Saturday, 25 August 2012 09:46
by Alan Fisher
The selection of Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential candidate remains a curious one.
He brings no foreign policy experience to the ticket - normally considered a must if the top name has little. He doesn't come from a crucial swing state that may be important in the final equation (remember Florida?). And, most crucially, his views on government welfare programmes, his socially conservative position on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage are unlikely to attract large numbers of independents.