Axelrod: Enthusiasm for Ryan reminiscent of Palin
August 13th, 2012
08:29 AM ET
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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. cali girl

    The only difference between these two, Ryan doesn't have a knocked up teenager whon isn't married.

    August 13, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    The Repubs are hoping that voters will not notice that, despite their claims of being fiscal hawks, the GOP's economic policies always result in boom-bust economic cycles and deficits.

    The Ryan budget is no exception: It calls for $4 trillion in tax cuts, yet says that will result in a budget surplus, ALL EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY.

    Folks, tax cuts for the wealthy result in job creation OUTSIDE of the U.S., not here at home. If tax cuts for the rich resulted in a better economy, then why did it tank by the time GW Bush left office in 2008?

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 13, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. tom

    Everyone who cares about thier future in terms of Medicare better be really afraid of this guy. Read...and I mean read the budget plan Ryan is so proud of touting around. It slashes every thing important to the middle class. It rewards the 1% with tax breaks and he wants to be the one overturing Roe V Wade and will allow insurance companies to refuse and contraceptipon claims.

    August 13, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    @Ray E. (Georgia): Our debt is direct result of two unfunded wars and unfunded Medicare Part D. You want to fix Social Security? Raise the FICA income limit from the current $106,000 to $250,000. You want to help reduce the debt? End the multi-billion-dollar subsidies to the oil industry, which doesn't need it (it's been enjoying record profits for years now). You want to bring down health care costs? Support Obamacare, which lowers costs by providing lower-cost preventive care vs highest-cost ER care.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 13, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @Me First: Based on your post, I'll believe you're a Liberal when pigs fly.

    President Obama HAS made significant cuts in spending; the problem is folks like you and your party, the GOP, want to eliminate all government spending except military and turn our nation into a third-world country where the top 1% own and control everything.

    August 13, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    @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."

    That's it in a nutshell!

    August 13, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    Ouch! Good comparision. We all know how well that worked out for them.
    It wasn't so bad except they didn't get elected. Obama did really well in 2008 with the Independents. Then he has spent the last 3 1/2 years alienating the Independents with his far left losing liberal agenda. If there's one thing he did prove in his administration it was that buying a down economy back to life with massive government debt doesn't work.

    August 13, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Mitt is more like Sarah. Ryan is just Eddie Munster with a bad plan for seniors and the middle class. Thanks for that pick, Mitt!!

    By the way, Willard, you still owe all of us 12 years of tax returns, your pet munster is not taking the spotlight off of that, just the opposite, we will need to verify just how much less in taxes you'd have been paying while the rest of us got squeezed even more for your upward handouts.

    August 13, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Hood Out-sourcing-Jobs Outsourcing-his-Money and Outsourcing America

    What was Paul "Ayn Rand" Ryan accomplishment in congress for the last 10 + yrs he has been sucking on our govt. tits for free a PAYCHECK?..............seriously anyone?

    1.) Paul Ayn Rand voted for the BUSH/CHENEY agenda 94% of the time....2 UNPAID FOR WARS, TARP, STIMULUS, AUTO BAILOUT, MEDICARE PART-D, GAYS & LESBIAN RIGHTS!!!....

    2.) Paul Ayn Rand only had 2 bills on his name passed since he has been in congress collecting TAX PAYERS paycheck and free cadilla healthcare.

    3.) Paul Ayn Rand never worked a real job any day in his life; not even a community organiser.

    4.) Paul Ayn Rand has been collecting govt. benefits since he was 16 when his father died!!!

    So what exactly is Paul Ayn Rand accomplishment again????! *crickets*

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

    Nice try, Axelrod. But trying to subliminally associate Ryan with Palin is not going to work. Speaking as a conservative, it was easy for the left and their lapdogs in the media to turn Palin into a caricature. This won't work with Ryan. Ryan carries a lot of intellectual heft while appealing to middle America. Biden is going to need a diaper change during the VP debates.

    Romney 2012

    August 13, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. jenarts1

    Ryan represents the Tea Party? How big is the Tea Party anyway?

    The selection of Ryan just eliminated those over 60, women, Latinos, the Gay community, Independents, etc. So who's going to vote for this ticket?

    August 13, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. jenarts1

    Ryan represents the Tea Party Republicans? How big is the Tea Party any way?
    The selection of Ryan just eliminated those over 60, women, Latinos, the Gay community, Independents, etc. So who's going to vote for this ticket?

    August 13, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. rob

    comparing paul ryan to sarah palin is laughable. david axelrod really is willing to say anything to get obama re-elected

    August 13, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. cecil

    I logon the internet Monday's hour or so to read about all the political madness!
    I 'm so glad I don't watch much TV. The ad buys, the good, bad and ugly are all half truths, both parties!
    Obama 2012

    August 13, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Tree

    Come on People. Ryan is not for the middle class he is for wall street. Yea he put out a budget that will destory the middeclass. A vote for Ryan is a vote for Romney and we all know what that is about (nothing).

    August 13, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. jpmichigan

    Ryan #2 Budget plan drafted in 2012 that passed the House, plots a sound future course. Obama budget cannot even pass a Democratic controlled Senate. The rhetoric coming from the Democrats is about the 2011 budget plan , which is old news.The Obama team is full of untruths and fabrications, for they have no new real plan of action . They still voice the same old policies that have not worked in the pass four years. They are running on the tear down the Republican candidate, because they cannot run of Obama leadership and governing ability, for he has shown not to have any! For once the American voter needs to do their homework before voting. Instead of voting on party lines, vote for the ones that have a plan in place to HELP the American people become self reliant, self sufficient and proud to be an American. Instead of being dependent on government to provide, for eventually the money need to provide will run out, like in Europe and thesse American will suffer the most because thosse who made Ameracans depended on government will be long gone, with their pockets full.

    August 13, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. RBbrighton

    Axelrod doesn't belive what he himself said. He is just seeing if it will stick. Ryan dismantled the arguments for Obama's health care plan in no time, making Obama furious. There is no love lost between them, as evidenced by Obama's cheap-shot at Ryan while he was in the audience, after Obama had invited him!

    Underneath, Axelrod is scared. Ryan is logical and articulate, and if people listen to what he says, instead of what other people say about him, he'll make a big difference.

    August 13, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Mittens Rmoney

    Under Ryan's plan I will pay a tax rate of less than 1%! That, my friends, is all you need to know.

    August 13, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. PaMom

    Logic N LA...apparently the economists you refer to are those who are teaching with no experience in reality. Every financial man in the working world know and sees the failure of Obama economics. Another 4 years of Obama and this country will implode. Maybe a good thing so we can start over. We can see what happened in your home state with liberal leadership.

    August 13, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. HoustonOilMan

    Did anyone else notice that Mit announced Ryan as the next President of the United States? Not Vice President but President. Does this mean another shaodw government a la Bush/Cheney where the VP is actually calling the shots if elected?

    August 13, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Jerry

    I love the comments the best, please tell me again that you all forgot that the democrates controlled the congress and senate in 2006-2010 with BHO as president for two of they. Tell me again of all the great accomplishments during the two years of full control, a real bed time story about no budget, spending, tarp, stimulus, race relations,failure after failure ect ect

    August 13, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. lolo

    The puppet picked exacltly the person they told him to pick, Their Tea Party compadre. Romney just does not get it. He is only using Ryan to say what he can't do or say because he is a wimp. This just sealed the deal for me. This man can not even pick the VP that he wants, because he has sold his soul to the radicals of the republican party and in order to get their votes he will bend like a pretzel to please them. Because he only wants to be president for his personal reasons and not for the American people he will never sit in the white house as president.

    August 13, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Seriously. All [D]s, even staunch atheists, should get down on their hands and knees and praise *god* that he made [R]s so stupid. First Palin, now, there must have been a HUGE party at the DNC last night!

    It is truly a blessing. And don't forget to thank our forefathers too.....because it was their incredible foresight that gave these [R] nitwits the freespeech rights to advertise their affliction for all to see.

    Look, even for a party whose base celebrates stupidity as if it were a golden idol, one would think that somewhere in the political heirarchy someone would pause to think and throw up a red flag on these terrable ideas. But amazingly NO SUCH [R] exists! Apparently, there is now absolutely no throttle on [R] idiocy.

    August 13, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Deme Josoph

    No he is not like Palin, he has a brain to go with his evil ways

    August 13, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Deme Josoph

    The man is sick..... he benefited from all that Social Security had to offer a child and yet he is another Clarence Thomas. Black hater and White hater. They both used the System and now want to keep the rest of children trying to get a college education from doing so. Ryan used has Father's Social Security Benefits to get his college degree, why can't my child and yours do the same. HE IS JUST ANOTHER Clarence Thomas. It's ok for him to reap the benefits but his TEA PARTY mind is telling him he is BETTER than the rest of American's children.

    August 13, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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