September 21, 2012 |
Paul Ryan, like his much older running mate, is in fine fettle and physically capable of carrying out the duties required of the vice president of the United States, according to the attending physician of the United States Congress, who has been examining the Wisconsin congressman since he was first elected to national office at age 28. Still, the 42-year-old fitness buff, who has said his biggest vice is his two-cups-a-day coffee habit, is...
September 10, 2012 |
Neither side in the contentious presidential race has been immune to spinning reality in its direction, but it is the Republican vice presidential nominee - Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin - who seems particularly averse to admitting when the facts don't line up the way he wants them to. The Atlantic's James Fallows suggested in an essay over the weekend a couple of reasons why Ryan has taken such a flogging in the media for offering “selectively...
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 23, 2012 |
WATERFORD, Mich. - Expanding his attack on President Obama's welfare policies, Rep. Paul D. Ryan charged Thursday that Obama "just wants to do away" with the work requirements mandated by a law President Clinton signed in 1996. "President Obama passed this new waiver the other day to strip out all the welfare reform work requirements," Ryan said at a fundraiser in Springfield, Mo., repeating a dubious claim that he and Mitt Romney have made for...
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.
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 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...