What Ryan Means to Women, Blacks and Hispanics
After the naming of Paul Ryan by Mitt Romney, as his running mate, many groups that focus on issues related to minorities started to look into the record of the seven-term Wisconsin lawmaker. The groups wanted to find out what Ryan would mean to women, blacks and Hispanics, gays and the working poor.
In a recent poll, only 39% of registered voters said they agreed that Ryan was a very good to excellent choice and 45% said he was just poor to fair as the choice for vice president on the Republican ticket.
A new organization based in California, New America Media, focuses on minorities issues and indicates that Romney and Ryan might not be in touch with Hispanic voters. Many observers, when considering Ryan have explored his positions about the economy, which is a topic important to minorities, especially minority small business owners.
Ryan authored the House Budget Committee’s budget plan and it proposed a substantial reduction in funding for Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps and other programs that many thousands of people with low income rely on for their basic nutritional and health needs.
In La Opinion, a leading newspaper in Spanish contained an editorial that said the selection of Ryan was just strategic and meant to win conservative support instead of trying to win independent and Hispanic constituents who might have voted for the Republicans if they had chosen someone like Marco Rubio from Florida.
On key domestics issues that are important to communities of color, Ryan’s selection by Romney will probably not get backing from many Hispanics or blacks. For example, under a win by a Romney/Ryan ticket, the Medicaid system as it is currently known would likely be completely changed.