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South Dakota politicians talk Paul Ryan

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Right now Paul Ryan's favorability is high.

"He's a very bold leader. He's not afraid to address the problems of this country and face things head on and put solutions on the table," said South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem.

Chair of South Dakota's Democratic Party, Ben Nesselhuf finds Ryan's VP bid interesting.

"I think if anything, choosing Congressman Ryan is an indication that he's (Romney) given up on the independent voter and is trying to solidify the Republican base," said Nesselhuf.

Ryan does have bold ideas when it comes to economic policy.

"Really the only thing he's known for outside of Wisconsin is creating the Ryan budget last year, and it's a very controversial budget," said Nesselhuf.

Nesselhuf believes Ryan's notions hurt the middle class. Kristi Noem, meantime, thinks Ryan's political compass is pointed in the right direction.

"We don't agree on every detail and some of his proposals aren't one's I would offer, but in generalities he understands fiscal responsibility and he understands the budget," said Noem.

What about foreign policy. It's a topic that has been on the back burner, but Nesselhuf says could move to the front during the next three months.

"If we have any sort of issue with our foreign policy then I think that will certainly highlight the fact that the Romney/Ryan ticket has zero experience in foreign policy," said Nesselhuf.

Noem isn't familiar with Ryan's foreign policy credentials, but that doesn't mean she lacks confidence in him.

"I'm sure that his time spent working on legislation and gathering background on that he'll be able to address these issues as they come up."

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