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Heartbeat from a wonk
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Up until now, Mitt Romney was a moderate businessman who argued that his experience in the private sector gave him insight into how to run the economy.

Romney argued that he wasn't a professional career politician and criticized President Barack Obama because he's "never spent a day in the private sector."

So Romney goes and picks as his vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who's worked in politics his entire life (as staff to members of Congress, then as a representative).

How can Romney now criticize Obama for being a politician (not that there's anything wrong with that) when he's willing to put Washington wonk Ryan a heartbeat away from the presidency?

Edward C. Cannon

Salt Lake City

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