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CT Politicians React to Paul Ryan, Romney's VP Pick

The pick stirs up debate among two U.S. Senate candidates, and draws praise from Republicans and pause from at least one Democrat.


Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Vice President selection today of Congressman Paul Ryan has stirred up a frenzy of activity in Connecticut's political scene.

Chris Shays, a former Congressman who is facing off against Linda McMahon Tuesday in the Republican Primary for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat, calls Ryan a "great pick."

"Governor Romney could not have made a better choice for his running mate than his decision to name my friend and former colleague, Congressman Paul Ryan," Shays said, adding, in his , "He is an experienced leader, trying to restore fiscal sanity to Washington."

Meanwhile, Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) took Romney's announcement as an opportunity to engage McMahon. In Tuesday's Primary, Democrats will choose between Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut's former Secretary of the State. Bysiewicz has not yet made a statement about Romney's pick.

The Murphy campaign said, "This morning, Linda McMahon tried to reverse her position on the massive cuts to Medicare contained in Congressman Paul Ryan’s disastrous budget plan."

“Linda McMahon said just months ago that she supports 'some' of Congressman Ryan’s disastrous plan, including 'taking a look' at its massive cuts to Medicare,” said Murphy spokeswoman Taylor Lavender. “So, which parts of Congressman Ryan’s plan does she support? And why hasn’t she endorsed her party’s nominee for vice president?"

"Chris Murphy would never endorse a presidential or vice presidential candidate who would give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest individuals and corporations that ship American jobs overseas, shift costs onto middle class families already struggling to make ends meet, and force over 575,000 Connecticut seniors to pay more out of pocket costs for their health care by ending Medicare as we know it.”

McMahon campaign manager Corry Bliss pushed back.

“Leave it to Chris Murphy to take the news of the day and use it to try to distract from the fact that he has no plan to create jobs and improve the economy," Bliss says in a statement. “Linda McMahon will never support a budget that cuts Medicare."

So far, not in a statement or in any posts on her social media networks, has McMahon lended her outright support to Paul Ryan.

Romney announced the decision in a press release Saturday morning, titled “America’s Comeback Team,” as well as through his “Mitt’s VP” smart phone app.

The Huffington Post notes that both liberals and conservatives will be “thrilled” with Romney’s choice.

Ryan, 42, is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He’s also a chairman of the House Budget Committee, and last year he unveiled a counter budget titled “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which proposed to eliminate the federal deficit over a multi-year period.

Democrats and liberals derided the budget, however, saying it focused more on cuts to spending for social programs and less on tax cuts for the wealthy.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat seeking re-election representing Connecticut's Third Congressional District, also responded to the news:

“America is going to have a conversation about the choice before us this November. Thanks to his last two proposed budgets, we all know what Paul Ryan’s vision for America is. The American middle class will face higher taxes and less help with education. Seniors will get a voucher and higher bills for health care. And the children of the most vulnerable will get pushed back into poverty."

Steve Obsitnik, a Republican running to unseat Democrat Jim Himes in the Fourth Congressional District, offered this:

"In selecting Rep. Ryan to be his Vice President, Gov. Romney is drawing the starkest of contrasts between himself and the President."

"This election may come down to a single issue: 'Should the federal government continue down its present path of fiscal irresponsibility, or has the time come to get our financial house in order?'"

"All across Connecticut’s 4th District families work hard to make ends meet; they make the tough decisions on their budgets and try to save money for a rainy day. Our government should act like our families. We need fiscal responsibility for today while investing in the future."

Himes has not yet released a statement on the news.

What's your reaction?

MAC August 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Excellent choice! Can't wait to see the debate between Ryan and Biden--a knowledgeable, very savvy and articulate Ryan against the bumbling, gaffe-prone Biden! Paul Ryan will be perfect as our nation's VP, because he accurately sees both the dire financial situation the government has brought us to, and the SOLUTIONS to get us back on the road to PROSPERITY. Steve Obsitnik, "great choice" to replace the 'phony moderate' Jim Himes in the 4th CD, accurately assessed the Ryan choice, and the stakes in this election: "Gov. Romney is drawing the starkest of contrasts between himself and the President. ...“'Should the federal government continue down its present path of fiscal irresponsibility, or has the time come to get our financial house in order?' "All across Connecticut’s 4th District families work hard to make ends meet; they make the tough decisions on their budgets and try to save money for a rainy day. Our government should act like our families. We need fiscal responsibility for today while investing in the future." Romney/Ryan will bring back that "fiscal responsibility ." I will be voting for Obsitnik to replace Himes, who has voted for ALL the 5 TRILLIONS $$$ of deficit spending, and of course I will be voting for Romney/Ryan. For most thinking Americans, who are not either on the dole, public sector union members or crony capitalist bff of Obama, Obama has obviously failed and needs to be FIRED! This should be a no brainer, folks!!
IMO August 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM
The problem Obama has had since day one, is every time he puts something forward that may hep, the Republicans squash it. Since he's taken office, the Republicans had one thing in focus....Obama being a one term Prsient......God forbid we have someone in office who will make the upper class pay more than 15% taxes, while the middle class pays 35%....the rich get richer, and they do it on the backs of the middle class......would'nt be surprsed to see a revolution
Allan August 14, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House the first two years Obama was in office. A SUPER MAJORITY in the Senate. Two full years for him to implement what he wanted to implement without the ability of "the Republicans" to "squash it". What did he produce? Where are the jobs? The debt reduction? The bringing together of the American people? Your worried about the upper class paying 15% (NOT a true figure on income)? What about the 40% of this country who pays ZERO federal income tax? The "upper class" create and maintain businesses that employ the middle class. The taxes on the middle class go to pay for services for illegal aliens, food housing and flat screen tvs for those who do not work, abuse of enormous social programs that can't be maintained or properly guarded against fraud, 1,000,000 + government workers and their pensions, the servicing of government debt that is growing by 1,300,000,000,000 per year under Obama......and of course......free contraceptives......the most pressing issue of our time. I think you and too many others have been brainwashed by the media to resent the wrong side of the spectrum.
--- August 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Indeed, God forbid we wouldn't have someone in office punishing exceptionalism and making those richie rich people pay their "fair share", which is more of a share than you pay in a year. Class warfare will end in a revolution. I agree. Just remember that the majority of Veterans in America are Conservatives, and the majority of legal gun owners in America are Conservatives. We are also farmers, fishermen, hunters, mechanics, electricians, plumbers, and we know how to live simply and off the land. The class warfare mindset demands that eventually you will pit urbanites against country folks. What will your Occupiers and gang-bangers do once they leave the concrete jungles of their own making, and try to establish their rule in the countrysides of America, and come face-to-face with people who don't tolerate such nonsense? Revolution? You have no idea as to what that will really mean.
--- August 14, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Allan, You're wasting your breath. The lie of "The Party of NO" has been sold too well, and swallowed whole by the sycophantic liberal base without so much as a consideration to its veracity or health. You and I know the GOP (even though they don't represent Conservatism) were woefully out-numbered, so each time they voted NO or YES on anything, the Democrat Socialists had them beaten simply by virtue of numbers. The dreaded 111th Congress will go down in history as the worst Congress, ever. The GOP, to their credit, did not vote for the policies that are even now burdening this Nation.

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