Since Mitt Romney tapped Paul Ryan as his running mate, the spin cycle has been on overdrive, and Ryan himself seems to be getting more questions than kudos.
Here are a few pieces that caught my eye:
Trivial issue; serious response… Ryan was voted the “biggest brown-noser” in high school, something his team has sought to scrub from Wikipedia.
From Politico, “Ryan No Help with Hispanics”:
In other words, Obama’s commanding lead has not diminished and may be cemented in place. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos framed the Republican dilemma in a tweet after Ryan was announced as Romney’s ticket mate: “How can [Paul Ryan] attract the Hispanic vote? If Republicans don’t get a third of the Latino vote they won’t get the White House back.”
Ryan has the potential to be an appealing figure for some of the culturally conservative, family- and business-oriented sectors of the electorate, including Latinos. He’s a young, Catholic family man who’s as free market as they come,
He’s also a member of a Republican Congress that many Latinos view as a hostile entity. Latino Decisions found that by a 51-point margin, Latinos oppose cuts to Medicare — an even wider margin than the electorate at large, according to some polls. A footnote to his career that could harm him with Cuban-Americans in particular: In 2009, Ryan expressed skepticism about the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, though he has since revised that stance.
And he’s already been heckled by women in Iowa, presumably over his strong opposition to families abilities to choose abortion.