Paul Ryan Means This Election Will Be Referendum on Government's Role

WASHINGTON D.C — Today Governor Mitt Romney unveiled his presidential running mate, Representative Paul Ryan.  Independent Women's Forum applauds Mitt Romney's choice as a bold move that will reverse the election narrative from trivial political attacks to a serious debate on key issues of voter concern.

Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Independent Women's Forum, released the following statement:

"Gov. Mitt Romney has selected a running mate who stands for limited government and economic growth.  Rep. Paul Ryan's focus on fiscal discipline and comprehensive entitlement reform is pivotal at a time when out national debt has ballooned to nearly $16 trillion and unemployment remains at 8.3 percent. 

"Ryan, who will change the trajectory of the election, signals to many voters that Romney is committed to real economic reform to help ignite our economic engine and put Americans back to work."

Carrie Lukas, Managing Director of the Independent Women's Forum, released the following statement: 

"Vice-President picks are often political — a sop to a certain demographic group or state.  Romney's pick of Ryan is something very different. 

"Yes, Wisconsin is an important state and Ryan is Catholic.  Yet the real impact of this pick is that Ryan has been the out-spoken advocate of comprehensive reforms to our entitlement programs and to restoring government to its historic size and scope.  In picking Ryan, Romney has emphatically embraced the limited government mantle as his own. 

"I'm a Ryan fan, but I'd hope that Americans of all political stripes will appreciate at least this about this pick. This election shouldn't–and indeed cannot given the crisis facing our country–be about trivial political swipes and slights.  This election should be about the course of our country.  It now will be."


Independent Women's Forum is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and educational institution dedicated to expanding the conservative coalition, both by increasing the number of women who understand and value the benefits of limited government, personal liberty, and free markets, and by countering those who seek to ever expand government in the name of protecting women.