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POLL: Is Paul Ryan a Good VP Pick for Mitt Romney?

The candidate has faced criticism since he was chosen as the Republican running mate.

Forty-two percent of Americans use the words "fair" and "poor" to describe Paul Ryan, the recent Vice President pick from the Mitt Romney campaign, the Huffington Post reports.

The seven-term Wisconsin senator has picked up more than 118,000 Twitter followers and 860,000 Facebook "likes" since he became Romney's running mate. Sixty-eight percent of donors in the past week are giving for the first time, the article says.

But a "like" or a "follow" is not necessarily an endorsement. 

"A Twitter follow does not imply fondness. Go look at the list of people you follow on Twitter. A sorry bunch of whiny narcissists whom you occasionally hate-read to feel superior, are they not?" the article says.

What do you think? Do you approve of Paul Ryan? Tell us why or why not in the comments and cast your vote in our poll. 

Bob Berman August 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM
From my view from the other side of the aisle, it's a good, but not great pick for Romney. He had to solidify the right wing base, who has not been 100% behind him up to now. Romney now has to find a way to pick up more swing voters, because Ryan does not help that cause at all. From a political perspective it's always smart to shore up your base, which is what the choice does.
Ray Salemi August 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The issue of whether he is a good pick for Romney v. whether I approve of him are two different questions. I think he's a good pick for Romney because he sharpens the focus of his message. I don't agree with Ryan because I think he has a limited worldview. I approve of Ryan because I think he's a good guy.
Robert Nolan August 18, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I think he is a bad choice because I believe the difference in this election is not going to be decided by the swing voters, who aren't really a great percentage of all likely voters. People who call themselves Democrats will never vote for a Republican and people who call themselves Republican will never vote for a Democrat (with very few exceptions), and those percentages are about equal. The so-called "Independents" usually only vote for one party also, so the actual "swing voters" are very few. For Romney, shoring up the base will not help. The Republican base will always turn out to vote AGAINST Obama, if not for Romney, and the VP choice will not change that even if he is not a true Conservative. The smartest choice for a VP would have been someone who could capture the attention of the true swing voters, as well as deliver the message in a clear, positive way. He/she should be smart, quick, articulate, strong and unfortunately but realistically he should not be unattractive. These swing voters don't usually have strong convictions one way or another, so they can easily be swayed by a good argument by a smart, attractive, engaging candidate who doesn't make too many gaffs that can be capitalized on by the other side. Republicans have to be particularly clean of gaffs, since the media clearly reports them much more than they do for Democrats. Obama hasn't been without them, but they are rarely reported. They are only mentioned by Fox, as are the many Biden gaffs.
Jim Rizoli August 18, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Does it really matter? Do any of you see what is happening? Jim@ccfiile.com
Gerald C W Heng Sr. August 18, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The Paul Ryan as Veep for GOP Hope Mitt Romney reminds me of the GOP in 1964 with Barry Goldwater a nice amiable gentleman who said if the man can shoot straight in the military he didn't care if the Man is Gay is a very socially Liberal Position in that Era.However Barry Goldwater has very Extreme Right Wing Views on the Economy and the American Wars of comtemporary times of that Era. Paul Ryan is just as Extreme and is a Favorite of the Conservative Tea Party Genre so how Salin Palin, Rudy Giuliani and Ms. McCain are so excited for him !Paul Ryan wants to dismantle Medicare and Social Secuirity as promulgated and implemented the post EDR Administration after the Depression brought on by GOP President Herbert Hoover , when the Hoover Dam burst, FDR and Harry Truman came aboard to pluck the leaks and repaired the infrastructures of middle class and the under-served. As Harry Truman would say " I give you Hell Paul Ryan you are No Veep for the majority of the Americans who are the middle class and the under-privileged class unlike you and Mitt Romney indebted to the Corporate America of SuperPacs and their Industries like Wall Street Big Boys and Big Oil Wells " Baby George W Bush is back ! Gerald Heng Sr. Metrowest Boston/Framingham,MA.
lisamoo August 18, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Paul Ryan as Veep just gave Obama some breathing room. I couldn't be happier. Maybe Romney might even recommend Kerry Healey for a cabinet post next?
Papabarn August 19, 2012 at 01:50 AM
"Maybe Romney might even recommend Kerry Healey for a cabinet post next?". Please, let's not bring that in to being even a remote possibility.

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