In the wake of Romney announcing his VP selection Saturday, the media are buzzing with analyses from every angle trying to answer one question:
Was Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan the right choice for the Romney Campaign?
Despite their devotion to the party’s ticket, many GOP officials are skeptical and fear the selection could cost the presidential hopeful the key battleground states of Ohio and Florida, according to this analysis from The Columbus Dispatch.
Some GOP leaders are concerned that by opting for Ryan over Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, widely considered a safer and more conventional choice, Romney may have cost himself the Buckeye State. The Republican operatives quoted in the Dispatch piece said Portman would have made the difference in Ohio’s margins, and without the state’s 18 electoral votes, Romney’s chances have been considerably damaged.
As a lawmaker in Wis., Ryan has pushed for Medicare reform in his own state. Under Ryan’s proposed plan, Medicare’s fee-for-service plan would become a system in which the federal government would subsidize private insurance plans, meaning seniors would buy their own policies. Ryan stressed the changes wouldn’t take effect for another decade, but party officials are concerned his emphasis on these reforms could be a sticking point with older voters in Fla.