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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Monday, August 13, 2012

Cost-cutter Ryan won't help Romney

The US presidential candidate for the Republicans, Mitt Romney, has chosen the ultra-conservative defender of a stringent austerity policy Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. But this won't influence the outcome of the election, the left-liberal Frankfurter Rundschau believes: "A vice-presidential candidate to mobilise the voter base. This is the role ascribed to Paul Ryan. The ultra-conservative Congressman is very popular with the Tea Party and it was he who introduced the notorious budget plan that would favour the rich, cut social benefits and partially privatise the healthcare system, particularly for older citizens. … [Romney] must do this to give his campaign fresh impetus. But it won't do him much good. This has less to do with Ryan than with an important lesson learned in recent decades. The vice-presidential candidate doesn't change the dynamics of the race. At best he can help to win over his home state. Because in the end the voters are interested only in the presidential candidate and the man he wants to beat: the president. And the differences in their political concepts are already clear enough - without Ryan."

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