What surprised Paul Ryan in VP run?
October 2nd, 2012
11:15 AM ET
2 years ago

What surprised Paul Ryan in VP run?

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan was no stranger to running for office when he was tapped in August to join the GOP presidential ticket.

But the vice presidential candidate said Tuesday morning that he is surprised by one of the differences between this run and his seven previous campaigns for Congress.

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"The security is probably more than I guess I expected," he said in an interview with the Wisconsin radio station WISN. "I never really gave much thought to that but it's a lot more than one would normally expect."

Ryan is accompanied by a Secret Service detail, as is Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The congressman said he finds the presidential campaign trail moves at "a very fast pace."

"If I'm not doing a town hall meeting, a rally or a finance event, I'm doing local TV," he said in the interview, noting that "I'm on an airplane two or three times a day on average and I do about three states a day on average."

On the personal side, Ryan is known for his focus on fitness, and said that despite the hectic campaign schedule, "I make sure I get my workout in."


Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Wisconsin
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  1. truth hurts

    REGinAZ - Obama raising taxes (for other than the very wealthy) is a hypothetical accusation by Romney-Ryan
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    Obamacare has 20 NEW taxes. That's what you get when you can't read a bill before you vote to pass it. Or is he going to blame those taxes on George Bush too?

    October 2, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    ryan/romney wants to tell the American people how they have a better way, without giving details. 'We can have it all', they say. Cut taxes increase military, balance the budget. Sounds just like George W. Bush, in 2000. All we got was tax cuts and large deficits.

    Let them run on their agenda: to get the tax cuts, and fix our economic issues, we must give up: ?? (WHAT?)

    TELL US, and let us decide if that is the choice we want. If future generations must give up Social Security and Medicare, under your agenda, say it and run on it.

    If broadening the tax base means many more lower income Americans will pay taxes, or higher taxes for low-medium income families, so that the rich (excuse me, JOB CREATORS) get hundreds of thousands in tax cuts, and pay no Capitol Gains or Inheritance Taxes, then tell the voters and let us make an honest, informed choice. If that is not how you manage to cut so much revenue for the wealthy then, tell us what 'mitt-magic' IS involved!!

    Our President has a record to run on, and when the Dems had control of the government (until Ted Kennedy's Senate seat went republican), the economy grew tremendously. We do need to broaden the tax base, and the wealthy do need to pay more, in order to pay down our debt and continue to build a great country. We need honest politicians to say so, and responsible voters to acknowledge that their is no free ride. You get what you pay for, and the USA is worth paying for. Tell your Congressman that.

    October 2, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Joe User

    What doesn't surprise me is CNN not covering The Obama Administration telling Defense contractors to disobey the WARN law and not give workers proper notice of possible layoffs. Sure it's the law but just ignore it and the taxpayers will pick up the court costs... anything to prevent lay off notices going out so close to Election Day!

    October 2, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. CTSadler

    Fact checkers: big surprise.

    October 2, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. 1twinsfan

    The constant fact checking would be my guess.

    October 2, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    Ryan is the poster boy for the new GOP, a career politician who insists that the size of government be reduced while he continues to draw a salary and benefits from very thing he wants to kill. He sends budgets and spending proposals that are based upon ideology, not reality.
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    Are you saying that the "non-budgets" of $1.4 Trillion annual deficits are "reality"? Okay... so go ahead, raise taxes on the "wealthy" (to the tune of $80 billion a year that Obama wants). Soooo, Tom... where does the other $1.32 Trillion to balance the budget come from? Hint – you can tax the "wealthy" at 90% and it won't even come close. Yeah... we have a spending problem, Tom... even if you won't admit it.
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    Of course we have a spending problem: its a pity the GOP took no notice of it until they could score political points on it. What we also have is a tax problem, since the GOP has poked so many holes in the tax code that the revenues are never what they should be. Anytime anyone proposed closing a loophole or ending a tax cut, the GOP screams that the economic engine is being strangled. Sorry, but the GOP record on taxes and spending does not even come close to the reality. The idea that the GOP is as pure as the driven snow on this subject is as laughable as the idea that Romney likes cheesy grits. I noticed that you also did not bother to responfd to my critique on Ryan, probably because you don't want to admit you agree with it. To ask an Ayn Rand devotee who has spent his entire adult life feeding at the government trough to tell us that he is going to cut government spending, well, its hypocrisy on an unbelieveable scale. Its disgusting, yet you keep on supporting it.

    October 2, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    Joe User - What doesn't surprise me is CNN not covering The Obama Administration telling Defense contractors to disobey the WARN law and not give workers proper notice of possible layoffs. Sure it's the law but just ignore it and the taxpayers will pick up the court costs... anything to prevent lay off notices going out so close to Election Day!
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    Yes, just another in the very long list of Obama administration lawlessness.

    And these companie shad better not be fools and fall for this bogus advice. As it is CONGRESS that allocates and spends money, I doubt they will be approving such expenditures to encourage this lawlessness. Does Obama think he can just takes and spend our tax money to foster and encourage illegal behavior? Obviosuly the answer is yes. THAT is the behavior of a union thug dictator, NOT a Presdient of the USA.

    October 2, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    The Real Tom Paine - What we also have is a tax problem,
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    Yes we do, when nearly have the people in this country pay NO federal income tax to help support the defense of this country. The tax free riders must start paying their fair share. Paying ZERO is not a fair share.

    October 2, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. bearced

    @ truth hurts
    Tell Walmart, Domino's and Staples to start paying a living wage so that my tax dollars do not support their employees. When they start doing that then we can consider tax cuts for the wealthy. The amount of people that pay no federal tax amounts to about 7%, their combined incomes would not equal Romney's.

    October 2, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Slash Rancid

    Still trying to convince the "conservatives" of their folly, I see. I think your time would be better spent on discussions about generating ideas for fixing the problems created by 30+ years of trickle down fallacy.

    There is a problem with "conservatives" and its an old problem. So quit trying to show them the ill of their ways, they can't see or understand it. And its not their fault.

    Hope this helps:

    so·ci·o·path
       [soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-] Show IPA
    noun Psychiatry .
    a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

    October 2, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. DENNA

    @truth hurts: You never bother to let facts get in the way of your President Obama bashing, huh? I think if you were ever confronted with facts that you could not lie your way out of, it would kill you. Get a freaking life already.

    October 2, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. CBR

    Wow! He is a little slow to recognize this. Perhaps he will listen to people who disagree with him on taxes and government spending. We need taxes to pay for the government. IT is our money that keeps him in D.C. How we get the money is the question. The tax code needs to be overhauled just because we are not all given equal treatment. The richer you are the more deductions you have and so you are better off. WE need a flat tax rate. Any provisions for deductions should apply to ALL taxpayers.

    Mr. Ryan would not agree because he is also a member of the 1%. There are people in the !% who disagree with the majority and want to see a fair and equitable tax code. Let's just be fair in what we collect and what we spend.

    October 2, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. tstorm92

    The only good thing about Paul Ryan running for VP is that his ticket is losing badly! And now he's behind in his own re-election back home in Wisconsin. May Ryan be standing in snow flurries in an unemployment line in Wisconsin SOON!

    October 2, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. tstorm92

    Goodbye Paul Ryan! Not only is the Romney ticket losing badly in the national election, Ryan is behind in his bid for re-election in Wisconsin. Let's hope Ryan is "unemployed" VERY soon!

    October 2, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Mindie in Indie

    Offshoring money in order to avoid taxes is not a fair share.

    October 2, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    The biggest change in two words: fact checking.

    BTW, Lyin' Ryan claims that it would "take too long" for him to explain the math in his budget proposal ... and in the next breath expects us to trust him and Mittens, even though the former is a proven liar and the latter is a flip-flopper. Riiiiight ....

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 2, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Mindie in Indie

    Yes Truth Hurts – the truth is certainly hurting Romney isn't it Truth Hurts?

    The majority of people know he's a liar and opportunist who at this point, is so frustrated and desperate to 'win' he says anything he thinks will apease us 'common folks'.

    He's going to have a hard time in the debates remembering what he's lied about.

    The Romneys have done more to divide this country than anyone with his 47%, her "you people" and her "chattering class" bottled blond botox bimbo billionaire ranting.

    NO BODY likes these two rich clowns.

    October 2, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    The Real Tom Paine – What we also have is a tax problem,
    ============================================

    Yes we do, when nearly have the people in this country pay NO federal income tax to help support the defense of this country. The tax free riders must start paying their fair share. Paying ZERO is not a fair share.
    ****************************************
    The idea for not taxing the poor came from Ronald Reagan. So you are essentially endorsing a tax increase on the poor, the people who would be most affected by a loss of disposeable income? I know its hard for you to grasp this, but how much of an impact would raising their taxes have if there is a corresponding decrease on taxes for the wealthy? Romney used" fees" in MA to raise money for the government that affected the working poor far more than the wealthy: do you want to kill consumer spending, when that's what drives the economy? The more people spend, the more the economy moves. I surprised you don't know about Reagan freeing up money for the poor to put into the real economy, and its ironic that a self-professed conservative would advocate a tax increase on those least able to pay for it in the name of "fairness". Be careful, you are beginning to sound like a leftie.

    October 2, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Mindie in Indie

    truth hurts
    Obamacare has 20 NEW taxes. That's what you get when you can't read a bill before you vote to pass it. Or is he going to blame those taxes on George Bush too?

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    The 20 new taxes you speak of are penalties for not complying with the law you fool.
    Good god no wonder you geniuses are so far behind.

    October 2, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @truth hurts: Here are the FACTS about President Obama and the WARN act from the Sept. 28 White House memorandum:

    The Labor Department “concluded that it is neither necessary nor appropriate for federal contractors to provide WARN Act notice to employees 60 days in advance of the potential sequestration.”

    Federal contractors are still free to tell their employees whatever they want. PERIOD. Once again, you righties are trying to create an issue where there isn't one. Anything to get folks to ignore Mittens' tape of him writing off half the country, right?

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 2, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. DENNA

    Love the GOPers on this thread defending the GOP. Seriously, you would think that we lived in a financial utopia before President Obama began his term as president. GOP policies, helped along by your boy W, put this country where it is but the GOP and their enabling supporters try to pretend it all started the day Barack Obama became president. Cute, really cute.

    October 2, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    If the GOP's policies actually worked, that'd be one thing. But all of the GOP's economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES.

    Prove me wrong, Munster ...!

    October 2, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. wgf

    One of the things I noticed about Ryan in the Chris Wallace interview is that he doesn't let reporters finish their questions. It's tremendously rude and presumptuous. In at least one case he missed the point of Wallace's question because he started talking before Wallace was done.

    He comes off as a sanctimonious know-it-all, who can't be bothered to fill us in with the details because, well, we're just not intelligent enough to understand him. We're just supposed accept that he's brilliant, despite a lack of any confirming evidence. I guess this passes with the tea party crowd. But if he can't explain it in detail, then how does he expect to implement it ?

    October 2, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Analytics

    Mr. Ryan the American people do want to see your math and we do have the time for you to explain it. There are those who may not understand it, but there are plenty who can and will. The devil's in the details – ask anyone who doesn't support Obamacare, we've heard that song for 3 years or so now...

    We got into the mess this nation has been dealing with because some slick talken' banker put the terms "Creative" and "Finance" together. I have a feeling you've done the same thing to get to your answer.

    BTW – I AM better off today than I was 4 years ago! – Thank you President Obama

    October 2, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. gar

    Obviously, Ryan did not expect his stupidity to show up so blatantly...

    October 2, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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