Washington: Nikki Haley, South Carolina's Indian American Governor, on Monday threw her weight behind Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan, and said the duo will offer the right combination to take up a President who has "no new ideas".
Haley attacked President Barack Obama and his team for running a smear campaign against the Republican contender rather than fighting the election on their record.
"In choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has confirmed that he intends to run a campaign based on ideas to challenge a President who has no new ideas, is running away from his record, and is relying instead on smears, distractions, and demagoguery," Haley said.
"That's a failing strategy and a Romney-Ryan ticket is going to prevail against it," said the South Carolina Governor, who according to media reports was also among those considered by Romney as his potential vice presidential candidate.
The Democrats, on their part, kept up their attack on the Romney team, and criticised Ryan's policy positions.
Ami Bera, a Democratic congressional aspirant from California alleged that Ryan as vice president would not be good for the country, especially the health care sector.
"The Republican Party made it clear that they will stop at nothing to end Medicare as we know it," said Bera, who has been a vocal critic of proposals to cut social spending on health.
"Rather than protect Medicare, their plan seeks to preserve USD 40 billion in tax subsidies for Big Oil and massively expand the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy," he said.
First Published: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:46