August 14th, 2012
02:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Paul Ryan's Gen X sensibilities an asset

Washington (CNN) - Republican vice-presidential hopeful and conservative star Paul Ryan kicks back with locally brewed beers while listening to '90s-era grunge music. He's the first member of Generation X to be named to a major party ticket.

Ryan's up-by-your-bootstraps personality doesn't exactly match the ennui expressed by the grunge bands of his youth - he was voted "biggest brown-noser" in high school, after all. But his economic and political perspectives, like those of many of his generation, were formed in part by the fiscally conservative Reaganomics principles of his childhood and the stark realities of entering a post-college job market during the 1990s recession and dot-com boom and bust.


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  1. Al-NY,NY

    this picture looks like a tickle party....

    August 14, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Age wise Paul Ryan might be generation X, but culturally and socially he's not. Generation X liked to watch MTV, not the Grand Old Opry and "The 700 Club."

    August 14, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hey, what is going on there? Get a room you two.

    August 14, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Kevin in Atlanta

    That's the weirdest game of "grab-ass" I've ever seen...

    August 14, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I wonder how many times Ryan cheated in school, somebody out there knows.

    August 14, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Many Gen X'ers are smarter than that.

    August 14, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Ryan's up-by-your-bootstraps personality doesn't exactly match the ennui expressed by the grunge bands of his youth"

    Perhaps the Paul Ryan's and Mitt Romney's of the world were able to birth themselves, change their own diapers, feed and cloth themselves in an up-by-your-bootstrap-fantasy-land talking point kinda way - indeed, more power to them that they were so truly self sufficient - rest assured that the majority of us have had a great deal of societal help along the way, all of which I am absolutely grateful for having had.

    August 14, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |

    I don't consider you Generation X if you were born before 1975. Rep. Aaron Schock(R) from Illinois, now he's actually from Generation X.

    August 14, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    Ryan is no more GenX than I am. My oldest kid is GenX and he's way younger than Ryan, but nowhere near as brainwashed by ideology as Ryan is.

    August 14, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |