The speculation surrounding the Romney Veepstakes is over: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a 42-year-old fiscal conservative who made a fast rise to GOP stardom, will join Mitt Romney on the GOP presidential ticket.
While some sportsmen remain suspicious of Romney’s voting record on several sportsmen’s issues, Ryan boasts strong hunting, fishing and pro-gun credentials. He was described in a New York Times article as “hunting obsessed,” and his passion for archery is well documented (we wonder, however, if the demands of a presidential campaign will impact his participation in the Badger State bow season).
Ryan also has an A rating from the National Rifle Association. Among other pro-gun legislation, he voted “yes” on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which prohibits reckless lawsuits against firearms manufacturers; “yes” on National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity; “yes” on the D.C. Personal Protection Act to grant gun rights to Washington, D.C. residents; and “yes” on the Affordable Reloaded Munitions Supply Act to rescind the ban on sales of used military brass to civilians.
And, interestingly, Ryan lent ardent support to passage of the 2012 Farm Bill. Quite a few Tea Party favorites opposed the bill, calling it wasteful spending, but it appears to us that Ryan recognizes the difference between a pork bill and one that benefits soil conservation, wildlife and sportsmen.
What do you think: Is Ryan our dream candidate, a poor choice or somewhere in between?