John Gizzi throws out another name for the McCain Veepstakes, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Ryan serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and appears to have some very strong economic credentials, which are probably one of Mac's weaker issues.
"On the lower tax front, Ryan is a strong booster of McCain’s proposal to drop the gasoline tax for the summer and, on behalf of the Republican Study Committee, has introduced the Tax Fair Choice Act. As he told us, “it which has an alternative tax system you can choose to have if you want to. Right now, you have to fill out two codes. AMT and the 1040 code. Under our bill, you can pick and then go. You can use the current system, or the new system, which has a top rate of 25%."
Ryan is apparently very popular with his colleagues, young (38) and favors private accounts as a way of achieving Social Security reform. He also has been a strong proponent of the 2nd Amendment, pro-life legislation and tough on illegal immigration.
Sounds like he could be a serious contender if Mac is looking for some regional and generational balance for the ticket.