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Local representatives reflect on Romney's running mate

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Albany/HV: Local representatives reflect on Romney's running mate
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Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney sends shockwaves throughout the political world on Saturday, naming Paul Ryan as his running mate. The ripple effect has been felt here in New York, where the Ryan's colleagues in Congress reacted to the big news that's heating up the race for the White House.

NORFOLK, Va. -- "I'm excited for what lies ahead, I'm excited to be a part of American's comeback team, and together we will unite America and get this done, thank you," said Paul Ryan, (R) Vice Presidential Candidate.

Enthusiasm emanating from Virginia, where Mitt Romney named his running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. But, like most things in Washington, and here in New York State, how much uniting a Romney-Ryan ticket can do, all depends on who you ask.

"Inspiring, dedicated, patriotic, this is a man who cares about every American," said Rep. Nan Hayworth, (R) 19th District.

Hayworth said Ryan has a proven track record working with Democrats as the Chairman of the Budget Committee, the role that's made him the architect of the Republican's financial strategy.

"His Ryan-Widen plan, for the future of Medicare, which is a non-partisan, combined plan," said Hayworth.

"Chairman Ryan was very forceful about his Ryan plan, which was passed by the majority in the House," said Rep. Paul Tonko, (D) 21st District.

Tonko, the only member of New York's delegation to serve on the Budget Committee, said Ryan's conservative fiscal policies haven't earned him the same regard with the House's minority party.

Tonko said, "Obviously here the Republican campaign is adopting that message, which I think is a vision of economic elitism."

But, Democrats and Republicans can both agree on one thing, Ryan holds true to his convictions.

"He has taken a stand, courageously, and sensibly," said Hayworth.

"It became very apparent to me that he's an intense believer in this Ryan plan," said Tonko.

It is one that Romney and Ryan hope lead them to the White House.

Ryan asked, "What kind of country do we want to be? What kind of people do we want to be? We can get this thing turned around."

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