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 18, 2012 |
THE VILLAGES, Fla. -- It was Mother's Day in August, as Republican vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan deftly turned his 78-year-old mom into a campaign prop Saturday, weaving her into an escalating debate over Medicare and using her as a weapon to attack President Obama on the economy. Betty Ryan Douglas, a part-time Florida resident, made her 2012 presidential campaign debut when her son walked her onto an outdoor rally stage at Florida's largest retirement community. “This is my Mom, Betty. She's why I'm here.
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.
October 11, 2012 |
GOP vice presidential nominee Paul D. Ryan said it took President Obama two weeks to label the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans as “a terrorist attack.” In fact, Obama labeled the incident an “act of terror” during his remarks on Sept. 12 in the White House Rose Garden. “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” Obama said.
May 15, 2011 |
Presidential contender Newt Gingrich took a potshot Sunday at Republican House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s proposal to reform Medicare, becoming the most prominent Republican to distance himself from the plan. Ryan's proposal, which was passed by the GOP-controlled House in April, would have people 54 and younger choose from a list of coverage options and have Medicare make “premium-support payments” to the plan they chose. “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich scoffed in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press.
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 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.