Paul Ryan added to Republican ticket

first_imgAfter much speculation, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to join his bid for the White House as his running mate. Differing opinions are emerging as to whether the addition to the GOP ticket will bolster or weaken public favor. Journalism professor Jack Colwell said the Ryan pick was made with the intention of reinvigorating the conservative base. “I think [the selection] helped initially by energizing the base, especially the very conservative and Tea Party voters, who were suspicious of Romney, and thought that maybe he was a moderate,” Colwell said. “[Romney] wanted to have the campaign focus on economic issues … he thought Ryan was kind of the ‘fiscal guy,’ chairman of the House Budget Committee.” Colwell said voter participation is likely to be the determining factor in the race. “That’s the key,” he said. “The country is pretty well split down the middle. Whichever side gets their voters to the polls could decide it.” Although the GOP ticket with Ryan stands to make gains from the right, Colwell said Ryan’s past stands on social programs and economic issues may hurt Romney’s prospects with senior citizens. “You have Medicare in the budget that [Ryan] initially passed through the House,” he said. “His proposal to have a voucher system is having real problems, especially in Florida.” Women, Colwell said, will be hesitant to vote for a ticket with the ardently pro-life candidate attached. “The big problem is that it’s not helping with women, and there’s already a big gender gap, with women, by a sizable margin, for [President Barack] Obama,” he said. Colwell said the media’s associating Ryan with recent comments made by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Miss., regarding abortion in the case of rape has created an additional challenge with the women’s vote. Ryan previous co-sponsored a bill with Akin that included an exception on prohibiting government funding of abortion in the case of “forceable” rape, Colwell said. “The worst thing is Todd Akin’s [comments],” he said. “That’s something that Romney couldn’t have envisioned. It brought up the whole abortion issue.” Sophomore Patrick Butler, director of political affairs for Notre Dame’s College Republicans, said he expects the debate to refocus on the economic issues, where the Ryan pick is bound to make a strong statement. “They want to make a very bold contrast between the current administration and how Romney will handle things,” Butler said. “It’s a very bold statement about the economy and Medicare.” Butler admitted Ryan’s tight fiscal policies are unlikely to win over many seniors, but said they may attract younger Americans concerned with the deficit. “It might help among students like us. This is our future. We kind of have to worry about [the deficit]. I’d say it really depends on how much of Ryan’s plan Romney endorses.” College Democrats president Camille Suarez said Ryan’s policies could isolate an even larger portion of the populace. “I think the Ryan pick is definitely going to lose the lower-middle class,” she said. “If you look at his budget plan, it’s going to make taxes go up for Middle America.” Suarez said his very conservative views might have more impact on the campaign process than simply winning or losing votes. “He’s kind of representing the Republican economic plan, and it’s doing a lot to polarize the election,” she said. “That isn’t good for either party, and it gives the independent voters a harder choice.” After the media frenzy surrounding the vice-presidential nomination of the then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin in 2008, Colwell said Ryan is a more reliable choice. “Ryan is no Sarah Palin,” he said. “She was not ready for primetime. I think Ryan is … If someone asks what newspapers he reads, he’ll be able to name one.” Butler said Ryan is more dependable and independent than his opposition, the sitting vice president. “Ryan can definitely hold his own,” he said. “You don’t have to be worried about what he says, unlike Joe Biden.” Butler said the Ryan choice served as a reminder for his club to stay on point. “I think it energized at least our leadership,” he said. “We have to realize we have an election coming up, and I think the Paul Ryan pick has gotten us to realize this is the home stretch.” Suarez said her club is now more driven to keep the administration in office and prevent Ryan’s policies from being implemented. “I think we’re going to focus more on the national election now he’s been nominated,” she said. “Even the [U.S. Conference of Catholic] Bishops spoke out against [Ryan’s economic plan] which raises a red flag … We need to do all we can to make sure he’s not in office.” Though Colwell said he believes Ryan is a good strategic choice for Romney, his viability as a running mate won’t be clear until November. “I thought he was a good choice, and ultimately, if Romney goes on to win, it will be analyzed as a good choice,” he said. “The jury’s out on this, the focus for weeks now is on these social issue and on what ‘legitimate rape’ is and things like that, that will just kill the Republican ticket … They’ll certainly try to avoid that, and possibly, they can get the focus on the economy.”last_img read more

HST Euan Feels the Water

first_imgDamen Shipyards has floated out HST Euan, High Speed Transfers’ (HST) fourth FCS 2710 class fast crew supply vessel.Source: HSTTo remind, HST placed the order with Damen for the fourth Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 this June.Shortly after, the company revealed it had signed a contract with MHI Vestas to provide HST Euan and HST Harri for the Northwester 2 offshore wind project in Belgium.Damen unveiled the FCS 2710 class in May last year. The vessels are capable of carrying 26 passengers and are able to operate in wave heights of more than 2m due to an extra meter of freeboard.The first FCS 2710, HST Hudson, was named in July 2018, while the second vessel, HST Sofia, was launched this March.Source: HSTlast_img read more

Berlusconi family mulling sale of 20-30 percent stake in AC Milan

first_imgThe family of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is considering selling a stake of between 20 and 30 percent in football team AC Milan, a spokesman for club co-chief executive Barbara Berlusconi said on Wednesday.The spokesman confirmed comments by Berlusconi’s daughter after she spoke to reporters on the sidelines of an event, adding the family would in any case remain committed to the club.Barbara Berlusconi had earlier told a press conference on Wednesday the family was looking for a partnership for the football team and that for this reason she would be travelling to the Middle East and later to the United States, Italian media reported.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Brett Anderson pitches for first time in 2016

first_imgOne scout in attendance said via text that Anderson was throwing 90-93 mph and that he was “not consistent with off-speed or command but looks close.”Anderson felt fine Thursday, but he knows the truer test will be how he feels in the next few days.He is tentatively scheduled to make at least two more rehab starts, of five and six innings. He didn’t know with which team that would be, but the Quakes are on the road each of the next two days Anderson would likely pitch.He said pitching in the California League is a challenge.“For a guy like me who throws strikes and pitches to contact, you get a bunch of hits. I think my ERA at Double-A and below is close to 9.00,” he said. “Guys are excited to be here. Sometimes at Triple-A, they’re going through the motions.”Anderson is coming off a season in which he went 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts in his first season with the Dodgers, setting career highs for starts and innings.Staff Writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this report. He sprinted off the mound, fielded the ball and threw the runner out at first.The Dodgers could exhale that Anderson had seemingly passed an unanticipated test.“There were plays and circumstances I’d rather deal with now,” he said. “Now, I can focus on getting my pitches back where I want them.”Another circumstance happened in the bottom of the second when two High Desert Mavericks players collided, requiring a lengthy on-field delay and more time for Anderson in the dugout before he pitched his third inning.In all, it took Anderson only 36 pitches to get through his three scheduled innings, 25 of which were strikes. He allowed five hits and one run while striking out one and walking none. He threw 19 more pitches in the bullpen after he came out of the game. RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Brett Anderson was told by the Dodgers not to worry about any fielding plays that weren’t hit directly at him.That made sense, since Thursday’s rehabilitation assignment with the high Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes was the Dodgers pitcher’s first game action since undergoing back surgery in March.But the fifth batter of the game hit a slow chopper halfway up the third-base line.“My instincts took over,” Anderson said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more