Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan draws praise from area Republican leaders and warnings from Democrats:

David Betras, Mahoning County Dem. chairman:

Ryan “shares Gov. Romney’s commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy and placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors will somehow deliver a strong economy. [He] is the architect of the radical Republican House budget. He has proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires and billionaires and deep cuts in education. His plan would also end Medicare as we know it. [He] rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that wrecked our economy. He voted to fund two wars on a credit card ... and tax cuts that put us into the deficit hole. He is surely not ready to be one heartbeat away from the presidency.”

CHRIS REDFERN, Ohio Dem. Chairman:

“Paul Ryan got his start in politics as a young staffer just out of college, working for then-Congressman John Kasich’s Budget Committee. Romney as president would be bad enough, but Ryan as vice president would be catastrophic and take us back to the policies that crashed our economy. Ryan would pound a sharp stake into the heart of Medicare.”


Ohio Gov. John Kasich:

“Paul Ryan is a great pick. We’ve always had a great relationship, and I’ve always respected his understanding of how the Washington budget mess is holding back job creation. He’s got a keen intellect and the kind of courage to think big on solutions that America needs from its leaders.”

Marisha Agana, Republican candidate for 13th District:

“I have mixed feelings about the selection of Mr. Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate. It was a bold choice, but I wish he had chosen somebody from the South to get representation from that area. That being said, I like Mr. Ryan and believe in him and will support him and be rooting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to win.”

Mark Munroe, Mahoning County Republican Party chairman:

“I think Paul Ryan is an outstanding selection. Few people know the inner workings of the federal budget process as well as he does. I think his choice is very exciting ... and I think it will help Romney. Ryan is not afraid to tell it the way it is. He knows what’s wrong with the federal budget process and knows what has to be done to make a true course correction.”

Dave Johnson, Columbiana County Republican Party chairman:

“I think Paul Ryan will bring youth and optimism and great legislative experience to the ticket, and energize the Romney campaign in Columbiana County and in Ohio. I could not be more pleased. Romney has picked a true conservative who will present a stark contrast for the American people.”

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett:

“I share the sentiment of my fellow Ohioan, Sen. Rob Portman, in saying Mitt Romney has made a great choice in Paul Ryan as his running mate. I share the excitement of many who look forward to the spirited campaign these men will wage on behalf of our country’s future.”

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6Th:

“Having served with Paul in the House, I know how committed he is to confronting and solving the very real fiscal and economic challenges that America faces. Paul has not been afraid to lead on difficult issues — a quality sorely lacking in the current Administration. The House’s loss of Paul Ryan as the chairman of the budget committee will be America’s gain in helping Gov. Romney address our crippling debt, put Americans back to work and move our nation forward. I applaud Gov. Romney in making an excellent choice for America’s next vice president.”

Kathi Creed, Trumbull County Republican Party chairwoman:

“I think Paul Ryan is an excellent choice and will help Romney in this area.”

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