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US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announces Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan(R) as his vice presidential running mate during a campaign rally at the Nauticus Museum after touring the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, August 11, 2012. Romney and his new running mate embark on the first day of a 4-day bus trip that will take the White House hopefuls to 4 key swing states, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages

Ryan a qualified pick for vice president

Paul Ryan is a great choice for vice president. For starters, Ryan's Medicare reform bill does not in any manner or form affect anyone 55 years or older, as this administration attempts to imply with their gross mythical fear-mongering TV ad.

Ryan is young, energetic, very intelligent, portrays excellent leadership and statesmanship qualities, gravitas and has more guts than this administration and its advisers.

Ryan is attempting to save Medicare for our kids and grandkids by giving them choices on coverage and lessening their future fiscal burden. Contrary to Ryan's medical reform bill, President Barack Obama requested more than $700 billion now from Medicare to subsidize his disastrous Obamacare. I observed this taking place on TV.

Paul Ryan is more qualified for vice president than anyone in the president's administration.

Rudolph Jimenez

Newark

They are trying to divide, conquer

Paul Ryan is a bad choice for vice president, unless Mitt Romney likes to be upstaged the way Ryan does to the Speaker of the House John Boehner.

At the age of 42, it is doubtful he cares anything about the benefits of Medicare or Social Security. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, just like Romney. They live in a different universe than the rest of us 99 percent.

Everything they say is elitist. Well, not everything; most of it is made up such as when they said Obama raided Medicare of $716 billion, when in reality Obama saved this by stopping the subsidies to the profit-making health insurance and prescription drug companies.

As for Ryan's voucher plan, it is the same old formula that has been used for years to bust the unions, a two-tier system.

If you are over 65, it won't affect you; only those now under 55 will get a voucher to find an insurance company that will accept them -- for really high premiums that the voucher will not cover and with attrition Medicare will disappear.

Wake up, folks, and make your decisions based on the true facts. They divide and conquer, so you will forget the real crooks on Wall Street.

Norma J. Neto

Fremont

Running mate seems to fit on this ticket

Other than the ability to carry the party line, I find it hard to find a modern day conservative with the knowledge of the history in the world of their political philosophy. So he fits the head of the ticket.

John E. McCue

Long Beach

Ryan a good choice because he has plan

I think Paul Ryan was a good pick for Mitt Romney. At least he has a plan. He wants to fix Medicare and keep it solvent for people under 55 years of age.

He said it won't change Medicare as we know it now for people on Medicare and are the age of 55 and above.

Remember, President Barack Obama took $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. We don't know exactly what Obama's health care bill is all about.

Things are kicking in now and will totally kick in 2014. I just know it's a big, big entitlement. He wants everyone on it, illegals and deadbeat people who know how to play the system.

We need to get a handle on these lowlifes. All they want is freebies, and are going to break us as a solvent country.

Cathy Ledbetter

Newark

Arch conservative will appeal to radical right

Do I think having Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket will be helpful? For some yes, others no.

Ryan is an arch conservative and a religious hard-liner who believes Medicare should be a voucher system and that abortion should be outlawed even in cases of incest, rape and serious health considerations.

His strong beliefs appeal to the intolerant religious who think their dogma should rule the country. Shades of Sharia law. He takes the issue of fiscal problems in Medicare and proposes to solve them by essentially eliminating the health care system for the elderly.

There are ways to resolve all of the financial crisis without gutting the programs. But to the sky is falling and to this crowd, only radical change is best.

Anne Spanier

Alameda

Wisconsin lawmaker has responsible plan

At least Paul Ryan has a plan to be fiscally responsible.

Jim Zigenis

Oakland

Ryan was a poor choice for Romney

Mitt's Waterloo "United we stand, divided we fall" applies when determining if Paul Ryan was a smart choice for Mitt Romney's VP.

Together, they can fight it out between each other -- one strong-arming the other to get his way on which policy to run.

Ryan can push Romney in one direction, while Mitt responds by scattering his words east-west, out of both sides of his mouth, confusing everyone, including his followers and himself.

Ryan then elbows Mitt to straighten up and follow his lead, for which Mitt calls upon Ann who puts her foot down saying that the Romneys have complied with all that is legally required and are not giving another inch.

With this formula, it is not difficult to figure out that Paul Ryan was a poor choice. However, is there a good choice for Mitt? Me thinks not.

Linda S. Messick

Oakland

Congressman is right guy to bring us back

Paul Ryan is an excellent VP choice. Smart and brilliant, totally knowledgeable about what must be done to turn around the dismal economic condition our nation is in due to the $4 trillion debt caused by Obama's government spending gone wild.

Ryan is religious, yet his past associations with his church leaders does not include anyone who wants to damn America.

Ryan is ambitious, but he did not start his political career in the living room of a former terrorist who avows it was right to bomb government facilities for the good of humanity.

Ryan has been active in community affairs but has never been active in the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Ryan has been a fervent supporter of women's rights but is against abortion rights (the killing of unborn babies).

Ryan is needed in repairing the bankrupt Social Security and Medicare programs so those under 55 will receive benefits when they retire.

Ryan is an articulate spokesperson, needed to fix America and get the unemployed back to good-paying jobs.

Dwight King

Fremont

Not finding a thing good about them

Republican leaders pick computer mates with these two; I can't really find anything good about these guys.

Larry Hamilton

Lodi

Good for ideologues, bad pick for moderates

Paul Ryan is a good choice if you are a right-wing ideologue.

However, it is a bad choice if you are a moderate, who wishes to make things work. That requires making compromises to get things done with those who have a different, even an opposite viewpoint, and yet represent large numbers of constituents.

Obviously, I think Ryan is a divider, not a uniter, and so a bad overall choice for us

Albert Rothman

Livermore