Paul Ryan a gift to both campaigns
August 13th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
2 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. Sniffit

    Two words for Ryan: lead balloon.

    August 13, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Jack

    Radical Ryan just gave President Obama the best birthday present EVER! What was alexithymic MItt thinking?

    August 13, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Howard

    As the Obama team feverishly tries to demonize Paul Ryan, it just shows who threatened they feel. While Romney & Ryan are on the way up ... Obama is on the way down ... and out.

    August 13, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Obama - Four years of Lying, Four years of Failure

    It didn't make any difference who Romney picked, the Democrats and their leftist smear machine was going to give them the Palin treatment. I'm glad that Ryan was picked because anybody that sees and listens to the guy will immediately know the Democrats are lying about him. It will bite them in the backside BIG time. But what else can they do? They have no ideas or accomplishes in 4 years and the country is worse off because of them. So all they do is smear, smear, smear... Just more of the same old Obama demonization. I really do think the American people are fed up with it.

    August 13, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    OK FLip...let's hear how you suddenly are not behind every part of the Ryan plan? Maybe you didn't read it? Good job in getting the T-B coalition behind you. The rest of the country is not impressed and after a bit of bump, you'll fall back into reality. You don't stand a chance

    August 13, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    Divisive Romney made a polarizing choice for both sides.
    Sad.

    August 13, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney Hood and The Paul Ryan Budget is the predator of our most volunerable citizens in this country.

    August 13, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Paul Ryan was voted "Biggest Brown-Noser" in high school. I see much hasn't changed.

    August 13, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Jack
    Radical Ryan just gave President Obama the best birthday present EVER! What was alexithymic MItt thinking?
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    Mitt was thinking," The federal government is an awful mess, Americans are frustrated with the political circus and there are some serious challenges when I am elected. Who has shown they are capable of avoiding all of the political hoopla and helping put in solutions to these biggest problems? Who also has the vision and capability to serve as President should if that ever became necessary?" His answer was obvious. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    August 13, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "The USA govt is going bankrupt. Under bankruptcy laws, the terms of agreements change."

    And on th esame theory as underlies negating "preferences" in bankruptcy, the Bush Tax cuts for the wealthy have got to go.

    August 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "Romney Hood and The Paul Ryan Budget is the predator of our most volunerable citizens in this country."
    -----–
    The most vulerable are those in the womb. They deserve the same protections as the rest of us... but they're innocent, helpless, and unable to speak. The democrats certainly don't stand up for hem.

    August 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Ancient Texan

    Can't wait for the Ryan and Biden debate......should be a CLASSIC.

    August 13, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Wilson

    The comments coming from the left are getting more and more desperate, which makes for some entertaining reading. Ryan was a good choice, probably will ensure Romney gets elected.

    August 13, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oops. I guess we aren't allowed to discuss Mr. Ryan's past voting record - adding to the list of Romney "no-no's", including but not limited to: income taxes, wealth, off shore accounts, 401K accounts, horses, religion, prior job experience, future plans, and lapel flag pins (which has occured to me that I have yet to see either Romney or Ryan wear).

    August 13, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Tony

    Four and the Door,
    Mitt was thinking, "I am 9 points behind Obama in the FOX News poll!!! What can I do to get Democrats off my back on the tax returns?"

    August 13, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "Conservatives wanted one of their own........and they got that in Ryan". Yes they did, Amy Kremer of the
    Tea Party Express is elated.
    Ryan sat on the GW Bush Budget committee and was instrumental in the passage of two unbudgeted wars
    and the unbudgeted Prescription Drug Plan D.
    Ryan signed the Norquist pledge.
    Ryan wants to either privatize everything or turn it over to the States. Either way, our costs and/or taxes
    will go up.
    How will he pay for all of this? Who knows.
    If you think Romney has his "own budget plan" why haven't we heard what it is?
    This stinks.

    August 13, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. stephen

    mitt will have hide ryan AS HE HIDES
    HIS MONEY OVERSEAS !!!

    August 13, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. J. Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Want the rich to get even richer – vote for Romney.

    I think Mitt made a big MISTAKE! Who wants to destroy our safety net? I'm happy to be voting for OBAMA/BIDEN! At least we could have stomached some of the others but this Ryan is much too radical.

    August 13, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

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

    August 13, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    Fair is Fair

    The most vulerable are those in the womb. They deserve the same protections as the rest of us... but they're innocent, helpless, and unable to speak. The democrats certainly don't stand up for hem.
    ---------–

    and if by chance they are born to a woman without a job or a source of income, the two of them become "welfare queens" and "layabouts." and should not receive anything even remotely resembling a real hand in coping. The GOP doesn't stand up for them

    August 13, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Cy Bode

    another Tea Party Clown

    August 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Obama - Four years of Lying, Four years of Failure

    Democrats prey on the most vulnerable in our society... the uneducated, the naive, the easily confused and scared. The young kids and the elderly. Proof is easily seen in their smear tactics and where Obama spends most of his time, at college campuses conning the young and stupid to vote for him, and OUT of their future (of massive debt payments thanks to Obama).

    August 13, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. IRAYD84U

    I want to see W and palin speak at the convention.This will be the best circus money can buy.

    August 13, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. RealityBites

    It didn't matter who Romney selected.
    Obama and his lamestream media will continue their politics of personal destruction to hide his abysmal legacy..

    August 13, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Bill from GA

    I'm glad mitts didn't pick Jeb Bush. Jeb is probably the only possible choice mitts could have made that might sway some intelligent voters in the middle.

    August 13, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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