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Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Announces Rep. Paul Ryan As His Vice Presidential Pick

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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduces his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in Ashland, Virginia, Aug. 11, 2012

In case anyone is just waking up now, Republican presidential candidate and nominee-apparent Mitt Romney has opted not to go with a Latino vice-presidential candidate, after months of speculation that he might.

Romney announced this morning that he has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the chair of the House Budget Committee described by Reuters as a "conservative budget hawk," over the oft-mentioned Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, or the sometimes-mentioned Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico.

It wasn't an unexpected move. Critics had never quite warmed to the idea of Romney choosing a Latino candidate, and the conversation had always been surrounded by talk of how it could be perceived as pandering to win much-needed Latino votes.

Now that we know who Romney's running mate will be, here are a few early reactions to his not choosing a Latino veep candidate.

On the blog of Latino Decisions, a polling firm that has been tracking Latino voter attitudes, pollster Matt Barreto provided links to previous polls and commented:

...everyone is wondering if and how this will change voter opinion, including among Latino voters.  As a starting point, I think it is safe to say that Paul Ryan is virtually unknown in the Latino community.  Less than 4% of the registered voters in Ryan's district are Latino, and over 90% are White.

However, Ryan has staked out a very clear proposal for reducing the national debt, and we can gain considerable insight into how Latinos might view the VP candidate by examining previous data points related to the Ryan plan, government spending, and religion.


Barreto points out among other things that while Latino voters tend not to see "moral values" as having much of a political role, "as a Catholic, Paul Ryan might be able to rely on shared values to reach other Catholic voters."

One possible advantage for Romney that could have come from choosing Rubio as a running mate was support from Florida's conservative-leaning Cuban American community, with Rubio being the son of Cuban immigrants.

Journalist Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) of The Washington Post mentioned in a tweet that Ryan has in the past voted against the decades-old Cuban embargo, still supported by Cuban American hardliners:


Not Miami's guy: not only did Romney pass over Rubio for VP, he picked a guy who voted to end #Cuba embargo THREE times 

Miroff linked to the The Cuban Triangle blog, which had a little more detail. Other observers noted similarly, including Emily Bazelon (@emilybazelon) of Slate, who tweeted:


Did Romney just give away Florida? a) no Rubio bump b) elderly scared off by budget slashing?

See more reaction tweets here.

What is your reaction to Romney's choice of running mate? Good move, bad move, six of one half and a dozen of the other? Post your thoughts below.

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