Political Perceptions: Pros, Cons of Paul Ryan

From Wall Street Journal:

There’s been a bit of a boom lately in Rep. Paul Ryan’s stock as a potential running mate to Mitt Romney. It started with a column by Stephen F. Hayes and William Kristol of the Weekly Standard, which urged Mr. Romney to pick Mr. Ryan, of Wisconsin, or Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as the vice presidential nominee.

Their argument for Mr. Ryan: President Obama and other Democrats are going to take aim at Mr. Ryan’s budget and Medicare plan, an attempt to rein in federal spending that has become the focal point of the Republican policy agenda in Congress. Why not have Mr. Ryan himself explain it?

But the very boldness that is creating buzz around Mr. Ryan—his willingness to address tough issues in the interest of cutting federal spending—is also causing some nervousness within his party.

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