The addition of Van Hollen's name to the lineup is not a surprise. As the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, he is well suited to counter Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, the chairman of that committee. In fact, Van Hollen has been doing so for weeks, including during a trip to the Republican convention in Tampa this past week.
Van Hollen has also traveled to New Hampshire and North Carolina to speak against Ryan's controversial budget proposal to cut spending and overhaul entitlement programs, particularly Medicare. He will also stand in for Ryan to help Vice President Joe Biden prepare for his debate later this year.
The Democratic convention begins Sept. 3. Details of when the speakers will address delegates have not yet been announced.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun