Many Maspeth residents reacted positively to the news of presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, while others responded less enthusiastically. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
Rep. Paul Ryan got a vote of confidence Saturday from some Republicans and conservatives at the Fame Diner in Maspeth.
"He's young," said one. "He seems vibrant. Hopefully he's got new ideas and I think it's a good choice."
Many NY1 spoke with said Rep. Ryan is the spark Romney needs to light up the GOP's conservative base.
"He needs it," said one. "He needs more energy and we'll see what happens."
Even some Democrats NY1 spoke with say they're taking a closer look at the ticket.
"It's, like, new blood to think about and it's energizing and it's exciting," said one. "I'm not really for Romney but I have to say I think it really was a good choice."
But some conservatives NY1 spoke with were lukewarm on Romney's choice, while others are still trying to find out just who Rep. Paul Ryan is.
"He seems OK," said one. "I would have preferred Marco Rubio from Florida but Ryan seems like he's more of a budget guy, a bean counter, which we need for the fiscal crisis. But I'm afraid that may be all he is."
There was also mixed reaction from people on the street in Maspeth, an area still considered to be very conservative.
"I'm very happy with Mitt Romney's nomination of Paul Ryan," said one. "I feel that our founders, when they created our great country, they realized that our rights were given to us by God and that the only way to protect these rights is by limited government."
"I'm still weighing it," said another. "Rather than just read all the news print that comes out all the time, I would like to see the words that come out from him personally to find out more what he's about."