Paul Ryan a gift to both campaigns
August 13th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Paul Ryan a gift to both campaigns

Washington (CNN) - For both presidential campaigns, Republican Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin congressman and conservative star Paul Ryan as his running mate was like Christmas come early.

Conservatives wanted one of their own on Romney's ticket and they got that in Ryan, who has emerged as their ideological leader on the Hill on fiscal and budget matters. The choice also helps satisfy Republican strategists who felt Romney needed to not only stress how President Barack Obama has failed in that role, but also better articulate what the GOP candidate would do if elected.


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  1. Bill from GA

    When McCain selected palin, it was obvious the repugs saw how hopeless the economy was and planned to 'throw' the election.

    Now we have Déjà vu, all over again.

    Reinvigorate the already committed right, for show, but offer nothing to the rest of the voters.

    August 13, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    ""And on th esame theory as underlies negating "preferences" in bankruptcy, the Bush Tax cuts for the wealthy have got to go."
    They were enacted for everyone. If they go, they should go for everyone.'

    First, they weren't enacted for everyone. They provided massive, lop-sided, inequitable cuts, advantages and benefits to the extremely wealthy. Second, they will be maintained for everyone...for EVERYONE'S FIRST $250K IN INCOME. There's nothing inequitable about giving everyone's first $X in income a tax cut and expecting that once someone hit $X+1, they pay the higher rate on that ONE DOLLAR above the $X.

    It was the massive reduction in tax liabilities beyond $X which became inequitable, because those who received such tax cuts were already able to leverage tax loopholes and deductions that only they could take advantage of in order to even further reduce their tax liability below the percentage the average middle-class family pays.

    August 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Age of Fools....

    The GOP-Ryan budget facts....One fact applies only that the Ryan-budget is the only one out there that the DEMS love to
    tear to pieces...yet after almost four years in the White House and still waiting to see the first DEMS-Obama budget....
    .......and so Dems if you cannot "Put-out...then at least shut-up".........The Country wants solutions...bold solutions.....
    Do you know why there have been no budgets? Because the Republicans filibuster them and force the Congress to pass continuing resolutions, just so that Republicans can now gloat over the "fact" that no budgets have passed?

    Do you know how many years Reagan went without budgets? He had 18 continuing resolutions during his two terms, and raised the debt ceiling almost an equal number of times.

    August 13, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. John,PA

    Ryan a gift to both campaigns, no, not for the Dems; now the Dems and obama have to talk about the last three and a half years, Obama better start packing.

    August 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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