CLEVELAND - A trending topic on Twitter and the talk of the barber shop, the buzz is about Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's new running-mate pick.
NewsChannel5 talked to Dan Askew by the West Side Market Saturday, who said, "I don't like Romney, I don't agree with his policies, but you know, from a political perspective, it's a good choice for him."
Republican analyst Lee Weingart said, "From the Republican party, I think the message is: we're different, we're going to really change the way things are done in Washington D.C. Here we go."
Weingart called Paul Ryan a stark contrast to the Democratic Party and President Obama, but as NewsChannel5 stepped into a barber shop right next to Ohio City's West Side Market, the conversation was ... not too many people have heard of the VP pick.
"To be honest, I don't know a lot about him, and now I'm going to have to do a little studying. But I thought maybe somebody more prominent would be ... chosen," said Allstate Hairstyling and Barber College owner, Mike D'Amico.
Political analysts and many more thought Ohio's Senator, Rob Portman, was most likely Romney's VP pick, considering Ohio's swing-state status. However, Weingart believes the Republican Party may have another agenda.
" I think what you're seeing here, lastly, is a new strategy to win the presidency without winning the state of Ohio."
Weingart went on to say if Ryan can garner support in closely aligned Wisconsin and Colorado, then the Republican party may have 19-electoral votes, instead of Ohio's 18-electoral votes needed to win. But just looking at the political differences, it seems the conservative Ryan Paul is already making waves.
Bill Williamson, visiting the West Side Market said, "His pick is a young energetic guy. I support it. I'm happy with his pick."
"I'm very pleased by it," said Tom Gary, "it shows a bold move on Governor Romney's part."
Both sides of this political race area already expressing their opinions but the next question is: What will this mean come November?
Baldwin Wallace University professor, Dr. Tom Sutton said their political contrasts will only mobilize people, "We may in-fact see more people turning out to this election than we previously expected. This galvanizes people on both sides. It will be more partisan."
Braylene Adams, already noting the campaign ads against each party added, with Paul Ryan in the mix, " People are going to start paying attention because they know ... bad news sells."
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