The search is over... the debate is done. Now, the GOP ticket can get on with the business of beating Barack Obama. In a Saturday announcement, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced his choice to be his vice presidential running mate: Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.
Romney's VP phone app sprung to life, giving those who downloaded it the first word. His pick is Paul Ryan, and of those who were on the short list, Ryan is an excellent choice.
As reported by the Associated Press, in prepared remarks, Ryan stated that this is the "worst economic recovery in 70 years."
"Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuses, this is a record of failure" on the part of President Barack Obama, he added.
In the prepared remarks, Ryan, 42, envisioned a Romney administration in which "We won't duck the tough issues...we will lead."
On the Romney for President web site, Ryan is described as follows:
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin's First Congressional District. He is Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he has worked tirelessly leading the effort to rein in federal spending and increase accountability to taxpayers.
He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, where he has focused on simplifying the tax code and making health care more affordable and accessible.
In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his "Roadmap for America's Future," a proposal to eliminate the federal deficit, reform the tax code, and preserve entitlements for future generations.
Representative Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on January 29, 1970. A fifth-generation Wisconsin native, Ryan was the youngest of four children born to Paul Ryan Sr., who worked as an attorney, and Betty, a stay-at-home mom.
Here is some Fox News analysis of Paul Ryan before the pick was officially announced:
Here is a clip from Paul Ryan's Saturday speech in Virginia where he officially joined the ticket. The full text of his speech can be found here.
So... what do you think? Is Paul Ryan the right person for the job?