With US presidential campaign over, now it's time for 2016
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A Wisconsin native, he would have the potential of winning that traditionally Democratic state, although his presence on Romney's ticket did not help deliver Wisconsin for Romney.
Some obstacles for Ryan: It is not easy for a member of the House of Representatives to win the presidency and he has little experience outside Washington. He would also face criticism over his budget plan and how it would overhaul the Medicare health insurance plan for seniors, an easy target for Democrats in 2012. He used part of his convention speech in Tampa to defend himself. We have responsibilities, one to another - we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves, he said. He held his own in a debate against Vice President Joe Biden, despite lacking the Democrat's foreign policy expertise.
Christie, 50, is the Republican governor of a Democratic state, New Jersey. Opting not to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, he was on Romney's vice presidential short list but was passed over in favor of Ryan. He is one of the most skilled Republican speakers in the national picture and was a popular surrogate for Romney on the campaign trail. To try to get a handle on New Jersey's budget woes, he has led an effort for deep cuts in state spending, making him a popular figure in the party. But he is overweight to the point where he would face health questions should he decide to run.
Late in the 2012 campaign, Christie raised Republican eyebrows with his warm words of praise for Obama for his handling of Hurricane Sandy. Then, Christie refused overtures from the Romney campaign to join the candidate in nearby Pennsylvania, choosing instead to remain in New Jersey and lead efforts to recover from the killer storm. Some Romney loyalists complained about this, but Republican strategist Alice Stewart said it should not damage him.
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