Voters weigh in on Mitt Romney's running mate choice
Congressman Paul Ryan
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Now that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has officially named Paul Ryan as his running mate, Middle Tennessee Democrats and Republicans are weighing in on his choice.
Nashville's News 2 spoke with voters from east Nashville to Spring Hill regarding Congressman Ryan and what he brings to the campaign.
East Nashville resident John Donelson said he believes Ryan is the perfect candidate for both political parties.
"From the Republican standpoint, he's in touch with the ideals [of the] Republican Party from the Democratic side, he's fiscally conservative and out of touch with middle America," he said.
Mitzi Woodward, a Spring Hill resident told Nashville's News 2 she believes Ryan is an asset.
"The ‘Let's wait and see' plans don't work for me," she said. "I need structure and I need to see someone with a plan."
Many Spring Hill auto workers also said they appreciate the congressman's background, especially since he is from Janesville, Wisconsin, a town which was deeply affected by the downfall of the auto industry.
Despite voting for the auto bailout, union leader Michael Martinez said that probably won't matter come November.
"Mitt Romey doesn't care about the working people. He cares about the 1%. Ninety-nine percent of the country needs help," he said, adding he was unsure if Ryan cared about the working people.
Voters have just more than 80 days to form their opinion of Romney's running mate.
Tennessee is predominately a Republican state.
Romney is currently spending his time focusing his campaign and energy on the 10 swing states.