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Let's take a look inside America's election headquarters now governor Romney's choice of congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate.
Sparking some second guessing along the campaign trail sometimes the bottom of the ticket is designed to get more swing state votes in the Electoral College.
In this case it appears governor Romney chose congressman Ryan for other reasons.
Let's talk about it -- Larry Sabato the director of the center for politics at the University of Virginia.
Larry you've looked into the crystal ball you've looked at some of the polling in them well less than a week since congressman Ryan was announced.
Does it look like his selection puts Wisconsin and play.
I think it is more in play I think if you add up Scott Walker.
The governor who won the recall election Paul Ryan to his selection as VP and now the nomination of Tommy Thompson the popular former governor of Wisconsin.
As the senate nominee for the Republicans there you put all these things together and yes Wisconsin is more in play.
Exactly how much will have to wait and see as this develops but.
You know on the whole.
I think Mitt Romney has has been fairly direct about this this was not an Electoral College choice for VP.
It was a governing choice for VP and sure enough it's changed the conversation for for better or worse.
About the key subjects present -- to the people.
Harking back I guess to one month -- like while candidates like George W.
Bush chose Dick Cheney to be.
His vice presidential candidate I mean Wyoming as a solidly Republican state has only three electoral votes.
That wasn't the kind of -- you make if you're trying to get a a state to come your way.
That's exactly right -- added Karl Rove tells a funny story about that he.
He -- the political guy oppose change these choices BP and he had six major reasons why.
Bush listened to the reasons but made him deliver them.
With Cheney sitting in the room.
-- -- Obviously bush -- with Cheney anyway and I think candidates often do that they they take seriously the fact that.
They have a good chance to be president they want the best possible team with them if they end up governing for for eight years.
Well and and sometimes voters look at a choice and say you know yeah that was made.
Not because it's necessarily.
Good politics you know not not to bring over a Florida -- and Ohio or one of those big states.
But it made sound sense from a governing position do you get the sense that voters are.
Are giving Ryan I'm -- are giving Romney credit for that in this pick.
I think I think to this point they have and the convention is critical John in fleshing this out.
That that's a four day infomercial that is absolutely critical for both Romney and Brian.
In fact the Republican conventions a lot more important -- the Democratic Convention which is only three days they've cut their convention back.
And and frankly everybody knows President Obama they know Vice President Biden.
A lot of people don't have a -- sense of Mitt Romney and they certainly don't have a false sense of Paul Ryan.
So this is about substance it was a substantive choice I think everybody gives credit to Romney for that.
For picking a substantive.
Serious vice presidential candidate would you agree or disagree with this budget plan.
All right Larry 70 from the University of Virginia gazing into the crystal ball there always fun to talk you on a Thursday Larry thanks very much.
Thanks John well next.
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