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The announcement especially pleased partisans who think only a “big issues” approach will get Republicans back into the White House.

“This signals Romney’s intention to make this race a clear choice between alternate visions of the nation’s future,” said National Rifle Association President David A. Keene, a longtime friend and fellow Wisconsinite. “The Ryan choice means, whether he likes it or not, President Obama is faced with a challenger who intends to make this contest about big rather than little tactical issues. That should be good for Romney and, most importantly, good for the country.”