October 11, 2012 |
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Vice President Joe Biden's tendency to veer off message, try out accents and dialects, and basically say whatever pops into his mind has made him an easy caricature to many Republican partisans. The very mention of his name at rallies for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, reliably evokes chuckling or, sometimes, hooting. Over the last 11 days, conversations with voters at GOP rallies have shown that they expect big things from Ryan on the debate stage Thursday night when the fresher-faced 42-year-old Ryan tangles with the more experienced 69-year-old Biden.
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 21, 2012 |
CARNEGIE, Penn. -- Rep. Paul Ryan offered a nostalgic revue of some of President Obama's greatest hits Tuesday -- at least, the statements by Obama that Republicans most want Americans to remember. "I'm a Catholic deer hunter," the Republican's presumptive vice presidential nominee told a roaring crowd outside Pittsburgh. "I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion. " That line was, of course, a reference to Obama's 2008 statement -- which he thought was off the record -- that when "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania," people whose communities have been battered by job losses "get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them.
August 10, 2012 |
NORFOLK, Va. - With the retired military battleship Wisconsin as a backdrop, Mitt Romney will announce Saturday that House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan will be his running mate, multiple news sources reported Friday night. Speculation had swirled around Ryan, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty for many weeks, but aides kept the decision under wraps, insisting that the former Massachusetts governor's supporters would be the first to know through a special smartphone app. Instead it was NBC News that broke the choice late Friday night on the eve of a bus tour that will cross some of the most important battleground states: Virginia, Florida and Ohio.
August 15, 2012 |
Paul Ryan really gets irritated about the way the federal government has driven the debt to new heights, trying to boost the economy with stimulus spending. But he's also of a mind that once the Bush and Obama administrations put the pork on the table, he wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't get some hunks for his Wisconsin constituents. The Boston Globe had one of those neat stories this week showing how politicians don't let the hobgoblin of consistency clutter up their minds or actions.
October 8, 2012 |
TOLEDO, Ohio -- What a difference a new unemployment report makes. Last week, after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report showing that the unemployment rate had dropped slightly, to 7.8% from about 8.1%, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were robbed of their ability to make a simple but powerful political point against President Obama, who said early in his first term that if he didn't fix the economy, “then there's going to be...
September 4, 2012 |
WESTLAKE, Ohio - With Mitt Romney lying low on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan pounded President Obama's economic record Tuesday and tried to blunt a new round of expected attacks on Romney's investment history. The Wisconsin congressman drew comparisons between Obama and former President Jimmy Carter at a lunchtime rally in a gymnasium in this Cleveland suburb. By a number of measures - unemployment, bankruptcies, delinquent mortgages - conditions are worse now, Ryan said, than they were when the last Democratic president lost a campaign for reelection in 1980.
August 29, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Call it the battle of budgets, brains and beer. Before Paul Ryan takes the stage at the Republican convention, and Americans are introduced to the architect of the GOP's austerity budget, his Democratic counterpart in the House offered another view Wednesday of Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland is among his party's best budget minds -- its answer to the brainy, wonkish Ryan, and just as affable as he wades through the weeds on deficits, debts and Medicare acutarials.
September 5, 2012 |
WOODSTOCK, Vt. - Republican vice president nominee Paul Ryan sharply criticized Democrats for removing a passage from their 2012 platform stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel - language that was part of the party document in 2008. “This is tragic,” Ryan said during a Wednesday morning appearance on "Fox & Friends. " "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Mitt Romney and I are very clear on this…. What is so tragic about this is that this is one of the few issues where the Republican Party and the Democratic Party agreed.” “Our two party platforms were emphatic about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, the issues surrounding the right of return, and Hamas," he said. The status of Jerusalem, which is the legal capital of Israel, is a central point of dispute in Israeli-Palestinian relations.
August 14, 2012 |
In Washington, it's called the “magic asterisk,” the fudge factor that policymakers use to make recalcitrant numbers come out as desired. Such devices often surface during budget discussions, when a convenient bit of legerdemain, usually accompanied by a promise to fill in the details later, often can get a lawmaker past a politically difficult choice. Rep. Paul D. Ryan's budget plan includes a massive example . In his case, the asterisk covers the heart of his budget.