Obama campaign: Ryan may be a 'drag' on Romney
August 16th, 2012
05:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama campaign: Ryan may be a 'drag' on Romney

Washington (CNN) - In a polling memo released by campaign pollster Joel Benenson on Thursday along with a related conference call, Team Obama tried to paint Rep. Paul Ryan as one of the worst vice presidential selections in recent history.

"This reflects something about Mitt Romney's decision making priorities and what he did was he tapped as a running mate the person who's been dubbed the leader of the most extreme wing of the Congressional Republicans," Benenson said on the call.


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    "In a polling memo released by campaign pollster Joel Benenson on Thursday along with a related conference call, Team Obama tried to paint Rep. Paul Ryan as one of the worst vice presidential selections in recent history. "

    "one of the worst vice presidential selections in recent history"?!?!?!?!?
    uhmmmm...that title rests squarely with Sarah Palin! Sarah Palin was poorly vetted, she is lightly educated and her family life is a scene from The Jerry Springer Show.
    The worst VP pick ever IS Sarah Palin.
    Calling Paul Ryan "one of the worst vice presidential selections in recent history" is insulting to my intelligence!

    August 16, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Pete

    Romney picked an extremist from the party of "NO", wait till debate time and you think you're not gonna be asked why you picked him when all political stratigist said he'd be the worst candidate for ya,great pick and everyone thought Palin was a joke!!!

    August 16, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Mike Texoma

    Beneson got it right. Ryan is not a fiscal conservative, he is the opposite – a radical.

    August 16, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. jim wilson

    Notice that ryans medicare plan isnt implied till after 2020. Hmmmm! There is a bottle and plenty of snake oil!

    August 16, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Team Obama tried to paint Rep. Paul Ryan as one of the worst vice presidential selections in recent history...
    This is precious. The Obama Administration just coming off the worst 3 1/2 year economic performance in American history trying to make a case against Paul Ryan. Hey! Y'all have Joe Biden. He's the guy who has done what, 15 victory laps around DC for the failed Stimulus experiment? Precious.

    August 16, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. ghost

    Mitt, show us your papers. We know you are a liar. So, your word is no longer good enough. Evrything you say must be backed-up with a hardcopy. Again, show us your papers!!!LIAR

    August 16, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Ryan/Romney Kill Medicare Team 2012

    Paul Ryan was a flop to change the subject on Mitt Romney's Bain and tax returns problems.
    Romney/Ryan = Vulture/Voucher Team 2012

    August 16, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Mary Ann

    First Palin and now Ryan,the GOP are not doing too well these last few years.Get rid of the teabaggers and they might do better.

    August 16, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Armando

    Ryan sound so dishonest and pretty limitted in his policy making. It seems like he sees nothing but himself.

    August 16, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. ca

    If the Demos think Ryan is a drag on the GOP then Biden Titanic anchor for the Demos

    August 16, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Lisa P

    I think Paul Ryan answers the problem that the Romney campaign wanted to solve, which is to reassure conservatives in general and to get Republican activists excited. I don't think he was ever going to be much help with moderates or independents, and the scrutiny of Ryan's claims to being an ideas guy, and of the ideas Ryan claims to espouse, will probably end up hurting Romney's chances of getting elected. Even now the Romney campaign would apparently prefer to go ballistic over a few words taken out of context than to actually discuss policy issues or put forward a detailed economic plan.

    August 16, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Lizzie

    Why, because he comes across smarter then VP Biden.

    August 16, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Chris

    Biden is the worst vp. 2008 95 percent blacks voted for obama no matter how much he lies and doesnt keep his promises and if he came out and said i am the the devil they will still vote for him because hes black but he is also half white. If u like the govt taking care of u and do everything for u then move to china. Under federal law all illegal immgrants should be out of here. But obamas breaking the law by letting them stay. If u want to come to this country legaly do like everyone else does by noy breaking the law. Keep voting for obama and his socail party and there want be america anymore

    August 16, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. THE truth

    I wonder what the obama campaign thinks of joe biden?

    August 16, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. cj1

    If Ryan is a drag on Romney then that means Biden is a drag on Obama

    August 16, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. beau

    The Ryan choice is EXCELLENT
    Ryan has the courage to challenge Big socialist government programs like Social Security and Medicare.
    Politicians have been deathly afraid to challenge senior citizens on Social Security and Medicare because they are such a powerful voting block
    But Senior Citizens have been feeding at the government trough for too long.
    It's time Seniors learned that nothing is "Free" and that WELFARE FOR THE ELDERLY is no different from welfare for the poor.
    American seniors are just going to have to learn to save their money and rely on themselves in their old age.
    It's time to end the two biggest socialist programs in the federal government....MEDICARE and SOCIAL SECURITY.
    And the Romney/Ryan team is the ones to do it.
    You are going to pay your way now old people, no more free lunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

    August 16, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It holds Romney more firmly to a doctorine that he was hoping to be lose on during the campaign. That could be the down side.

    August 16, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. E G30

    I love Paul Ryan. He's gonna help get Obama reelected. YES!!!!

    August 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. Namelib economist

    Maybe we need another Harding to put the last nail in the coffin and really send us into a real economic depression. Then supply side econ will go on the trash heep with communism forever. Anbody remember Vodoo Economics and who coined the term?

    August 16, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. Keeping It Real

    Worst VP in history? Hard to say given the past, but it's obvious that Biden is near the top of the list. How many times has Obama cringed when Biden has opened his mouth? The guy is a complete fool, and Obama, given the choice, would love a mulligan on that horrendous choice.

    August 16, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Dennis

    Obama should be looking for a new place in Chicago, he won't be in the White House much longer.

    August 16, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |