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Locals express indifference, muted praise for Romney VP pick

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Once the initial news broke, local Republicans and Democrats got their chance to discuss Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate.

The vast majority of voters that spoke to Region 8 News this weekend about Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin being named as the GOP's vice presidential candidate expressed anything but excitement.

Romney supporters greeted Ryan with great fanfare at the unveiling in Norfolk, Va. Almost a thousand miles away Jonesboro voters seemed less enthused.

"I'm glad that he did go ahead and pick his running mate," Felicia Johnson of Jonesboro said, "so that we can get this campaign on the road. I am ready for November to come and go."

Johnson plans to vote for President Obama in November, but she says the prolonged campaign has induced fatigue.

"It's been what, a year and a half of campaigning, elections, mudslinging, the economy and the housing market," Johnson said, "and I'm ready to see who's going to get in office and see what they have planned for us."

The Republicans may not be able to sway Johnson, but some voters say Paul's position on the House budget committee could bring the focus back onto the economy.

"By picking Ryan, (Romney) chose someone who does a lot with budgeting and money and stuff," said Sharanda Crews, an ASU student who studies political science, "so he's like, ‘I'm trying to save the economy. I'm going to pick the guy who's doing a lot of stuff with the budgets and that kind of thing.'"

Crews says she would probably vote for Romney if election was held right now. Crews echoed other local voters' concerns, saying she can hardly call herself a fan of either candidate.

"I don't really like Obama, but I don't really like Romney either," Crews explained. "So, I'm like I don't know who to vote for. Do I want four more years (of Obama), or do I want to give Romney a chance?"

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