From her official website, Senator Lisa Murkowski's full statement:
"America needs bold and intelligent problem solvers to put our nation on a sound path for the future and restore the people’s trust.
“With an accomplished background as one of the brightest and most visionary economic minds on Capitol Hill, Governor Romney’s selection of Representative Paul Ryan is a serious pick for a serious time.
"While many in Washington, DC are talking about the need for a fiscal plan, Representative Ryan has been hard at work designing a proposal for a financial framework we need to move forward.
"Governor Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate is the clearest demonstration to all Americans that he is willing to confront the defining issue of our time head-on."
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner recorded Congressman Young's reaction:
“Gov. Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate is an exciting pick...Having served with him in the House, I know firsthand how smart and how committed Congressman Ryan is to getting this country’s fiscal house in order. I believe he will make a great vice president.”
Sarah Palin, who's still an Alaskan and who still has plenty of political stroke, also issued a lengthy statement supporting the decision. The first paragraph is the most meaningful:
Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. President Obama has declared that this election is about “two fundamentally different visions” for America. Goodness, he’s got that right. Our country cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama’s fundamentally flawed vision. We must now look to this new team, the Romney/Ryan ticket, to provide an alternate vision of an America that is fiscally responsible, strong, and prosperous – an America that understands and is proud of her exceptional place in the world and will respect those who fight to secure that exceptionalism, which includes keeping our promises to our veterans.
The remainder of her statement is a systemic and cogent line-by-line indictment of Barack Obama and his track record. After noting that California is descending into financial ruin accompanied by an exodus of middle class Californians leaving for other states, Palin stated that Obama’s vision for America will make the rest of the country look like California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather. Considering the racial tension and class warfare Obama's stirred up during his four years, Palin may actually be optimistic.
The New York Times suggests that Mitt Romney could expect a five-point bounce in his favor in the next batch of polls released. Romney needs a bump; on August 9th, a CNN poll put Obama seven points ahead of Mitt Romney, and a Fox News poll gave Obama a nine-point lead. On August 11th, a TIPP poll for The Christian Science Monitor and Investor’s Business Daily gave Barack Obama a 7-point lead over Romney. And based upon the comments I've read in the News-Miner, one of the main tasks for the Romney-Ryan team is to convince voters that their economic vision is intended to benefit all Americans, and not just the rich. A secondary task will be to convince more constitutionalist and libertarian voters that their vision doesn't grow government, and that an active interventionist foreign policy is still in the public interest. Some have indicated they're inclined to write in Ron Paul's name in November.
But the need to remove Barack Obama from the Oval Office is so great and the margin of error so narrow that I don't see how it is in our interest to risk handing the White House back to Obama for four more years. A vote for anyone other than Mitt Romney risks being a proxy vote for Obama.