What Florida’s elected officials and politicians are saying about the Paul Ryan pick

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Senator Marco Rubio:

“Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice. I got to know Paul during my Senate campaign when he endorsed me early on when I was still considered a long shot. Paul Ryan is a courageous reformer who understands our nation’s challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them, and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama and other Washington politicians trying to tear him down.

“The Romney-Ryan ticket is going to win in November because it offers the American people visionary leadership to recapture the free enterprise spirit that has empowered countless Americans to build businesses from scratch and live the American dream. I’m excited about the visionary change a Romney-Ryan team will bring to Washington, and I look forward to campaigning with them this fall.”

Florida GOP Chair Lenny Curry tweeted:

Paul Ryan is the man. A reformer, a leader, a believer in America. Great choice for this battleground state.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Rod Smith:

In selecting Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has crystalized the contrast of this election. Ryan is the architect of Romney’s extreme budget plan which would end Medicare as we know it, increasing the healthcare costs for Florida’s senior’s by thousands every year. And both Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney support trillions in budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires paid for with tax hikes on the middle class and deep cuts in education and other investments we need to grow our economy. Both Romney and Ryan share a vision for America where the wealthiest few are prioritized over the middle class, students and seniors — that’s not a vision which will move our state or country forward, and it is a vision which Floridians will whole-heartedly reject.

Gov. Jeb Bush:

“I applaud Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Congressman Ryan’s command of economic policy and the federal budget will prove invaluable as Governor Romney fights to reform government, accelerate job growth and rein in the out-of-control spending that has been a hallmark of President Obama’s years in office. This courageous choice is the type of leadership American voters deserve. And, I believe it will ensure a victory for the Romney-Ryan ticket this November.”

US Rep. Connie Mack:

“Paul Ryan understands the priorities needed to put our nation back on the road to more freedom, less government and renewed prosperity.  I have known and worked with Paul Ryan since being elected to the Congress and was outraged time and again when his ideas to move our nation forward were killed by a liberal Senate.  Now our party can give him the right platform and a Senate that will no longer be flawed and unworkable.  With great pride, we all unite today behind the Romney-Ryan ticket.”

US Rep. Tom Rooney:

“I’m excited about the selection of my friend Paul Ryan to be our next Vice President. Paul understands better than anyone else the fiscal challenges our country faces after four years of President Obama, and he’s shown the courage to face those challenges head-on. He knows that to get our economy going and help Americans get back to work, we have to change course from the failed big-spending, big-government policies of the Obama Administration. Most importantly, I am confident that he would be ready to step in on day one and lead this country as Commander in Chief. Ryan is a great pick. Game on!”

US Rep. Allen West:

“I am pleased to congratulate my colleague, Congressman Paul Ryan, on being selected to join Mitt Romney on the road to the White House as his Vice Presidential running-mate. As I have always said, I will wholeheartedly support the Republican candidates, and with true fiscal conservative Paul Ryan, on the ticket, I am particularly pleased to do so.

Patrick Murphy, the Democrat challenging Tea Party leader Allen West in Florida’s newly drawn 18th congressional district:

“The selection of Paul Ryan this morning makes the choice for voters in November even more stark. Allen West has been the #1 champion for Paul Ryan’s Medicare-ending, education-slashing budget in Congress, proudly voting for it twice and saying it would be “suicide” to oppose. If the two of them take the helm in Washington, expect an end to Medicare as we know it and thousands in additional medical costs for Florida seniors.”

Congressional candidate Lois Frankel:

“The choice Florida seniors have in this election has just become even clearer. Will we let Adam Hasner and his champion Paul Ryan destroy Medicare and replace guaranteed benefits with a voucher program? Or will we stand up a protect this critical program?”

Florida House Speaker Designate Will Weatherford tweeted:

Showing political courage pays dividends. Wisconsin Gov Walker and Paul Ryan get it! Those of us who lead in Fla should take note.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.