While the world of American politics continues to buzz over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan for his running mate, local legislators are weighing in on what this choice will mean in the November election.
Republican representatives are applauding Romney for a choice they say is bringing the economy front and center in the presidential election.
"I think Ryan could help fix our economy in the long term," said Paul Frost (R-Auburn). "He's not afraid to address the problems our federal government is facing, including the deficit."
Without even considering specifics, State Rep. Matt Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) said he respects Ryan for being the first to put forth a budget.
"He's the first one to say this is just a starting point," Beaton said. "I give him a lot of credit. He has a plan to start and that's what we need."
State Rep. George Peterson said he thinks Ryan will also be able to gain support for his budget plan.
"I think he can sell it to the country without identifying it as pushing granny over a cliff," said Peterson (R-Grafton).
U.S. Rep. James McGovern said Romney's selection of Ryan brings serious policy concerns to the forefront of this campaign.
"Paul Ryan is a passionate and committed politician, but his views are also at the heart of the current GOP push to dismantle vital social services and government functions solely to benefit the wealthiest Americans," said McGovern (D-Worcester).
He added that Ryan's budget plans would hurt many Americans.
"Ryan's proposed policies would increase the tax burden and the cost of healthcare for seniors and low to middle-income Americans, while drastically lowering the taxes on the top 1% of taxpayers," McGovern said.
State Sen. Michael Moore said he was concerned most that the Republican ticket would divide the country.
"I think he brings a more conservative, partisan philosophy to the ticket," said Moore (D-Millbury).
Area Republicans all agreed that while Ryan didn't necessarily help Romney in Massachusetts, "the bluest of blue states," it will help him with Independents and in swing states.
Moore said he believes this pick will continue to energize the Democrats grassroots efforts to help re-elect the president.