Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney on Saturday announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.
In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon highlights how the VP pick of Paul Ryan represents a campaign shift towards specifics and a picture in to how Romney will govern.
John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.
Paul Ryan will shift the campaign dynamic
Paul Ryan is a bold and risky pick for vice president by Mitt Romney.
Forget all the talk about the risk-averse Mitt Romney and his policy-free campaign. Romney just embraced a man whose deficit reduction plans are impressively specific - and controversial. This is what a game-changer looks like post-Sarah Palin.
Unlike many of his fellow Republican congressmen, Paul Ryan has not been content to just demagogue the deficit and debt. He's had the courage to put specific plans on paper that would actually deal with the problem. And Mitt Romney now owns those plans, for better or for worse. It may be the first time in American history where a nominee has outsourced policy to his VP candidate.
Ryan's budget plan is serious and breathtaking in its scope. It seeks to take Republican rhetoric about reducing long-term deficits and debts and put it into specific policies.