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IL politicians react to Romney’s VP pick, Paul Ryan

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Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, selecting the Republican Party's go-to man on budget issues in a decision that signals the campaign will make the nation's spiraling debt a centerpiece of its attacks on President Obama.

See: Romney names Paul Ryan his No. 2

Paul Ryan is not a familiar face to a lot of voters around the country, so politicians from both sides had their talking points ready today in an effort to define Romney's new running mate.

While Mayor Emanuel, at the Bud Billiken Parade declined to discuss the announcement, other politicians were not so reluctant.

Illinois GOP chairman Bill Brady, echoed the reaction of many Republican's nationwide, stating it was "a bold pick, but a good pick." He suggested that Paul Ryan's name on the ticket could help Romney pick up key swing states in the Midwest.

"I think the fact that he's from the Midwest is going to have a huge impact. I think it now puts Wisconsin and Iowa in play."

Brady says the choice could also help five or six republican congressional candidates in Illinois this November.

Illinois House Republican leader Tom Cross told FOX Chicago News by phone that Ryan's not afraid to tell it like it is on the economy.

"Paul Ryan has been brutally frank and honest, and it is uncomfortable, at times, to hear what he has to say, but it's truthful, and as for that, I think it's a great, great pick."

But Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a democrat, says she was surprised at Romney's choice of the Janesville Republican.

"I really was surprised. I don't think this was a particularly safe choice, or really a good choice for Mitt Romney. Now we've got a couple of millionaires who think that the way to save the economy is give more tax breaks to people like them."

And it didn't take long for democrats like Schakowsky to begin characterizing Ryan as extreme - a theme that's likely to run through the fall.

"I think what he represents is the most extreme off his party, and i think that the questions isn't really whether or not he is capable, it is what would he, and would that team, do to the american people."

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