Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced U.S. Rep Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate on Saturday. According to CNN.com, President Obama welcomed Ryan to the race and referred to him as “an articulate spokesman for Gov. Romney’s vision.” Meantime, according to Foxnews.com, former Presidential hopeful John McCain considered Romney’s pick a “bold choice.”
Two polls out this morning put the public reception to Romney’s pick of Ryan as decidedly mixed. Gallup and USA Today found that 42% of U.S. adults said Ryan was a “fair” or “poor” selection, compared to 39% who said he was “excellent” or “good.” Only Dan Quayle among modern VP announcements has fared worse in initial reactions.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll found slightly better numbers for Ryan. The poll did not ask specifically about impressions of him as VP, but did ask about general favorability: after the VP announcement, 38% of U.S. adults said they had a favorable impression of Ryan, compared to 33% unfavorable. These numbers improved significantly after the announcement among self-identified Republicans and independents.
Rep. Giffords returns to home town
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who spent the last 19 months recuperating in Texas after she was shot January 8, 2011 during a massacre that killed six in her home state of Arizona, has moved back to Tucson.
Giffords had been living in Houston. Her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, said, “She’s gone home before to visit, but this is different.” She retired from Congress on January 25, 2012.
David Domke and Mariana Llamas-Cendon contributed to this post