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

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. Bill

    I hope he does pick Ryan. It would be a gift to the democrats and will make beating Romney even easier.

    August 9, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |

    Paul Ryan might as well be Willard's running mate. Willard's embraced Ryan's budget as his own. They were made for each other. A vulture capitalist and a deciever.

    August 9, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. SafeJourney

    lol, yes please do pick Ryan for veep, I couldn't agree more

    August 9, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Thomas

    Please make this happen Mitt. The dems will enjoy the 50+ crowd who will have their pensions and social security obliterated by his "Ryan plan".

    August 9, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. jimPNW

    If it has the Bush tax cuts for the rich, screw the middle class, then you will not be an plus but a minus.If it guts the programs that the poor and unfortunate have to depend on in times, its a minus.If it holds to the T parties and Grovers way of thinking, then you do not have a chance.

    August 9, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "has won praise from many on the right for his budget plan which calls for major reform of Medicare,"

    has won praise from many in the 1% for his plutocracy plan which calls for REPEAL AND REPLACE of Medicare,


    Get with the truth.

    August 9, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Not surprising that the Wall Street Journal would pick Ryan. The Wall Street Journal is own by News Corp, a Rupert Murdoch controlled paper. The paper represents the interests of big business and the top 1% wealthiest Americans.

    August 9, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Working Mother

    How horrible would this be! The Cult of No Compassion! Do away with anything good about America! Wake up people! Romney is the WORST that could ever happen to this great country! HE WORSHIPS MONEY, PERIOD!

    August 9, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. BinaryTooth

    Wall Street!!!!! That's the 1% that screws us. Obama is the man that takes care of me and my family. He gives us dignity and nobody can look down on us for the goverment providing my family the money we desirve for food and housing. Obama, Thank you for making me feel proud again.

    August 9, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. anagram_kid

    Despite all the GOP obstruction and Cassandra-like predictions, the economy HAS improved since president Obama took office. The GOP had their chance and blew it.

    Obama 2012 – Forward!

    August 9, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    His idea of a budget disqualifies him from ever getting my vote. But I get the idea that the GOP has given up on ever getting my vote. Which is just as weel because that gives them one place to not waste money. They have convinced me: Governement is the problem" when they run it, is is.

    August 9, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. 23 from Texas

    Now there is a ticket I could get excited about! Paul Ryan Rocks!

    August 9, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Debbie

    Where a mans treasure is so is his heart. So where is Ryans money? Where is Romney's money? And Obama and Bidens? Where's the Wall Street Journals money? Since corporations are people too then where is their treasure so I can discern where their heart is.

    August 9, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. don

    America must listen to Wall Street. Just think of the great choices they have made in the past.

    August 9, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens said he would adopt the Ryan Plan if he is elected, so why not make paul you running buddy? Ryan is a part of the obstruction in the house, and he could then obstruct at a higher level. Why not add $5 trillion to our national debt in tax cuts for the wealthy, and have the poor and middle class pay for it?

    August 9, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Ryan would be a great choice. Nobody knows the government spending and debt disaster like he does. He's got SOLUTIONS whihc Obama and the Democrats do not. Their solution is keep doing what we're doing until the country is $50 TRILLION in debt and we are bankrupt. Then ALL programs come to a crashing halt.

    August 9, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. DIANA

    Please let it be Ryan. Once the country hears about his cutting Medicare benefits for the elderly among other things, the whole country will turn blue come November. Congress has one of the lowest approval ratings and he's one of the reasons why.

    August 9, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Chuk

    Nonesense. Ryan's plan will go nowhere; as long as it wants to gut social programs and leaves conservative cash cow intact. And if elected and they try to implement it, they will find out what obstructionism is about, just as they did to Democrats.

    August 9, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens will not be able to destroy social security and medicare if he does not have Ryan's help.

    August 9, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ryan is a student of Ayn Rand, which is polar opposite to the teachings of the Catholic Church. I think Paul will give in to the "me, me, me first" philosophy of the GOP.

    August 9, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Bristol

    I guess the WSJ has become an Obama backer. Ryan as vp is the greatest gift to Obama that Romney could make......unless he releases his tax returns. That would be even better.

    August 9, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Go ahead..put the guy whose plan is to gut pretty much everything in favor of tax cuts that overwhelmingly favor the rich, and give NO specifics on where the new revenue will come from.......VOILA!!!! Jobs galore in the fantasy-land of GOP trickle-down economics and budget balancing!!!......We dare you Flip.

    August 9, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. harvey 60

    Another privateer like Romney. Let's have the debate, Ryan. Vouchers for Medicare, privatize Social Security, drop taxes on the rich, consumption tax on everything so the middle class and the poor pay for the rich folk tax cuts. Let's see, the gasoline I bought this morning cost $3.55 a gallon – your plan raises the cost to $3.86, and I get nothing for it, other than a "voucher" for health care under Medicare. In addition, you'll tax me for my employer's health insurance contribution, nio doubt eliminate my deduction for mortgage interest, all in the name of no estate taxes for people like Romney who can perpetuate their money-laundering into future generations. Hope you get picked – I'm ready.

    August 9, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Logic N LA

    Please pick Paul! That should lock up the election for Obama! With his extreme record to go after, this would be the push Democrats will need to get to the polls.

    August 9, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Donkey Party

    By now, everyone knows what a complete disaster the Ryan plan would be, so please Willard, by all means, add another nail in your coffin.

    August 9, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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