Miami U. grad picked as Romney's running mate

Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012 @ 8:17 AM
Updated: Saturday, August 11, 2012 @ 6:21 PM


            House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney before Romney spoke at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee, in this April 3, 2012 file photo. Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney before Romney spoke at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee, in this April 3, 2012 file photo. Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation.

Mitt Romney’s decision to select Republican congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate is a bold stroke designed to convince skeptical conservatives that as president he will crusade for lower taxes and curbing federal spending.

Analysts acknowledge that Romney’s choice Saturday could prod voters to focus on the federal deficit and the sluggish economy as opposed to Romney’s career with a Boston investment firm.

But some GOP officials privately fear that the Republican ticket could hurt itself in the crucial state of Florida, which has 29 electoral votes, by emphasizing restraints on the rapidly growing entitlement programs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Ryan, a Wisconsin lawmaker who chairs the House budget committee, has pressed for a sweeping overhaul of Medicare’s current fee-for-service plan into a system in which the federal government would subsidize private insurance plans so seniors could buy their own policies. Although Ryan has stressed his Medicare plan would not into effect for a decade, it could prove toxic with many seniors.

In addition, even though Ryan graduated from Miami University in Oxford, many Republicans were convinced that Sen. Rob Portman had a better chance than Ryan to tip Ohio toward Romney.

“It was a bold choice and it will virtually guarantee that the issues of the role of the government and fiscal responsibility will be a top priority in the general election,’’ said David Walker, former comptroller of the United States and founder of Comeback America Initiative, a nonpartisan organization that champions lower deficits.

“It increases the likelihood that the debates will be more substantive and the American people will be provided with a real choice,’’ Walker said. “And whoever wins the election will be able to claim they have a mandate for action.’’

But even as many Republicans praised Ryan as smart and possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of the federal budget, they know that Obama and Democrats will hammer the GOP ticket on the type of Medicare changes that Ryan has championed as chairman of the House budget committee.

“Paul Ryan is a great guy,’’ said Barry Bennett, a Republican consultant in Washington with close ties to Portman. “My heart’s 100 percent with Paul Ryan.’’

“But my head says we need to talk about how people are hurting (economically), not how to end Medicare. I just hope it doesn’t turn into a debate on how much to cut entitlement programs. If it does, we’re going to lose.’’

Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, said that by picking Ryan, Romney’s “chances have been irreparably harmed in Florida. The majority of Floridians understand the importance of Social Security and Medicare.’’

As he introduced Ryan to an enthusiastic rally in Virginia on Saturday, Romney praised Ryan as “an intellectual leader of the Republican Party. He understands the fiscal challenges facing America: our exploding deficits and crushing debt – and the fiscal catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t change course.”

Neither Romney nor Ryan has much international experience.

“Who would have thought that only a decade after 9/11, the Republicans would have so little foreign policy experience on the Presidential ticket?” asked University of Dayton political science lecturer Dan Birdsong. “This underscores a simple ‘truth’ about presidential elections: domestic policy trumps foreign policy.”

Ryan signaled an aggressive course when he said that Obama and many others in Washington “have refused to make difficult decisions because they are more worried about their next election than they are about the next generation. We might have been able to get away with that before, but not now. We’re in a different, and dangerous, moment. We’re running out of time — and we can’t afford four more years of this.’’

Yet Romney appears to understand the potential danger with Ryan’s Medicare plans. The Romney campaign has advised its surrogate speakers that are differences between Romney and Ryan on some of the major issues, including Medicare revisions and reforming entitlements.

Federal spending on Medicare, which pays for health coverage for seniors, is projected to nearly double from $560 billion this year to $1 trillion in 2022. By 2022, Washington will spend almost as much on the entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as it spends today for the entire federal budget.

Without restraining the growth of the entitlement programs, the only way the government can eventually balance the budget is through either large tax increases on all Americans or politically unpopular reductions in spending for national defense and domestic programs.

While the Ryan choice will thrill economic conservatives, particularly those who write for the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard, many analysts doubt whether he can broaden the appeal of the ticket to the handful of swing voters in a dozen states who will decide the election.

“It makes no sense whatsoever,’’ said one political strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity. “You don’t win elections with your base vote and this guy doesn’t get you anything beyond the base. What’s the No.1 rule? Don’t pick anybody who can hurt you? Do you think swing voters in Ohio are going to like this guy’s message?’’

Naturally, local Democrats and Republicans had different opinions on how Ryan would affect the local vote. Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Rob Scott said having Ryan on the ticket will make his job easier because so many voters are looking for a real plan with specifics.

“There’s been a huge push for good fiscal management in our government, from Washington D.C. to Columbus to here locally,” Scott said. “And Congressman Ryan’s plan speaks directly to that.”

But county Democratic Chairman Mark Owens said he was looking forward to spelling out pieces of Ryan’s plan to voters, saying it would help the Obama campaign.

“Raising the tax burden on the middle class, cutting education through Head Start programs and Pell Grants that allow middle income families to go to college, all that’s going to have an effect on everybody in the Miami Valley,” Owens said.

Ryan, who was born, raised and still lives in Janesville, Wis., has an interesting parallel to the Miami Valley in the auto industry. General Motors closed its Janesville Assembly plant on Dec. 23, 2008, the same day as GM’s Moraine Assembly plant closed here. Janesville made trucks and SUVs, as did the Moraine plant.

Ryan voted in favor of the auto industry bailout, but later explained to The Daily Caller newspaper that he was told the industry was going to get government money no matter what, and he voted for what he thought was the better of two options.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich hailed the choice of Ryan, saying “he’s got a keen intellect and the kind of courage to think big on solutions that America needs from its leaders. That he’s a graduate of one of Ohio’s great universities – Miami University – doesn’t hurt either.’’

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Centerville, said that “the selection of Paul Ryan shows that we are serious about putting this country back on the path to prosperity. Unfortunately, the President has failed to offer a plan to put Ohioans back to work or to end the largest federal deficits since World War II. Governor Romney has a plan, and our country is in desperate need of leadership.”

Asked how Ryan was different from other possible Romney running mates, Turner said Ryan is “young, dynamic, intelligent, well-studied and very well-spoken.” He said the fact that Ryan has been overwhelmingly re-elected six times in an otherwise Democratic district is proof that he can appeal across party lines.

Romney will be back in Ohio on Tuesday as part of a four-state bus tour. He will stop in Chillicothe and eastern Ohio, but the campaign has not yet said whether Ryan will be with him.

Crash closes St. Paris Pike in German Township, Springfield

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 5:07 PM

Both drivers were transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries after this head-on crash in the 3900 block of St. Paris Pike Monday afternoon.

A head-on crash in German Township has closed St. Paris Pike until further notice. The accident occurred around 4 p.m. and two people were transported to Springfield Memorial Hospital. 

Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries according to the German Township Police Department.

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St. Paris Pike is shut down West of Upper Valley Pike and German Township Police advice motorists to find an alternate route. 

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Rain, snow could impact region this week

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:57 AM

Lots of sunshine this week, but cooler than normal.

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  • Lots of sunshine, but chilly today
  • Few showers Tuesday with rain/snow mix possible
  • Quiet for Thanksgiving

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This evening:

Mainly clear skies are expected with temperatures dropping through the 40s. It will still be breezy at times.

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Tonight: 

Skies will be clear with temperatures not quite as cold, holding in the middle 30s.

Tuesday: 

Clouds will be on the increase through the day. It will be breezy with highs near 50 degrees. A cold front will bring the chance for a few showers after dark. As temperatures drop, showers may mix in with flurries before ending.

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Wednesday: It will be cold again with temperatures in the morning in the 20s. A slick spot or two on bridges and overpasses can’t be ruled out where there were showers. There will be mostly sunny skies. Highs will only reach the upper 30s, which is about 10 degrees colder than normal.

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Thanksgiving: We’ll have beautiful weather for Thanksgiving this year. It will be cool and sunny with highs in the low 40s and dry from start to finish.

Friday: It will be a frigid morning for Black Friday shoppers as temperatures will start in the upper 20s. Skies will be sunny, so it will warm to the mid-40s. It will stay dry.

Saturday: Expect some showers, mainly in the morning. Temperatures will fall from near 50 early in the day, through the 40s in the afternoon.

Accused I-75 wrong-way driver has previous intoxication, wrong-way cases

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 4:46 PM

WATCH: ODOT Camera captures wrong way driver crashing on I-75

A man accused of being under the influence and causing a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 in Dayton on Saturday had an open court case for public intoxication and was cited in 2016 for driving the wrong-way on a one-way street, according to court records. 

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Glenn Ellis, 47, of Dayton, was suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he drove north in the southbound lanes on I-75 on Saturday morning, according to the record. 

Ellis crashed head-on into a car driven by Anthony Revels, 59, of Dayton, near the Ohio 4 exit, according to a police report. Revels and his passenger were injured, but were treated and released from Miami Valley Hospital, the report said. 

On Monday, Ellis was charged with OVI, failure to control a motor vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt, and driving on the wrong-side of a divided roadway, according to online court records. 

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Court records obtained by this news outlet indicate Ellis was cited for public intoxication on in the 400 block East Second Street in Dayton on Oct. 7, 2017.

“[Ellis] was subject of person down call,” according to the Dayton police citation. “He was highly intoxicated, [and] passed out in the rain.” 

The case is still listed as open, according to court records. 

Ellis was also cited for driving without a driver’s license and driving the wrong-way on a one-way street on Monument Avenue at North St. Clair Street in Dayton on Feb. 5, 2016. 

That citation states that Ellis was traveling on Monument Avenue and turned onto North St. Clair Street and didn’t realize North St. Clair was a one-way street. 

Court records indicate the charges were dismissed and Ellis was ordered to pay court costs. 

“There’s a car coming the wrong way!”

On Monday, Anthony Revels of Dayton was at a tow lot retrieving personal belongings and removing the tags from his totaled Prius.

Revels, 59, said he got on the I-75 going south at Wagner Ford Road.

“All of a sudden I looked up and saw a car passing other cars, literally coming at me,” he said

He told his passenger, Michael Jackson: “There’s a car coming in the wrong way! Wrong way!” 

Revels started taking his car right. The other car was still swerving in his direction, he said.

“We’re going to get hit,” he shouted to Jackson right before impact.

 As the cars came to a stop, Revels and Jackson checked on each other’s injuries. 

Neither was seriously hurt. Both were wearing their seat belts and all six of the car’s airbags deployed, Revels said.

At the hospital, Revels spoke with a police officer. 

“He seemed really shocked at the outcome of our accident – a head-on collision and we only had minor injuries,” Revels said.

Anthony Revels inspects the damage to his Toyota Prius on Monday after he and a passenger survived a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 75 early Saturday morning. SUBMITTED(SUBMITTED/SUBMITTED)

Revels said his chest has been sore since the accident in which he also banged up his right hand. He said his passenger also suffered minor injuries to an arm, leg and ribs.

“I went right. I just turned right,” he said. “That’s all you can do.”

Revels said God protected them during the crash.

“After going through this and looking at the car, I believe it,” he said.

ODOT video captures crash

An Ohio Department of Transportation camera, positioned at the I- 75 and Ohio 4 interchange, captured the crash. 

The camera, which was zoomed out, captures the moment a northbound vehicle slams into a southbound vehicle on the highway. 

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Music legend and 'Touched by an Angel' star Della Reese dead at 86

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Remembering Della Reese

“Touched By An Angel” actress and music legend Della Reese passed away on Sunday, friends said in a statement to PEOPLE. She was 86.

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“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Reese’s “Touched by an Angel” co-star Roma Downey said in a statement to PEOPLE.

On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved...

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“She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on ‘Touched By an Angel.’ I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

Downey posted to Facebook on Friday, requesting that fans pray for Reese.

Thank you friends for all your prayers for this great lady ......please keep them coming I know they are such a comfort to Miss Della .🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊 #dellareese #prayfordella #angel #touchedbyanangel

Posted by Roma Downey on Friday, November 17, 2017

Before landing the role as Tess on “Touched by an Angel,” Reese was an accomplished singer who rose to national fame in 1957 with her song, “And That Reminds Me.” She had several other hits, including “Not One Minute More,” “And Now,” “Don’t You Know?” and “The Most Beautiful Words.”

When she made the move to television, Reese saw success in parts on series including “The Love Boat,” “MacGyver” and “The Young and the Restless.” She also had her own television variety hour called “Della” and was the first black woman to co-host “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” She went on to play Tess in “Touched by an Angel’s” 1994 debut and continued through the end of the series in 2003.

In this March 8, 1998 file photo, actress Della Reese, nominated for best dramatic actress for her role in the television series "Touched by an Angel", arrives for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," died at age 86. A family representative released a statement Monday that Reese died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in California. No cause of death or additional details were provided. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)(Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Reese had a near-death experience in 1979 when she suffered a brain aneurysm. The health scare lead her to found her own church, Understanding Principles for Better Living.

She is survived by her husband Franklin Lett and children James, Franklin and Dominique. Her daughter Deloreese Owens passed away in 2002.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.