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. carlos

    vote every QUERULOUS repugnant out of congress, we must elect Democrats to get this country going FORWARD.

    ten thousand people a massive crowd going to see and hear the two HOODS????...please ...even on saturday, no more than 800 stood to hear their lies after lies and coming out from a battleship, two draft dodgers, shamefull and an insult to our HEROES in the Armed Forces.

    August 13, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. v_mag

    Catholic bishops, who are a pretty conservative lot, have already assailed the Ryan budget for its total lack of concern for the poor. Ryan claims to be a Catholic, but his biggest hero is atheist Ayn Rand, not Jesus. So, where are all those outraged evangelicals who called the President a Muslim? They ought to be calling Ryan an atheist.

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

    August 13, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. PaMom

    @Login N I understand California thinking. A bankrupt state whose votes will also bankrupt a nation. Bush had a democratic congress, Congress has not given this contry a budget after 3 years and Obama is making unilateral decisions putting more individuals on entitlements that only 50% of us contribute to. Unemployment figures only reflect those receiving unemployment. It is more like 14%. Then lets look at the truth behind jobs going overseas...globalization and taxes. California has proven they cannot govern there own financials.

    August 13, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. jman

    Im about as middle class as you can get. Registered independent. Romney just got my vote with this pick and I know alot more people thinking the same. A courage pick standing up to the same old tax and spend ideals. Its all a trickle down effect..I know my company is outsourcing namely due to the new health care law and unions. Thats one area I agree with conservatives.

    August 13, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. luckjoe

    The only thing Obama has delivered is class warfare and trillions of dollars in debt. Romney-Ryan 2012!

    August 13, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Patriot

    All I see is a lot of whining and complaining on here and typical liberal over-exaggerated fear. Obama is a failure and a campaigner-in-chief. The liberals really hate to acknowledge that. They know he doesn't have a record to stand on and has created no "shovel ready jobs" or even "saved or created jobs." My vote is for Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan because our country desperately needs a different type of "hope and change." Obama is the divider/blamer-in-chief. Enough of that.

    August 13, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Whatever

    Paul Ryan is no Sarah Palin but I can see how Axelrod will try and make that assumption. He is scared! Best pick for VP we have had from both parties in a long time.

    August 13, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. king

    a time when folks need to stop the vacuuming our money from our economy and use the rich to pay a little more taxes to finance the greatest rebuilding of our infra structure and getting millions of people to work. the repubs want to improve on the bush tax cut, which is single most driver on our budget deficit by far, and vacuum more money from the economy into the hands of the 1 percenters, who are hiring robots, computer systems, and investing in third world countries to avoid paying high wages to middle class americans.

    August 13, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. robert

    of course axelrod is going to call any rupubline extreme – as long as he does that he doesnt have to talk about obamas obismal record as president.....I've been a democrat all my life....or at least I thought i was then this idiot comes along and diviced the country......i may not be rich but with obama in office there may be more like me if he gets re-elected!

    August 13, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. TPF

    If he were anywhere close to being like Palin he would not have been elected in the first place. There is no bigger insult than that comparison.

    August 13, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Nice play on protecting Medicare while Obama's great health plan guts 500 billion over 10-years with an additional increase in taxes of approx 500 billion"



    August 13, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. TJeff1776

    Newt Gingrich defined the Ryan Plan as "rightwing social engineering". Of course, per ususal, Newt is now back-peddling and re-defining and doing whatever it takes to cover his conser butt. BUT unfortunately, Republicans- with few exceptions-
    are lawyers for Corporate America and the least qualified to allot budget portions to the poor. To them the poor are the dirt of the earth.

    August 13, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    I will give him credit for not being as much of a mental lightweight as Palin.

    August 13, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. adam

    Ray- How about real thought instead of poorly written Hannity talking points?

    August 13, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. martin

    Great, now the GOP has fielded a Job Cremator teamed up with a Senior Citizen Hater

    August 13, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. tv22

    What a ridiculous statement! Unlike Palin, Ryan has federal government experience and is a policy wonk. Palin can't count to 3 without invoking the "lamestream media".

    Underestimate him at your peril.

    August 13, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    When the American people see and hear Paul Ryan they will like what they see and hear, an honest politician with SOLUTIONS. He will decimate poor Crazy Joe in the debate. This guy KNOWS HIS STUFF and can explain it so anybody, even libtards, can understand. He knows the federal government inside and out and knows what is wrong with it and how to fix it.

    Democrats and leftists attacking him and trying to lable him like they do everybody WILL backfire because the BS they spew about him will not match what the American people see with their own eyes. The constant demonization from the left is already very obvious to everybody. It is what you do when you have nothing in terms of ideas or accomplishments. It is 5th grade childishness and the American people have seen what 4 years of this nonsense has brought the country, 8.3% unemployment and climbing, huge debt and deficits and a country on the verge of bankruptcy.

    August 13, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. J in TX

    Ray E. (Georgia) said –
    "After 75 years of Big Social Programs all that is left is a 16 Trillion Dollar Debt."

    Actually Ray, If memory serves me I believe we were running a surplus until 2000 when Bush took office.

    August 13, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Pete

    Ray Georgia,why don't you check how many shoval ready programs were fillibustered by your republicans,how many job bills were fillibustered by republicans.Remember hypocrite who stood on the Senate floor and proclaimed publicly that he's going to do his best to make the president a one termer,remember Mitch McConnell!!Never has a president gotten so little respect,being called a liar,having a finger pointed in your face publicly,being called numerous names and being challenged on his birth and ethnicity constantly,now you explain respect for me.Bush as bad as he was and he was catastrophic in his presidency never got the disrespect that this president has endured and he certaiy deserved it,eggs and rotten tomatoes couldn't suffice,only a foriegners shoes,at least he was honest wasn't he!!So Ray go look in your mirror wand say you were honest on these sites because you're not ,you're just another republican who's in denile because you know who's going to win and its not going to be your wealthy elitist Romney and his socialist AnnRand sidekick in Ryan.Wait till after the debates,it'll be all over then and tell your bud to be transparent,especially in his taxes,he doesn't follow what he preaches does he!!

    August 13, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. John The Electrician

    We will end up recalling our troops and that will solve our money problems, just like every other empire in history. You don't belive me? Just ask the Britts.

    August 13, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. beris

    right wing will not occupied white house it would be hell big missake with paul ryan

    August 13, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Four and the Door

    You said Axelrod is afraid of Paul Ryan and Ryan has a record of significan accomplisgment and the republicans have picked a winning team? Really? First of all, after what Paul Ryan and the GOP did to the American people during the previous administration, trust me, we the American people should be fearful of more right wing extremists abandoning their white sheet and burning cross to becaome policy makers in our government. Secondly, what accomplishmen has Ryan made in his 7 terms in congress? Absolutely none! And where are the JOBS his right wing House promised the American people? And where was Paul Ryan when a surplus disappeared, American jobs were being outsourced and record nember of jobs were being lost to an economic crisis that he and his Wall Street friends caused? And if Paul Ryan has so much economic clout and experience, then why did our economy crashed when the GOP controlled both the House and Senate? You need to go crawl back under your confederate rock and stay there. Obama/Biden/Roberts 2012 by a landslide!

    August 13, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Jeff in TX

    The Axelrod comparison is pretty thin and meaningless. That said, Ryan may spell serious trouble in retiree states on the bubble like Florida, Iowa and PA (even though it tilts for D right now.) The pick may solidify the base but have negative side effects with key constituents in key states.

    August 13, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Eddie The Barber

    So if the rich get more tax cuts – what's the incentive to "create jobs". NO ONE STARTS A BUSINESS TO CREATE JOBS!!! People of all economic stripes start jobs TO MAKE MONEY! If I start a business that is labor intensive then yes I'll create jobs – but if I can start a business where I can make as much money myself – I won't create jobs. THE RICH DO NOT CREATE JOBS! People with ideas and vision create jobs and they can come from any economic background. The rich tend to invest on their own behalf with the goal of living off their investments and paying a significantly lower tax rate than workers. The republic/conservative/tea party trickle down theory is nothing but BS – A lie – fabricated to keep their taxes down so they can live liesurely lives. Lets stop beleiveing in these lies and remember – no one goes into business to create jobs. Jobs are created with new businesses start up or when existing businesses expand. Imagination creates jobs.

    August 13, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Folks, face facts, Obama has no idea on how to manage the economy or a budet. 3+ years and no federal budget.
    That alone is grounds for him to be fired. If Obama were a portfolio manager at any company, he would have been fired by now for the decisions he has made and not made. Its time for the government to be punched in the face and kicked in the butt. The bad part of all of that, the american people will have to bite the bullet. Get it over with, the longer we wait the worse it will be. Obama is not the answer.

    August 13, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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