GOP ticket welcomed by local Republican leaders

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Updated: 8/14/2012 1:26 am
While it seems that Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has been on the defense lately, his recent pick for a running mate may change the game up a bit.
And the Romney-Ryan team-up seems to be sitting well with Lubbock's leaders who lean to the right.

"I think Romney has a great background in business.," Jack Galloway, with Americans for Integrity in Government said.  "He certainly knows how to make business run and how to create jobs, and he's done a great job of doing that. On the other hand, Paul Ryan has spent a lot of time digging into the government, and digging into funding of government and the things we need to do to make it solvent."

Galloway said while some see Ryan's intense focus on Medicare as a little extreme, he believes it's a smart move.

"Some of the articles coming out, as soon as he was announced, one came out that's got a guy that looks like him pushing a lady off a cliff in a wheelchair. But the problem with that is, the other side doesn't have a plan as to how they're going to fix Medicare," Galloway said. "And if we don't get it corrected and do the right things now, then pretty much everybody is going to go off a cliff here in the next generation."

Ryan's got another supporter in Representative Randy Neugebauer.

"As chairman of the Budget Committee, Paul has been at the forefront of not only identifying what the problems are, but also talking about solutions," Neugebauer said. "And so, I think he makes a great addition to the ticket, I think it's the right team for November, but more importantly, I think the Romney/Ryan team is a great team for America for the next four years."

Of course not all see it that way. Lubbock Democratic Party Chair Kenny Ketner said Ryan basically wants to turn Medicare into a coupon system.

 "On top of that, he wants to eliminate capital gains tax, he wants to cut taxes for the very wealthy," Ketner said. "So it's all an excuse to cut taxes for the very, very wealthy by dismantling some of the most successful government programs in history."

The duo is hitting the road campaigning for the next few weeks, and it's looking like the journey won't be an easy one.
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