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Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a campaign rally in front of the USS Wisconsin August 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan, a seven term congressman, as his presidential running mate. Ryan is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and provides a strong contrast to the Obama administration on fiscal policy.
As news of Paul Ryan’s pick as Mitt Romney’s running mate has set in, Democrats are hunkering down to vet him and decide their counter strategy. Patt checks in with one former political foe, Ryan’s 2010 Democratic Congressional opponent, John Heckenlively. Heckenlively ran against incumbent Ryan for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District seat--one that Ryan had held since the age of 28. Patt talks with Heckenlively and a local political reporter who has covered Ryan for fourteen years.
What do you think of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate?
John Heckenlively, Paul Ryan’s opponent in the 2010 race for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District seat; he’s currently the secretary of the Democratic Party in Wisconsin’s 1st District and runs the group RyanWatch
Chuck Quirmbach, reporter, Wisconsin Public Radio; he’s covered Paul Ryan for fourteen years and joins us from WPR’s studios in Milwaukee