Editor's note: The following commentary is a transcription of an interview by anchor Bret Baier with Fox News contributor and Democratic strategist Joe Trippi on Fox News Channel on Saturday, August 11.

I think Paul Ryan is a great pick. It's the pick I would have urged Mitt Romney to make. I am not talking as a partisan -- the Democrats wanted Ryan. I really think it is a chance to have a real debate, the country needs to have, regardless of who wins it.

Ryan helps put the issues front and center.  

It will make the fight -- on both sides -- on taxes, cuts and entitlements and the things we need to have.

That's why I really do commend Romney on the pick. It was a bold choice. It will energize both sides though. There will be a lot of rank and file Democrats that will be pretty excited to start the fight today as well.