OGDEN -- Bringing Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, on board with presumptive U.S. presidential Republican nominee Mitt Romney will unify conservatives and gives voters across the country a "clear choice," says Top of Utah GOP leadership.
On Saturday, Romney named Ryan as his vice presidential running mate in his bid for the White House.
Romney's selection of the 42-year-old conservative congressman is expected to attract many of the hard-line fiscal conservatives to now get behind Romney.
"It's awesome, a winning ticket," Weber County Republican Party Chairman Matthew G. Bell said of the selection.
"(Ryan) is a very fiscal conservative. It will unify the party, and this will be a strong ticket. I think Ryan is going to be great," Bell said.
But the selection will come under the fire of what Bell refers to as the "liberal media."
"The liberal media will continue to attack them," Bell said, adding that Romney and Ryan will rise above that.
"They want to get Americans back to work and quit spending money we don't have," Bell said.
Bell said Romney could not have made a better selection for a running mate than Ryan.
As would be expected, area Democrats see the choice of Ryan differently.
College students and seniors should be alarmed over Romney selecting Ryan as his running mate due to his proposed budget plan to replace Medicare with a health care voucher system and to increase the interest rate on student loans to make lending institutions more profitable, said state Democratic Party Treasurer Rob Miller, of Bountiful.
"It is hard enough to get an educated populace," he said of how the latter change would nearly double the interest rate students have to pay on their loans and, in turn, affect the ability of some students to afford an education.
Out of concern, seniors and students should run right away from Ryan, Miller said.
On the upside, Miller concedes, Ryan is handsome and articulate.
The selection of Ryan does not speak well locally for Hill Air Force Base, Job Corps or area students pursuing higher education, Davis County Democratic Party Chairman Brett Garner said.
Looking at all of Ryan's proposed cuts to balance the federal budget, Garner said, "it is going to have to come from somewhere."
Davis County Republican Party Chairwoman Kris Kimball, like Bell, is excited about Romney's pick.
"Our economy has been strangled with (President Barack) Obama's proven bad policies," Kimball said. "The economy is the No. 1 problem that Americans really care about. It is also the No. 1 topic that Obama has been avoiding during this entire election cycle.
"With Romney choosing Paul Ryan, he is sending a message loud and clear to America that he is serious about getting our economy fixed and creating an environment that will allow for private sector job growth," Kimball said.
The selection of Ryan gives Americans a clear choice, she said.
The clear choice that is being provided to voters is either to vote for America's "Comeback Team of Romney/Ryan" in freeing up private sector job growth, Kimball said, or continue the downward tailspin of continued unemployment and joblessness created by "America's Hopeless Team of Obama/Biden."