ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A conservative rock star in the marbled halls of Congress, Paul Ryan — his ideas, his politics, his very name — was just barely beginning to register at the Spot Cafe off State Road 16 here Sunday.http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ ... ory_1.html
Rick Paul, said one diner, was a brilliant vice presidential choice. Mike Ryan, said another, would surely boost Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and help “save the country.” At last, said Jim Smith, 74, Romney made a decision that solidifies his conservative credentials.
“Paul — from Kentucky?” Smith said, referring to the junior Kentucky senator, Rand Paul. “Definitely a good move. I didn’t support Romney in the primary, but I will now with Paul in there.”
A few tables over, Gene Johnson, 73, and his friend Doug, 70, who did not want to give his last name, agreed that Romney’s campaign will have a tough time selling Medicare reform in Florida.
But they say that addressing the country’s fiscal issues is critical. And they have faith that Romney’s vice presidential pick is up to the task of explaining his Medicare proposal to voters.
“The thing about Romney is, he’s on the up and up,” Doug said. “Whether it’s popular or not, he and Mike Ryan are out to save the country.”
“Yep, I think Rand’ll do all right,” said Johnson, referring to the Kentucky senator.