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. CNN The Masters of Spin

    No doubt where CNN stands in support of??? Along w/All Dems, CNN is very nervous w/this new excitement caused by Ryan.....the rift is clear, Big Gov vs Freebees for Takers funded by Acheivers......let's see who wins & all you Obambi Lovers will be best served to update your resumes because you will be forced to get a JOB! You know, the most feared four letter word to a Democrat....WORK!
    What you guys don't get is Obambi was losing anyway w/a "vote against Obama" but now there is Ryan! And truth is the lame stream media cannot trip him up like Palin was tripped up! McCain would not protect Palin but Ryan will be covered by many!

    August 13, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. cecil

    Has a shell company overseas (P.O. box only), money in overseas tax havens (he is not paying his fair share on his taxable income), afraid to show more tax returns. Man if this was Obama back in 2008, lets be honest!
    For this reason alone, I could never ever vote such a person into office!
    Independent for Obama 2012

    August 13, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. John

    he would have done btter with Palin. What a joke

    August 13, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "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!"

    Do you guys ever NOT rewrite history? Obama was speaking in front of the GOP at the GOP's invitation. Obama did no "inviting" to that event...and he excoriated them for their nonsense. As for your claim that Ryan is logical, his records proves otherwise. There's a difference between "logical" and "methodical." He very methodically drafted a budget plan that would explode the deficits and debt, shift ever more wealth upwards and completely destroy Medicare and SS. However, none of that, not the obvius goals he seeks to achieve, not the methods he uses to achieve them nor the loose, substanceless, ideological justifcations he gives for it all...none of that is even remotely logical.

    August 13, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. snowdogg

    Palin has limited intellectual capacity... Ryan is at least smart.

    August 13, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "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?"

    Have no fear!!! The GOP/Teatrolls' Voter ID laws, redistricting and other changes to electoral processes will hopefully "eliminate' those groups from the voting anyway!!! At least, the GOP/Teatrolls certainly hope so....

    August 13, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Mr. Ryan

    Most of the comments here offer zero substance so i'm going to try this: Ryan supported TARP, GM bailout, NDAA, and patriot act. He is not conservative. He's a Bush-era repub. No different than Obama on any of those things. We're screwed.

    August 13, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Leopold

    Amusing. Wishful thinking....Ryan isn't remotely like Palin. He is widely recognized as very sharp, motivated and informed. This selection has pushed the debate to our huge debt and other problems, and away from Axelrod's desperate and petty attacks. This is not what democrats wanted and does not bode well for the President as he is very weak on the economy. And we have to address this huge debt which threatens our financial viability. It is a huge danger and the President is not being up front with people.

    August 13, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. rufus

    David has a rod up his axel.

    Ryan's prescription = tough medecine we need to take,

    Obama's prescription = Kool aid, food stamps and prozac, all paid for by Big Brother.

    August 13, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Rhetorical Question: Does Axelrod, Obama and the Democrats think they can lie their way through the entire election process just because the main street media has helped them lie their way through the last 4 years? It certainly appears to be their strategy right now. It looks like the old leftist communist approach of repeating lies for so long people think they are the truth.

    August 13, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Ryan's plan has bipartisan support from the very left Senator Wyden, D-Oregon. Why no outrage for Wyden?

    August 13, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Grampa

    "...Congressman Ryan is a certifiable right winger."

    Interesting choice of words.

    August 13, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. NoLongerRepublican

    Can't wait to get back to Romney Hood's bigger issue of tax returns.......

    August 13, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Karabekian

    Jerry, reality check please. The Democrats held a slim almost non-existant lead in congress, relying on an independent to join them. The Republicans blocked much of the Democrats efforts through dirty tactics (tactics that Republicans can do but if Democrats did it would be a "travesty"). There was also some disagreement within the Democratic Party (which can be a good thing) so they didn't have complete control of the legislative branch.
    The major problem from 2006-2010 is that there was little to nothing in terms of bipartisan effort. We still see that today and it is the Republicans that have set this tone. I remember Barack taking office and he tried and tried to extend negotions with the Republicans, but they were to busy biting their thumbs at him.

    August 13, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Ed1

    You said stop crying and ley your President retire so we can get this country back on track? Really? Get our country back on track to where? Another 9/11? Two more deadly and costly wars? The worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression? More tax breaks for the rich? More record number of job loses? More harboring of al Qaeda extremists? More foreign laughing at us and disrespecting us? You must be a teapublican.

    First of all, Presidenty Obama has

    August 13, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Jazel

    Democrats are laughable! Instead of responding to Republicans with a clear message and plan on how to cut the deficit, hail their obamacare, etc.. etc.. the democats go into personal attacks. AMERICANS the problems we are facing today with 15Trillion in debt and Medicare/Social Security going into insolvency in my generation. It is time to MAN UP.. Democrats I would vote for your man, Obama, if he knows how to personally come up with a budget. At least Ryan and the Democrats did. All Obama and Democrats wants to do is SCARE AMERICANS - Americans are no cowards nor stupid. WE BUDGET AT HOME, OBAMA YOU SHOW US YOUR BUDGET AND PRINTED PROPOSALS as RYAN do! STOP BEING childesh and using PALIN AS YOUR DEMOCRATIC EXCUSE..

    August 13, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Thomas T.

    No matter what you think of Mr. Ryan's politics or policies (and he is wrong about a lot of things) he's a man of substance and intelligence who will help the top of the Repub ticket. When Obama wins again in 2012 we may be assured that Mr. Ryan will be there for the running in 2016.

    August 13, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    No fan of Sarah Palin here but at least she created jobs in Alaska. GWB depleted a surplus overnight and wrecked our economy and O' yes, while all that was happening, that so-called talented and experienced Chairman of the House Budget Committee's leadership did absolutely nothing to stem the tide. Sarah Palin is a genius in comparison to the incompetent Ryan.

    August 13, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Why no outrage for Wyden?"

    Who said there wasn't? Besides, saying he supports Ryan's plan is a mischaracterization and not an accurate way of describing what he supports. You're overreaching.

    August 13, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. emma

    And the enthusiasm for Sarah ended up in a GOP President being elected?

    August 13, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Jane

    Makes me sick how everyone "seems" to think or know how the election will turn out. Unfortunately for those who do not do research or read they will believe everything that is put out in the media. This country is more divided than ever–and the current administration does nothing more than put wedges in. It seems like the president has to put his two cents in on all the news stories. I hope to elect a President in 2012 that will stand for all the American people; any race, any financial status, and turn this county around. I am tired of the blame game and the us against them. Hope to have a grown man in the White House that acts like a leader and will turn this country around.

    August 13, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. No-surprise

    Axelrod, Ca is bankrupt – your man is putting America at the same risk.

    You and your left wing nuts and bolts think you have all the solutions.

    You are the problem.

    Romney / Ryan are the start of the solution. Get government out of the way, and America will raise up from the ditch Obama and the Democrates in Senate has put us in.

    August 13, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. ED FL

    Robme chose Ryan to try and get Americas penchant for his Mysterious tax returns.That will last about a week and the tax evasion will again show up.Nice try Mitt.

    August 13, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. cali girl

    USA Today poll on Ryan
    39% said excellent choice as VP
    42% Fair or Poor choice as VP
    19% says it makes no difference.
    Seems that this tips the scales a bit badly for Robmey Sheriff of Nothingham and his sidekick Eddie Munster.

    August 13, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Dave, Central Illinois

    Who cares what this sleeze from Chicago says. Romney and Ryan will present a plan to fix the economy versus Obama who still hasn't even submitted a budget. All the CHicago thugs know how to do is tear down.

    August 13, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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