Breaking News: Romney To Choose Paul Ryan As VP Running Mate

In an interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd Thursday, Mitt Romney announced that he will choose Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate:

CHUCK TODD: What do you want your running mate to say about you? What do you want your selection to say about what kind of president you’re going to be?

GOV. MITT ROMNEY: I don’t think I have anything for you on the VP running mate. Other than I — I certainly expect to have a person that has a strength of character, a vision for the country that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country. I happen to believe this is a defining election for America, that we’re going to be voting for what kind of America we’re going to have.

Although Romney starts by saying, equivocally, that he doesn't "have anything for you on [his] running mate", we know from long experience with Romney's utterances that he is a habitual liar and this formulation is his way of making an announcement.  There is only one Republican that has stated anything resembling a "vision for the country" and that is Paul Ryan.

More updates as this story unfolds.

Update 10:54 p.m.

Not that Romney does the "vision thing" himself, however hiring someone to be his visionary is completely consistent with his character.

Update 8/10/2012 8:12 a.m.:

Ezra Klein of the Washington Post has a very interesting theory of why the Ryan pick is a winner for Romney personally – it provides cover for his inevitable loss:

… But the smaller, more Machiavellian point is that Ryan is Romney’s best chance to diffuse the blame if he loses this election. If Romney chooses the proverbial “incredibly boring white guy” and then goes down in November, conservatives will place the blame squarely on Romney’s shoulders: He was a flip-flopping, Massachusetts Moderate with a cautious campaign and a car elevator. The narrative, in fact, is already set. In July, the Wall Street Journal editorial page accused Romney of “slowly squandering an historic opportunity.” They would simply have to change “squandering” to “squandered.” And Romney knows it.

Paul Ryan (by Joshua Roberts — Bloomberg)

But if Romney chooses Ryan — if he makes this the “big election over big issues” that the Wall Street Journal editorial page wants — then his loss will be their loss as well. He’ll still be blamed, of course. But the fact will remain that he took conservative counsel, adopted conservative ideas, named a conservative hero as his vice president, ran on the Ryan budget, and lost to a liberal. The right will not be able to pretend they weren’t on the ticket. They will have chosen the ticket. The right will not be able to say Romney ran a cautious campaign. They will have cranked his campaign’s strategy up to 11.

Update 8/11/2012 9:25 a.m.

Confirmation from the Mittster himself.  It's (tea) party time now!

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5 comments to Breaking News: Romney To Choose Paul Ryan As VP Running Mate

  • itaest

    While it could be Paul Ryan, I think you are jumping the gun. In hindsight you will be able to say, I was the first to annouce it, but if you are wrong, you'll get a reputation for making the wrong call!

    We'll see.

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  • itaest

    I love the Ezra Klein's opinion. For a moment when reading it, I thought it was you who had written it and I thought, wow, Tom really nailed this one. Well, no, but at least you found the article!

    You are starting to convince me… We will know tomorrow at 9am!

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    • itaest

      You were right!!!

      You did better than a Huffington Post blogger who went with Portman: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-eisele/romneys-vp-choice-its-rob_b_1765530.html

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      • Tom

        Romney is a pathological  liar  and his saying "I don't think I have anything for you … except I …I" was unambiguous Romney-speak for "I really have something to say now".  No offense to HuffPo (well maybe a little offense), but Rob Portman has never stated a "vision for America" of any sort, good, bad or ugly.  Paul Ryan's vision is both bad and ugly and he is the only Republican that has gone beyond speaking in sweeping generalities. Romney told Chuck Todd in very clear language (for Romney) that he was choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate. It really wasn't even deduction so much as developing an ear for the way Romney talks.

         

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  • BC

    I am going to have to do more reading on Ryan to have a reasonable opinion.  What is of paramount importance is getting our spending under control across the board so we don't default on our debt or go Weimar.
     
    My understanding is Ryan is very well versed on our budget issues, but need to read up on what he wishes to do to see if he is a good pick or not.
     
    As for Ryan being boring – who cares.  Once again we approach an election with two poor choices.  I find it hard to believe that with 300 million people in the US that Romney and Obama are the best we can do – sad.

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