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Romney chooses Paul Ryan as his running mate

August 11, 2012 - Andrea Johnson
So Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. What does everyone think?

Honestly, Ryan's was not a name that had occurred to me. I don't know much about him, though I'm sure we will soon find out all we want to know about his background. I see why he might appeal to Tea Party members and fiscal conservatives based on a preliminary perusal of his background. On the other hand, I am somewhat concerned that he is a devotee of Ayn Rand and that dead writer's philosophy, which I thought was unworkable and distinctly lacking in compassion when I read "The Fountainhead" at the age of 17. I couldn't write a convincing enough essay for a scholarship contest in her name to win the college scholarship I had hoped would help fund my freshman year in college.

A couple of other things struck me. Ryan is of my generation, Generation X. I think he may be the first Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate of my particular age group to run for office, at least from a major party. I suppose for good or for ill the Gen Xers are not far away from being in charge of the country. Even Obama is a late Baby Boomer.

Not that I've ever paid much attention to the grouping of the generations. People are different because they are different and because of where they grew up and who their friends and family are, not necessarily because of how old they are. Ryan is a Wisconsin native and probably did not have too different an upbringing or world view than most North Dakotans.

Also interesting is a Washington Post poll that came out a few days ago saying that about 72 percent of voters already have their minds made up. Nine out of 10 Republicans are voting for Romney and 9 out of 10 Democrats are voting for Obama. Some Independents are still undecided, but in some states they're leaning more towards Romney.

Given the likely outcome of the Presidential vote in North Dakota, one can only hope that we will be spared a barrage of Presidential campaign ads. The Senate campaign, on the other hand, appears to be competitive so we will have many months to look forward to of "I approved this message" from Rick Berg and Heidi Heitkamp.

If they have a vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan that might prove entertaining. Ryan is said to be quite a charismatic speaker.


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