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RJC Applauds Romney’s Choice of Ryan as Running Mate

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Washington, D.C. (August 11, 2012) – The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) praised Gov. Mitt Romney for selecting Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, citing his determination to face our nation’s most serious problems and his record of proven leadership.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan are right to reject the notion that America is doomed to economic stagnation and a loss of influence around the world.  President Obama wants Americans to believe that – because he’s determined to evade blame for his failures in office.  But today in Norfolk, Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan made a powerful argument that America can do better – if we embrace the bold, principled leadership they’re offering.

“Paul Ryan has challenged both party leaderships in Washington to face up to growing fiscal problems that threaten to blight our nation’s future.  And while congressional Republicans have responded to the challenge, Democrats have ducked responsibility.  The Democrat-controlled US Senate hasn’t passed a budget since 2009.  And Obama’s Treasury Secretary admitted to Congressman Ryan that the administration prefers to only criticize GOP efforts and therefore, will not put a plan of its own to save Medicare and other troubled programs on the table.

“Today, on behalf of himself and Gov. Romney, Paul Ryan promised, ‘We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!’  That commitment – one Paul Ryan is well-qualified by his experience to fulfill – creates a stark and favorable contrast with the increasingly desperate Obama administration.”

Regarding the House Budget Committee Chairman’s commitment to national security, Brooks added, “Paul Ryan also understands that America must continue to serve as a bulwark against deadly threats in the international arena.  He’s successfully fought efforts to trim the budget by hollowing out our military, noting that because the consequences of American decline would be so destabilizing, ‘a safer world and a more prosperous America go hand-in-hand.’

“And we are pleased that by picking Paul Ryan, Gov. Romney has opted for a running  mate who has a record Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, has already praised as ‘very supportive’ of the Jewish state.  Paul Ryan has earned appreciation from pro-Israel voters by rejecting the Obama administration’s tactic of pressuring Israel to make concessions its leaders believe will undermine its security – and he rightly insists that a rejection of violence and incitement on the Palestinian side is an essential precondition for a meaningful peace agreement.”

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Background:

Times of Israel, “Romney’s running mate Ryan ‘very supportive of Israel,’ says Ambassador Oren,” August 11, 2012.

Tim Geithner to Paul Ryan: “We don’t have a definitive solution… We just don’t like yours” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s29X6Wm0J1Q