While opposition to tax increases has become standard Republican dogma, polls show that a majority of Americans believe, with Obama, that the wealthy do not pay their fair share and should be taxed more.
Recent polls also show that Romney has failed to overtake Obama despite the still-dismal economy and some polls show that in recent weeks Obama has gained markedly over his rival.
While a fresh face on the national scene to many, Ryan "is totally a creature of Washington D.C.," said Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
In the sense that Ryan knows the ins and outs of budgeting and Congress, "that's a good thing for Romney. But I don't think it is all that helpful with the very people I think Ryan was designed to appeal to and to make sure conservatives don't stay home on Election Day," Baker said.
But business economist Peter Morici at the University of Maryland said Ryan's legislative background "complements Mr. Romney's private sector expertise wonderfully. He has a clear and concise plan to fix the federal budget."
"We won't duck the tough issues — we will lead," Ryan promised.
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