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Mitt Romney supporters who downloaded the presidential candidate's mobile app last month were the first to receive the official news early this morning. "Mitt's choice for VP is Paul Ryan. Spread the word about America's comeback team," the app said, confirming reports that began circulating widely last night. Shortly thereafter, Romney introduced Ryan at the retired battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia.
The presumptive GOP nominee picked the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee -- a choice that represents a calculated decision on Romney's part to reject safer options like former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty or Ohio senator Rob Portman in favor of a more polarizing route.
The Tea Party, for instance, loves Ryan.
The selection gives Democrats something (well, many things) to talk about. Ryan proposed a budget plan as House budget chairman that would include cuts in government programs that affect low-income and elderly people. Democrats hope that calling attention to that proposal could affect the voting outcome in such states as Florida, which has a high concentration of seniors.
At any rate, the pick of Ryan is sure to make the debate about reduction of debt and government spending a central issue.
Ryan's background -- he's a Washington pol through and through without business experience -- stands in contrast to Romney's. The result could be a balancing effect.
After months of speculation and vetting, the news now kicks off a bus tour of battleground states, where the two men will travel together in the hopes of winning hearts and minds.
On a lighter night, Romney made the same gaffe then-candidate Obama made in 2008, when he accidentally introduced his vice presidential running mate as the next president of the United States. What do you think of Romney's selection of Ryan as his VP choice? Share your comments below!