. Ryan would be one of the three youngest vice presidents in history–along with Democrat John Breckinridge (elected at 35) and Republicans Richard Nixon (41) and Dan Quayle (42)—and already Republicans talk eagerly about him going up against the 69-year-old Joe Biden in televised debates. A strong pro-lifer and supporter of traditional marriage, Ryan will also become only the second Roman Catholic to be on a national GOP ticket after William Miller, Barry Goldwater’s running mate in 1964.

Ryan also comes from a state with ten electoral votes that has not gone for a Republican presidential ticket since 1984. Emboldened by their defeat of an effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker for his reforms of pension and health care plans for some public sector employees, Badger State GOPers are sure to be encouraged further by the choice of one of their own for second place on their ticket.

In the days and weeks ahead, there is sure to be much analysis into a choice that was little anticipated by the punditocracy. But for now, Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan was clearly a bow to his party’s right-of-center activists and, by nearly all accounts, they are thrilled.

Update: Watch John Gizzi on France 24, discussing the pick of Paul Ryan with correspondent Louise Hannah.

Paul Ryan speaks in Iowa; protesters grow violent
By: John Hayward
Paul Ryan gave a campaign speech at the Iowa State Fair on Monday, addressing an appreciate crowd of thousands… plus a few protesters who grew violent, and had to be escorted from the venue by state troopers.

A tale of two rallies: Romney-Ryan draw overflow, while Obama half-fills room
By: John Hayward
The new Republican ticket held a rally in vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin on Sunday, packing over 11,000 people into the Waukesha County Expo Center.

Sarah Palin endorses Paul Ryan for Vice President
By John Hayward
2008 vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorsed Mitt Romney’s choice of running mate in a lengthy Facebook post on Monday.

Ryan likely to run for both House seat and VP
By: John Gizzi
From Washington D.C. to Wisconsin, betting is strong that newly-minted Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan will run on Mitt Romney’s ticket while simultaneously seeking re-election to Congress.

Human Events recalls ‘Conservative of the Year’ Paul Ryan—and a look ahead
By: John Gizzi
Forty-eight hours after Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, Human Events looked back at the Wisconsin congressman, who only a year ago was named as the HE’s “Conservative of the Year.”

Media, Obama camp, sharpening claws for Ryan
By: Audrey Hudson
ABC News said Democrats and the Obama campaign would vigorously portray Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as “a toxic choice and politically extreme.”

Media Springs into Action… CNN Host Says Ryan Pick ‘Looks a Little Bit Like Some Sort of Ticket Death Wish’ (Video)
By: Jim Hoft
CNN’s Candy Crowley led off the attacks against Paul Ryan today saying,
“This looks a little bit like some sort of ticket death wish.”

Let the Smears Begin! Team Obama Releases Anti Romney-Ryan Video Following VP Announcement
By: Jim Hoft
The Obama Campaign calls it “The Go Back Team.”

Conservative leaders hail Paul Ryan for Vice President
By: John Hayward
Positive reactions to Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan for Vice President are coming in from prominent conservatives across the nation.

Romney Raises $2 Million Since Picking Paul Ryan
By: Jim Hoft
The Romney Campaign raised over $1.2 million in three-plus hours after announcing running mate Paul Ryan.

Paul Ryan’s plan to save Medicare
By: Human Events
As Budget Committee chairman, Paul Ryan lead the charge on the plan of revamping Medicare and placing it on a sustainable and sensible path.

What Ryan told Human Events about a VP offer
By: John Gizzi
“If that bridge ever came to cross, I’ll make the decision then.”

Romney picks HE Conservative of the Year Paul Ryan as running mate
By: John Hayward
From the deck of the USS Wisconsin, in Norfolk, Virginia, Paul Ryan was formally welcomed as Mitt Romney’s running mate on Saturday morning.

IT’S RYAN FOR VP – Mitt Picks Wisconsin Representative as Running Mate
By: Jim Hoft
Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate today.
From the deck of the USS Wisconsin, in Norfolk, Virginia, Paul Ryan was formally welcomed as Mitt Romney’s running mate on Saturday morning.

Why Not Paul Ryan?
By: David Harsanyi
Paul Ryan would add a measure of number-crunching earnestness to a campaign (and then, more importantly, should it happen, to an administration) that lives on broad strokes.

Paul Ryan named 2011 Human Events Conservative of the Year
By: Lawrence Kudlow
The editors of Human Events are proud to name Rep. Paul Ryan as “Conservative of the Year” for 2011.

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