Gov Christie to headline GOP convention

Chris Christie had been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver keynote address when Republicans gather this month for their national convention before the November presidential election, the party said yesterday
Christie, a colorful speaker popular among fiscal conservatives in his party, had considered a U.S. presidential run himself before endorsing Mitt Romney, who will become the official Republican presidential nominee at the gathering.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will introduce Romney at the convention, a Republican official also said. Rubio’s home state of Florida — a battleground contest in November — will host the convention Aug. 27 to Aug. 30 in Tampa.

“As governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie has proven how bold Republican leadership gets results,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

“We have an opportunity in Tampa to make clear that if we tell each other the hard truths, tackle the big problems, and make bold choices, we will see America’s comeback,” he said.

Christie has been a rising national figure in the Republican Party and has received praise for tax cuts, trimming the budget and other measures in his mid-Atlantic state.

The governor will argue for shared sacrifice to address the country’s problems, according to USA Today.

“I’ll try to tell some very direct and hard truths to people in the country about the trouble that we’re in and the fact that fixing those problems is not going to be easy for any of them,” he told the newspaper on Monday.

Obama senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said Christie, with his lacerating wit, will be an entertaining speaker.

Ryan ‘bounce’ yet to arrive

Mitt Romney received no immediate boost to his White House bid by naming U.S. Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released yesterday.

Some 51 percent of those surveyed said the decision did not change their opinion of Romney, a former private-equity executive and Massachusetts governor who will face President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Another 26 percent in the online poll said they viewed Romney more favorably after he added the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman to the ticket.

Weight of a campaign: Surveying the fit and unfit to lead

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is many things to many people: darling to the conservative cause; Congress’ fiscal whiz kid; would-be destroyer of America’s social safety net to liberals everywhere.

But muscle-toned hulk of Washington D.C.? Have you seen those guns? (And we’re not talking about the bullet-shooting types.)

Popular gossip sites like Gawker and TMZ have already ballyhooed his physique, but it’s far from over. Consider one TMZ producer’s demand during Monday’s television broadcast in a segment about Ryan: “We need a shot of his abs!”

He’s not the first hot vice presidential candidate — see: Sarah Palin, 2008 — but he might just be the most jacked. Metro took a look back at the history of Veep figures.  -Brian X. Mccrone


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