August 13, 2012 |
Mitt Romney picking Paul D. Ryan as his running mate may have sparked new interest in his campaign and invigorated the Republican base, but more Americans than not have a less-than-stellar opinion of the Wisconsin congressman. A new USA Today/Gallup Poll found that 42% see Ryan as a “fair” or “poor” choice, compared with 39% who rate him as “pretty good” or “excellent.” The only vice presidential nominee who has polled worse following an introduction to the public is Dan Quayle, who in 1988 was seen as “fair” or “poor” by 52% of Americans.
August 29, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Just a few hours before Paul Ryan was to deliver his prime-time speech as the GOPvice presidential nominee, he met with fellow "cheeseheads" at a Wisconsin delegation event. "We just wanted to come by to say hi," Ryan told the audience as he took the stage with his wife, Janna. "We could smell the brats down the street. " A live polka band had been playing at the "Beer and Brats," according to the pool report, and Jimmy John's sandwiches and other foods were available at the celebration of all things Wisconsin as the delegates welcomed a favorite son. PHOTOS: Paul Ryan's past Ryan also checked out the convention hall where he would be giving his address -- and essentially introducing himself to the nation.
April 17, 2012 |
GOP leaders are advancing the House Republican budget and its proposed changes to Medicare despite opposition in the Democratic-led Senate by using used a relatively obscure procedural move -- tucking it alongside an unrelated bill that would allow the importation of trophy polar bears. In considering the sportsmen's hunting legislation, the House approved a provision Tuesday that essentially “deems” the budget from Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) passed, even though the blueprint with its tax breaks and cuts to domestic programs was dead on arrival in the Senate.
November 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Paul D. Ryan returned to Congress on Tuesday, his political star rising even if his political future remains uncertain. The Wisconsin congressman and GOP vice presidential nominee has dismissed talk of a 2016 presidential run, saying Americans are tired of politics, and he described the "shock" of losing on election night as a "foreign experience. " For now, he is retaking his perch on the House Budget Committee, the venue that launched him into the presidential campaign as Mitt Romney's running mate and which also produced the austerity blueprint that defines the Republican Party.
May 26, 2011 |
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday that he would sign off on Paul Ryan's controversial budget plan if elected president. Speaking to reporters in New Hampshire, Pawlenty emphasized, however, that he would offer his own fiscal blueprint in the coming campaign that would be different from the Wisconsin Republican's. "We'll have our own plan. But ... if I can't have that, and the bill came to my desk and I had to choose between signing or not Congressman Ryan's plan, of course I would sign it," he said, according to a transcript distributed by his campaign.
August 31, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Paul Ryan is already preparing for debate night -- the oratory showdown with Vice President Joe Biden that just might be the one to watch. After his soaring Republican convention speech, Ryan has been bragging a bit that as a congressman he is well-primed for the occasion. "I'm studying. I'm reading Joe Biden's speeches, reading Joe -- watching Joe Biden tape and just studying on all of the various issues," Ryan said during an interview from Tampa on CNN's "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer.
August 11, 2012 |
If you need an indicator of just how bold Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan was, consider CNN's poll from last year on the changes proposed by the Wisconsin congressman. Two months after the House passed the 2012 budget authored by Ryan - its centerpiece a controversial plan to reform Medicare, the healthcare plan for seniors - CNN found that 58% of Americans opposed the Republican plan and just 35% supported it. In the poll conducted in late May 2011 , about 50% of respondents said they feared the country would be worse off under the plan's Medicare changes.
September 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is headed back to Capitol Hill for the first time since becoming Mitt Romney's running mate -- to vote for a federal spending bill that does not employ his preferred way of budgeting. The GOP vice presidential nominee arrived Thursday in Washington as the House Democratic campaign chairman told reporters the Wisconsin congressman's ascent has been a "disaster" for GOP congressional campaigns. Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, is the architect of his party's austerity budget -- a blueprint for slashing federal spending and turning the Medicare health program for seniors into a voucher-like system.
March 19, 2012 |
Congress is heading into a busy stretch, returning this week to the themes that are driving the message: Jobs, healthcare and budget deficits. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday is expected to unveil his 2013 fiscal blueprint - - a do-over of last year's battle to substantially rein in federal spending, cut taxes and change Medicare. The GOP proposals are drawing fire from Democrats and within Republican ranks as conservatives want Ryan to cut deeper into federal spending and others are wary of straying too far from the budget levels agreed to in last summer's debt-ceiling accord.