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Duncan Shares Insight Regarding Romney's Pick of Running Mate Ryan

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Ryan could help Romney win the battleground state of Wisconsin and also boost the ticket in other Midwestern states such as Iowa, Minnesota, and Ohio, said Duncan to a South Florida ABC reporter.
Dr. Tom Duncan

Dr. Tom Duncan

August 16, 2012

As Saturday's announcement revealed that Mitt Romney had selected Wisconsin's Paul Ryan as his running mate, Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan sat down with a reporter from WPBF, South Florida's ABC affiliate, to discuss the choice.

While sharing that Romney's choice of Ryan was a bold move that would bring momentum to the race and sharpen the campaign's focus on debt, deficits, and government spending, Duncan, a recent Wisconsin resident, pointed out that Ryan, a Wisconsin native, could help Romney win the battleground state and also boost the ticket in other Midwestern states such as Iowa, Minnesota, and Ohio.

A rising Republican star and the party's leader on fiscal and budget issues, Ryan, a former altar boy and fitness buff, was chosen ahead of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. And in a recent FOX interview he pointed out that we are experiencing the worst economy recovery in 70 years with unemployment reaching above eight percent for more than three years. "Families are hurting. We have the largest deficits and the biggest federal government since World War II. Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuse is, this is a record of failure," said Ryan.

Recently appointed Northwood University Florida President, Dr. Tom Duncan worked for the state of Missouri as an assistant to Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as for the department of economic development as a division director of professional registration from 1985-1992. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) from 1980-1984.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in several religious communities.

Born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan earned a B.A. degree from Miami University in Ohio. Following his studies, he worked as an aide to United States Senator Bob Kasten of Wisconsin, as legislative director for Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Representative and 1996 Republican vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp of New York. In 1998, Ryan won election to the United States House of Representatives, succeeding Republican Mark Neumann. He is now in his seventh term.

As chair of the House Budget Committee, Ryan has focused on fiscal policy and has proposed privatizing Social Security and replacing Medicare with a voucher program for seniors. Ryan introduced a plan, The Path to Prosperity, in April 2011 which included significant changes to Medicare. He then helped introduce the similar The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal in March 2012.