Wall Street Journal pushes Ryan for veep
August 9th, 2012
09:23 AM ET
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Wall Street Journal pushes Ryan for veep

Washington (CNN) - As it urged presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to be bold in his choice for a running mate, the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal – a major conservative voice - pushed him to choose House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.

Ryan, a seven-term House member from Wisconsin, has won praise from many on the right for his budget plan which calls for major reform of Medicare, and emphasizes the need to cut the federal deficit and proposes major tax reform.

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Saying it has nothing against the other possible contenders for the number two spot on the ticket - such as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty or Ohio Sen. Rob Portman - the Journal on Thursday called Ryan part of a "new generation of reformers" and said "against the advice of every Beltway bedwetter, he has put entitlement reform at the center of the public agenda – before it becomes a crisis that requires savage cuts."

While Democrats have criticized him for being reckless and risking the future of Medicare, the Journal praised Ryan for possessing "a larger vision that stresses tax reform for faster growth, spending restraint to prevent a Greek-like budget fate, and a Jack Kemp-like belief in opportunity for all."

Paul Ryan is planning to go to Colorado on Saturday for his family's annual camping trip, his office told CNN.

He is in northern Wisconsin Thursday campaigning for Rep. Sean Duffy. As he told reporters earlier this week, he will spend Friday in his hometown of Janesville preparing for the camping trip.

Both the Weekly Standard and National Review's Rich Lowry have in recent days urged Romney to tap Ryan, a 42-year-old who has an appealing life story of overcoming adversity after his dad died, going on to college and rising through the political ranks. Proponents argue he would provide a youthful addition to the Republican ticket, and is now well-practiced on the television circuit defending controversial positions.

Some political analysts have said choosing Ryan would harm Romney because it would put budget plan pushed by House Republicans front and center in the campaign.

The Journal argued a Ryan choice would help the Republicans because they need to be bold.

"The larger strategic point is that Mr. Romney's best chance for victory is to make this a big election over big issues," the Journal wrote. "Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to make this a small election over small things – Mitt's taxes, his wealth, Bain Capital. As the last two months have shown, Mr. Romney will lose that kind of election. To win, Mr. Romney and the Republicans have to rise above those smaller issues and cast the choice as one about the overall direction and future of the country."

While Ryan decided not to run for the Republican nomination this time, he refused in an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger last year to say he would not accept if asked to join the ticket.

He has refused recently to discuss the possibility of his being tapped, but told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that his budget plan and his proposals would not be a net negative in the election.

"I want that debate . . . I'm really eager to have that debate," Ryan told the paper. "That's what we're here for. The reason I want that debate is they have to falsify to make their claims (about his budget). They have no alternative, no solution. All they have is, 'Let's stick with status quo.'"

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Critical Thinking

    I agree with the wall street journal. I believe that the majority of people in this country are ready to have an adult discussion on how best to move forward. The struggle will be from the 47% of people who have no skin in the game, aka the non tax paying public. They don't want change and who can blame them. They get the benefits of living in the greatest country and not having to contribute one penny to it's success, talk about unfair. But the democrats have been trying to build this percentage for last couple of decades. Their strategy is to get the % of non paying tax payers over 55%, if they ever accomplish it, they will be in control for the future, or until the revenue providers pick up and leave, and they will leave because like in France, the % of taxes that the successful people will need to pay in order to keep the majority of people from not paying will become to high to accept and they will leave. This country must address these problems no and communicate to all that if you want to be part of this country you must be willing to contribute.

    August 9, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. sqeptiq

    If seniors (and near seniors) ever see the details of Ryan's plan for MedicaRE, that horse will be dead in it's tracks. Cut taxes for the wealthy and balance the budget on the backs of seniors...non-starter.

    August 9, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    From a conservative point of view, Ryan would be a good choice to keep Mitt Romney in line.
    From a liberal point of view, Ryan would be a good choice to keep Mitt Romney from winning.

    August 9, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Stuck_In_a_Blue_State

    Ryan would be a solid pick and somebody that could curtail Washington's reckless spending.

    August 9, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. king

    its hard to sit by and watch the rich and the powerful take the air ways and decide what i good for the average americans, while having soo much at stake, such as their polluting the earth and outsourcing american jobs to bypass expensive middle class wages for cheap third world countries slave wages. why do you think they want to get rid of unions and have free trade all over the globe mostly to third world countries. american wages will never compete with soo much people and 5 dollars an hour, no safety and labor laws, and workders who work on weekend for no extra pay. the repubs will have the gullibles thinks that this is all about patriotism, but from the time obama has taken the finance sector from total destruction to the most powerful the world have ever seen, these foks have skipped over human labor and opted for machines, robots, computer systems, and third world country slave workers. obama need the traditional trades of the american people, before mitten cut our education replace our trraditional trades with computers and machines, and use other countries like china who are educating their people constantly to take over our technical trade jobs.

    August 9, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    A Romney/ Ryan ticket would be a powerhouse of talent and capabilities that clearly would give all Americans confidence that positive change is coming. We can pull out of this rut and control our own future and there are better strategies than just tax increases. What does Obama/ Biden offer? Old school politics and more of what hasn't worked for the last 3 years. We know how that story goes and it's not something the middle class needs to suffer through forever. We can do better. We can solve these issues. But we need to change the things that aren't working now.

    August 9, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. zip

    Little Polly?? Another politician who was a millionaire the day he was born?? Does the GOP have anybody that knows what it's like to work??

    August 9, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Bert in UT

    Yeah Mitt, go all-in. Or maybe we don't need to know who your VP pick is, we just trust you.

    August 9, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. lyn

    Ryan is another example of the brain freeze cheese-heads in Wis. He cares nothing about anything except his party politics. The sooner he kills off SS and Medicare, the quicker seniors will do the patriotic thing and die, with the GOP taking credit for cleaning up the deficit.

    August 9, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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