Democrats quick to criticize Romney's choice of Ryan for running mate
August 11th, 2012
11:14 AM ET
2 years ago

Democrats quick to criticize Romney's choice of Ryan for running mate

(CNN) – Responding to Mitt Romney's announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, Democrats attacked the House Budget Committee chairman for his controversial budget proposals.

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Jim Messina, campaign manager for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign:

"In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy. The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

"By picking Representative Paul Ryan, Governor Romney has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security and end Medicare as we know it. Romney's choice demonstrates that catering to the Tea Party and the far-right is more important to him that standing up for the middle class. The months ahead will provide Americans with a clear choice between the Romney-Ryan plan to gut Social Security and Medicare, and Democrats' balanced approach to deficit reduction that combines smart spending cuts with asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share. Democrats in the Senate look forward to engaging in that debate."

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

"Congressman Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are a match made in millionaires' heaven, but they'll be a nightmare for seniors who've earned their Medicare benefits. For the last 18 months, we've said Republicans will have to defend the indefensible – their vote to end Medicare. Now with Congressman Ryan on the ticket, House Republicans face the one thing they hoped to avoid – a national debate on their budget that puts millionaires first and Medicare and the middle class last."

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

"Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading women's health provider and advocate, and sees firsthand the women who are being hurt by the policies that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan support. We now have a full picture of this ticket, and it's deeply troubling for women's ability to make their own medical decisions and have access to basic health care. Just like Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan wants to end safe and legal abortion, would work to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood's cancer screenings, birth control, and other basic health care, and would repeal the Affordable Care Act, denying access to birth control, well-woman checkups, and other preventive care to millions of Americans."

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

"Whether its outsourcing American jobs or picking his running mate, Mitt Romney's proven just how bad his decision making is for working people. Aligning himself with the poster-child for ending medicare and social security puts to rest any suggestion that Romney has a clue what the middle-class needs. We're witnessing the radical Tea Party extremes drive its final nail in what was once the Republican Party."

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America:

"Rep. Paul Ryan's extreme anti-choice record shows just how serious a threat Mitt Romney's presidency would be for women," Keenan said. "He has cast 59 votes on reproductive rights while in Congress and not one has been pro-choice. Rep. Ryan has also repeatedly voted to defund family-planning programs and supported the 'Let Women Die Bill,' which would allow hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency, lifesaving abortion care, even if she could die without it. It comes as no surprise that Romney would choose a like-minded running mate who is just as out of touch with our nation's values and priorities as he is. The Romney-Ryan ticket is dangerous to women's health."


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Gimmeabreak!

    You Liberals are nuts. Ryan is a person who looks at the U.S. fiscal situation REALISTICALLY - but I know that doesn't work for you freeloaders.

    Romney/Ryan YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. myviewis

    So we should listen to Jim Messina, B.A. in political sciense who's jobs have been running campaigns and Chief of Staff (Office Manager)????? who was called "the fixer" because he would fix office stuff. Right!!! And the others are pro-government or employer paid abortions because that is the main thing we women need in our lives, oh yes I forgot the pro-government or employer paid birth control pills because we women cannot live our lives without it being paid by someone else. Seriously, we are to listen to all these people about Paul Ryan???? Of course Paul Ryan has been doing all he can to keep us from going broke by all these groups and bums trying to suck our country financially dry. The poor senior citizens have not been able to get additional monies because the women's needs for free abortion and birth control pills have been sucking all the money.

    August 11, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. scott

    Listen to all these parrots of Obama screech, not one of them listed above, have any idea on what they are talking about.

    August 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. howlame

    Rep. Ryan has also repeatedly voted to defund family-planning programs and supported the 'Let Women Die Bill,' which would allow hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency, lifesaving abortion care, even if she could die without it.

    er... sounds like the Taliban with the turban.

    August 11, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. rashad

    Mitt Romney's/ Rep. Paul 2012

    August 11, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. spanglish

    Where did Obama get the money ? Occidental U, Columbia U Harvard U? trips to India? trip to Kenya? trip to Karachi Pakistan? 1.65 million dollars for a House in Chicago!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. myviewis

    spanglish

    Where did Obama get the money ? Occidental U, Columbia U Harvard U? trips to India? trip to Kenya? trip to Karachi Pakistan? 1.65 million dollars for a House in Chicago!!!!!!!!!!
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    I keep asking the same question. Here Paul Ryan has worked just about every job there is, and we all know what it is like to work jobs from restaurants to warehousing, packing boxes ( yes I have packed boxes in my time) to delivering. He even drove that silly hot dog truck while pretty boy Obama hang out.

    August 11, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. John

    It is back to the days of Let women die rather than allow them to have a life saving abortion.
    It is back to the days of gutting Medicare and privatizing Social security.
    It is back to the 1950's with Ryan and Romney......

    August 11, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. WiredweirdinSF

    Lets see was that Trumpka that threatened to "take out" the TEA Pary members of was it that other paragan of democrat liberal virtues Junion Hoffa. Guess it really doesn't matter they are both corrupt union bosses.

    August 11, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Republican Not Voting for Romney

    We still won't forget about your tax returns, nice try though.

    August 11, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. art vandelay

    I can't stand watching the country bleed money. I despised GWB for spending like crazy and burying the US in debt. Pres. Obama said he would cut debt in half, I voted for him, the debt doubled!!! Sorry, "fool me once shame on me" .......I will need to change my norm and pull a lever for R this time around. We need less debt, we need more jobs! I think these 2 money guys can put our financial situation on a better track. I have been reading the Ryan budget, not what headlines say, look at the details, good stuff. . PAY ATTENTION !! I am.

    August 11, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. art vandelay

    John, I am old enough to remeber the 50's......great days, America strong, life was better by a long shot!! (and cashiers could actually subtract LOL)

    August 11, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Howard

    Progressives who oppose the Romney/Ryan ticket prefer 15+ TRILLION in debt ... America turning into a third world country ... and, our children inheriting a bankrupt nation.
    Romney-Ryan in 2012 !!!

    August 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Since when is Fiscal Responsibility controversial??

    August 11, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. B.

    This is about going backwards to the failed Bush policies that damn near destroyed this country.

    Now the Republicans are attempting to win by denying democrats the right to vote by suppressing voter rights in Republican controlled states!

    Outrageous.

    August 11, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. RS, CA

    Great move, Mitt - thank you! You two will restore America to The Shining City on the Hill. Love, love it.

    God bless America, land that I love.

    August 11, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Adam

    King Joffery is Romney's VP pick?

    August 11, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Harry From Pa

    I hear all these complaints about Obama, but we've had 8 years of Bush, under the same policies that Romney and Ryan support. And right when we are finally digging our way back out, these two will put us back in the whole. Romney's choice wont save him, his unlikeability has sky rocketed and people still want to see his taxes. His choice will be the hype for 2 days, after that it's back to being on a decline because nobody trusts him.

    August 11, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Adam

    This pick just demonstrates the perpetual fairytale conservatives find themselves telling each other about god, economics and a Romney Presidency.

    August 11, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. namryan

    I wonder if he release his tax returns or not.... after all his prospective boss hasn't...

    August 11, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. myviewis

    John

    It is back to the days of Let women die rather than allow them to have a life saving abortion.
    It is back to the days of gutting Medicare and privatizing Social security.
    It is back to the 1950's with Ryan and Romney......
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    It is 2012 and we women work, many of us make higher pay than men and we go to school. We can pay for our own abortion and birth control pills. It is people like you that keep thinking of us women as helpless and stuck in the kitchen pregnant and barefooted. We have come along way or haven't you seen Hillary Clinton?

    August 11, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. myviewis

    Adam

    This pick just demonstrates the perpetual fairytale conservatives find themselves telling each other about god, economics and a Romney Presidency
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    Yes, Economics!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. A Sad Day

    With this pick I guess the days of soup lines and receiving government cheese will be here on steriods! Gingrich call Obama the food stamp president. Well if it was the food stamps the poor would be staving like people in a third world country. The elderly will have to eat dog food to get by after the Ryan budget passes because they will have to pay for medicine to stay alive. I guess the elderly should die if they're not rich.

    August 11, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |