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. eeyore

    i dont think Palin even knows Ryan or his stances when she made the announcement...pretty much tells you where her head was at...and so out of touch with her party...but yeah, it does bother me a bit when 1%er candidates are coming across as saying they will be pushing for a tax cut for themselves and cutting back on social security/medicare when they themselves will not even be using the program since they are life long legislature (remember they have the benefits most americans would love to have...)

    August 13, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. nolongerdem

    Romney is a genius! What a power duo of a team! How can one miss the energy that is set off when ryan hit the podium with Romney to speak. The energy is nothing like palin and I love palin and wished she would have been a vp. But, where she is placed now, is good for the party, as well. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall in the white house when ryan was brought to the podium. All govt. media was put on high alert and set out on the flight deck, immediately afterwards, to the cry of tora, tora! Ryan can stand up to the president and his policies without being intimated and he definitely can take on (mike, chew your ear off, tyson) now vp, biden. This election campaign is going to charged up more than what it is now. round 1 was a knock out to the dems. round 12 is at the polls!

    August 13, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Sniffit

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

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

    More like

    Ryan's prescription = shift more wealth upwards while taxing the middle-class more and getting rid of middle-class programs because that will make the wealth "trickle down"

    Obama's prescription = tough medicine for people like Mittens, who need to start paying their fair share so that the REVENUE PROBLEMS created by the Bush tax cuts can be alleviated, programs designed to create the DEMAND that drives the economy, and responsible budget cuts instead of the right wing extremists' wet dream of simply killing Medicare and SS

    August 13, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Get government out of the way"

    And the rich and giant corporate interests will bulldoze the middle class into shallow economic graves.

    August 13, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    As chairman of the House Budget Committee what did Paul Ryan do to to spur the economy when the GOP had control of both the House and Senate for 8 years? What happened to all his business savvy talent, experience and smarts? At least Sarah Palin went to college.

    August 13, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The White House aint no place for on the job training. Go back to your Hampton resorts. Obama/Biden./Roberts 2012!

    August 13, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. rs

    Romney Ryan IS NOT just like McCain /Palin. Palin is an idiot- and likely wreckred McCain's candidacy with her lack of gravitas. Ryan is real, but wants to cripple the middle class and poor so that the rich can keep getting richer. Even Newt Gingrich called Ryan's plan "Radical Right-Wing Social Engineering".

    Look- until the tax breaks end, the budgets will never balance. That is a fact. Romney Ryan will never get a balanced budget as long as the "temporary" Bush tax cuts remain in play. Adding anther $5 trillion in "tax relief" for the super rich will only make it worse.

    August 13, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. rob

    Dems are trying to tie Ryan and Romney to the House Republican Tea partiers as a smear. Very interesting that the fact that the Republicans were elected in HISTORICAL #'s in a total REBUKE of the Democrats policies in Obama's first two years is never reported by CNN and the rest odf the Liberal Media/Dem propaganda machine. In the media and the Democrat campaigns its as if 2009 and 2010 never happened. The Dems controlled all the elected branches of the Federal Govt, President Obama got almost all of his priorities signed into law. The economy stalled and Unemployment is still above 8% even though we were promised 6% and "millions" of Green Energy jobs if we spent more than a TRILLION DOLLARS in stimulus. The Dems NEVER proposed eliminating the "Bush Tax Cuts" when they had a chance. We have not had a Budget voted on in the senate in three years and the Presidents own budget projects TRILLION dollar deficits for the next TEN YEARS that will bankrupt the country.

    This is not leadership. We need a change and Nov. 6 can't come fast enough.

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    August 13, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. TonyN.

    Under the Ryan plan, about three-quarters of Americans — those with incomes between $20,000 and $200,000 — would face tax increases

    The Ryan plan would cut in half the taxes of the richest 1 percent of Americans — those with incomes exceeding $633,000 (in 2009 dollars) in 2014.
    The higher one goes up the income scale, the more massive the tax cuts would be. Households with incomes of more than $1 million would receive an average annual tax cut of $502,000.
    The richest one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans — those whose incomes exceed $2.9 million a year — would receive an average tax cut of $1.7 million a year. These tax cuts would be on top of those that high-income households would get from making the Bush tax cuts, which are due to expire at the end of 2010, permanent.

    August 13, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. w l jones

    The more knowledge a person learnt sooner he learn theirs more than intelligent being VP you have be a silent follower an it appears this vp canidate do not like been in that position. Some body going to have trouble on his hand.

    August 13, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Andrew

    C'mon, rightwingers! Vote for the psycho!!

    August 13, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. rs

    Obama 2012- The people telling the truth here are the Democrats. The GOP passed on the truth years ago and have waged a war of deception, lies, and conspiracy since Obama got elected. They are the party of the birthers and the TEA Party for cryin' out loud. Romney/Ryan couldn't tell the truth if they were on fire.

    It is this simple: You can't balance the budget or pay down the deficit while giving our record tax cuts for the rich. Their 10 year long gravey train needs to end. We need a viable middle class- something the GOP long ago abandoned.

    August 13, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    No surprise wrote:

    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.
    Really? So how come when Bush and his Republican Congress did exactly what they are proposing the economy crashed? How come when Bill Cllinton raised taxes the economy boomed? How come Reagan raised taxes to pay for his increased spending for his economic stimulus measures?

    Trickle down economics is known by another name. It is also called "boom then bust" econmics because that is what the historical shows what happens whenever Republicans implement the policies and cut spending to pay for it.

    August 13, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. DanH

    I'm sick and tired of the "Kool-Aid" solutions the Democrats offer. At least Ryan has the guts to tell us the truth. MediCare has a projected $83 trillion dollars of projected liability. How many times will you hear a Democrat even admit it's that bad.

    I thought Obama was going to change things and be honest with the American people. Instead, he's just like any other partisan politician, he spins and skews the numbers to make him look good and his opponents bad, then complains when his opponents do the same thing, Where's the CHANGE, Obama? That's status quo since the dawn of politics.

    I may disagree with Ryan's solution, however, it's hard to take MediCare reform off the tables (as almost all Democrats propose) when you look at the actual projected numbers.

    Follow the Democrats path and within 5 years, we're in the same boat Japan js.

    August 13, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. DR

    They haven't even ask the question about Mitt and the temple ritual he went through and the blood oath! Look it up, the words have changed, but the ceremony is the same. It makes the Rev. Wright story an absolute joke! The blood oath is an oath against the government by the Mormons for the spilled blood of the prophet Joseph Smith!

    August 13, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. sally

    Ryan is another right-wing Republican out to enrich the rich even more, starve the middle class, increase government contracts for his friends, and simply put: destroy any progressive legislation meant to protect the American people because it gets in the way of business gouging us and stepping all over us.

    August 13, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Ryan is smarter than Palin but just as polarizing because of his extreme Miedicare and Budget ideas. His economic vision will benefit the rich at the expense of seniors, students, women, and middle class.

    August 13, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. michelle

    What I see is the Demonrats running scared – Ryan's no Ms. Palin. He's intelligent, with a lot to offer, other than this crazy Obama/Biden/Demonrat bunch, who in my opinion thinks its their sacred duty to raise taxes on the rich, raise taxes on businesses, making it impossible on businesses to do any hiring, which then in turn, forces businesses to have to let go, thanks to taxes and the idiotic, useless regulations imposed on businesses by the Demonrats. If you want to be a slave to Big Government all your life, where you'll be taken care of from the cradle to the grave, don't get any help or encouragement to work your way off of welfare(and I have been on welfare, so I know what that was like, know that it is needed, but it shouldn't be a way of life), where you get taxed to the hilt but they give you little to show what our taxes are used for, where their way of life is to stab the USA worker/taxpayers in the back while trying to make ILLEGALS legal, over our objections; who care more about the feelings of gay/lesbian couples while ignoring what the majority of the legal taxpayers want, then go ahead and vote Demonrat. But if you're tired of the failures of what Obama and the Demonrat party, the lies they've told us, the waste they've brought us, then vote Relieorat. I know that they're not perfect, and I honestly don't like the way they seem to be harsh on the poor who are truly trying to do the best they can with what's been given them. I know that the Relieorats lie just as badly as the Demonrats do, but America can't afford another 4 years of economic terrorism the Demonrats have brought on America – that's the only reason I may vote Relieorat.

    August 13, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. observer1

    Ryan may be a conservative, but he is no Palin. At best Palin has a room temperature IQ (on an extremely warm day) and suffers from terminal narcissism. Agree or disagree with him, Ryan is smart and serious about the issues.

    August 13, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Mike

    Putting Ryan on the ticket is like throwing a cinder block to a drowning man.

    August 13, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Time for Real Change!

    I see the liberal hate machine is in full force! The democrats have nothing new to offer to the country. Democrats are all about tax and spend, they always have been and they always will!

    August 13, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Steven Colo

    Time will tell. Ryan is more able to speak and understand the world than Palin ever will be. He won't be a figure of fun like she was. But his Plan is ridiculous.

    Romney's hope is that the Plan will dominate discussion because it is intricate and not easily given to sound bites. The Obama campaign was destroying him with Bain and the tax returns, so Romney is trying desperately to change the direction of discussion. he has done so, but at what price? I think he's given Florida to the Dems.

    August 13, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Obama - Four years of Lying, Four years of Failure

    Rudy NYC - Really? So how come when Bush and his Republican Congress did exactly what they are proposing the economy crashed?
    It didn't Rudy NYC. There was over 50 straight months of economic growth and low unemployment. It crashed when the Democrats took over Congress and the financial IED the Democrats laid in the mortgage market years ago exploded. (aka subprime mortgagaes for people that couldn't afford houses)

    How come when Bill Cllinton raised taxes the economy boomed?
    It was called the dot com bubble and had absolutley NOTHING to do with the tax rates. So when the bubble eventually burst that must have also been part of the higher tax rates right? Yes, Bill Clinton handed George Bush a recession but you didn't hear George Bush complain about it and blame him for 4 years! Instead HE FIXED IT! Obama just doesn't know enough to fix it. His a far left ideologue that hates capitalism.

    August 13, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. anthony76

    Remember when Rightwingers used to go on and on about how Liberals were soo scared of Palin?
    I never understood what they were supposed to be frightened of, unless stupidity was contagious.

    I'm sure they will begin to start saying Dems are scared of Ryan next.

    Why? Because of his extreme Rightwing Rayn views towards society?
    Or that he wants to trash Social Sec and Medicare?
    Or that he's part of the Do-Nothing Congress with sub-20 percent approval rating?

    Sorry guys, but electorally speaking, RNC loses Florida, they lose the race. Period. No way Jeb is gonna convince all those seniors down there that a voucher system is in their benefit, and we all know how old people hate change.

    Yes, Ryan energizes the base like Palin did, but thats not who is going to swing the election.
    And two robber barons aren't going to have the benefit of the middle class in mind.

    August 13, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Richard T.

    I have asked all of my GOP elected personages (for years) to provide concrete evidence that "trickle down economics" benefits the middle class in America and its economy. So far not one response. Please provide some evidence or stop the nonsensical rethoric.

    GOPers please explain how the Romney / Ryan fiscal policy positions differs from the failed policies of GW Bush.

    August 13, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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