Ohio Republicans react to Ryan as VP

3:52 AM, Aug 12, 2012   |    comments
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OHIO -- The Paul Ryan pick as vice presidential candidate for the GOP in 2012 is what some would call unconventional. 

Ryan, 42, is a 13-year veteran of the House of Representatives in Wisconsin. He represents the state's 1st Congressional District there but Ryan has ties to Ohio. 

The Miami University graduate brings key strengths to the Republican ticket. Ryan's known for budgeting and deficit reduction. 

Dr. David Cohen, political science professor at the University of Akron, says Ryan will be able to pull in certain groups, "conservatives are very happy, Tea Party folks are very happy with this selection."

But how happy are voters with the selection?  Wisconsinite Jim Coyne isn't too thrilled with Paul's controversial plan to make big changes to Obama's health care reform.  "They got it all backwards not taking care of people and that's a sin," Coyne said. 

Rob Frost, chairman of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party said Ryan's stance is what the GOP needs, "strong stands are what is needed right now and so independent voters are given a very clear choice." 

Dr.  Cohen believes strong stands could alienate independent and senior voters, the two groups Republicans will need, to swing states.  "[It's] very crucial to them winning the white house is winning a dozen or so battleground states that are so important," Dr. Cohen said.

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