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

Jesus, Mohamed Score as Community Shield Goes to City

first_imgManchester City increased their dominance in the English domestic football scene yesterday after defeating Liverpool 5-4 to claim the Community Shield. Final score line was 1-1 and the tie had to be broken by penalty shootout.Mohamed Salah and Gabriel Jesus scored their sides’ final goals. But it was Jesus’ last kick that carried the day to earn Manchester City the silverware. Mohamed Salah’s kick had initially leveled scores at 4-4 during the shoot out. Georginio Wijnaldum’s penalty was saved by Claudio Bravo and the meeting between two outstanding sides did not disappoint.City’s Raheem Sterling finally scored his first goal against his old club when he turned home David Silva’s flick-on from close range.The woodwork was hit three times in quick succession in the second half, as Sterling struck the post with a one on one, Virgil van Dijk shot against the underside of the bar and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah hit a post.The Reds were level when Joel Matip headed home from Van Dijk’s cross.At that stage, Liverpool were the most likely team to win with Salah having at least three chances – most remarkably when his header was sensationally cleared off the line by a Kyle Walker bicycle kick.And so the game went straight to penalties with City scoring all of theirs.A game whose competitive status is often questioned – and might end up meaning little as the season goes on – was nonetheless an entertaining start to the top-level season. A curtain-raiser if you will.Manchester City started the game with no recognised striker and Sterling playing up front. That only lasted 13 minutes, because an injury to Bayern Munich target Leroy Sane meant Jesus was brought on.But by that stage City were ahead, with Sterling netting during a period they were down to 10 men.Kevin de Bruyne, who missed a large portion of last season through injury, was majestic – especially in the first half – with a big hand in the opening goal.The Belgian found David Silva, who knocked the ball on for Sterling to blast home. His shot was straight at Alisson, but hit with such venom from close range he could not keep it outCity definitely flagged after the break, but they could still have scored more with Sterling hitting the post after Jesus stepped over a David Silva through ball.And then he really should have done better after being sent through again, this time by Walker, but he stumbled when trying to go round Alisson.Debutant Rodri, playing the Fernandinho role as a sitting midfielder, was solid for the most part, doing the simple things well without making any headline-making passes.But he was caught daydreaming once as Salah took the ball off him but Bravo – who was excellent in his first appearance since last year’s Community Shield – was off his line quickly to stop the Egyptian.One slight change to the way City played saw Bravo play short goal-kicks in his box to Nicolas Otemendi, taking advantage of the new laws this summer which passing teams like City and Liverpool are likely to utilise.They were perhaps lucky the game went straight to penalties and not extra time, with Liverpool in the ascendancy once they had equalised.But City start the season – as they started last year – with the Community Shield.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said before the game he was surprised the Community Shield is not taken more seriously – and went on to question what the point of holding the game even was.It was the first of seven competitions Liverpool take part in this season, with their Premier League opener against Norwich on Friday followed by the Uefa Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.Klopp, despite his reservations about the game, named the strongest team he could – including nine of the XI who started the Champions League final in June.Divock Origi might have been their unlikely hero last season, but Sadio Mane he is not. The Senegal forward returns to training on Monday after his Africa Cup of Nations final heartbreak. And Origi lacked the killer edge on the left side of the front three.Roberto Firmino and Salah – who both played less than one pre-season friendly each after summer internationals – looked sharp without scoring.Firmino’s volley after a good turn was well saved and Salah should have done better twice after Zinchenko errors.Liverpool looked a better team after the break though – with 64.3% possession and 13 shots to City’s three in the second half.Van Dijk – one of three Liverpool players nominated for the Fifa Best award last week – was so unlucky not to equalise when the Dutchman’s’s shot went over Bravo but hit the underside of the bar and bounced onto the line.But he did set up Matip’s equaliser after City failed to sufficiently clear Jordan Henderson’s free-kick.Salah really should have won the game for Liverpool. One shot looped off Zinchenko and hit the roof of the net, before he took advantage of Rodri’s mistake only to be denied by Bravo.And the big moment was when he had a shot saved by Bravo, but turned the rebound over the keeper into what appeared to be an empty net before the fantastic intervention of Walker.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more