LANSING – Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer released the following statement on today’s announcement that Mitt Romney has selected Congressman Paul Ryan as his pick for the Republican vice presidential nomination:
“Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and author of the radical Republican House budget, should surprise no one. The two share an extreme ideology and commitment to slashing taxes for millionaires and billionaires, while harming middle-class families and seniors. The Ryan budget, which Romney has endorsed repeatedly, would cut education funding from pre-kindergarten to college and cost the U.S. more than 1 million jobs. In addition, Ryan has advocated for ending Medicare as we know it and privatizing Social Security, making seniors pay thousands more for health care and making their retirement less secure at the same time.
“While Ryan voted in favor of the auto rescue legislation, when asked later on Fox News if the federal government should have ‘bailed out the auto company,’ Ryan said, ‘No.’ Now the Republican Party has presidential and vice presidential nominees that, if they had their druthers, would have allowed the American auto industry to die and with it hundreds of thousands of jobs.”