ELECTION AUTHORITY: Local Politicians React to Romney Choosing Ryan As Running Mate

Not only are politicians in Washington D.C. buzzing over Romney's announcement, but politicians in the Badger state are too.

Congressman Paul Ryan made history today, becoming the first Wisconsin politician to be part of a major Presidential ticket. Not surprising, opinions were mixed.

Ryan's fellow Congressman Sean Duffy told NewsChannel 7 that Ryan is a guy that, when presented to the rest of the country, will embody what Wisconsin stands for. He says he thinks this will be attractive to many people.

Chair of the Marathon County Democratic Party Jeff Johnson feels differently.

"I don't really think that it is a feather in out cap that one of the most radical Congressmen in the U.S. Congress has been nominated," he said.

But will the fact that Congressman Ryan is from Wisconsin sway voters come November? Will our notoriously purple state shift to a more red one? Republicans say it is a definite possibility.

"I think Paul Ryan, being a hometown guy, will be a great asset to the Wisconsin electorate. I think we'll see Independents and soft Democrats say, 'This guy makes sense,'" Congressman Duffy stated.

Democrats couldn't disagree more.

Democratic candidate for the 7th Congressional District Pat Kreitlow told NewsChannel 7 that, "By putting a Wisconsin Congressman on the ticket, independent voters will take a deeper look at the Ryan Budget and see just how bad and how wrong it is."

But Republicans in the state see this as a clear sign Romney is ready to take on the fiscal and economic challenges facing our country.

In a press conference Saturday morning, Governor Walker commented on Romney's decision saying, "I think in his announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate, it shows he's serious about taking on the two most pressing issues we face in this country, the economy, getting people back to work, and the budget."

Democrats, however, say Romney and Ryan's plan is fundamentally flawed.

"They're the wrong priorities and the wrong values. It's simply wrong to sacrifice cuts for the middle class and not ask for a penny of sacrifice from millionaires and others'" Kreitlow said.

Despite what Republicans refer to as some difficult choices in Ryan's budget plan, they say the fact he has a plan appeals to many, including Democrats. They also emphasize the access Wisconsinites would have in making sure the Wisconsin perspective is heard in Washington D.C.

The one thing representatives from both parties did agree on was that both sets of candidates will have to fight to win Wisconsin come November.


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