Will Paul Ryan help or hurt the GOP ticket?

Romney 2012It’s official: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate, sealing the ticket for the November showdown with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Ryan, a seven-term congressman, gained national attention and widespread support among conservatives after championing  a major restructuring of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and trimming trillions in federal spending.

“I believe my record of getting things done in Congress will be a very helpful complement to Governor Romney’s executive and private sector success outside Washington,” Ryan said in a statement released by the Romney campaign Saturday.

According to Washington Insider blogger Jamie Dupree, the National Journal 2011 vote ratings for the U.S. House have Ryan as the 150th most conservative, 278th most liberal congressman.

The Obama campaign quickly knocked Romney’s choice, calling Ryan “the architect of the radical Republican House budget” and advocate of “budget-busting tax cuts.”

The selection comes as Republicans prepare for their national convention Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

Do you think Ryan’s selection will help or hurt the GOP ticket?

244 comments Add your comment

t

August 11th, 2012
9:31 am

Paul Ryan is the most serious and responsible politician in america. to actually learn about his ideas, go here and watch these short presentations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwv5EbxXSmE&feature=relmfu

T

August 11th, 2012
9:53 am

He is a TERRIBLE pick! God help us Republicans!

Brosephus™

August 11th, 2012
9:54 am

It’s too early to tell what Ryan’s selection will do for the GOP ticket. Solid conservatives will vote for the ticket and solid liberals won’t. Ryan’s pick won’t move that needle one millimeter either way. The debate will center around the economic ideas that the campaigns put forward from this point until November. I can see that this will become a negative campaign of epic proportions though.

t

August 11th, 2012
9:58 am

i’d like to mention also that Ryan has worked with Dem Senator Ron Wyden on a bipartisan tax reform plan. He is pragmatic and responsible. Independents should flock to him.

Mike Geigerman

August 11th, 2012
9:59 am

VP won’t move the dial.. Bet Mr. Ryan is serious man who cares and would be way better qualified to effectively run this country than our current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

GT

August 11th, 2012
10:00 am

How can he help except maybe in Wisconsin ,a swing state which he has never won a statewide election? He will harden up a vote that was already there, bridge the Tea Party with the society in the Republican Party, which would vote for Romney if he were the next Hitler over Obama, so what good will this do? Maybe the elites want this train wreck so they can take their own bite out of the Tea Party that has hijacked the Republican Party. Maybe they can get Obama to do their dirty work of exposing this impostor leaving their hands clean. In any case there will be moments like the Palin, Katie Couric interview that will make people drop their jaws. At the end of the day the GOP may learn a lesson this time and be better off, but this dog Ryan won’t hunt.

M

August 11th, 2012
10:02 am

While I agree that Paul Ryan is serious on the issues that he is passionate for, I don’t think he is the most responsible. This pick was obviously the ‘bold move’ one that Romney hopes that will cause his base to get charged over, never mind that most economists, even conservative ones, agree that the Ryan plan is very flawed.

M

August 11th, 2012
10:03 am

And no, independents won’t flock to him. They view him as wary as most people do, except those in Wisconsin.

Brosephus™

August 11th, 2012
10:04 am

i’d like to mention also that Ryan has worked with Dem Senator Ron Wyden on a bipartisan tax reform plan.

That doesn’t mean anything. Remember McCain-Feingold? McCain worked with a Democrat on campaign finance reform. McCain also had to tack to the right to keep the base happy. That alienated some independents. Romney/Ryan will have to follow that same path, which I think Romney has signaled he will do by selecting Ryan. There’s a growing group of independents who are tired of the extremes of both sides. Which ever candidate tacks too far from the center to appease their base will likely be the one on the losing end of the vote in November.

That’s just my view though.

M

August 11th, 2012
10:07 am

@Brosephus – Totally agree.

P

August 11th, 2012
10:13 am

Fabulous Pick!! He is articulate, knows the country’s finances inside and out! And can discuss them better than anyone in America. He is the same age as JFK was. He is self-made and above all, he tells it like it is.
And for those (of which there are apparently many) who are attracted only by “how cool is he?” Well, just look into those blue eyes. What a good looking, young family man with energy and charm. Obama, your match has arrived on the scene. Go Romney/ Ryan! Terrific morning in America! Such a breath of fresh air! When can I vote???

CPJ

August 11th, 2012
10:13 am

Romneyhood + Ryanhood = Rob from the poor and give to the rich. These 2 elitists double down on trickle-down economics. The same failed economic policies that have failed us for the last 30 years.

gkingii

August 11th, 2012
10:17 am

They make a good ticket. Both have actually offered real plans to solve real problems. If voters are responsible the Romney-Ryan team will win. Biggest problem?…Democrats will lie a lot and try to scare everybody. The democrats now in office want us all to be in a race to the bottom. Not my idea of America.

t

August 11th, 2012
10:18 am

@M, Ryan represents a moderate district. It voted for Obama, for instance. He has a history of wooing independents and moderate dems. He speaks clearly and straightforward, im optimistic

Nick Saban

August 11th, 2012
10:22 am

Great pick ! Bye Bye Socialists Liberals ! How anyone can vote for Obama just blows my mind ! FYI …Bye Bye Honey Badger !

SisterSarah

August 11th, 2012
10:22 am

No more stark of a contrast will be drawn now that Ryan is a part of the picture. The polls will now start to line up as they will for the election. Romney just sacrificed a nice piece of the Independent vote though, and definitely lost some of the senior citizen vote, seeing as how they will not want to hear anything about touching their Medicare and Social Security. He has also just energized the Democratic base. Expect Obama contributions to start to roll in more now.

Mark

August 11th, 2012
10:22 am

It doesn’t matter who the pick is, because it’s going to be

OBAMA ALL THE WAY!

OBAMA 2012!!!

Brosephus™

August 11th, 2012
10:24 am

One also has to consider the extra scrutiny that Romney’s economic plan will receive now that his VP selection is “The” GOP economic voice. There will be no more hiding behind vague suggestions and ideas. He’s going to have to lay out something that is specific enough for people to understand and for economists to be able to truthfully interpret. If not, this pick may be a nail in Romney’s coffin.

richard

August 11th, 2012
10:25 am

The Ryan plan ends ends medicare and turns health care for seniors into a voucher program costing me and my wife twelve thousand dollars a year to pay for tax cuts for the rich. We don’t have any idea how we can afford that since we are on a fixed income. I am sure the wealthy are giving each other high fives but the middle class is going to get screwed. (Remember Newt called it radical social engineering) And if you are already 65 don’t believe they wont cut your medicare as the Ryan guy is one slick wiesel who has no concern for seniors.

t

August 11th, 2012
10:25 am

@Sarah, are you aware nothing changes for those 55 and older? Are you aware that polls show people under 55 believe they are paying into programs that will not be in existence when it is time for them to collect? That is what the Ryan plan is about–saving medicare and social security for future generations.

GT

August 11th, 2012
10:26 am

The elephant in the room is these guys are not likable. There are people comparing Ryan to Reagan. What elected Reagan was this ability to communicate, neither of these GOP candidates have that ability and Romney is lead in his thinking, looking at his resume none of this thinking is how he would run a government, but he goes along with it to win. They truly just do not get it. You would think with all the money they spend someone could hire a people person that could explain the American people to Romney. They do not vote for cold stiff people unless they don’t have a choice. They do not feel their interest is at heart with Romney and wait to they get a load of Ryan who wants to nuke all benefits while keeping an army straining our economy. And mathmatically and accountability wise the Ryan plan works as well as traffic in Atlanta.

carlton

August 11th, 2012
10:28 am

Not so fast on Ryan losing the senior vote! Seniors have children and grandchildren. As stingy as they might be characterized, they won’t take money away from their families.

t

August 11th, 2012
10:28 am

ha. A liberal doesn’t like Paul Ryan. Shocker. Non-liberals will find him charming, like his moderate constituents do.

jeffrey

August 11th, 2012
10:31 am

Well at least he is a republican, still not sure about flip. But he is a bad pick because he is as short on details as flip. The only things either of these two have ever fully articulated is less taxes for the rich. Everything else they say lacks facts and a real plan.

A

August 11th, 2012
10:32 am

No change for this liberal. Obama-Biden 2012!

t

August 11th, 2012
10:32 am

another thing people forget is that Obama cut $700 from medicare to pay for Obamacare. That affects seniors currently! Ryan is fazing in reform 10 years or more, not just cutting medicare.

On Point

August 11th, 2012
10:32 am

I think it is a bold move by Romney. It could be a true game changer. Up to this point I (an Independent) would have voted Obama hands down. Until Romney define his plan economically I just could not give him my vote. If he and Ryan and come up with a good strategy that will get us out of this mess I will get on board.

Rob

August 11th, 2012
10:34 am

Seemed a lot like JFK during his speech. Liberals do not like him because he talks to the people like adults and like it or not, he will tell you the cold hard facts.

Summer Fresh

August 11th, 2012
10:35 am

People vote for the PRESIDENT…. not the VP. At least he’s more intelligent than the former half governor of Alaska. Wait, EVERYONE is more intelligent than that being.

CPJ

August 11th, 2012
10:38 am

Wait..During the annoucemnt Ryan just cited Romney’s Bain experience as his qualifications for POTUS ….I thought Romney just told everyone that his Bain experience was off limits? Come to think of it maybe he was just referring to his unreleased tax returns.

B. Thenet

August 11th, 2012
10:41 am

It is quite fun to see the conservatives tout the “fiscal conservative” policies of a man who voted for the unfunded Auto Bailout and the unfunded Stimulus package, two of Obama’s policies they intensely dislike.

This is a last gasp move by the Romney campaign that has seen their candidate fall further behind in the polls over the past month. He just picked the top policy wonk in a very unpopular do-nothing Congress, a man who from what I have seen has yet to pass any meaningful legislation since he joined the Congress.

The combination of “snubbing” Rubio along with the mere idea of modifying Medicare should cost Romney at least 2 more points in Florida.

Summer Fresh

August 11th, 2012
10:43 am

Anyone hear the music that was played when Romneyhood pranced off the Navy ship ? The theme from Air Force One with Harrison Ford. How trite and nauseating. Probably the only time he’s ever been on a military vessel. Luxury yachts typically aren’t gray. Oh well …… off to the Caymans !

Michael Turner

August 11th, 2012
10:43 am

Romney made a BIG mistake in chosing Paul Ryan. He has dealt the Democrats a great hand. The polls will reflect this pick soon.

GT

August 11th, 2012
10:44 am

Scare? Did I hear a GOP robot say that the Democrats are going to scare people to get votes? The Goldwater nuke the children party now calls out a scare alert? Man if it hadn’t been for 9/11 Bush would have been a one term president, didn’t even really win the first term and we wouldn’t have been in this economic mess. There are people our enemies in Iraq this morning waking up in our contributions to the infrastructure of that country, we attacked, destroyed and rebuildt much better because we were scared. Boy we showed them, shock and aw was the campaign slogan if I remember right. Scare probably has been copyrighted by the GOP and not for use by the Democrats in this rich entitled country of intellectual property that pay taxes in foreign lands if at all. Hell they invented scare and now are getting rich off of it. What a great country.

Brosephus™

August 11th, 2012
10:46 am

t @ 10:25

You’re right to a point. One thing I’ve learned in my time working for the fed government is that you can’t believe have of what you see and the other half of what you hear. There’s nothing in that plan that can’t be changed to add those 55 and up later on down the line.

SisterSarah

August 11th, 2012
10:49 am

@t and @Carlton

Let me first say that I am in my 40s, a professional, and fall under the 28% tax bracket. I am one of those people that you speak of. I am also an Independent voter. Let me also say that I have always personally viewed the “my children and my children’s children’s children” thing as BOGUS. In my 40 plus years on this earth I never recall EVER hearing that when it came to politics and economics. People never became SO concerned about their posterity until Obama was elected to office. It has all been a part of the narrative of “take our country back”. Quite honestly, I do not have time to worry about what the value of the dollar will be when I am rotting in my grave, with NO CONSCIOUSNESS whatsoever about what is taking place on the physical earth 157 years after I was birthed, or once my brain shuts down in death. The truth is, those who truly have faith and embrace the concept of a Higher power KNOW that all will work out and balance out, it always has and always will. Finally, as far as “saving medicare and social security for future generations.” How’s that been working out for the past 3 generations? It will be what it will be and Ryan’s platitudes will turn out to be just that. A larger truth – until the U.S. gets corruption and corporate dollars’ influence out of our government and electoral process it will continue to be what it will be.

ABC

August 11th, 2012
10:53 am

Paul Ryan is an extremist whose budget ambitions would undermine the social and economic infrastructure guaranteed by government that has made the U.S. economy premier in the world. Stop drinking the koolaid of the crazy “cut government” mentality. The two strongest economies in the word right now, China and Germany, are heavily government regulated. The koolaid drinkers will get what they want, namely the opportunity to idolize wealth to which they will never have access. Rich people will always be rich. Why are we so worried about their money? Look the at the reality of people like Mitt Romney who were born into privilege and then try to run on their “record as businessman.” It’s easy to be “successful” when it was handed to you and when it comes to you at the expense of middle-class people.

Cayce

August 11th, 2012
10:54 am

I don’t see how this helps him. Ryan has very extreme economic views and has been very vocal of his Ayn Rand philosophy. The rich are special and help each other and everyone else lives to support the rich. It’s certainly the direction the country is taking, but I can only imagine that it doesn’t sit well with most people. And he’s been clear he wants to dismantle social security and medicare. You can spin it all you want, but that’s a big part of his message.

CPJ

August 11th, 2012
11:00 am

@SisterSarah 10:49a: Very well said. The corrupting influence of so much money flowing into our election process is what destroys my trust in gov’t. It seems the system is rigged just like system on Wall Street is rigged. Sad

GT

August 11th, 2012
11:01 am

SisterSarah is dead on about corruption and corporate influence. When we send food to a third world country quiet often it is intercepted by an element of profiteers and the food never gets to the intended source who then starve to death. America talks the talk and put God into the right wing, probably another intellectual property claimed and registered by the right, but their actions are like the profiteers in the Temple and today in third world countries. Until we get this boot off our necks we will never fix this problem. The right want to take it to the grass roots ,federalism, our last vote this month told the world what Georgia really thinks of its local government. Like Obama says Romney won’t fix the problem he is the problem along with a party of corruption that has bought this country right out from under us.

UGA ECONOMICS MAJOR

August 11th, 2012
11:02 am

it doesnt make a difference who mittens pick ..bottom line ..TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS HAS NOT WORKED WILL NOT WORK AND HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SLOW DEMISE OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS..PLEASE REPUBLICANS WAKE UP ITS 2012 IN THIS WORLD BASED ECONOMY DIFFERENT YEAR STILL SAME OLD TIRED TACTICS THATS BEEN TRIED AND FAILED…OUR PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA REMAIN THE BEST CHOICE AS MITTENS LACK EXPERIENCE..BOTH ECONOMICALLY AND NO FORIEGN EXPERIENCE…I HAVE TRAVELED THE WORLD OUR PRESIDENT IS LOVED LIKE A ROCK STAR AND THIS COUNTRY IS RESPECTED AROUND THE GLOBE AGAIN…MEANWHILE MITT THE TWITT MADE AN A$$ OF HIMSELF ACROSS THE POND AND ANGERED TONS…PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA 2012 NO DOUBT GOOD FOR AMERICA..MITTENS IS PART OF THE PROBLEM NOT THE SOLUTION

Jennie Mae

August 11th, 2012
11:06 am

I was hoping for someone I could get excited about because I am not a huge fan of Mitt….still no excitement. I suppose anything is better then Obama.

Bonnie

August 11th, 2012
11:09 am

Maybe Ryan will have more gumption to address Obama’s shortcomings and lies. Romney’s people need to step up to the plate and blast his accusations and make several of their own. Somebody needs to pull the plug on these negative lies Obama’s campaign is putting out but then maybe it’s guilty conscience.

UGA ECONOMICS MAJOR

August 11th, 2012
11:09 am

JENNIE MAE..I HOPE YOUR VERY,VERY WEALTHY..CAUSE IF YOUR NOT..A VOTE FOR MITTENS IS VOTING YOUR INTEREST AWAY

Independent voter

August 11th, 2012
11:10 am

it’s a GREAT choice for the country… IF the libs and independents can understand economcs… free market capitalism… small business… real job creation… work ethic.. save and invest.. and PAY TAXES… personal responsibility folks… we can’t all be on welfare.. disability.. public labor unions working for the Gov’t.

Cya

August 11th, 2012
11:10 am

All you need to know about this guy is written across the pages of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. A book that celebrates greed and blasts religion. Ryan has said more than once “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” You up for that GOP? You ready to vote for a guy who thinks your religion is evil because it advocates care for the poor and downtrodden?

Jack

August 11th, 2012
11:11 am

Try selling this in Florida with all the seniors. Try selling this to hispanics after passing over Rubio.

Independent voter

August 11th, 2012
11:12 am

Obama’s campaign is all about class warfare… negative ads… after all he has no record to run on… NOW we really do need CHANGE !!!

Brosephus™

August 11th, 2012
11:12 am

Somebody needs to pull the plug on these negative lies Obama’s campaign is putting out but then maybe it’s guilty conscience.

I, for one, would greatly appreciate it if both campaigns quit with the negative lies. Too bad that the party faithful eat that crap up. One of the signs of a healthy market is when demand for something is met with ample supply.

Not Your Typical Atlantan

August 11th, 2012
11:14 am

Wont move the needle at all. Romney needs to be more transparent with what happened with Bain Capital and offshore bank accounts to stop the evasiveness. We vote for the President which runs the Country not the VP-
All Romney has done up to this point is issued a counter response to the decisions the President has initiated but never offers a specific solution to what he would have done differently/better-
I’ve also noticed the total absecne of the Bush/Cheney presence during the GOP campaign i guess to avoid reminding us how badly they tanked our country-
God help us, we the GOP!