WASHINGTON, D.C., August 15, 2012 — What a difference a vice-presidential nominee makes. Forget all the talk about a lack of enthusiasm for Governor Romney. Republicans are now, dare I say it, fired up and ready to go.
On Saturday, August 10, in Norfolk, Virginia Governor Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. Within hours, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul announced on twitter that the Romney campaign had raised over $2 million.
As Romney made the announcement, he exuded an aura of assurance. For a moment, he wasn’t stiff and awkward. He had a confident swagger.
A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan, age 42, was elected to the House of Representatives at 28 years of age (1988). In 2011, he became the Chairman of the House Budget Committee.While his conservative bonafides are not in question, he has voted in favor of legislation that put him at odds with many in his party. For example, he voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program as well the Auto Bailout. He also voted to raise debt ceiling last year much to the chagrin of many Republicans in his own caucus.