Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has been passed over again as the GOP's vice presidential nominee—this time by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, named this morning by Mitt Romney as his running mate.
Pundits are already speculating about the impact that Ryan, the chief architect of the Republican Party’s plan for tax and spending cuts, will have on Romney's campaign.
The New York Times says that the choice of Ryan, an advocate of reshaping the Medicare program of health insurance for retirees, means the Obama campaign can portray its opponents as "two men who would strip health coverage for retirees and favor the wealthy."
Some party conservatives, however, had been lobbying for Romney to choose Ryan; according to the Times, they see his proposed budget as the key to unlocking the economy’s potential.
Who's right? Minnesota and Wisconsin are "purple states," with urban areas that lean Democratic surrounded by rural areas that tend to be Republican. So we're curious about how Twin Cities area residents feel. Vote on whether you think the choice of Ryan makes a GOP victory more or less likely in November, and tell us why in the comments.