Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan got the nod Saturday, ending months of speculation over who would join Romney on the GOP ticket.
At 42 years old, Ryan's relatively young age is raising some eyebrows. But he has heard this before. When first elected to congress in 1998, he was just 28, and one of the youngest lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Age didn't seem to be a big factor for the voters then, but it's certainly drawing attention now.
"He's young so I think there's a possibility that he may bring something new to the table some type of innovation," said Sylenthia Demeritt, a disabled veteran and Bay County resident.
"I think he's a good candidate for the right reasons," said Panama City resident Tim Conroy. "I think he brings youth and vitality to the campaign and will probably improve Romney's personality perception."
While Republicans we spoke to support Ryan's young age, some Democrats insist older is wiser.
"I think Obama is a wise man," said David Caron. "He's got good goals he just doesn't have the help that he needs."
Those same voters say Ryan's youth could cause him to set priorities outside the mainstream.
"Instead of exploiting natural resources he should be kind of like organizing the government," said Caron.
Republican voters counter that Ryan's goals are good, and about one very important thing:
"Winning," said Conroy. "Really, winning this election is his goal and I hope the best outcome comes from that."
Whatever the outcome, hopeful Americans are looking for a shift in the future of our country.
"You know you can preach change from Republican or Democrat," said Demeritt. "But, you've got to want change.
The GOP ticket will be stamped in stone at the Republican National Convention, which starts August 27th in Tampa. There, Republicans will make Romney's run for president official.