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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens' timing of naming Ryan has distracted me from Mittens' not releasing his taxes, his $100 million in his IRA (quite a feat at $5000 a year) his foreign investments, his foreign campaign donors, his shredding of records as to who received the $1.2 billion from the tax payer bailout of Salt Lake Olympics, his erasing hard drives while governor in MA, his tax advice for Marriott resulting in a $212 million fine, his out sourcing of MA government jobs to India, his promise to end ACA, his support of the Ryan economic disaster, self deportation, voter suppression, his retroactive resigning from Bain, and his tax cuts for the wealthy.

    August 13, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. carpe minutam

    Logic N LA.... The truth is Obama had a democratically controlled congress for two years. He could have legalized pot if he really wanted to. Instead he pushed through his healthcare policies in order to make a name for himself instead of prioritizing and fixing the economy.

    He promised to cut the debt in half by his first term. Instead we have the highest debt in history. Neither party currently offers realistic programs. If anything economists have mixed views. To imply that all of them show the republicans point of view to fail is misleading and an out right lie.

    The truth is that Social Security, Medicare, etc are ponzi schemes. They are doomed to fail. We are living way outside of our means. This country is currently posed to go bankrupt and neither party seems to really want to put aside their ego and power to really serve the people.

    If you really think that one party or another is better, you're a fool.

    August 13, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If we don't take money from seniors and give them vouchers, who will pay for Mittens' new wars?

    August 13, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. No-surprise

    Four more years of BHO and we are the next GREECE.

    How about that comparison? You want that?

    Well, we don't.

    Romney / Ryan 2012. Winning for America.

    Obama can only win a popularity contest. That isn't what America needs. Smiles don't pay the bills.

    August 13, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Old-Skool Conservative

    Stupid comparison. Ryan >> Palin

    (Although I'm not wild about Ryan, I at least give him credit for having an intelligent, albeit misguided, head on his shoulders.)

    August 13, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Martin Walters Seattle

    Mitt Romney’s ‘expert’ critique of the Olympics not only turned out to be insulting but also totally unfounded. As the Brits said “ Mitt Romney is another ‘Dubya’ “

    August 13, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Four and the Door

    If the Obama administration has spent 5 trillion dollars, then it has been spent in America on Americans and it has been spent out of NECESSITY to stabilize the economy, create American jobs and clean up GWB and the GOP's mess. In other words, while the GOP has wasted 9 trillion dollars wrecking our economy and funding two foreign wars that do not benefit America, President Obama was spending money in America on Americans to make healthcare affordable for Americans and he was also passing legislation to strenghten our economy, our infracture, the middle class and America as a whole. Furthermore, the current unemployment rate is at 8.3 percent simply because the global recession is not over yet and while a significan number of jobs have been saved and created under this administration (7 million jobs), companies are still filing for bankruptcy or laying off workers because they are not making profits or are losing revenue because consumers are not buying their product as they did prior to the recession. However, the current unemployment rate doesn't reflect the number of jobs that have been saved and created. What the current unemployment rate does reflect however, is the number of jobs bills the GOT has deliberately blocked to score political points. Like the American Jobs bill introduced by the Obama administration a year ago, a bill both the CBO and independent economists said would have created 1.9 million American jobs right away. Obama/Biden/Roberts 2012 by a landslide.

    August 13, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Ed1

    And this is from a guy who continues to tell lies about his Super President being the greatest President this world has ever had what a joke.

    Stop crying and let your President retire so we can get this country back on track.

    We can't afford four more years of your party out of control spending and telling everyone the private sector is doing just fine well it's not BOZO.

    August 13, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. quinLee

    I have to disagree with Axelrod this one. Although I disagree with Ryan’s policies, he seems to be intelligent and competent. Palin was/is neither. Palin was/is a distraction-a complete simpleton only looking for personal gain.

    August 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. john west

    what a good comparison. "wink"

    August 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. JD

    I am really afraid of those people, Romney and Ryan will gut medicare privatise averything and give tax cut to the super rich. Mitt RobMe will take us back to a very deep recession/depression if they get in.

    August 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. dont be a sucker

    im no fan of either barrack or mitt, but to try and associate ryan to palin is ridiculous....we knew the dems were going to pull out whatever attack they could on whoever got mitts vp nod, but this is blatantly desperate

    August 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. solrac503

    He certainly overshadows the front man, just like Palin. Ryan is certainly not as comical, though the fake tears in Wisconsin yesterday certainly was. And they certainly have the same extreme ideology. But he does seem smarter than the average Republican, I'm curious to see if he's clever enough to convince the majority of middle class voters that putting his Republican boot on their neck will actually help them.

    August 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. blindbear

    Where's Ryan's American flag pin? Is he really that much of an anti-American that he won't show his colors?

    August 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "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. "

    Nothing far left about the Stimulus package given the FACT that Reagan and other GOPers did the exact same things in response to economic downturns. Nothing far left in the ACA given the FACT that the GOP pushed for the health care mandate in the 90's in response to Clinton's proposed health care reforms. And as far as playing the correlation card as though it proves causation, the $5T in new debt is primarily the result of the continuation of the Bush tax cuts (yes, including the extension the GOP forced on us by holding everything else hostage), Medicare Part D, two wars that Bush kept off the books and the giant unemployment problem that running out of control before Obama even took office. Those are easily verified facts via the magics of teh Googlez. They disprove your fluffy, substanceless talking point. What lies are next?

    August 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Ann

    Who would trust Axelrod? This is the guy who trashed Hillary, his role now is to trash Romney and Ryan. Talk about the economy, stupid. Anything to explain there?

    August 13, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Liam

    Ryan doesn't hold a candle to the hard left wing ideology of Obama who has also been unequivocally the most inflexible and inept President in years. If you believe anything from that Axelrod states you are already eating out of Obama's hand. All this poured forth from a Candy Crowley interview who is Chris Matthews with a skirt. They probably sent him the questions before the interview.

    August 13, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Ed1


    You don't speak for the majority of anything the items Ryan is talking about doesn't affect anyone who is on medicare now so go back to sleep and wake up in another 100 years.

    The system we have not is nothing like it was intended to be thanks to our elected officials robbing and never giving back and letting illegals in who never paid anything into the program..

    August 13, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. n stone

    No way he is as dumb as the half term governor of our was/is. But just as divisive as she was, Helps insure four more years.

    August 13, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. JimB

    He's more dangerous because he is smart and articulate. However only 2 of his bills passed in 13 years??? His thoughts on the budget and Medicare are too radical and are aimed at the middle class and the poor. The ultra conservative Catholic Bishops have even come out against his budget proposals.

    August 13, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Ken in MD

    Palin was a shrill, mindless, egotistical moron with a lot of really bad ideas.
    Ryan is an intelligent, well-spoken, thoughtful congreeeman with a lot of really bad ideas.
    You choose which is better.

    August 13, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Larry L

    Here's a tip... Find a good candidate for President and you won't have to look for "star power" from the Vice Presidential candidate to compensate. Ryan, like Palin, is a gimmick. He's a career politician who is deeply ingrained with the classic elitist theory – that the wealthy and powerful "know what's best for everybody else" – as evidenced by their ability to gain power. Republicans have drifted so far to the right-wing they've become a cult. This Beltway Bandit won't help.

    August 13, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "One of Romney's spokesperson said that romney has his own plan on the medicare."

    Apparently Mitt Romney has a problem deciding where the wind blows on any given day. He originally thought the Paul Ryan budget was brilliant. This weekend he added Paul Ryan to his ticket. Less that 24 hours later, he's already rethinking the Romney/Ryan ticket. And here he is today trying to backtrack the Paul Ryan budget.

    Some call Mitt Romney an etch-a-sketch candidate ... I call him a laugh a minute.

    August 13, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Ken in MD

    Note that the article is not saying that Palin and Ryan are alike. It's saying that the *enthusiasm* over the VP selection is similar. Other than them both having a lot of really bad ideas, they have little in common.

    August 13, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Paul Ryan has a significant record of accomplishment in federal government."

    Indeed he does:

    Rubber stamped the Bush tax cuts.

    Rubber stamped the expansion of Medicare.

    Rubber stamped the 2 wars that were never put on the books.

    Those three things along account for the vast majority of the debt and deficits (verifiable mathematical FACT)....debt and deficits that the GOP planned to create ON PURPOSE in order to give themselves the loose justification for demanding the full dismantling of the societal safety net, Medicare and SS in particular. And lo' and behold...Ryan's "budget" would continue to explode the deficits and debt and contains a repeal and replace of medicare with a voucher program that would essentially phase out Medicare alltogether.

    August 13, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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