Editor's note: It's official! Mitt Romney names Paul Ryan as his running mate for his 2012 presidential run, the Huffington Post reports. The following is the story that ran earlier this morning before the announcement.
With only a couple of weeks before the Republican National Convention, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will reportedly name U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice presidential pick Saturday, Aug. 11, at a campaign event in Virginia, according to the Huffington Post.
Ryan, 42, is one of the Republican Party's young guns who has made a name for himself on the national political stage with his sweeping budget reform plan and his strident stance for limited government, HuffPost reports. If he gets the nod Saturday morning, Ryan will have beat out safe, middle-of-the-road vice presidential choices, such as Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the report continued.
Of course, the last time a GOP presidential candidate went the unexpected route and chose a young, energetic running mate, it gave Tina Fey a second career and put the nail in the coffin of any hopes John McCain had of a presidential career. But Paul Ryan is no Sarah Palin (yes, my grasp of the obvious is impressive). And he's no Dan Quayle, either.
If the early news reports are true (I can hedge a bet better than a professional Vegas craps player), what do you think of Romney's decision to go with Ryan? Is this a sign that his campaign is moving into attack formation, all sights set on President Barack Obama's supposed Achilles' heel: the economy?
Or does the decision to go with Ryan smack of campaign desperation and of a candidate trying too hard to escape his image of being an uptight automaton who makes Al Gore look as laid back and mellow as Matthew McConaughey (with or without a shirt on; it's your call)?
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