Yahoo! News asked Republican voters on Saturday to react to Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. Here's one voter's perspective.
COMMENTARY | As a GOP voter in Cincinnati, Ohio, here is how I feel about Ryan being Romney's choice, and what he adds to the Republican's campaign.
I believe Ryan is really the best choice for Romney. He brings a lot of fiscally conservative ideologies to the table, which is the biggest issue in this campaign. In 2010, Ryan released his first ever budget plan, which was "Roadmap for America's Future," and it detailed the changes Ryan wanted to make to government. In the tax reform part of this budget, Ryan proposed that an adjustable consumption tax of 8.5 percent should replace the corporate income tax, and proposed an increase to deductions and exemptions. Ryan's budget plan also called for a simplification of the tax code, where Americans making up to $50,000 a year would pay 10 percent of their income in federal taxes.
Ryan seems to have a common-sense solution to the tax issue that has plagued this country for many years, and his solutions would positively impact Americans in all tax brackets. I really like that Ryan offers solutions to the fiscal crisis America is in, rather than waiting for someone else to come forward. That shows leadership.
I feel Ryan's background -- with his budget proposals -- will really help Romney gain more support, especially among the more fiscally conservative groups, such as the tea party. As a Republican voter, this pick does excite me because I know Ryan is going to do all he can to cut the overspending in the government, and he can help Romney attack Obama on his failed economic policies with more depth.
I also know Ryan would make much needed cuts to entitlement programs, such as Welfare, which is desperately needed. We need to remind Americans that government handouts are not the answer. This election will be about whether the country is better off now than four years ago economically, and Ryan will prove to the American people that Obama is not the answer.
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