If there's one thing Paul Ryan likes, as laid out in his famous "Path to Prosperity" budget, it's weapons spending -- and the budget spells out exactly where he's going to find the money to buy more guns every year forever: He's going to crack down hard on rich tax cheats who game the system.
As the speculation intensifies, and as all the punditry focuses on what is right for Romney, or for the Republicans, it is worthwhile to remember that the issue priorities and positions of his ultimate VP choice should really matter to us, too.
Could New Mexico governor Susana Martinez be back in the running as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney? A little-noticed Public Policy poll conducted July 12-15 among registered voters in New Mexico has some national GOP operatives buzzing.
Romney's team will need to anticipate the opposition research the Obama campaign is engaging in, and, to that extent, will want to look especially closely at the following issues for the following candidates.
When New Hampshire's freshman Republican senator Kelly Ayottte marched with Mitt Romney in last week's July 4th parade in Wolfeboro, it triggered speculation that he is taking Ayotte seriously as prospective running mate. And indeed, despite her slender political resume, he is.
Romney can't pick a well-loved candidate without highlighting that he's the least-liked nominee in a generation. Besides, choosing someone who is better liked than Mitt doesn't narrow down the list at all.
He does after all have a lot of attributes that will appeal to Republican voters all over the country. He's white, male and middle aged, as well as white, male and middle aged, and actually white, male and middle aged.