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Mitt Romney in Virginia Hours After Picking Rep. Paul Ryan for VP

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney headed on a "blue state" tour after picking his running mate.

Republican presidential hopeful headed for a campaign stop Saturday at in Manassas, VA, on a bus tour of "blue" states that did not include Maryland. 

Romney announced Saturday morning in Norfolk that he selected .

joined Romney and Ryan at the campaign stop at the USS Wisconsin, a retired battleship that is now a museum.

Romney's tour stopped at Randolph-Macon college in Ashland, VA, and Manassas was to be his final bus stop on Saturday. The bus tour will continue on to North Carolina, Florida and Ohio Sunday through Tuesday.

were in effect Saturday as Romney campaigned in Virginia, considered a battleground state in the 2012 presidential election.

The Republican National Convention will be Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, FL, where the GOP presidential nominee pick will become official. 

Maryland is a reliably Democratic state for presidential candidates and was most recently visited by President Obama for a and a campaign event in Baltimore with Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Romney , the day one of his aides compared Romney's positions as akin to an Etch A Sketch in a CNN interview. Romney .

How do you feel about Romney's choice? Let us know in comments.

Patrick H. September 01, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Does anyone monitor this site? When does the name calling stop?
Tim September 01, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Flag messages as inappropriate. I assume Emily's recovered enough to monitor them. I could be wrong (she had a really nasty fall a couple weeks ago)
Maryellen Brady September 01, 2012 at 06:27 AM
We the people are the govt. Govt role in a democracy according to the founders,is the bulwark "against the (rise) of would be kings" and as Sr. Simone Said: "govt is supposed to curtail the excesses of cultures".The Paul Ryan faux budget espoused by Romney and the GOP is fiscally irresponsible and humanly reprehensible. If adopted, it would give even higher tax cuts to the richest in the nation and raise taxes on workers. And those are real facts. There is not a reputable economist in this country who supports the RYAN budget for our ailing economy. Paul Krugman said today, that the RYAN budget is a MEDICARE KILLER. Obama's plan with its proposed $716 bn in savings generated from cutting wasteful spending in over priced Medicare Advantage program(a private /public partnership)and cut payments to hospitals would reinvest the money into expanding Medicare services like closing the donut hole saving seniors nearly $1700.00 first year. It would also, secure medicare's financial future for the next ten years. Ryan would take the same $716 bn in Medicare savings to continue subsidizing tax cuts for the rich and turn Medicare into a VOUCHER program costing seniors up to $6,000 a yr. Ryan's plan would cut millions from food stamps, $60 mn of which goes directly to military families. Read the plan. HW Bush had it right " TRICKLE DOWN economics is voodoo economics". No basis in reality! Like Reagan, Ryan is just the latest republican pretty boy witch doctor elevated to spread the lie.
Tim September 01, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Chris W: I know we've debated various issues over the weeks. The reality is, if there were a lot more of 'us', center - X people in Congress today, this nation would be way, way better off for it. We could probably sit at a bar, watch a football and just discuss various issues and, for the most part, come to some level of consensus on many issues. However, the people who are hired to do this job, have failed - over and over again. There's a reason Congress's approval rating is consistently under 20%.
bytheC September 01, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Sniff, sniff, kleenex?
bytheC September 01, 2012 at 12:36 PM
RobMe calls America a "company". That's exactly his and Lyin' Ryans plan. To PAIN CAPITAL AMERICA. If you don't think they are licking their chops to tear it apart and sell it off in pieces, I have a "bridge to nowhere" to sell you. Medicare and Social Security, first up on the auction block. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/31/romney-misspeaks-calls-the-united-states-a-company/
Buck Harmon September 01, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Patch functions poorly...in may ways, the email notification process was much better before that last perceived improvement to the site. Used to identify the blog...now just "new comment"....editing? what editing?...
Buck Harmon September 01, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Good comment, thank you!
bytheC September 01, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Agreed about good comment. Thank you.
Buck Harmon September 01, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Definition of a large gathering of baboons ~ a congress....need I say more.
Chris W September 01, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I'm not sticking up for congress. They have done very little, but to place the blame solely on one party is a joke. Both sides are trying to govern from the extreme wing of their party. Making points on this story seems to be pointless. Once again, I will point out that the Democrats and Republicans have driven the moderates from their ranks. of course the far right will recoil at the thought of what they see as socialist policies. On the Democrcats side the are similarly opposed to far right ideology. How long have the parties been arguing over abortion, gun rights, etc. in he end in the parties want you to chose a side, rather than the parties working out a compromise.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 01, 2012 at 02:50 PM
The majority, huh.....Ye of great faith!!
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Curious to know what Mr. Obama concludes to be "wasteful" spending. Is anyone being thrown under the bus...like doctors and hospitals by chance? All in the details.
Steve September 01, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Honey Chile, You really should turn off the Faux News and Limbaugh. Neither one is going to be thrown under the bus. Doctors from both sides of the aisle support it. http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/doctors_travelling_from_tampa_to_charlotte_calling_for_embrace_of_obamacare
Chris W September 01, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Tim agreed. I think some folks misinterpret my defense of Romney/Ryan as unwavering support. I am not jazzed up about a Romney/Ryan ticket, and I dislike many of Obama's positions. I just wish we could have a reasonable discussion without the topics of bith certificates or magic underwear being brought up. So here are a few things I agree with Obama on. 1. Bowles/Simpson - he was on the right track, but neither side wants to be the first to take the political risk. 2. Discretionary spending. He is right that there is little meat left on the bone. The biggest problem is the way budgets are passed now. We run the government with large omnibus spending bills and spread cuts evenly throughout the government. What is needed to to go back to the days where a budget for each agency is passed separately. This would allow for debate over those programs that are duplicative and possibly not needed.
Chris W September 01, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Frank, you and your ilk hide behind the race card because you cant come up with a coherent argument. All you do is sit back and call people names and make baseless accusation. Troll is too good a term for you.
Chris W September 01, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I love it. Blame the victim. You guys are a hoot!
Buck Harmon September 01, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Frankie...the VAST majority of folks are apathetic, don't know what's current, don't really give a damn and don't vote. If you vote you have no right to complain, that's my motto for this go round...
jnrentz1 September 01, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I would like to see the option in this and in all future elections of a "NONE OF THE ABOVE" (NOTA) vote. This would more accurately reflect the desires of the American voter. Given the many negative comments, I think many would gladly choose to vote NOTA for this Presidential election. Not voting for a given candidate is not the same as a NOTA vote. A NOTA vote means you are there at the polls, and registering your dissatisfaction with the choices offered.
Tim September 01, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Chris: Again, I hear you. It can be difficult to fully flesh out meaning and personal feelings via text. I have a good friend who's the parent of one of my son's best friends and we discuss issues almost every time we meet. We basically agree on 90% of issues, but in many cases it's he's light gray and I'm dark gray. Honestly, my personal views are so different then either party today that I truly am my own political party. I see many measures 'conservatives' put in as ideas and conceptually they are good, but their implementation is horrific. Natural Gas, for example. Instead of investing in the tech to make it completely safe, they'd rather spend that money brainwashing people that it's safe enough now. Another hot button issue is stem cell research. The religious right insist no using embryonic stem cells. So don't fund ANY of it. Meanwhile, the funding that has gone to it, both through private and government grants, have just this month produced the first moderately successful of (essentially) embryonic stem cells from ADULT stem cells. It was just reported out of Hopkins. This is the beginning of the type of research that can save literally millions of lives down the line. There's just a middle ground that doesn't exist and hasn't for nearly a decade. Part of the problem, I suppose, is that when both parties were sharing middle ground in the decade previous, they helped drive this fine country into the epic ditch it's in now through mutual greed...
Steve September 01, 2012 at 07:43 PM
LOL More people watched "Honey Boo Boo" than the Republican Convention. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/honey-boo-boo-ratings-top-republican-national-convention-rnc_n_1846155.html
Steve September 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
He fessed up to this lie. Now, let's see if he is man enough to fess up to all the others. http://news.yahoo.com/ryan-says-misstated-marathon-claim-195513357--politics.html
bytheC September 01, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Faux populism. You may only speak for yourself.
Karl Schuub September 01, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Patrick...don't let the main stream media; a bunch of talking heads rewrite history. I listened to Clint's speech again today in it's entirety and I call BS....Clint was great...in your face...talking to an empty chair representing Obama who is an empty suit representing the President...Clint is the guy next door, the neighbor down the street who never talks to you, never waves, never smiles but when the storm blows down that big ass tree in your yard and you are out there trying to cut it up..walks up with his super sized chain saw and pitches in....the uncle who fought in the war and you didnt even know it to you took him to see Saving Private Ryan and he cried all night....F the media democraps...we built this nation...we walked on the moon, we saved the world for democracy....we fed the masses...we healed the sick..and we are going to kick their sorry asses out of office...own it...Clint was great.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 02, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Frank, there is no doubt that waste permeates Federal spending, in every corner of the budget. But, better be very, very sure that what the current administration is calling "waste" within the Defense Department is pure waste. I do not trust these darlings to do the job and not weaken our system. When their own appointed head is crying foul, doesn't that send up a red flag, honey child?
Patrick H. September 02, 2012 at 09:23 AM
Your comments seem more than a little antagonistic and inflamatory. Please do not speak for me or on my behalf. I voted against Sara Palin and will vot against Mitt Romney (based upon his position on environmental issues). It doesn't mean I am voting for a black man (the son of a white woman) or against a white man (I am as white as they come). What is ROTFLMAO mean? I think I need to take a course on all these abbreviations being used. What ever happended to spelling things out?
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 02, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Frank wrote: "Lorna, there is no such word as "engrandeure(d)". Actually engrandeured is a word...but where I messed up should have been "self-engrandeured" Thanks for calling my attention to the slip up Monsieur Frank!
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Lorna D. Rudnikas September 05, 2012 at 01:42 PM
totally agree... but then, concentrating on distorting possible solutions being put on the table vs not contributing anything to the solution process is a political game that does us great harm and one that the American people will address big time on November 6, hopefully!
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