As Mitt Romney readies to announce his running mate choice, advice and speculation are reaching a fever pitch, with the Weekly Standard practically begging him to select Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin or Sen. Marco Rubio of Fla. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal editorial page weighed in, making the case for Romney to pick Ryan.
The editorial said that Ryan “represents the GOP’s new generation of reformers” and makes sense strategically because choosing him will bring the focus back on the economy and bigger ideas. The editor of the National Review, Rich Lowry, has also backed selecting Ryan.
“The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election,” the Journal wrote. “More than any other politician, the House Budget Chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline.”
“Against the advice of every Beltway bedwetter, he has put entitlement reform at the center of the public agenda — before it becomes a crisis that requires savage cuts,” the editorial read. “And he has done so as part of a larger vision that stresses tax reform for faster growth, spending restraint to prevent a Greek-like budget fate, and a Jack Kemp-like belief in opportunity for all. He represents the GOP's new generation of reformers that includes such Governors as Louisiana's Bobby Jindal and New Jersey's Chris Christie. …”
The Wall Street Journal continued: “Personalities aside, the larger strategic point is that Mr. Romney's best chance for victory is to make this a big election over big issues. Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to make this a small election over small things — Mitt's taxes, his wealth, Bain Capital. As the past two months have shown, Mr. Romney will lose that kind of election.”
“To win, Mr. Romney and the Republicans have to rise above those smaller issues and cast the choice as one about the overall direction and future of the country,” it went on. “Americans tell pollsters they are anxious and unhappy precisely because they instinctively know the country is troubled in ways it hasn't been since the 1970s. They know the economy is growing too slowly to raise middle-class incomes, while the government is growing too fast to be affordable.”
The Journal concluded, “There's a lot of overlap between the various arguments for Romney choosing Ryan, with this last point as the biggest connecting theme: that Romney has to run a bigger campaign about bigger ideas than he has so far, and choosing Ryan would be the shortest route to that destination.”
Romney will choose his running mate ahead of the Aug. 27-30 Republican National Convention in Tampa.
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