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Republicans at Romney/Ryan Rally Thrilled Over VP Nomination

Reactions ranging from talk of Rep. Paul Ryan's economic knowledge and Wisconsin playing an important role in the presidential elections.

Wisconsin Republicans are ecstatic over Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, being named running mate to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in the GOP fight to the White House against President Barack Obama.

Thousands gathered for the Romney-Ryan event in Waukesha. They came from throughout the state to support the hometown candidate.

For Waukesha County Register of Deeds Jim Behrend, it is a chance to see someone he’s known for 20 years rise up through the ranks. Even as a young, 20-something man in Wisconsin, Ryan was successful, “a cut above everyone else,” Behrend said during a rally supporting former Gov. Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate.

“I just like somebody who can speak so eloquently on economics,” Behrend said. “I think that is where it is at and we never seem to get there. I think from Wisconsin’s perspective, I think we have a good chance of taking the state for Romney. I think if we do, there is no scenario where we won’t win nationally.”

Linda Carrivau of Sheboygan made the trek to the Waukesha County Expo with thousands of others from southeastern Wisconsin.

“I think Paul Ryan is a great pick,” Carrivau said. “He is eloquent. He has got a plan. He has a solid outlook on the economy.” 

Michael Anderson of Milwaukee was excited about Ryan’s nomination to vice president. While he didn’t know if Ryan would get it, he placed Ryan in the top 10 candidates.

“I think it is a great pick,” Anderson said. “I think Paul Ryan has a lot of fiscal experience. As House Budget Committee chairperson, he will be able to bring a lot of financial stability to the office of vice president.”

Anderson said the pick helps put Wisconsin on the map politically with the pick.

“We were important, but we are more of a crucial state than even before,” Anderson said. “With the (recall) victory of Gov. Scott Walker and holding onto the Senate and all those things, it really puts Wisconsin on the map as an important state in the future.”

Anderson was sporting a cheesehead with a Romney bumper sticker on it. He’s had it since Romney came to Wisconsin in April.

“The Secret Service decided to give it to me,” Anderson said.

Tosa720 August 14, 2012 at 06:35 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ryan - other than these "jobs", he worked for the family business - which is NOT the same as getting hired by an outside company in the private sector..... In terms of who authored his budget bill, I apologize but cannot find the article that I read when he first proposed the bill - but even if I find it, you will not believe it.... I am going to take John's advice for now - he (along with Bren) seem to know all of the angry old men on this forum better than anyone else. Just one thing before I go - you cannot demean me - your opinion of me or my position has no value.
aaaaaa August 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM
ummm - don't tell ME what's wise....I think it shows he is married to a normal person: she is educated and smart and not sporting a retro 'do". You are known by the people you associate with! That goes for Romney - he is associated with Ryan. It goes both ways - I mean, McCain was skewered for chooing Palin!
CowDung August 14, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Tosa: I wasn't making any attempt to demean you or John. Notice the difference in tone between what I say and what John Wilson has been saying. I don't call you names, I don't make judgements about your mindset, prejudices, etc., nor do I make sweeping generalizations about why you believe the things you do. I am only challenging your claims that I believe to be incorrect. The fact that you can't seem to find the source for your budget bill claim leads me to not believe it. Wikipedia isn't exactly the most reliable of sources for providing proof for anything. Don't discount anyone working for their family business. Ryan is obviously an intelligent and ambitious person. You shouldn't assume that his work was unimportant or that it didn't contribute to the business. The only difference is that he likely didn't have to interview for the job. You also didn't mention his jobs as a waiter or fitness trainer.
Randy1949 August 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
@CowDung -- Alfred was definitely attempting to be demeaning. But he's equal opportunity. He does that to everyone. Fitness trainer? Really?
CowDung August 14, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I can't speak for anyone but myself, Randy. I'm not Alfred.

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