LA CROSSE, Wis. – Gov. Mitt Romney's pick is putting Wisconsin back into the national political spotlight, but not everyone thinks choosing Wis. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate was a good idea.
Romney's choice is receiving some mixed reviews.
“I was pretty impressed,” said Tom Thornton, a voter.“It was a pretty dramatic move.”
“I think it's interesting of a pick for Romney,” said Sara Kamoske, another voter.
“I see it as a gimmick move,” said Ryan Jordan another voter.
The pairing of Governor Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan on the ticket this year couldn't have been more perfect for La Crosse County Republican chair Julian Bradley.
“Representative Ryan has been able to do one thing that President Obama hasn't been able to do for the past three years, and that's put together a budget that's passed,” said Bradley. “Ryan's hasn't passed [but] it's the talk of the town and the President's the first president to never have a budget to go through.”
Ryan is probably best known for his conservative budget to remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending.
Jordan can't help but notice a likeness between Representative Ryan and another well-known Wisconsin politician.
“Ryan and Walker share some similarities,” said Jordan. “The big bold moves; so if Romney's looking for a push, I think it will give him a push, at least here in the Midwest.”
Republicans said voters are looking for candidates with some new ideas to get the U.S. back on track.
“[The] state of Wisconsin right now is leading the conservative revolution,” said Bradley. “What it shows is that GOP no longer stands for Grand Old Party. It stands for great opportunity party, and we have a great opportunity right now with Governor Scott Walker leading the state of Wisconsin, and now Governor Romney and Representative Paul Ryan ready to lead the United State of America forward.”
But for Kamoske, it's still too soon to tell if the match is a good one.
“I know when Obama picked Joe Biden, I was kind of interested to see how that would go, and after a month or two of that announcement I think you go to see a little bit more about the chemistry,” said Kamoske. “So I think in the next month or two, I think the same will happen for Romney and Ryan.”
The local Democratic Party declined to comment.
Romney and Ryan will make their first stop together in Wisconsin Sunday night in Waukesha at an event the campaign is calling a "homecoming rally."