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Special Guests: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

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Mitt Romney selects Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate and shakes up the race for the White House.

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MITT ROMNEY, R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I can tell you this -- he's going to be the next vice-president of the United States.

ROBERTS (voice-over): How will the Mitt Romney/Ryan ticket be received by Republicans now and voters in November?

We'll ask senator and former presidential candidate John McCain. That's only "Fox News Sunday."

(on camera): Also, with the Republican ticket set, how will Democrats campaign against it?

(voice-over): We'll talk strategy with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee. It's a "Fox News Sunday" exclusive.

(on camera): Plus, we are 86 days away from the election. But both sides are filling the air waves with negative campaign ads.

(voice-over): We'll ask our Sunday panel, are they going too far?

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

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ROBERTS: And hello again from Fox News in Washington.

Governor Romney and newly minted running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, are campaigning in North Carolina and Wisconsin today.

We'll talk about the GOP ticket with our guests in just a moment. But, first, the latest from Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen. He's in Mooresville, North Carolina, for us today -- James.

JAMES ROSEN, CHIEF WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: John, good to be with you.

By one measure, Governor Romney's selection of Paul Ryan has already included an unmitigated success. The Romney campaign estimates that it took in $4 million in campaign contributions in just the first seven hours after that big rollout in Norfolk.

Now, aides to Governor Romney was clearly hoping that the addition of Ryan, a young, Catholic, pro-life budget whiz would prove a game changer of sorts. That's because the polling trend for the presumptive GOP nominee had not been encouraging. Latest FOX News polls released Thursday night had shown President Obama opening up a nine-point lead amongst registered voters and an 11-point lead among independents. One marked change that was evident already in Manassas yesterday, there, Governor Romney was no longer framing this election solely as a referendum on the Obama presidency, but rather, Romney began to use the very language about the contest that the Obama-Biden campaign had been employing.

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ROMNEY: America is going to have a choice. They have seen the product of the Obama plan. It's been executed over the last three and half years. It hasn't worked. Middle income families are getting squeeze, people can't find work. We have a different plan.

REP. PAUL RYAN, R-WIS., VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Hope and change has now become attack and blame. You know what? We're not going to fall for it.

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ROSEN: Now our setting today is the NASCAR Technical Institute. It's a vocational training school for automotive skills. Republicans have high hopes for the state of North Carolina precisely because George W. Bush captured it in 2004 and Barack Obama's margin of victory here four years was just 0.4 percent.

However, as you know, the Romney-Ryan ticket is going to close out its day today, in a state that has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984. That would be Wisconsin, Paul Ryan's home state -- John.

ROBERTS: James Rosen, hanging with the NASCAR crowd -- James, thanks so much.

Now reaction to the Romney-Ryan ticket from former presidential candidate, Senator John McCain, who comes to us today from Phoenix.

And, Senator, welcome back to "Fox News Sunday." Good to have you with us.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZ.: Thank you, John.

ROBERTS: Let me ask you, first of all, Senator, your thoughts on the Paul Ryan pick?

MCCAIN: Excellent choice. A new generation of leadership in our party, in our nation -- a man who understands the most compelling challenges that this nation faces, obviously a jobs and the economy. I am convinced that he will bring the kinds of ideas and thoughts that he's been pursuing in the House and the important position that he's held.

And just a small example. In 12 years, Medicare is going to go broke. That's -- the Medicare trustees say that. Paul Ryan is 42. He represents a generation that 12 years from now, he'll be 54 and they'll be in their 50s. So, it will be a long way of eligibility. Meanwhile, the system collapses. And what does the Obama administration brought forward? ObamaCare, which has obviously skyrocketed health care cost rather than reduce it. There has been no effort whatsoever on the part of the administration to address the looming crises of Social Security and Medicare.

Now, you're going to hear from Democrats to push grandma over the cliff, all that, they have not had a plan yet to save Social Security and Medicare, and they've had nearly four years to do it. Paul Ryan has taken the courageous steps to bring this issue to the forefront. And we're going to have to address it.

And under a Romney-Ryan administration, you will see it addressed. Not like this last administration -- which has done nothing. They haven't even passed a budget through the Senate of the United States of America in three years.

ROBERTS: Yes, 1,200 days now and counting.

Do you, Senator, fully embrace the Ryan budget? Even the Romney campaign has been putting out talking points to its surrogates to suggest, well, we like elements of the Ryan plan. We're going to come up with our own budget proposal.

MCCAIN: Well, I think so. I think that's appropriate for the top of the ticket. But I'd also like to point out that when the Democrats talk about pushing grandma over the cliff on Medicare, you know that Ron Wyden, a very centrist and bipartisan Democrat senator has joined with Paul Ryan on a voluntary program for seniors they can be responsible for their own health care. Now, that kind of proposal is something that we need to carefully examine and pursue.

Right now, I guess we have to ask, what is the plan the Democrats have besides negative attack ads?

And, by the way, the Obama budget was voted on. We forced a vote on it, didn't get a single Democrat vote.  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

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