Romney's magnificent Ryan roll out continues with the release of a new web video, "America’s Comeback Team."
The new video uses a number of quotes from Congressman Paul Ryan's' terrific speech during the formal announcement of his selection to be Romney's running mate:
- "Over the years I have seen and heard from a lot from families, from a lot of those who are running small businesses, and from people who are in need. But what I have heard lately, that’s what troubles me the most. There is something different in their voice and in their words. What I hear from them are diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures."
- "I hear some people say that this is just ‘the new normal.’ High unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt is not a new normal … And next January, our economy will begin a comeback with the Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will lead to more jobs and more take-home pay for working Americans."
- "I'm proud to stand with a man who understands what it takes to foster job creation in our economy, someone who knows from experience, that if you have a small business—you did build that."
- "Mitt Romney is this kind of leader … And together, we will unite America and get this done."
Romney's Ryan roll out got great reviews in the press.
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza called it a a decidedly bold stroke:
"The news that Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee today in Norfolk, Virginia amounts to a decidedly bold stroke … a pick that will almost certainly turn the race into a choice between two competing — and strikingly contrasting — visions for the country."
Time's Michael Crowley writes that as a result of Romney choosing Ryan, "the 2012 election is likely to shift from a narrow debate about the state of the economy to a much broader one about the size and role of government in America."
NBC's Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro wrote that in picking Ryan signal's that Romney’s "doubling down on an austerity/deficit-reduction message. Indeed, while the Obama campaign and Democrats could point to visible improvements with the economy over the past three years (a lower unemployment rate, stronger GDP growth), there hasn’t been much progress in reducing the deficit. The deficit was $1.4 trillion in FY ’09; $1.3 trillion in ’10; $1.5 trillion in ’11 (projected); and $1.1 billion in ’12 (projected)."
In the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire, Patrick O'Connor called the Ryan pick a move to energize conservative voters:
"With his proposals to revamp entitlement programs for future retirees and the poor, Mr. Ryan has become a hero to conservatives. Mr. Romney is also sending a signal that the election will be about big ideas and stark differences between the two parties about the size of government, not just a campaign about who’s to blame for the economy."
We could cite more, but we think you get the idea.
And the Romney campaign raised $3.5 million online in the 24 hours following the Ryan announcement.
The despicable Democrat demonization machine immediately launched familar false attacks on Paul Ryan's budget proposals. The Obama campaign led the attack, launching a negative website within minutes of Mitt Romney’s official announcement.
The Democrats' attack machine will do everything they can to undermine Ryan's favorability numbers. Before the announcement Rasmussen reported that 39 percent of all voters had a favorable opinion of Ryan, while only 25 percent had a negative review.
According to Scott Rasmussen, Romney’s roll-out of his vice presidential pick is as important as the choice itself because "most Americans will learn all they know about the new name on the ticket during the week the candidate is introduced. While 69% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Ryan, 42% of voters not affiliated with either major political party have no opinion of him one way or the other at this point."
Paul Ryan is a very good choice by Mitt Romney. It has energized the Conservative base and the TEA Party wing of the Republican coalition. It will also make it more likely that the campaign will be a debate about the size of government, out of control spending and the Obamacrats incessant demands for more taxes -- Romney's private equity versus Obama's public equity or "Government-Centered Society."