Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate sparked an outpouring of reaction from within the political community.
HuffPost's Jon Ward reports on Romney's decision:
Ryan is a bold pick who will energize the Republican Party, but putting him on the ticket is fraught with risk and instantly puts Ryan's budget plan front and center in the 2012 campaign.
Romney's alliance with the 42-year old Ryan has become the most dramatic development of the 2012 presidential campaign. Romney had been presumed for much of the last few months to be set on a safe pick, such as Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Below, a look at reaction to Romney's vice presidential pick.