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. Stoney

    They must be worried about Ryan. Coming out with such harsh comments. What happened to hope, change, and being positive. They sound like left-wing ideologues.

    August 13, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. jorge washinsen

    No news is good news for the party I suppose.

    August 13, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. blake

    Axlerod, Obama's hatchet man, is dead wrong. And he knows it.

    Palin and Ryan have one thing in common, they are both solidly conservative ideologically. Palin was as inexperienced as Obama when he was nominated. Ryan has served 7 terms in the House and chairs the House budget committee. Palin was a loose cannon, while Ryan is level headed. Palin was a political lightweight and is no longer a meaningful influence on the GOP, Ryan is perhaps the most substantative member of the House or Senate. The only one willinig to put real proposals on the table to real national problems, rather than just playing politics.

    Axlerod is just a cog in the Obama propoganda machine.

    August 13, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Bill

    Ryan has been on the public dole his entire life. Beholden to big money interests only. Smarter than Palin but even more toxic in the general due to stances on Medicare and Social Security.

    August 13, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Jenny Rome Ga

    Whoa!! Like the man or not, comparing him to Sarah Palin is not fair. His is intelligent and experienced in Washington. He can complete a sentence in an intelligent fashion. He reminds me of Bill Clinton in that he can sell ice cream to Eskimos. I am not too sure I am buying yet but I am listening.

    August 13, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. DIANA

    He might be more like a Cheney. Remember, they just want somebody who'lll sign the papers as President – not sustance.
    Maybe it wasn't a slip up when Romney introduced him as the next President. The party might go rouge and nominate Ryan for President at the convention and he'll have Palin or The Donald as HIS running mate.

    August 13, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Mike

    Ryan like Palin? Really?
    This guy is either trying to continue the policy of lie perpetuation by the Democrats or is totally off his rocker.
    Paul Ryan is nothing at all like Sarah Palin.
    Paul Ryan is an extremely intelligent person who can go toe to toe with both Biden and Barrack (B squared) and have the wits and brains to prove them both liars.
    The reason the Dems dont' like him is that he actually has a budget plan that will work. And they don't like things that work. How else do you explain their vision of welfare, food stamps, and health care?
    Lord forbid we actually have to sacrifice a little to get this economy moving again.
    B squared would rather tax the rich to death, which would bring in a small fraction of a percentage needed to actually affect the economy, than force everyone into a shared sacrifice.
    This is Ryan's plan. It WILL work and WILL require EVERYONE to sacrifice. Yes, that even means those of us in the middle class.
    Ryan's plan is to take government out of our lives, not entrench it more into our lives.
    Government is not the solution, but it is certainly a big part of the problem.

    August 13, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. No-surprise

    ROMNEY AND RYAN – the RIGHT choice.

    Well guys and gals, and anything in between – take your best and launch your attacks. Show your real colors. Prove to us Obama has no record to stand on. Give us more reasons to not trust your party for solutions, when all you do is scare and blame.

    Romney / Ryan 2012

    WINNING FOR AMERICA.

    August 13, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Mike

    Too many of you are buying the lie told by Obama and the Dems.
    Ryan's plan does not do away with Medicare for senior citizens.
    They have the option to either go private with vouchers (their choice) or stay with their existing security blanket that is presently offered (again, their choice).
    See what happens when too many people only watch MSNBC for their news.
    Watch a little more CNN sometime and you'll see a more balanced view, albeit slight, than what you get on MSNBC.
    And maybe watch a little FOX just for another point of view. You may not agree with them but at least they will provide some facts that MSNBC refuses to talk about because it doesn't benefit their party.
    Case in point, the recent interview with the half witted blonde (can't even remember he name) representing the Dem party. She was asked point blank about the fuss she threw over "anonymous" sources and some report on her a couple months ago yet blatantly refused to decry the "anonymous" sources regarding Romney not paying taxes for 10 years.
    Problem with you Dems is that you don't even see your own hypocricy.
    As a Republican I want to see Romney's taxes too. He is not legally obligated to show them but I'd like to see them because if I vote for him I want to be assured there will be no surprises down the road.

    August 13, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    His assumptions are something that need to be looked at. I believe his assumptions on how the economy works are merely academic with no proof to back them up. Many (but not all) economic ideas are based on ideal worlds which don't exist. Cutting taxes on the wealthy won't help us because they won't spend in the ways that are needed in a consistant and reliable way. That assumption is just plain wrong.

    August 13, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Mike

    Axelnod Sunday spoke to Ryan and the Republicans failed economic proposals...but I have yet to see clearly 1 positive economic accomplshment of this administration. The election appears to be a choice of the lesser of two evils, which with capital Hill, means nothing.

    August 13, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Tam

    He's more educated, and can speak in coherent sentences. But his ideas are whacko.

    August 13, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Four and The Door

    Big difference, but I understand why Axelrod is afraid. Paul Ryan has a significant record of accomplishment in federal government. Republicans have chosen to win with Mitt Romney. He is not going to let us down. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    August 13, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. jdar

    One hopes that the american public will listen and reflect on the debate this fall and make a good choice. As a former Democrat...........really have a hard time supporting where the party has gone and now find myself in every growing poo of independants who yearn of fiscal sanity and a clear reassessment of what the government can afford to do. Dems appear to have NO fiscal plans at all to control government programs that are on a course to self destruct. More folks should be reading the economist and worrying how far behind Europe we really are. Sorry Mister Axelrod....you guys fooled me once, but not twice............good luck.

    August 13, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. dizzylucy

    He definitely does seem more intelligent and together than Palin ever did, so that's a plus. But the big problem is that his ideas and policies are so extreme right wing and I think would end up hurting the poor and middle class. There's no doubt that government spending needs to be reigned in, but coming out of a horrible recession with a still weak job market is not the time to slash health care coverage and food stamps.
    The idea of requiring a job or job training program to get food stamps is a perfect example. There are abuses in the system, no doubt, but the vast majority of people relying on that CAN'T find a job (hence the need for food stamps) or are scraping by on a low paying job, or are disabled, elderly, etc. In case Ryan hasn't noticed, it's really tough out there for most of the country.
    It seems like the go to is to slash those safety net programs, yet I don't see Congress themselves offering to take pay cuts, declining or reimbursing the govt for their health insurance coverage, etc.

    August 13, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. king

    what a time to kick the elderly in the gut and leave the 1 percenters who are running up prices on the people alone. what will these repubs do for the welfare of the rich folks and leave the helpless and week to take care of their own affair. i think the way obama is trying to reform medicare is the way to go, by asking the providers to stop running up the bill on average folks, but these repubs will never do anything to inconvenience the rich. every sacrifice must be made by the poor helpless and elderly. well i would run with it if these same folks keep voting for them. go figure.

    August 13, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Steve Greek

    Ryan is a bigger problem to Romney than Palin was to McShame. He can speak in sentences but what comes out is more dangerous!

    August 13, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Dennis

    I think Biden is more like Palin. You never know what's going to come out of his mouth. Biden is at least funny, when he's not plagiarizing.

    August 13, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. SlowGun

    I think it's a perfect choice.

    Romney's tax plan will raise taxes on the middle class by up to $2,000 a year.
    And Ryan's budget will cut away the services for the middle class and the poor.
    The two will work perfectly together to destroy the poor and the middle class.

    August 13, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Newt Gingrich also called Ryan's plan social engineering on the right-and didn't approve of it either as many Republicans do not-the Romney Ryan ticket is going to be tough for many Republicans to swallow and they don't trust Mitt and don't like the Ryan plan-Ryan cannot be compared to Palin's lack of substance but he is still not anyone most Americans want in the white house

    August 13, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Karl Jonas

    Axelrod is right. He's not comparing Ryan the person to Palin the person. He's comparing the choice of each for VP.

    You've got a boring presidential candidate picking a much younger, physically attractive person for VP candidate. Problem is the #2 on the ticket has way more charisma than the #1 on the ticket, and will attract the lion's share of attention. That relegates Mitt to second class status.

    Not good for a presidential candidate, similar to 2008.

    August 13, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Expat American

    Without a doubt Ryan is intelligent. It is his conservative ideology that will be a challenge to the ticket. I hope that President Obama’s team have been anticipating his selection as the GOP running mate and have planned accordingly.

    August 13, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. John

    Paul Ryan will still not help the GOP win in 2012. enough said

    August 13, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. alien

    If its Ryan then the middle class is Dyan!!!

    August 13, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Karl Jonas

    Every time I see them together I think, Mitt and his son Paul.

    August 13, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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