Fox News -- Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, selecting the Republican Party's go-to man on budget issues in a decision that signals the campaign will make the nation's spiraling debt a centerpiece of its attacks on President Obama.
Romney made the selection official during a campaign stop Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., before launching a four-day bus tour.
The Republican presidential candidate called his new running mate a man of "steadiness" and "integrity." Speaking Saturday morning, Romney praised Ryan as an "intellectual leader" of the party, one who understands the toll the debt is taking on the country but is optimistic about the future.
"He doesn't demonize his opponents. He understands that honorable people can have honest differences and he appeals to the better angels of our nature," Romney said. "He's never been content to just curse the darkness. He'd rather light candles."
To the backdrop of retired battleship USS Wisconsin, an energized Ryan then riled up the crowd with a feisty speech that promoted Romney as the solution to the problems under President Obama. Ryan, met with chants of "USA, USA," gave a sweeping vision speech on free enterprise, one laced with attacks on the White House incumbent.
"No one disputes that President Obama inherited a difficult situation. And, in his first two years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn't make things better," Ryan said. "In fact, we find ourselves in a nation facing debt, doubt and despair."
Blog author's comments - I am pleased with the choice of Paul Ryan. He should help to energize the Republican Party's campaign. The voters will ultimately choose between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama but, Ryan could possibly make a difference in the outcome of the election by helping to motivate the GOP base and win some independents.
We shall see what the voters want for their country. We will also find out what they feel the government should or should not do for them. Do they want to make their own life choices or do they want the government to care for them?
Of course the attack ads and lies against Romney and Ryan will now come raining down from the liberals at a non-stop pace. The Democrats have nothing else. They cannot run on Obama's record, in my opinion he has been a dismal failure.