Well, Mitt Romney has his Vice President pick.
Republican Mitt Romney made it official early Saturday morning, naming U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate.
The public announcent will be made aboard the USS Wisconsin later this morning in Norfolk, but the Romney campaign confirmed reports that first surfaced late Friday night in a phone app posting.
“Mitt’s Choice for VP is Paul Ryan,” the posting read.
The pick is a high-stakes strategic move that sharpens the ideological contrast between the two presidential campaigns when it comes to the role of government, the stewardship of the economy and the direction of the country.
Romney was scheduled to campaign with his vice-presidential choice Saturday in Virginia, beginning the day – tellingly – at the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk.
In Ryan, Romney would be turning to perhaps his party’s most influential politician on economic and budget policy, a huge favorite of pro-business and free-market conservatives, a personable policy wonk and energetic campaigner, and the architect of two deeply controversial federal budget plans that sharply scale back social spending and health care entitlements.
Romney’s already been accused of murder this week. So he’s going with an easy target to save time for the Democrats. This is tame stuff for what we expect to be coming.
Unlike Barack Obama and Joe Biden and their extensive private sector history, Democrats point out Ryan doesn’t have much.
For one thing, Ryan has no significant private-sector experience. Besides summer jobs working at McDonald’s or at his family’s construction company, or waiting tables as a young Washington staffer, Ryan has none of the business-world experience Romney frequently touts as essential for governing. In the run-up to his first campaign for Congress, in 1998, that gap was enough of a concern for Ryan that he briefly became a “marketing consultant” at the family business, an obvious bit of résumé puffing.