Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan
Ezra Friedlander quoted about the pick on collive.com
Over Shabbos, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has announced his running mate for the 2012 election: Paul Ryan.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has announced his pick as a running mate over Shabbos: Paul Ryan, the conservative and budget whiz Congressman of Wisconsin.
"Ryan is a strong conservative leader, and I am proud to have him as my running mate," he told supporters in an email. "He is widely respected for his leadership skills and his intellect, and for his ability to tackle serious issues."
Republicans rallied around Ryan, saying the House budget guru brings strong conservative credentials to the GOP ticket and reinforces the campaign’s message that big government is ruining America.
Republican strategist John Brabender told FoxNews.com that choosing Ryan "shows Romney is making a concerted effort to get the economy back on solid fiscal ground."
“The choice says what we believe in is what we will be campaigning on,” Brabender said.
Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, praised the choice, having met with Congressman Ryan only weeks ago. "I find Congressman Ryan to be exceptionally bright and very inquisitive about Jewish history," he told COLlive. "In my conversation with him, he wanted to acquaint himself with the distinct traditions of Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewry. On support for Israel, he is second to none."
Republicans also hailed the pick because Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is a known quantity – a pragmatist, devout Catholic and strong fiscal conservative.
The married father of three children is known for his steadiness and discipline. Though Romney expects attacks on Ryan’s budget proposal, he also knows that Ryan’s no-nonsense approach to his political career limits concerns about unknowns and gaffes.
Ryan should also help Romney in the swing state of Wisconsin, which President Obama won by 14 percentage points in 2008, Fox News said.