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Romney picks Ryan as VP, Alabama Leaders React

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Early Saturday morning GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney introduced Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as his VP pick.

Republicans from around Alabama have been weighing in on Romney’s choice.

“I’m delighted as I know many Alabamians will be at the choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as Gov. Romney’s running mate. Congressman Ryan is a conservative leader who understands the economy and how jobs are created. From his service in Congress, Ryan knows that massive debt is a drag on job creation. He brings energy and ideas of how to reform spending, bring about a balanced budget and grow the American economy,” said Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, Chair of the Romney Campaign in Alabama.

Not long afterwards, Governor Robert Bentley who did not support Romney in the Alabama primary said, “I believe Representative Ryan will make an outstanding Vice President. Governor Romney has made an excellent choice,” Governor Bentley said. “Together, the Romney-Ryan team will bring fiscal responsibility back to the federal government. We cannot continue to spend more money than we have. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will help right-size government while preserving the American dream. I look forward to working with their team and seeing them elected this November.”

State Senator Cam Ward, (R-Alabaster), who is a senior member of the GOP delegation to the GOP convention had this to say, “Paul represents the intellectual conservative thought that is needed to tackle America’s ballooning national debt. His selection will force the national debate back to the fiscal stability of our country.”

The lone Alabama democrat to comment so far on Romney’s pick for VP was State Senator Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro), “This is America and Governor Romney is free be pick whoever he wants to share defeat with him in November.”

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From republicans who are calling the choice of Ryan as “bold” to democrats who say Ryan is “risky” there was no shortage of comment on Saturday morning.

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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