The World from Berlin 'Ryan Is a Radical Ideologue'
US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has tapped Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. Ryan, 42, has called for radical cuts to the social system. German newspapers argue he will make an easy target for the Democrats and could strengthen President Barack Obama's position.
On Saturday, US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate. The 42-year-old conservative made a name for himself in Congress as an austerity-minded politician who wants to radically trim social services for the old and poor people.
Romney is trailing incumbent President Barack Obama in opinion polls, and his choice of Ryan as vice president if he is elected suggests he will focus his campaign on the United States' excessively high national deficit.
First voted into Congress at the age of 28 in 1998, Ryan is considered a rising star in the Republican Party. The politician is fond of saying that his chief political goal is to hand off a debt-free country to the next generation. In 2011, Ryan generated