This was the week that many thought likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would select US Senator Rob Portman of Cincinnati as his running mate. On Saturday, Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin would be joining him on the ticket.
David Cohen is a professor of political science at the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Cohen says he thought Romney would pick Portman, who Cohen describes as the “safest” choice”. And he says while Ryan will rile up the Republican base in Ohio, he’ll be a target because of his controversial budget.