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. hal

    Paul Ryan is a great candidate. I will vote for Romeny and Ryan!!

    August 13, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    It didn't Rudy NYC. There was over 50 straight months of economic growth and low unemployment. It crashed when the Democrats took over Congress and the financial IED the Democrats laid in the mortgage market years ago exploded. (aka subprime mortgagaes for people that couldn't afford houses)
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    \Yes it did. The Great Recession officially started in December of 2007. The Democrats took Congress in January 2007. Those failed mortgagtes were written long before Democrats took over Congress. The economic policies of the Democratic Congress began Oct. 1, 2007, FY2008. Most of the worst of the mortgages were written during the first 6 years of the Bush administration, when Republicans controlled everything. People were not getting into trouble during the first year or three of their mortgages. It took a couple of years before the payments ballooned, per their contract.

    August 13, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Back in 2008, the republicans were saying we were "afraid of Sarah Palin" and then came the election and we showed them just how afraid we were.

    Now, they say the same ignorant thing about Paul Ryan. Ryan is just another priviledged, baloney man who because of his age, can afford to take a chance standing next to Willard and still have time to pursue other goals. In fact, the only thing Willard has been right about is when he announced Ryan as the next POTUS because Paul definitely has a better chance of that than the lying, draft dodging, coward on the front of the republican ticket. Now shut-up and show us the tax returns.

    August 13, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Kathy Hochul won a Congressional seat in a safe GOP district by running against the Ryan Plan. They district she represents has large numbers of retirees, small business owners, etc: they voted against Ryan because they understand that what Ryan would do would destroy the future of the program. It goes WAY beyond anything that W tried to propose a few years ago. If Ryan is the poster boy of the BOP budget plan, they've just put every GOP member in a swing district in jeopardy. Maggie Brooks (R), candidate for Congress, released a statement disavowing any support for the Ryan budget. Romney just lost the Presidency and the White House.

    August 13, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Lizzie

    Blah, blah, blah........ After over 3 1/2 years on the job training this President asks for four more, do you think that that will help him figure out how to make America a Third world country faster.

    August 13, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    Instead of waiting for anything to trickle down to you why don't you start climbing the ladder of success and get it yourself? Are you all just too fat or too lazy? I know of NOBODY that hasn't had a decent life in this country that has worked for it, saved and didn't do stupid things with their life.
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    I know plenty of people who worked hard, saved their money, didn't do stupid things, and still lost their shirts when their IRAs collapsed.

    As far as "waiting for trickle down" goes, isn't that what conservatives preach and predict will happen?

    August 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. JP

    And what did anyone expect to hear from Axelrod? What is cooking in Axelrod’s “vile deceit” strategy kitchen today?

    August 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. CitizenAJ

    Yep, Ryan did nothing to enhance Mr. Romney's chances. All he did was really show the stark difference between him and the President. Fine, that is what we want as voters, show us the difference, now, only if Mr. Romney will give us some substance. I have visited his election website. He only generlizes his economic plan, which is why independent analysis said it will adversely affect 95% of voters. They have nothing to go on except tax cuts for all and the corporations. Hey, I like keeping more of my money, but republicans are the ones screaming about deficits and debts. How is cutting more taxes providing you necessary revenues to govern and invest in this nation?

    August 13, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. 1zb1

    Ryan helped create the financial meltdown and now he wants to do more of the same only worse. How crazy is that?

    August 13, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. rs

    Obama – Four years of Lying, Four years of Failure
    So to fix Medicare and Social Security, we should let the GOP destroy it? That's a plan-and very GOP-pish in nature. Look- All those fixes have to come out of Congress- a deeply disfunctional entity who under GOP leadership has passed only endless anti-abortion laws, and curiously nothing else- like jobs bills like they promised. On the Senate side, Mitch McConnell has set a new world record for holding up all legislative activity and federal appointments using the filibuster. Mr. Obama can "lead" all he wants- the GOP is simply being anti-American obstructionists, and are doing nothing to end their recession, or help the working people of America.

    Meanwhile, I stand by my statement- politicians (like the GOP) who will hurt the poor and the elderly just to give tax breaks to the rich and big business are immoral, and yes, HATEFUL as they are engaging policy that works against the interests and benefits of the vast majority of Americans for the benefit of the very few- and mostly themselves.

    August 13, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "It's being "gutted" because (under ACA) insurance companies are supposed to pick up those with pre-existing conditions and the over-65. Medicare will go away and not require funding. You right wingtards need to check the FACTS before you spout.. you're giving conservatives a bad name."
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    Insurance companies are picking up the over-65????? As a result of the ACA????? What in the name of everything holy are you talking about?????

    August 13, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "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.
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    I've got news for you, Fairy...If Medicare is turned into a voucher program two things will happen. Republicans will cut off all vouchers. Two, the people who need the vouchers will mostly all be dead because the insurers didn't want to pick them up because of their pre-existing condition of being over age 65.

    August 13, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. 85 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    The Dems are loving this... they can't wait to tear apart the Ryan tax plan. Luckily, the majority of Americans see thru the rhetoric and propaganda coming from the right.

    The Grand Obstructionist Party and it's Teapug contingent FAIL miserably in following their own fiscal responsibility ideology. In true GOBP fashion, the 20% tax cut is UNFUNDED and will add $1.5 TRILLION to the deficit in YEAR ONE !! Deficits don't matter, remember. Let someone else pay for it.

    Three times in the last 100 yrs, the Dems have had to resuscitate the American economy after the Conservatives ran it into the ground – as they have done with Greece's economy. The last time was after the Great Depression. Now Obama has had to do it again. We're not done yet. There is work to be done, but it cannot occur with the current GOP stalemate in DC.

    August 13, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. CBR

    Representative Ryan will be scrutinized, his family will be scrutinized, all of his votes in Congress will be scrutinized and his economic plan will become a part of the campaign. Mr. Ryan's plan is spelled out and we know what will happen should it be passed. Mr. Romney does not have a clear concise plan. Whether the two will mesh remains to be seen.

    There is no doubt that Mr. Romney chose Mr Ryan because of his knowledge of budgeting. His looks might attract some voters but in this day and age looks do not matter as much as what the person will bring to the office. Mr. Ryan is an insider. He has spent most of his adult life working in Washington. He has a record and that was probably vetted to make sure that nothing will pop up to embarrass the campaign. The question is will Mr. Ryan be able to support all of Mr. Romney's plans.

    His place on the ticket assures us that his team will be very conservative in action and deeds.

    August 13, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Babyboomer

    All I know is if SS had been changed to Wall Street investments back in the 2000s, a lot of people would have had nothing to live on. Romney and Ryan will be oblivious and untouched by that kind of life altering destruction for the working poor and middle class. So, we simply can't take the chance of letting them get into the White House.

    August 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Jersey Girl

    Woman in California -
    "In fact, the only thing Willard has been right about is when he announced Ryan as the next POTUS because Paul definitely has a better chance of that than the lying, draft dodging, coward on the front of the republican ticket. Now shut-up and show us the tax returns."
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    I have to agree. Ol' Willard has been said by the talking heads as being more energized & enthusiastic – as best a robot can be, by the way – because HE THINKS that Voucher Ryan being in the act will distract from WE THE PEOPLE wanting still to see those tax returns. Well, we are not letting it rest. We want to see those returns, prancing horse or no prancing horse....LOL

    August 13, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. No-surprise

    We need 4 more years of this crap? Are you serious?

    All we will get is a liberial Supreme Court

    Higher unemployment

    Bankrupt businesses

    Over burden tax plans

    More government run bail outs and unfunded government departments

    Unions running everything

    Elderly without health care

    College students living with mom and dad until they reach 70 and then they continue to live off the taxpayers

    Welfare debit cards and Food Stamp debit cards the new normal

    Otherwise, it will be great living in Greece, I mean America.

    August 13, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    May I ask whose at the top of the ticket now Willard or Ryan? Willard's new strategy is to take the baloney man (Ryan) and use him to attack Obama, (thereby providing cover for himself as usual). Meanwhile, Willard will just stand there with his "I'm good for you and Obama is all bad" approach. Two greedy cowards on one ticket is more than I can stand in one lifetime and I'll be so glad when this election is over, because I am sick to my stomach of looking at these two hoods take up so much unnecessary media time.
    Obama 2012 ALL the way.

    August 13, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. ObaWendon

    If you value your financial life and you are getting close to retirement you better hope these two don't get elected. Neither of these guys understand what it is like to live off Social Security as your only income. You still have to pay for Medicare, a supplemental prescription plan, co-pays on your medical and prescription costs, the donut hole prescription costs, rent/house payment, utilities, gasoline, car insurance and homeowners insurance, property taxes, food, toilet paper.......We paid out of our paychecks all our working lives into the "social security bank of the United States of America" now it is time for that investment to help us survive and they want to take that away from us? Wake up people, unless you are rich you will signing your financial death warrant!

    August 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Jersey Girl

    @Richard T.
    "GOPers please explain how the Romney / Ryan fiscal policy positions differs from the failed policies of GW Bush."
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    Yes, let's not forget that Voucher Ryan was very instrumental in trying to get Bush's privatizing Social Security in 2005! He is a true Washington insider. But let's not forget we still want to see those Vulture R-money tax returns!

    August 13, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Kimber

    OMG! Obama Must Go!

    August 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. No-surprise

    If someone offers a person on welfare a job today, they have to turn it down or lose their benefits. Thank you Obama. You just undid the greatest democrate president's successful change and recreated the hand-out society.

    Four more years of this... And we will all be on welfare. The greatest 3rd world country. Thank you Mr. President.

    August 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. DMC3827352

    Comparing Ryan to Palin is akin to comparing Soren Kierkegaard to Oprah WInfrey.

    August 13, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked"

    Insurance companies are picking up the over-65????? As a result of the ACA????? What in the name of everything holy are you talking about?????
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    That's how it works. Don't you know why we have Medicare in the first place? We have it because health insurers would take premiums from people for years, and then drop them as "high risk" when they reached retirement age. People would spend their life savings paying for medical bills of their spouses, instead of enjoying their golden years.

    Republicans fought Democratic efforts to stop the health insurers from doing that to people. Democrats gave up the fight and started Medicare. The Affordable Care Act prohibits health insurers from dropping people because they turned 65 or have a pre-existing condition. That means fewer people will be turning to Medicare, which means the cost of Medicare goes down. The cost of providing health care for seniors shifts back to the private industry where it belongs, and should always remain.

    I already know you that you don't have a health insurance solution for seniors, so don't bother to reply.

    August 13, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Rob

    Ryan is why we need term limits. He has been a representative since he was 28 years old. This guy comes from bumble-Wisconsin ..... so getting a $200,000 (tax payer funded) job when you live in the middle of nowhere is like winning the lottery. Ryan has NO IDEA what it is like to get a real job in the private sector to support your family. He has free medical insurance. He has a rich, rich pension. We pay for it while he adovates taking those same luxuries away from us. I can't stand him. He clearly needs a good solid tragedy in his life to understand the importance of some of the programs Americans need to survive. Particularly people 60 and older. His ideology is way to extreme for most Americans.

    August 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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