Axelrod: Enthusiasm for Ryan reminiscent of Palin
August 13th, 2012
08:29 AM ET
2 years ago

Axelrod: Enthusiasm for Ryan reminiscent of Palin

(CNN) - A top adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign said Monday that Republicans' enthusiasm for the newly named vice presidential pick Paul Ryan echoed the fervor that met Sarah Palin when she was selected by Sen. John McCain in 2008 to join the GOP ticket.

"There's no doubt that I think the appointment thrilled the base of the Republican party, the tea party Republicans, the social conservatives. Because Congressman Ryan is a certifiable right winger," David Axelrod said on CBS Monday.

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"I saw that excitement four years ago when John McCain appointed Sarah Palin as well," Axelrod continued. "There were huge crowds, much of the same kind of reaction. I don't think it worked out very well. When the reality catches up with the moment, it's not going to be a plus for Gov. Romney."

Palin herself had little to say to her 2012 counterpart in a statement Sunday, released nearly twelve hours after Mitt Romney made his running mate announcement.

"Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate," Palin wrote in the statement, which mentioned Romney's name only four times and Ryan's name only three out of over 1,100 words. The statement was posted on her Facebook page.

Palin – then largely unknown outside of her home state of Alaska - was named to the GOP ticket in August 2008. While met initially with adoring crowds, she subsequently stumbled in interviews and on the stump.

On Sunday, Axelrod hammered Ryan as a "right wing ideologue" on CNN's "State of the Union," telling Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that his ideas on the budget and social issues were well outside the American mainstream.

"He's quite extreme. A good person, a genial person, but his views are quite harsh," Axelrod said.

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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Paul Ryan • Sarah Palin
soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. Norma Vessels

    Paul Ryans's ideas are wrong for us. We don't want Medicare destroyed. President Obama took some of the monies away from Medicare a while back, yes, but only the wasted money not used constructively, but wastefully. It did not affect our coverage at all. Paul Ryan can't say that's what he wants to do with Medicare .. it's already been done. No, Paul Ryan wants to ease out Medicare altogether .. by promising vouchers (that will not work.) Older people do not need the extra burden of trying to figure out just how much insurance they can get with $1500.00, or even how to go about it.

    August 13, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Matt

    Paul Ryan is definitely more intelligent than Palin. That's what's scary about him

    August 13, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Paul Ryan is not the problem that the choice of less-than-intelligent Sarah Palin turned out to be. However Ryan, an intelligent and hard-working man, is a problem in an entirely different way. Palin clearly swamped the GOP but her activities stayed within the party. Ryan, with his budget proposal, will affect every American and most will feel it is too extreme, too much of a change and it will cause great harm to senior citizens. It will scare away middle-of-the-road voters. Every intelligent American knows there must be changes but most want corrective steps and not a landslide. At the age of Social Security and Medicare, seniors do not want choices they want security as, at that age, there is little you can do to change and upgrade your situation. I do not see how Romney/Ryan can possible sell the Ryan budget and with the choice of Ryan, it is now Romney's budget. We will see how this works out.

    August 13, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Joseph Smith

    Paul Ayn Ryand has never been seen in the same room with Sarah P....just a coincidence?

    August 13, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Tom

    Paul Ryan spells doom for the republicans.

    August 13, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. kojakinfla

    I don't think he is like Palin at all. I don't care for his views on many things, but to compare an intelligent person that has strong opinions and views and can express them, whether I agree or not, should not be compared with Palin. He is smart ! Palin - well, enough said!

    August 13, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. v_mag

    Ryan is to Palin as Romney is to Bush.

    August 13, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    I don't trust Ryan at all. He looks and talks like a con man. In the President's words, his plan is "thinly veiled social darwinism."

    August 13, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. MaryM

    Ryan is like palin in his far right wing ideas. He is much more intelligent, which makes him more of a danger to the American People

    August 13, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. v_mag

    The plan's now out there for everybody to see. Destroy Medicare, Social Security, and the middle class. Give it all to the Rich-publican elite. If the "Die-namic Duo" gets in, it'll be "Good bye, America. Hello Third World."

    August 13, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hmm. Well, at least Palin couldn't be held responsible for being a career politician who voted "yes" to the very policies which brought this country (and the world) to a screeching halt.

    Ryan has been in Congress for the past 13 or so years. Presumably CNN and other reputable organizations will cover his voting record. One assumes he voted on all those pesky little bills which caused an entire world economy to collapse back in 2007. You know, back during those years Dick Cheney was running around America telling us deficits didn't matter. Dig into Ryan's voting record and I suspect deficits didn't much matter to him back then either.

    Paul Ryan is part of the problem, not the solution.

    August 13, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Marty, FL

    Romney chose to be divisive by going far right instead of the middle. Ryan is unfortunately similar to Palin in polarization.

    August 13, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Milton K. Wiah

    How can the president and the vice president have different views on the medicare. One of Romney'
    spokesperson said that romney has his own plan on the medicare. So let them explain how are they going to govern.
    In fact Romney asked Ryan to give several years of tax return but will only release two to the public because
    Romney has promised to release two as well. Well these two guys think the American people are stupid.

    August 13, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. American People

    Paul Ryan wants to destroy Medicare and Social Security. There shouldn't any old person that should vote GOP this year. However, most are stupid and still will in those Red (neck) states. The American People want to see Mitt's tax returns for the last 20 years. We also want to see how many jobs he off-shored and how much money he has in off-shore accounts evading taxes. Put up or shut up Mitt!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Sabapete

    It's time that America grows up. For years our population acted like spoiled teenagers getting an unlimited allowance from dad. Now dad can no longer afford this largesse, and its time for the teenager to grow up and start living within the available means. Sadly, under Obama, Reid and Pelosi, the Democrats have lost site of this reality. It's time for a change – but not the kind that Obama espoused four years ago.

    August 13, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. 1+1=2

    I agree with Axelrod's remark that both Ryan and Palin are both certifiable.

    August 13, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. No-surprise

    We are not a bit surprised by Debbie and Axelrod response to Romney's choice for VP.

    Just us, Paul is nothing like Sarah. She has her qualities. Paul has his attributes.

    Let their records of accomplishments stand on thier own merit.

    Beside, the democrates and the attack media machine known by CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS would go after anyone Romney picked.

    Paul Ryan will bring balance to our ticket. His background and achievments in the HOUSE speak volumes for what he offers to this campaign.

    Some may have doubts and reservations on how this Romney/Ryan ticket can beat the thuggery nature of the democratic party, but Americans a very smart people. They know the turth. And this current administration has no record to stand on. So all they can do is attack on false assumptions and lies and deception.

    As Paul said Saturday, "Obama's slogan of Hope and Change is now Dispair and Blame".

    Time to win. Time for Americans to vote ideas not color or popularity contest winners. Time for honest debate on the issues we face. If you are better off than 4 years ago, vote as you will. But, if you have felt the decline of the American dream, lost your job, lost your home, lost your hope for American exceptionalism, saw your 401k be wiped out, and saw the government take over your life – stand up and vote for the solution to get America back on track.

    If you expect the government to tell you what your rights are and to bail you out, pay for all your needs, and give you a free ride – then Obama is your man.

    If you expect GOD to give you your rights, supply all your needs, empower you to achieve greatness, and when you fail or fall – to be there to give you a hand up not an hand out – then vote for Romney/Ryan. They know thier creator and giver of life.

    August 13, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Pat in IL

    It is impossible for someone who has adopted the philosophy of Ayn Rand to work for the collective. Ryan is dangerous for the citizens of this country.

    August 13, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. jorge washinsen

    Any Democrart who gets Ryan and Palin mixed up needs glasses.

    August 13, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. larry

    I do not know is there is a wall or something with some people but Ryan has explained over and over that anyone age 55 and over will not be affected at all. Medicare will not be discontinued, people will have a choice between keeping traditional medicare or going to a new plan. People have to realize that if we completely drain Medicare before something is done about it everyone will wind up with nothing. Everyone maybe would want a Cadilac but no matter how much you want it and how good it would be , if you do not have the finances to afford it you are not going to be able to have it. Medicare is the same way and no matter what Obama promises if we do not have the money that is all it is, empty promises to get votes. Think about how many of his promises he has fulfilled.

    August 13, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  21. zisee

    Same old liberal hogwash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    For those of you who choose to ignore the FACT that Medicare is going to be bankrupt in 12 years, I'd like to know what YOUR solution is. Let is go bankrupt? What's Obama's solution? At least Paul Ryan is bringing the conversation to the table... something that no one else seems to have the courage to do.

    August 13, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. GI Joe

    I don't trust ANY republican with Social Security and Medicare. They LIE.

    August 13, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Rick in OP

    For you people who have been convinced by Democrats/Liberals that you are too stupid to accomplish anything on your own and you must have the government involved in every facet of your life, please take the time to listen to Paul Ryan's message.

    August 13, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. jenarts1

    Thank you Romney for making such a clear distinction for the American public....going forward or backward is the choice now.

    August 13, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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