August 29th, 2012
08:14 PM ET
8 years ago

'Gen Xer' Paul Ryan takes up GOP torch, makes case to young voters

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - For many Republicans of his era, Paul Ryan symbolizes an overdue change and call to the Reagan-era principles that appealed to many young voters in the 1980s and that the party hopes will attract a range of youthful support in November.

"As a fellow Gen Xer, I'm excited about him and it says a lot," said Dylan Glenn, a former Bush administration economic policy analyst who has been friends with Ryan, 42, for nearly two decades.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Paul Ryan • Republican National Convention
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  1. mike s

    I want to apologize for Paul Ryan represent us Gen xers. He represents total tools and the brain washed hitler youth who call themselves young Republicans. Real Republicans don't call this a Christian nation, because we know that not to be true (1 St amendment ) ...and keep telling blatant not fool yourselves and drink the koolaid! Real Republicans are Regan and Bush (41) not these jokers who hijacked a party that had the long standing remnant of being the party of inclusion, not secular seclusion and party purity
    Sorry I cannot sit back and let this party go to the looney rooms! I am not voting this time.....

    August 29, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. ChrisG

    Generation X here. NOT voting for Romney-Ryan

    August 29, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Yonni

    Ryan is young but his idea is from the 1950s or earlier years, there is no way he can relate to the new generation especially women, they have been free for a while now .

    August 29, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Fortinbras

    This guy is far too much of a Washington insider to be considered a true generation Xer.

    August 29, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. mig

    Ryan and Romney both refuse to show more than two years of tax returns.What are these guys hiding?

    August 29, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. travisc

    After repealing Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, 12 million jobs in hospice care and euthanasia facilities.

    August 29, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Torr

    RYAN: I am not on medicare but I know it is very good for seniors, and I for sure want it to be there by the time I am of age. Why do you have to change medicare to give more tax cut for billionaires??? It is just not fair? What kind of heart do you have?

    August 29, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Ryan's best bet is that young people are so selfish they have no concern for parents or grandparents needing Medicare and Social Security. These same young people must be absolutely confident of their ability to enter the world of the mega-rich – since the middle-class will get trashed. They also must be poorly educated with no understanding of the economic system, believing that trickle-down economics actually works although that has never been demonstrated – yet always promised. In short they need to be selfish, naive and under-educated to vote for the Ronmey/Ryan ticket. It would help if they had a little streak of racism and bigotry.

    They might also think about the war Romney is likely to start – we'll need the draft at this point and you can bet Romney's boys aren't going to be called... We'd need to reinstate the DRAFT!

    August 29, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. 200 ton hammer

    Income tax refunds don't lie for the middle-class families for almost the last
    four years.

    Obama/biden forward 2012

    August 29, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. barry

    At least Ryaan is trying to save Medicare for our seniors. President Obama atole $716 million from it to fund Obama Care.

    August 29, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. Squigman

    Some of the youth of today will be attracted to the republican philosophy. Many won't. The ones that buy in, are the ones that believe credit card debt is another form of investing. The ones that don't, are the ones that have furthered their education and can think for themselves. They have something inside their head, not loud mouths and overextended expectations of self worth.

    August 29, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    Paul Ryan to appeal to the GenX and the younger voter? Let me know how that works out for you.

    August 29, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. Nate W. VA

    No way. The major issue is that he is on the wrong side (GOP) of social issues. Youth are much more tolerant and supportive of issues such as gay rights, abortion, marijuana usage, etc. The youth is also loosing the major influence from religion, which is the basis of most of those conservative social perspectives. Not that having an open mind w/ religion is a bad thing. The one thing Ryan speaks about most is budget and defecits... and lets face it, kids really don't care. Thats the boring part of politics. Actually even if youth actually took the time to research it; they would see that the Ryan plan is faulty and has many unexplaied issues, ie defense spending and med cuts. Which leaves them with Obama, very down to earth, technology saavy, comedic; easily put: Obama is "hip". On top of it all, the conservative leaning youth were very attracted to Ron Paul (strangely enough). And at this point you see how the Ron P Revolution feels based on the actions at the convention. Loose, loose situation for youth appeal for the GOP.

    August 29, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    He does not deserve an ear we need some one who care of all like obama

    August 29, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Crismn

    I'm a genX isn't there any way we can send Mr. Ryan to the baby boomers were he's getting his ideas from? Definitely he's not representing the generation of REM an Nirvana!!!!

    August 29, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey


    August 29, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. mk1

    Young voters have a very clear choice to make. Vote Republican and vote to privatize SS and Medicare for you when you need it in the future. Give SS to Wall Street so they can make their billions and Medicare to the insurance companies so they can deny anybody they want coverage anytime they want, or charge exorbitant premiums. The past generation let corporations do away with pensions in favor of 401ks which also was a boon for Wall Street but how did those 401ks do five years ago and have you caught up yet? Republicans care little for working people and the middle class and how they win amazes me. They do take voters as fools and the voters never let them down.

    August 30, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  18. mk1

    Crismn, Ryan is not getting his ideas from us boomers. He is getting his ideas straight out of the conservative playbook written by Wall Street and the big insurance companies. He isn't touching us, he carefully leaves us in the current system hoping your generation will not think his plan through and run it through like the corporations did getting rid of pensions very quietly. It is time for your generation to stand up and say NO.

    August 30, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Generation X the most spoiled rotten generation of kids who thought they were so speciial and they deserve everything they get without work. That generation? Full of cretins (not everyone, of course) like this altar boy.
    If the youth vote goes to these two lying cheats they will be lucky to retire at 90! If they lived that long because without medical care you die earlier.

    August 30, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |