News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Hennes Paynter Communications

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
National Issues


Ryan might energize conservatives, but could leave voters disappointed
VP candidate's view on Medicare could alienate seniors
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


Reporter
Karen Kasler
 

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney heads to Ohio Tuesday for the last leg of his four-day bus tour – which started in Virginia with the introduction of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. Many people in Ohio thought Romney might select U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Cincinnati, who’s been campaigning extensively for Romney for months.

David Cohen is a professor of political science at the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Cohen says while most people in the Republican Party in Ohio might not admit it, the fact that Portman isn’t number two on the ticket is a bit of a letdown.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:19)


"Well I mean I think the republican establishment certainly is going to be a little bit disappointed in Ohio. Certainly Rob Portman himself. Let’s not forget that in 2008, he was also one of the people that really made it into the first year of vice presidential picks. So this is the second time he’s been left at the altar."

But Cohen thinks Ryan will energize conservative voters in Ohio, especially younger ones. However, Cohen says Ryan’s hard-right stance could turn off independent voters, and Ryan’s controversial budget might cost him votes with seniors, because of the big changes it makes in Medicare.


Click to listen
Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download
(0:15)


 

"I think it’s going to hurt him with independents in Ohio, and I think especially with seniors. I think you’re going to see the Obama campaign really go after Ryan and the Ryan budget and what the implications are for Medicare."

Ryan’s budget would allow Medicare, the health insurance program for senior citizens, to be run largely by private insurers starting in 2023. Democrats have seized on that as an early rallying point in their criticisms of Ryan as Romney’s VP selection. President Obama won Ohio in 2008 – and no Republican has won the White House without taking Ohio.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio becomes first in the nation to dump PARCC testing
Best test to use for elementary schools is the old pre common core Iowa test of basic skills. This test measures apples to apples and tests the skills appropri...

Ohio is moving forward with new standardized tests
Mr Chow, Nice piece on testing. Should not Ohio go to an open bid process for the new assessment contract? Ohio has stayed with a "connected" DC non-profit fo...

The Surpreme Court gay-marriage decision plays out in Ohio Amish country
Keep in mind that the majority of the people residing in Holmes County are Amish, a church people who do not vote because they do not believe in governmental ru...

Akron council committee recommends Forney for its opening
Which committee member voted for Wilhite?

Nearly a dozen Cuyahoga gay couples get licenses to marry after the Supreme Court ruling
Presiding Judge Anthony J. Russo a graduate of Chanel High School and supposed member of St. Francis Parish in Gates Mills has just excommunicated himself. As ...

Canton Youth Symphony is named orchestra of the year
This is what makes CSO the hippest small town orchestra in America!

What can be expected if Ohio's tobacco taxes increase?
let's face it! The increase has little to do with smoking cessation

Rare Cleveland Indians photo from 1911 hits the auction block
Paddy Livingston, who cut his teeth on a Louisville Slugger in Kent, Ohio was one of the immortals that played in that game. He was the catcher. Ty Cobb actuall...

Nexus denies Green's request to relocate its planned gas pipeline
These people have so much power. Too much. They could care less about the people they leave when it is done. Spectra does not, and admits, they do not do the...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University