|Will choosing Ryan as his running mate cost Romney the election?|
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Ryan is a representative from Wisconsin who specializes in budgets, acting as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. Ryan's twitter is littered with calls to repeal "Obamacare", extensive use of the tag #ObamaBudgetFail, not to mention a lot of budget talk. Ryan has voted repeatedly to limit women's access to abortion services, stating that life begins at fertilization, and believes that the government should cut funding to Planned Parenthood as well as other similar organizations. He is rated as strongly against a woman's right to choose. The Wisconsin representative also believes that marriage should be limited to heterosexual couples and that the government has the right to define marriage, solidifying that view by voting to ban adoption by same sex couples in DC and opposing enforcement against anti-gay hate crimes. He has an incredibly low rating with the ACLU, implying that he has had an anti-civil rights voting record while in Congress. According to ontheissues.org, he opposes requirements of companies to hire more women and minorities, but strongly supports teacher-led prayer in public schools, absolute rights to gun ownership, and the war in Iraq. I can't even begin to get into his economic policies.
Essentially, Paul Ryan is the perfect running mate for Mitt Romney. Romney did not choose someone to balance out his ticket, but instead picked a running mate whose views are possibly more extreme than his own. Many analysts and commentators are positing that Romney's choice of Ryan as a running mate may cost him the election, though only time will tell.