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. Mayberry

    Palin and Ryan are very two different people. just because Ryan is a smart man does not mean he is the smart man for the middle class, and the average american does not want or need Paul Ayn Ryand. I speak for the majority of seniors, and that kind of plan Ryand offers just scares the hell our of our seniors. most people do not like change, and while we agree some changes are in order, but this type of sweeping and overhauling is not going happen. we need someone who understands what the average American needs. not sweeping fascism.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 13, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Mark of Tennessee

    They are birds of a feather... GO OBAMA!!!

    August 13, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. mark

    Not a fan of either, but no way that Ryan is another Palin.

    August 13, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Hood Out-sourcing-Jobs Outsourcing-his-Money and Outsourcing America

    Paul Ayn Rand is the male version of Sarah Palin; but even worse....because his plan is to kill grandma by gutting medicare & social security and he wants give the DEEPEST TAX CUTS to the RICH by eliminating the CAPITAL GAINS TAX to ZERO (0)!!!

    Under a Robme-Ryan Hood TAX PLAN...MITT ROBME WILL PAY ZERO TAXES because ALL of his TAXES are CAPITAL GAINS!!!!!..............the so-called "job creators" will be paying ZERO TAXES, while the MIDDLED CLASS TAX RATE WILL SKYROCKET!!!!

    August 13, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    As Chairman of the House Budget Committee during the previous administration in which the GOP controlled both the House and Senate, we didn't end up with a stable and thriving America. No, instead we ended up with an economic crisis. Hey, Paul Ryan is not the solution. He's the problem.

    August 13, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    Expat American
    Without a doubt Ryan is intelligent. It is his conservative ideology that will be a challenge to the ticket.
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    You certainly can't base this comment on the success of Obama's far left liberal ideology that has been playing out for 4 years and $5 trillion of new debt. Unemployment is still over 8% even though many people are working for 60% of what they made before 2009. Obama has been a disaster for the middle class. We can do better. We have to.

    August 13, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. MommaM

    His ideas scare me – backing Obama all the way!

    August 13, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. JB

    When I heard Romney's accouncement for VP, I couldn't believe it. An extremist who would hurt working people and seniors. Even Republicans backed away from his plan and he was booed off the stage in many places. Some members of Conservative churches even disagreed with it. Glad to see that the majority of the rest of you commenting here think Ryan's plans and ideas are dangerous. Especially to the middle-class. Let's hope he doesn't get in.

    August 13, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Al in TX

    Ryan has showna real accomplishment in the federal government. In seven terms, he is responsible for introducing two bills that had been signed into law. One is to name a local post office and the other is to set a tax on arrows (like in bows and arrows). A very accomplished bag of wind

    August 13, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Me First

    I'm a liberal, and I can say that in no way does Ryan resemble anything like Palin. I may disagree with him, but he seems like he's the only one in Washington that's even thinking about reducing our debt. Obama could use some of these big ideas.

    August 13, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Lucy

    I had hoped that Romney would pick a moderate VP but he tried to get the approval of the extreme right instead, without realizing that those republicans would have voted for him anyway simply because they wanted Obama out of the WH.

    So now Romney has lost the independent vote, and as much as we dislike Obama and the job he has done (or failed to do), we have to vote for Obama again because the extreme right cannot and should not ever be in charge.

    August 13, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    Some of you can't see the forrest for the trees. Republicians aren't going to destroy Medicare, Social Security, or any other Big Social Program put in place by the Liberals. It is going to destroy it's self. All you voted for these Programs and now you don't like the results!! Obama promised you Shovel Ready Projects. How many Shovel Ready Projects did you see?? The Liberal Democrats promised people the moon. After 75 years of Big Social Programs all that is left is a 16 Trillion Dollar Debt, for you. Better grab a Shovel. You have some digging to do.

    August 13, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Al in TX

    @ Four and the Door: Your claim of Obama adding $5 trillion to the national debt is a bit overblown. The debt is currently $15.9 trillion and was $11.9 trillion when he took office. But what's a simple trillion or two? And let's not forget that GWB added $6.1 trillion to national debt (per the Dept. of Treasury, Financial Managment Service, Bureaus of the Public Debt; Federal Reserve Bank of NY; and the Office of Mangment and Budget).

    August 13, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Logic N LA

    Jdar- I understand your frustration wirth the Democrats. My question is- do you believe that R & R offer a sound alternative? The Democrats offered realistic programs that have been blocked in Congress but have yet to figure out how to get the truly important things through. The republicans are offering ideas that economist have shown fail to help during the Depression, will set us backwards in every aspect of social growth and will end up only hurting us in years to come. Romney has shown he is no leader- he bends with any breeze. Ryan will be a talking point for the election but will have no real say in economic issues(thankfully).
    The truth is- we need to get a Congress in there that will give Obama a chance to deliver on his proposals before we change course. We never relaly did that. remember the election of 2010 chanegd thins so much, he had less than 2 years of governing and the first year was the Bushe era budget- not his.

    August 13, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. livingston

    Ouch! Good comparision. We all know how well that worked out for them.

    August 13, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Trickle down doesn't work

    People keep saying he's more intelligent than Palin. Where's the evidence? 2 Bills in 9 years and one of them was the naming of the post office.

    August 13, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Joe The Plumber

    Ryan is not another Palin if meaning IQ. But he does share similiar views.

    August 13, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Tree

    It does not matter......but think about this. Ryan is a big KID who ears is on the Tea Party. These Rep will destory and it's a shame for some think they will not. Ryan is not fit for anything............can you wake up and see him as President ??????/ Hell No

    August 13, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Trickle down doesn't work

    If Cheney was Bush's brain then the Koch boys are Ryand's brain

    August 13, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. SuperD

    Gawd here we go again, a VP gets named and the Liberals are already shouting "He'll Kill Grandma!"

    He's a very descent man and I hope if Romney is elected, he'll put him in charge of getting the deficit under control.

    August 13, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. No-surprise

    @Logic N LA LA LA land

    Obama had a super majority in congress for his first two years and see what they accomplished.

    Then, we threw them out.

    Start packing your bags BHO, we are about to have a change at the W H too.

    August 13, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Marie MD

    I have to disagree with Axelrod. The bimbo from AK was a complete unknown to everyone, including the mccain camp, but we already know enough about this vp nominee to know he is against seniors and he is already a darling of the tea bagging crowd. I have yet to see a crowd worthy of a presidential and vp nominee candidates.
    Those same seniors who are going to self destruct with his budget plan but they are too dumb to see the forest for the trees!

    August 13, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Mike in Fairfax, VA

    Mayberry..... YOU speak for the majority of seniors??? On whose authority? I know that I never appointed you to speak for me...and you sure don't.

    August 13, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Michael

    Paul Ryan voted and supported everything George Bush signed into law! HE AND THESE FORK TONGUE REPULICANS SPENT US INTO HELL! NOW repuglican spin machine wants us to forget and make this a non-issue, like the, evaporation of 1/2 trillion surplus, -8.9 GDP, 11 trillion national debt, 1.3 trillion deficit, 2.8 trillion in tax cuts (unpaid for)2 Wars (unpaid for), Medicare prescription plan (unpaid for), 3 trillion borrowed from China, a Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage crisis’s, losing over 800,000 jobs monthly and a economy on the brink of depression when President Obama took office! Repuglican spin is that this economy belongs to Obama! Well, when this country is out the economic pitfall started under George Bush, I will agree!

    August 13, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. scott

    Obama and Biden are both running scared, they know with the addition of Ryan the Repubs have a winning combnation.

    Come Onvember it will be Romny/Ryan. IF Obama is nice he might get hired as a janitor to clean the Whitehouse.

    August 13, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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