Ryan a better V.P. pick than Palin, top Iowa Republicans say
August 13th, 2012
04:11 PM ET
11 years ago

Ryan a better V.P. pick than Palin, top Iowa Republicans say

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Two of Iowa's top Republicans Monday praised Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate and said the 2012 GOP ticket is more impressive than the one that went down in defeat to Barack Obama four years ago.

"The Romney-Ryan ticket is stronger than the McCain-Palin ticket," said Iowa Rep. Steve King, one of the state's leading conservative voices and a longtime critic of Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican standard-bearer.

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"It's stronger because John McCain didn't speak to the heart of Americans," King said. "John McCain didn't deliver the kind of economic proposals that we are going to hear out of Romney and Ryan, that we have heard already. So it makes a big difference, I think. There is a real plan out there and there is real leadership out there. That's going to inspire people."

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad called Ryan "unflappable" and said the Wisconsin congressman is "absolutely" a better vice presidential pick than Sarah Palin was in 2008, though he quickly hedged his answer.

"I don't want to compare with anybody," he said, "I just want to say that I think he's a great choice, and as the American people get to see him they are going to be more and more impressed that he is a positive guy with new ideas and is the kind of leadership we need for America's future."

Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Sarah Palin • Steve King • Terry Branstad
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Mike

    That's not saying much. My parakeet would have been a better selection than Sarah Palin.

    August 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "...better pick..." Are the Republicans having secret celebrations over the fact that Romney picked someone who has at least appeared on Sunday talk shows before?

    August 13, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Mark in Seattle

    At long last even some from her own party are now admitting what is so very obvious.

    August 13, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Newsflash from top Iowa Republicans: nighttime is darker than daytime.

    Ever since W's reign of terror, and the unrelenting and mindless celebration of that American failure from the 'right', I have been left agahst at just how stupid modern humans can be.

    First Palin, now Ryan.....they are partying big time over at the DNC. At the cost of absolutely nothing to [D]s, the [R]s have shot themselves in the foot two elections in a row. [D]s couldn't buy better political advantage, if they had 10 Koch brothers feeding them endless streams of money.

    August 13, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Skae

    My dog would have been a better pick than Sara Palin. That decision was a real idiotic move on McCain's behalf. What was he really thinking?

    Now we still have to deal with her from the sidelines, not to mention her freakin daughter who thinks she is a celebrity. UGH.

    August 13, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Jim

    Ryan is a better pick than Palin is like saying a heart attack is better pick than cancer.

    August 13, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bat crap crazy Steve King should really shut up, or the tea baggers who think there is a commie hiding in every corner will think Steve has become a Maoist.

    August 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    Oh boy wait till Sarah hears about this and also John . They will both have plenty to say.

    August 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. California Gary

    Better than Palin you say? Man oh man........there is a ringing endorsement for you!

    August 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Firelight

    Well, they sure didn't mind using Gov. Palin to raise money off her a few weeks ago at their private fundraiser. So she is great when they want to use her for something but toss her aside and trash her when their done. What two-faced jerks. Iowans should be ashamed to have such men of low character representing them.

    August 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    HAHAHAHAhA...both of these guys are bigot nutjobs. All the reason you need to laugh at King and have no respect for him is look at the "terrorbabies" nonsense.

    August 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    as my kids love to say..."DUH!"

    August 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Faran

    Pretty sure most Americans have the same opinions, lols.....

    August 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Logic N LA

    Funny- they didn't say that when she was selected. They thought she was a perfect choice. When this ultra conservative frightens away the moderates, we will see what they say.

    August 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. v4865

    Be careful they eat their own.

    August 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Jon

    A VP pick is like choosing a business partner. Yes you can pick one that is pretty ... popular, smart, etc. But the President needs to pick a VP candiate that he/she can work with. Only the candidate knows what they want or need. I really tire of people second guessing John McCain. The truth is that John felt he made the right choice for him. If he has not changed his mind 4 years later, then who can argue with him.

    On the other had, the voters can choose to vote for the President because they support him, for the President because they support the VP, the president and VP because they support the team or vote for the preisdential candidate because they are casting a vote against the other candidate.

    But taht is the voter's choice. If you didn't like Palin .... ok then you chose to vote against her. Your choice. But stop critizing McCain, because he chose the candidate for VP that he thought was best for his Presidency.

    August 13, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. CT ROCKS

    The comments on this site are consistently ignorant. Why cant we call Paul Ryan what he is? The only politician from our generation to actually have the courage to speak about solutions to Americas most serious problems. Everyone else including BO have done nothing but placate political supporters. If you're under 55 and reading this WAKE THE HECK UP! If we dont start fixing this country we will be too weak to even help our own.

    August 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    And there they were when she was picked, running back and forth from whatever news media would have them, to tell us what a great game changer she was. A real American-Woman Hero.

    Having said that, it's hard to see what they hope to now accomplish by endorsing Paul Ryan. It's their credibility, you understand?

    August 13, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Count Kolob & his Ayn Rand (author of 'Selfishness is a Virtue') disciple Paul Ryan, have new safety net for the poor, sick & elderly called "Path to Puratory" in which you wait for the generic cure of what ailed you

    Uh, looks like Missy Lou has all the relevance of a used condom.

    August 13, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. MitWit

    Well, let's not set the bar too high!

    August 13, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Pete

    It's funny how it is when desperation sets in and the hypocrital republicans are showing it..Picking an Ayn Rand diciple in Ryan when everyone else said addios sucker is really funny,news shows were saying who's the worst case scenario for Romney and everyone said Ryan.Republicans have been historicly losers since before Hoover so why change the run now they had that nitwit in Bush.McCain with Palin stepped in and did a great job being trounced by then senator Obama ,Biden ticket,I see much the same on the horizon this time around as well!Republicans always pick clowns for presidents,why change it now!!

    August 13, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Jim Hahn

    Not saying much. Palin was only better than nobody at all. Ryan has more baggage than any other potential VP choice. He immediately allows Obama to tie him and Romney to the do nothing congress which is preventing business from moving forward. If businesses can't know what the future is, they don't hire. The future of the country is actually more determined by the Congress than the President. But with the Republicans in Congress saying no to compromise in any form, they have essentially shut the government down and thus prolonged the recovery, just in the name of politics.

    August 13, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. JackieS

    Hey GOP Establishment when are you going to stop beating Palin to a pulp? Palin bought incredible energy to that campaign, was a HUGE fundraiser for the party/ticket, and was able to engage the average voter in a way that they actually became activists. She's here, she's clear, get used to it!

    August 13, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |