Local politicians divided over Mitt Romney's VP pick
Posted at: 08/11/2012 9:25 PM
| Updated at: 08/15/2012 12:54 AM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney's choice of in a running mate has come with plenty of opinions.
Local politicians in New Mexico shared their sides of where the Wisconsin congressman stands on issues, particularly on his controversial budget plan.
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Heather Wilson discussed the time she spent in congress with Paul Ryan.
"Paul Ryan and I served together and I've always found that he's a decent, honest and smart man," Wilson said.
"And I admire his willingness to put forth bold ideas on big issues, even if I don't always agree with him."
Wilson's Democratic opponent for the senatorial race, Rep. Martin Heinrich, said Ryan's budget hurts New Mexicans.
"He's a very nice guy, but his policies are deeply misguided and I think very out of step with New Mexico," he said.
Heinrich said Ryan's proposed budget plan would cut Medicare and employment at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.
But despite that, New Mexico's First Congressional District hopeful Janice Arnold-Jones said she believes in Ryan.
"I believe that this will be a good thing for the state of New Mexico," she said. "A little frightening on the lab side, but I intend to go and advocate for the state of New Mexico."
Her opponent, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham worries that Ryan's budget could put some New Mexicans in a downward spin.
"Ask them to live even further below the poverty line than they are today, and I can tell you these families can't take another hit," Lujan Grisham said.
View Ryan's budget plan here.
The web text for this story wrongfully reported that Wilson said she supports Ryan's budget policies. That is incorrect and the remark has been fixed.