Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today called Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate "a show of the Republican Party's decline from a party of ideas and tradition to a vehicle for radical, unpopular schemes designed to help the few and hurt the many."
"The Republican Party, as an institution, now treats our elections as a contest to see who can win the spoils and who will be left with nothing," Grijalva said. "Our democracy should never be treated so carelessly. Elections should be about the public interest, not pointing fingers at millions of Americans and saying, "If we win, you lose.' In picking the architect of the Republican Ryan budget as his running mate, Mitt Romney is choosing ideological warfare over a mature contest of ideas. I feel, along with the voters of Southern Arizona and this entire country, that we deserve better than a man whose career is about ending guaranteed health care for seniors and giving taxpayer money to wealthy corporate CEOs."
Grijalva, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has been endorsed by President Barack Obama for re-election.