SOUTHERN TIER -- Politicians on both sides of the aisle are offering their thoughts on Mitt Romney's newly chosen running mate, Paul Ryan. 23rd Congressional District Democratic Candidate Nate Shinagawa said Ryan's ideas on Medicare will benefit private insurance companies, while forcing seniors to pay more out of pocket. His opponent, Republican incumbent Tom Reed, argues that Ryan's selection is a step in the right direction.
"Mitt Romney brings the job, the business experience to the table. Paul Ryan's going to bring the legislative, national debt, fiscal issues that face us on a budgetary level, and Washington to the table," said Rep. Tom Reed, (R) 29th Congressional District.
"I believe that we need to actually give middle class people a tax cut, but increase the taxes on the wealthy so they pay their fair share, so we could have the money to invest in roads, and affordable education, and a 21st Century infrastructure, so we can get our economy going again," said Nate Shinagawa, (D) Congressional Candidate.
Reed said Ryan's current district in Wisconsin is similar to the 23rd District in New York, which will allow him to understand important issues in the Southern Tier.