August 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Republican running mates, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, agree on most major issues, but present a sharp contrast in background, temperament and outlook. Romney is a businessman who defines himself as a problem solver. His experience is executive, he prides himself on being data-driven and dispassionate about making decisions. He has switched positions on several major issues when that appeared politically necessary. He spent his career outside Washington and at key points in his life - particularly his early move to set up Bain Capital -- he carefully avoided excessive risk.
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.
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.
August 11, 2012 |
ASHLAND, Va. - Mitt Romney praised Paul Ryan's character and ability to work across the aisle, then said Democrats were combing through his new running mate's record because they are running a deeply divisive campaign that has denigrated the presidency. “I know that the Democrats are working very hard today. They're pulling out their books, they're looking at every vote, they're interviewing everybody in his neighborhood. They're not going to find anything but they're doing all that work.
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.
August 31, 2012 |
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are primarily known as political satirists, but on Thursday night they were both in fact-checker mode, marking up Paul Ryan's keynote speech with their metaphorical red pens. On “The Daily Show,” Stewart was struck by the contrast between Ryan's reputation as a policy-focused, “speaker of hard truths” and his speech, which, though well-delivered, was short on specfics and long on the whoppers. Stewart took Ryan -- a.k.a. “Chiseled Chin McNicey Face” -- to task for making misleading claims about Medicare funding and the failure of a proposed bipartisan debt commission.
August 15, 2012 |
It certainly hasn't taken long for the blue-eyed, smiling visage to be scrubbed off Paul Ryan's putative policy masterwork, a federal budget proposal that supposedly would cut the government deficit to a shadow of its former self, as if by magic. Within hours of the Wisconsin congressman's anointing as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate, the budget plan's salient features were being widely publicized: It would deliver a handsome tax cut to the richest Americans while eviscerating the programs and services the rest of the country depends on. These include healthcare services, banking and clean water regulations, road repair and education assistance.
August 29, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul D. Ryan is approaching the biggest moment of his career: his address to the Republican convention and a prime-time national television audience on Wednesday evening at 10 p.m. EDT. If early opinion soundings are correct, his presentation could help sharpen public impressions of the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman. When Americans are asked what single word best describes Ryan, the terms conservative, intelligent, good, unknown, and young get the most frequent responses.
October 16, 2012 |
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan is stirring up controversy with a photo-op at a Youngstown, Ohio, soup kitchen. Ryan, who spoke at a campaign event at nearby Youngstown State University on Saturday, stopped by a local soup kitchen without permission, according to the charity's president, and “did nothing” during his 15-minute stay. “They showed up there and they did not have permission,” Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, told CBS News . “They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.” “The photo-op they did wasn't even accurate.
March 30, 2012 |
Paul Ryan's rationale for endorsing Mitt Romney was much the same as the one Marco Rubio offered earlier this week: Bring the GOP infighting to a close and focus on the November battle to unseat President Obama. "I think this primary has been productive, I think it's been constructive up until now. I think it's made the candidates better. But I think we're entering a phase where it could be counterproductive if this drags on much longer," Ryan said on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" Friday morning.