Ryan's foreign policy views shaped by his budget battles
August 13th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
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Ryan's foreign policy views shaped by his budget battles

Washington (CNN) – As the chief architect of the Republican budget plan, presidential nominee Mitt Romney's choice for vice president, Paul Ryan, is well-known in budget policy circles around Washington, but his 14 years on Capitol Hill have left a much smaller paper trail when it comes to foreign policy statements and achievements.

That said, Ryan's focus during his seven terms in Congress on balancing the federal budget and extolling the virtues of fiscal restraint seems to have also formed the center of his thinking on foreign policy issues, which seems to hue to the classic Republican view of the world.

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  1. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    "We don't think the generals are giving us their true advice. We don't think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget," he said.
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    This guy doubts what the generals tell him; as if he's ever served. Nope. I don't trust him at the helm.

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

    $16 Trillion dollars in debt and this lamestream media wants to focus on Ryan's foriegn policy. Go figure.......

    August 13, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Here is another Nowhere Man when it comes to Foreign Policy. Robmey's only experience was his tour of France when he pedaled a bike around to get people to buy in his religion.
    It sounds just like the stupidity of Palin when she said she could see Russia from Alaska.

    August 13, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. edog

    RealityBites

    $16 Trillion dollars in debt and this lamestream media wants to focus on Ryan's foriegn policy. Go figure.......
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    $16 Trillion in debt and the GOP wants to give the top 1% another $4 trillion tax cut! Ten years later they will still be complaining about the debt. Remember when we had a surplus, oh ya when tax rates were higher and 20 million jobs created.

    August 13, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "This guy doubts what the generals tell him; as if he's ever served. Nope. I don't trust him at the helm."

    More importanlty, he did so wihout any facts or evidence to back it up and was just rationalizing his disbelief to assuage his ideological confirmation bias. It's time for America to start making more decisions based on facts and evidence instead of purely ideological echo chamber nonsense. Trickle-down doesn't work and spendnig more than the next 20 countries COMBINED on our military on the theory that we need to police the world (thinly veiled coroprate imperialism)...BOTH are bankrupting the country and the numbers prove it.

    August 13, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    7 foreign trips? Does he do anything ever? That's a whole lot of vacation at the taxpayers' expense, eh GOPers?

    August 13, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. California

    Complain about Ryan while ignoring Biden.

    CLASSIC.

    August 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. RealityBites

    Ryan need only add "secret drone kill list" to his resume to surpass Obama's legacy..

    August 13, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "That said, Ryan's focus during his seven terms in Congress on balancing the federal budget and extolling the virtues of fiscal restraint seems to have also formed the center of his thinking on foreign policy issues, which seems to hue to the classic Republican view of the world."

    During his seven terms in Congress, Ryan's focus has been on balancing the federal budget? Interesting hog wash being sold if indeed TeamRomney plans on continuing this particular conversation further than cable news outlets.

    August 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. myviewis

    cali girl

    Here is another Nowhere Man when it comes to Foreign Policy. Robmey's only experience was his tour of France when he pedaled a bike around to get people to buy in his religion.
    It sounds just like the stupidity of Palin when she said she could see Russia from Alaska.
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    How much better was Obama's foreign policy experience? He only lived in Indonesia 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th grade and before that he had done his kindergarten in Hawaii and did 5th grade to 12th grade in Hawaii. And if I remember correctly he vacationed in Pakistan, in Europe and Australia. How is this foreign policy experience????

    August 13, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Shaping reality to fit your ideology is always dangerouswhich is why Ryan is a danger. Oh, California, Biden has been serving in the Senate and the White House since Ryan was soiling himself. I would take his experience over Ryan's Ayn Rand-driven view of the world any day. A person who's view of the world is shaped by a belief that greed is the greatest virtue is the last person who we should entrust to saving a dog, much less Social Security.

    August 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Mark Boada

    Ryan gives a boost to the Obama campaign. A Romney victory would mean a deeper recession next year, if not a depression., Wtih Ryan on the ticket, with his savage proposals for budgtet cuts that will throw millions more out of work and tax cuts that will mean continued budget deficits and more spending cuts, the prospects for economic disaster are more clear and likely.

    Most Americans are frightened by Ryan's fiscal vision. More will not reject the Republican ticket and , with luck, reverse Republican control of the House. Thanks, Williard!

    August 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Howard

    I'm sure that Romney and Ryan won't turn a deaf ear, or turn their backs on the Iranian protesters, who risk their lives standing up to the corrupt, brutal regime !!!

    August 13, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Curt

    So he has spent 7 terms in congress with a focus on balancing the budget. Did a really good job didn't he !! Especially when 8 years of that was with a Republican President.

    August 13, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "$16 Trillion dollars in debt and this lamestream media wants to focus on Ryan's foriegn policy. Go figure......."

    And how do you think poor foreign policy choices and, for example, war with Iran factors in to our already vampiric defense spending and its contribution to the deficit and debt?

    August 13, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    @RealityBites
    $16 Trillion dollars in debt and this lamestream media wants to focus on Ryan's foriegn policy. Go figure.......
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    You, George, and Dick seem to be the only 3 in the country that think (unpaid for) wars didn't cost $5 trillion – as of 2008.

    August 13, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. cali girl

    My views, Biden came on the ticket with plenty of foreign affairs knowledge, while he served in Congress.
    As it stands, :resident Obama is well versed in foreign policy. Killed Osama, ended 1 war and one ending is coming on the books. He deals with Israel well. He gave information at the G20 summits when many European governments were dealing with hard economic times.
    Robmey knows how to ship jobs oversee, if you call that foreign policy experience.

    August 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Howard

    @ Call Girl ... like most obama stooges, you focus on the foreign policy experience ... and other credentials of the Republican candidates ... while ignoring the total lack of experience, and credentials of the two bit community organizer, who voted present 127 times ... and spent 20 years in an anti-American, racist church.

    August 13, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Myviewis – As a paid right-wing blogger, is the amount you make for spouting your nonsense worth sacrificing your dignity over? Didn't think so.

    August 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Cut social spending, keep/increase military spending. Makes sense: When people are without opportunity, more join the armed services, guaranteeing a steady stream of cannon fodder for the GOP's ongoing wars ...

    August 13, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    "We don't think the generals are giving us their true advice. We don't think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget," he said.
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    Is that how he plans to justify a massive increase in defense spending? We already spend $800 billion per year, which is most in the world by single country by a WIDE margin. China is number two at a mere $70 billion. IN fact, you can take the sum total of the top ten countries, and it adds up to only half of what the US spends each year.

    I thought the conservative mantra is to reign in "out of control spending". Controlling spending is not what Republicans want to do, folks.

    August 13, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @Howard: So 29 straight months of private sector employment; out of Iraq, getting out of Afghanistan, bin Laden dead, GM the top auto maker in the world; the Dow over 13,000; meaningful healthcare reform; endorsements from the likes of the co-founder of Costco, etc., etc., etc.

    You think none of this has been good for our country? You do realize, don't you, that the GOP is playing you for a fool, using your fear and hatred to get you to vote against your own self-interest, right?

    August 13, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. You People Aint Seeing Our Tax Returns

    I wish Ryan was in Congress during the era of unfunded wars and infinite tax cuts for the rich.

    August 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Gotta Be Kiddin

    ...Ryan's focus during his seven terms in Congress on balancing the federal budget and extolling the virtues of fiscal restraint seems to have also formed the center of his thinking on foreign policy issues, ...

    But he voted yes to every spending bill put in front of him until President Obama got in office! Research his record people – educate yourselves and don't believe the hogwash the Republicans are telling you. READ his budget plan! All of us now paying into Medicare will be given a voucher when it's our time to get Medicare and told to go and find our own insurance. If that's the case I think whether or not we pay into Medicare now should be our choice.

    August 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    " It's time for America to start making more decisions based on facts and evidence instead of purely ideological echo chamber nonsense."

    Oh, no, no, no! We must rely on our manipulated emotions and truthiness to carry us into the future! *sarcasm*

    August 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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