Axelrod: Enthusiasm for Ryan reminiscent of Palin
August 13th, 2012
08:29 AM ET
6 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. Ancient Texan

    Anthony76- As a Senior I think I can state that Medicare and Social Security are DOOMED without some revision and common sense solutions. Taking a HALF TRILLION dollars out of Medicare in order to sell the Obamacare debacle and cutting Doctors payments will disenfranchise Seniors from the healthcare they have paid into for their old age care. We know who has our interest at heart.

    August 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Romney's $ 100 million IRA ...WHERE DID IT COME FROM !!!!

    We can all agree that Medicare and SS needs to be fixed . But when one party ( repiblicans ) plans on changing the system to a voucher program , it essentially ends medicare as we know it . One of republicans main objective is to gut medicare and if you allow SS to be touched by wall street then we will see an end to that too ...please don't be fooled by republican deceit becasue if they ever get their hands on these 2 programs then a lot of people are going to be hurting really bad ...and it won't be the members of congress.....

    August 13, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Michael

    The CHANGE that Axelrod designed/ propagated has lost it value. W got the "CHANGE," as they confiscated our Dollars.

    August 13, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Jake

    but scarier, because he's not an idiot.

    August 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. jenny

    bottom line is...the vote goes for the Pres. not the Vice Pres. Romney won't get a vote based on who his VP is.

    August 13, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Michael

    Medicare cuts are fine. However, without Revenue increase from the Rich is not going to work..the unequality will increase and the country will be pushed towards 3rd world status.

    August 13, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. J. Davis, Knoxville, TN

    The selection of Ryan is almost as silly as McCain's selection of Sarah Palin. America – do you want to go back to the 1950's with no womens' rights, no Medicare, etc. This Ryan is a good speaker and good-looking but I disagree completely with his vision for America–it is the typical rich man's vision. It would hurt the middle and lower class even worse than now. Most of us are barely getting by these days and this guy wants to give more breaks and loopholes for the rich. I can't wait for the debates this year–Obama and Biden will tear Romney/Ryan to pieces. Vote with your pocketbooks and health coverage–vote OBAMA/BIDEN! PLEASE!

    August 13, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Tree

    I wish some stop saying that Ryan is smart. He is not.........time will tell the truth........

    August 13, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "We can all agree that Medicare and SS needs to be fixed . But when one party ( repiblicans ) plans on changing the system to a voucher program , it essentially ends medicare as we know it ."
    I got news for you, Skippy... if Medicare is not reformed, there will be NO Medicare.

    August 13, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. karen from Charlottesville

    Ryan is nothing like Palin. He is a financial and policy guy – he's smart and above comparison to that "one trick pony" whose sole mission is to gin up hatred for the left. While I am a Democrat, I think that the race just got interesting, because now it will be issue based and I welcome that! I think he has a lot to offer – I don't agree with his plan, mostly because I don't trust my State government to do the right thing, But, I think he's smart and well-spoken and I'm happy to see someone of substance in the race, whether I agree with him or not.

    August 13, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. NorthStar

    @ PaMom...maybe you should check your facts. Bush had a republican controlled house AND Senate all 8 years he was pillaging the US for his rich pals. Obama has had only two of his 3.5 years with democratic majority in both chambers of Congress. And the republicans filibustered most bills in the senate. Meaning=republicans are the reason this country is not moving forward and it will move backwards if Robmey gets in.
    So where was Paul Ryan's plan under the Bush administration when government was expanding by 50% and deficits were increasing? Still reading Ayn Rand?

    August 13, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. nitro

    What i see is republicans trying to convince themselves that this is the right choice but in the end it will all implode like it always do. Cant wait till the debates.

    August 13, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. s.positive

    Ryan WIll not help Romney for losing in Nov 2012. FACT!!!

    August 13, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Luke,AZ

    Anyway, back to the issue of Gov Romney's personal finances, SHOW US YOUR TAXES, at least 10 years worth.

    August 13, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Alina1

    Oh God, are we reliving McCain campaine all over again?

    August 13, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Obama - Four years of Lying, Four years of Failure

    rs – Obama 2012- Anyone who wants to bring poverty back to the elderly, or to destroy the middle class, or take healthcare away from the less-than-well to do is hateful AND immoral.
    You just described BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. He has put forth NO PLAN to save Medicare or Social Security even though he knows that are heading for bankruptcy. Isn't Obama supposed to be LEADING with solutions as President instead of just attacking those that offer solutions??

    And NOBODY has destroyed the middle class like Obama has over the last 4 years. Another 4 yeras of Obama and the Democrats and they WILL destroy what is left.

    August 13, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Investment Advisor

    Axelrod....The ultimate sleazeball......Its time for America to jam his Chicago style politics back down his throat. Wake up America, what you want to hear and what you need to hear are not the same.

    August 13, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. wrongfacts

    Jobs loss/gain under last repub president;
    8/2008 lost 84,000
    9/2008 lost 159,000
    10/2008 lost 240,000
    11/2008 lost 533,000
    12/2008 lost 524,000
    1/2009 lost 598,000
    2/2009 lost 651,000
    Same policies will deliver the same result

    August 13, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. v_mag

    Alger Dave said: "Obama, the media and most liberals are very scared about this VP pick, as it finally is a bold move pulled by the Romney campaign"
    Bold move, huh? More like "bowel movement" when it comes to its potential effect on the U.S. Rob-money knows his campaign was failing miserably, despite all the money he got from the Koch-head brothers and mafiosi Sheldon Adelson. This is a sign of desperation.

    Romney/Ryan – The first cultist/atheist presidential ticket in American history.

    August 13, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. De Odorizer

    The problem for Mitt is that Paul Ryan is a lot smarter and more radically conservative than Mitt. So the governor can't sneak in his pseudo liberal ideas as he did in Mass. We heard over and over that Mitt is a RINO, now the base will really discover it. Romney created his own "Cheney" and we know how well that went.

    August 13, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Intruth24

    Ryan is no Palin, but his placement on th ticket will drive independents and common sense people into the arms of Obama.

    August 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. De Odorizer

    At this point, the comments here are nothing but opinions and fears, paranoia, speculations. On both sides. I have not seen a lot of really discussion about Ryan and his new role. Palin, who cares?
    But Ryan seems a smart fellow, smarter than Romney, and more radically conservative. That is what could create a problem.

    August 13, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. ObamaUntil2016

    Thank you, Mitt Romney! You guys can just concede now.. 🙂

    August 13, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. skylark@73

    Good grief !
    What the hell happened to the human factor? It is all and only about MONEY! Once the tax is paid it is not your money!
    It belongs to our country. You can't get it back. You can't eat it. What about people? You remember them don't you?
    Human beings? All colors and creeds. Animals like all other animals but for one significant trait. They kill for fun. Blood sport. Concience appears to have been bred out of the species. So sad. A vote for GOP is a vote for the murder of the middle class and the poor. Shame on us.

    August 13, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Dennis B.

    If Romney and Ryan want to change Medicare, I am waiting for them to explain how a 90 year old person with multiple health issues and most likely diminished mental abilities will be able to find an insurance company willing to sell this person coverage that he or she could possibly afford. Also how likely is it that a person in this condition would be able to shop the market and make an inteligent decision. Unless they can answer these issues, their ideas make no sense. Personally I like the current program and would be willing to pay more for it if necessary.

    August 13, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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