West Virginia’s First District Congressman says Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has changed the debate for the 2012 Presidential Race since being selected to be Mitt Romney’s running mate.
"He’s bring an adult conversation to it that’s been necessary," says Congressman David McKinley. "You can’t ignore some of these issues and, I think, he’s going to force some of that discussion to take place."
Both Romney and Ryan will be in Tampa, Florida this week for the Republican National Convention. By the end of the week, Romney is expected to be the official Republican Presidential nominee. If he’s elected in November, Ryan will serve as Vice President.
McKinley was one of the Republicans voting against the $3.6 trillion budget Ryan, as Chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, proposed in March. It narrowly passed the House with a 228-191 vote.
The proposed budget, which went nowhere in the U.S. Senate where the Democrats are in charge, would reshape Medicare and Medicaid and cut spending in big ways for things like rail projects, college grants and research.
It would also restructure the tax system by collapsing the six current income tax rates into just two, capping the top tax rate at 25%, compared with the existing 35%.
"Whether or not he has the best solution is arguable. But he’s at least willing to bring up the subject and talk about it in an adult manner," Congressman McKinley said.
McKinley says he was a no vote because he did not think the Ryan cuts to Medicare and Medicaid were sustainable. "They were going to hurt our seniors in West Virginia and I had a problem with that," he said.
He says he also had issues with the elimination of certain tax deductions in the Ryan budget and did not like that 28 years would pass, with the proposal, before there was a balanced budget.
On Monday, Congressman McKinley will host a town hall luncheon with constituents at noon in Parkersburg to talk about all kinds of issues. It’s one in a series of such meetings.