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Abilene political experts say Romney's choice as running mate offers pros, cons

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 30 2012 03:15:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 14 2012 08:53:41 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan is very popular with conservatives, but his ideas on issues like Medicare, taxes, and government spending make him very unpopular with more liberal voters, a McMurry University political scientist says.

According to Paul Fabrizio, choosing Paul Ryan as Romney's political partner firms up Romney's appeal to the Republican base. However, Fabrizio said he believes President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will now have an easier job convincing voters to support them.

"Now they can paint Mitt Romney as a right-winged ideologue, and they can use that to get out the vote for the Democratic Party," Fabrizio said.

Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, will challenge the way American's retire and get health care.

Though Romney said he plans to preserve Medicare, Democrats have said Ryan's plan is to ultimately do away with Medicare.

"Now we have two defined parties, two defined tickets. We know what Democrats stand for, and we know what the Republicans stand for. They're two totally different visions for this country," Fabrizio said.

Taylor County GOP Chairwoman Joy Ellinger said Romney based his running mate decision on experience.

She said Ryan has far more experience putting together a budget than President Obama does.

"We're going to have to come together as Americans and realize the entitlement era is over, and we cannot continue down this road," Ellinger said.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.