The Romney-Ryan Ticket Unveiled in Virginia

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Republican presidential candidate, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) wave as Ryan is announced as his running mate aboard the USS Wisconsin Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va.

Norfolk, Virginia

The jumbled knot of loyalists arrived early at the U.S.S. Wisconsin, toting signs and chanting slogans as they trudged toward the ship’s wooden gangplank to catch a glimpse of Mitt Romney’s new No. 2. When the Republican nominee introduced Paul Ryan, a cheer went up from the spirited crowd. As he clambered up to the simple wooden podium to the theme from the movie Air Force One, Ryan paused to soak in the moment. “Wow,” he said, marveling as the audience applauded, the World War-era battleship named for his home state rising behind him under a gunmetal sky.

Which may have been the thought on everyone’s minds. Romney shook up the presidential race Saturday morning with a single stroke, tapping the architect of the Republican Party’s most audacious–and controversial–fiscal policies to fill out the GOP ticket. It was a chancy play by a cautious candidate, one that could infuse a nasty and tedious race with fresh life and new import.

It may also signify an overhaul of the Romney camp’s theory of the presidential race. For more than a year, Romney has framed the contest as a referendum on a failing president. Now he has made it a choice between two sharply different governing philosophies, and he touted his new running mate as “an intellectual leader of the Republican Party” with a distinct vision for the nation’s future. Ryan “has never been content to simply curse the darkness,” Romney said, speaking to a crowd of some 2,500 in this southern Virginia port city. “He’d rather light candles.”Ryan, 42, is a seven-term Congressman who represents a swing district in southern Wisconsin. He is the chair of the House Budget Committee, a perch from which he has played a pivotal role in shaping Republican policy on deficit reduction and entitlement reform. Ryan is best known for his “road map” for balancing the federal budget, which prescribes deep cuts to social programs. Ryan is a proponent of privatizing Social Security, turning Medicaid into a block-grant system administered by the states, and transforming Medicare into a voucher system to purchase private insurance. Though he cast a series of budget-busting votes during the Bush Administration – including for TARP, Medicare Part D, massive tax cuts and the Iraq War – Ryan’s meteoric rise within the party in recent years has been fueled by his reputation as a budget hawk who, like Romney, enjoys digging through data.

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In some ways the similarities end there. The patrician GOP presidential nominee, 65, has chosen an earnest and youthful Catholic with Rust Belt appeal and an ability to articulate controversial policy in plainspoken language to middle class voters. The duo have dramatically different backgrounds. Romney has run as a corporate turnaround specialist who disdains Washington. Ryan has spent nearly his entire professional life in the capital, rising from Senate aide and think-tank staffer to one of the party’s intellectual figureheads. He is the first vice-presidential nominee to hail directly from the House in decades. And while he’s a familiar figure on the national stage — often elevated not by Republicans but rather Democrats, who have harnessed is budget blueprint for political benefit — he has no foreign policy or executive experience.

Supporters in Norfolk predicted the pick would energize fiscal hawks and Tea Party activists, many of whom harbor lingering suspicions about Romney but perceive in the selection a commitment to govern as a conservative. “It will unite conservatives, libertarians and others around this ticket,” says Marie Kessler, a Norfolk student lingering at the edges of the rally. Ryan, who had been urged by leading conservatives to leap into the race himself, is a favorite of party bigwigs and grassroots activists alike.

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His selection invites an onslaught of attacks from Democrats, who have pounded Republicans over Ryan’s budget since it became the party’s blueprint. Obama himself has used Ryan as a foil throughout his administration, seizing on the Badger State Congressman’s budget to argue that the GOP’s fiscal policies disproportionately benefit the wealthy. “It is thinly veiled Social Darwinism,” Obama said of the Ryan budget plan in April. “It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it – a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the middle class.”

Romney embraced Ryan’s budget during the Republican primaries. Now – perhaps knowing that he would be forced to defend the doctrine anyway — he has made it a central focus of the campaign, even if, as aides signaled, he does not intend to embrace every detail. Ryan, who has complained in the past about opponents who “demagogue” his positions, said in Norfolk that he welcomed a frank discussion about the nation’s future. “They are more worried about their next election than they are about the next generation,” Ryan said of Democrats. “We won’t duck the tough issues. We will lead. We won’t blame others. We will take responsibility. And we won’t replace our founding principles; we will reapply them. We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice.”

Word of the pick broke late Friday night, just hours before Romney was set to kick off a a four-day bus tour through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio, a quartet of battleground states that will determine the winner in November. His campaign formally confirmed the choice Saturday morning with press release announcing the second half of “America’s Comeback Team.” Almost immediately, the Obama campaign released a video labeling Ryan “the mastermind” behind the “extreme” Republican budget. “They’ll drag him through the mud. It’s going to come,” says David Jones, a Norfolk technical analyst who gushed about Ryan. “But they would have attacked anyone full force.”

That battle can wait; on Saturday morning, Republicans were brimming with enthusiasm. The modest but jubilant crowd of some 2,500 chanted Romney’s name as he took the stage, and broke into raucous cheers when he announced Ryan as his pick. Romney recovered quickly from an awkward moment when he mistakenly introduced Ryan as “the next president of the United States.”

“Every now and then I’ve been known to make a mistake,” Romney said, smiling. “I did not make a mistake with this guy.”

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AThoughtfulObserver
AThoughtfulObserver

Corporations and Private Equity: Finding legal ways to do illegal things.

AThoughtfulObserver
AThoughtfulObserver

Corporations and Private Equity: Finding legal ways to do illegal things.

BiillWeston
BiillWeston

One of today’s headlines stated Ryan is the antithesis to

Romney.  HARDLY.

 

Ryan flip-flops as shamelessly as Romney.  For example, Ryan claims to be the poster boy

for budget balancing now, but he voted for every budget-busting Republican bill

from 2000 to 2008.  And his current determination

to extend Bush tax cuts for the rich would increase the budget disparity by $3

trillion over the next ten years.

 

Along with the entire coterie of Republican legislators,

Ryan signed the “Grover Pledge” to not raise taxes.  The last time such a pledge of obedience to

one man was when the German government

swore to obey Adolph Hitler.   

 

A puerile Ayn Rand worshiper influenced by  “Atlas Shrugged,” heavy-handed illogical propaganda

that promotes selfish greed and a skeleton government powerless to regulate

financial fraud as the best way to build and maintain a nation.    Ryan

said: "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. I grew up reading Ayn

Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are,

and what my beliefs are.  It's inspired

me so much that it's required reading in my office for all my interns and my

staff.”  Ironically, this heroine of fanatically

Catholic Ryan was an atheist.

 

Ryan is about as honestly intellectual as Romney.  Romney repeated one of his perpetual lies at

his Bush-like militarily glorified announcement of appointing Ryan:  Mitt repeated the fraudulently edited “quote”

from Obama about businessmen not producing their success alone—a statement that

 in context actually praised businessmen.

 

 

Ryan’s plan would abolish the corporate income tax, interest

tax and dividend tax.  Yet thirty giant

corporations didn’t pay any income tax last year.  With deductions, others paid less than their

workers.

There is no logical reason why interest and dividends

should not be taxed the same as that earned by work.  No estate tax would result in a few dynasties

ruling all of America. For example, only seven Walton heirs own more wealth

than the bottom 45% of Americans combined. The top 10% own 80% of the wealth.    

 

The death of Ryan’s father provided him with Social

Security benefits until his 18th birthday, which he used to pay for his

education at Miami University of Ohio. 

He claims the experience made him appreciative of SS, but his plan calls

for privatizing Social Security (which will make mega-rich stock market

gamblers even richer and probably destroy many seniors’ retirement).   His Medicare

plan calls for a voucher program that will benefit “competitive” for-profit

health insurers yet inevitably become insufficient to cover rising health costs.

 (Competitive $28 million-a-year CEOs of private

health insurance have an uncanny ability to simultaneously increase premiums.) 

 

Ryan rejects government help for youths crippled with

outrageous private student loans and extending unemployment insurance. Ryan’s

great-grandfather founded the Ryan Incorporated Central construction business,

but Paul never held a non-political job.  Yet, like Ayn Rand and Romney, Ryan implies

that millions of people with no inherited opportunity for employment are too

lazy to work and should receive insufficient government aid—an absurd or

atrocious  way to establish a Final

Solution to eradicate poverty.

 

No doubt Ryan is educated, intelligent, energetic, ambitious.

 And eager to please plutocrats like the

Koch brothers who bribe congressmen and fund the ill-informed or gullible Tea

Partiers.  But, logical consideration

concludes that the only good thing about Ryan’s VP candidacy is it may remove

him from the House.

 

To the thoughtless bigots to whom this comment may

read:  I happen to be in Mexico now, but

I am a responsible American citizen who files federal and state income returns.

 

Richard Giles
Richard Giles

“Paul Ryan is Romney’s choice” as Romney seeks to appease the ultra-conservatives and tries to gain creditable focus on the economy.  Ryan is the House Budget Committee Chairman and the architect of the Republican budget that restructures Medicare and concentrates on taking more from the middle-class and to further penalize the poor, while giving the very wealthy less taxes and more considerations - all rationalized as being “conservative”.  Saying “big government” is at fault and it is the cause of our problems is actually deceptive and an intentional distraction.  Reducing government spending and the deficit are important goals but they aren’t what caused our problems and focusing only there won’t solve our problems.  What really caused the problems is permissive, co-responsible politicians catering to “the money”, their strong supporters, who exploited their advantages and who with run-away greed, gross dishonesty and self-indulgence caused repeated crises in savings and loans, banks, dot.coms, manufacturing, the mortgage, investment and financial industries, as well as corporate corruption (like Enron) and with industrywide failures, always with “the few” taking enormous gains and leaving the costs and lost jobs to the majority.  Ryan, Romney and the Republican / Tea Party are owned and controlled by “the money” and their focus on serving the 1% will not ever help the 99%.

paulejb
paulejb

Team Obama seems upset over Ryan pick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

3xfire3
3xfire3

paulejb,

How did you get that video of the Obama Chicago Campaign headqurters?

That's an amazing video of Axelrod and his team.

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

Ladies and gentlemen, need we say more? paulie is orgasmic. If the far right likes Ryan, no one else will.

Good luck, paulie, your team just lost the Presidency, but maybe you'll pick up a few more Southern seats in the house. Hope that's a comfort.

paulejb
paulejb

MomentoMori,

Whistling past the graveyard, are we, Mori? Paul Ryan will make Joe Biden look like an even bigger simp than Sarah did.

Barry's a goner.

3xfire3
3xfire3

Dan,

"Biden actually is, and always has been a very effective speaker and will handle this Tea Prty ultra-right winger with no problem."

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,

Joe Biden? Ha, ha, ha, You're kidding right? Old foot in the mouth Biden?

You must be very young to be so ignorant.

Dan5404
Dan5404

Biden  actually is, and always has been a very effective speaker and will handle this Tea Prty ultra-right winger with no problem.

paulejb
paulejb

The Democrat racial arsonists are already stoking the fire.

"Congresswoman Donna Christensen: ‘Are there black people in Virginia? Guess not with Romney Ryan!’ "

http://twitchy.com/2012/08/11/... 

The fear and rage among left wing extremists is palpable.

3xfire3
3xfire3

"Congresswoman Donna Christensen: ‘Are there black people in Virginia? Guess not with Romney Ryan!’ "

What does Congresswoman Christensen expect when  99% of blacks are blindly voting for Obama because of his color.

She a little bit hypocritical.

paulejb
paulejb

"Rasmussen: Ryan favorability 39/25, 52/29 among … seniors"

http://hotair.com/archives/201... 

The old folks know that's it's Bambi who is ripping off Medicare to the tune of $700 billion to fund ObamaCare.

3xfire3
3xfire3

Ryan's favorability 39% unfavorable 25%, no opinion 36%

That means of the people who actually have an opinion Ryan's

Favorables are actually 62%

Unfavorables are 38%

That compares to Obama on RCP

Favorables  49%

Unfavorables  44%

Wow Ryan's favorables are 13% higher than Obama's

 

paulejb
paulejb

And so it begins:

"National Review's Rich Lowry Destroys MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Meet the Press"

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/n... 

Bambi is savaging Medicare and liberals can't defend it.

paulejb
paulejb

Can't wait to see Paul Ryan debate "Gaffe a Minute" Biden. Ol' Joe's hair plugs just may pop.

As Joe himself will tell you "this is a big f***ing deal!"

Darrel K.Ratliff
Darrel K.Ratliff

  

The only thing missing from the  scene was the big banner on the ship " Mission Accomplished"  That's the Republican way  to  win   claim it  long before the election..  and strut around like the  Rooster in the hen house..  Wasn't true for the Bush years and Not true today. The battle hasn't even started for  the Wealth engine that cant help the middle class  to get work and what work they can get  the plan is to tax  additional  two grand   for Middle class while the  Investment class gets a free ride on Middle class tax Payments..  that s an entitlement program for the wealthy   They tried that in Biblical days   when the King had no more room to store grain they said build bigger  storage    while the folks that labored  starved for need of grain Thats Ryan's plan for your increase..   While Ryan's life story is a sad  one  that ended in  personal success  but I wonder what would have happened to his education,  if the Social Security Survivor benefit had been cut out for his family  and him personalty  when he as a 16 year old  suffered at the death of his young  Father

3xfire3
3xfire3

Paul Ryan is a great American. We are fortunate to have citizens of his high moral caliber willing to serve in our government.

He is a very honest person in contrast to Joe Biden and Barack Obama who say anything and do anything to help them get re-elected.

He has had the courage to offer ideas and possible solutions to the very major problems we face as a country. Obama/Biden and other Democrats and their supporters who attempt to demonize this very honest and sincere man only show how low caliber they are and that they will lie to promote their own agenda.

The new Democratic motto seems to be "The end justifies the Means". Total dishonesty and anything else is OK if it furthers their agenda.

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

See? This is what I mean: Ryan got picked to fire up the far right base. 3x is almost embarrassingly ecstatic.

That's why Romney picked someone who who has a 69% approval rating with Republicans, and a 39% approval rating overall. And that's Rasmussen's numbers, which means he's likely doing worse. They've given up on Romney and they're focusing on Congressional and state elections.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

I thought 3x would have a sad because he was nearly as enamoured with Rubio as he is with Romney. Seems to be able to shift that crush quickly.

BTW saw on Twitter this morning that the Republicans have not won the White House without a Bush or Nixon on the ticket since Hoover in '28.

outsider2011
outsider2011

 I'm on 3x - but you were giving 5-1 odds.

Are you backing off of that?

You can choose the 5-1, state, electoral votes, general election - anything you like.

You want to make it a year? I"m good.

But you have to live by your odds.

5-1.

I'm game - are you?

Anything other than Romney winning 5-1 and you go away for a year.

if Romney wins 5-1, i'll do it.

if you're suddenly squeamish about your odds, we can just say a straight win vs win  - but then a year is a bit long. I don't think it's a service to either side.

But we can up it from a month. Let me know. I'm very agreeable, because i know you'll honor it.

3xfire3
3xfire3

outsider,

How about this bet. If my team wins your off the samp for a year. If your team wins I'm off for a year.Do you have the confinece to bet?

outsider2011
outsider2011

 3x knows it is over. He's just talking out of his a$s.

He and Paulie both.

3x offers the bet, i accept - he doesn't. Offered it to Paulie too. All talk. No conviction.

Knows it's over.

I liked redstates post about the romneycare/aca comment.

This just compounded it.

Finished the week off the way it started. Causing problems for the GOP

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

OMG-----I do not know who is more absurd. The Left wing that is rejoicing over a Ryan pick without looking at the holistic picture. The picture includes Mitt Romney, his billionaire Republican cabal who will stop at nothing to get Romney elected. And not factoring in the fires of hate (that still burn wildly ) that Romney stoked against Obama when he was running as the "I am not Obama" platform. Hatred! 

Maybe the far Right is MORE absurd. They are delirious with joy that they now have their own Messiah, "Ryan the Ideologue"-- a "mighty force" who will demolish Obama and overrun Biden in the debate?????  Meanwhile, they have not looked at the whole picture either. Ryan's plan as it is written, will NEGATIVELY  impact many of these same supporter of  the Ryan plan. A plan most of these Republican folks neither know nor understand at all.

Ryan reminds me of  Dick Cheney, a raging ideologue. Ryan is one of those folks that is selling greed, although they disguise it by calling it raw capitalism. And preaching equality when the topof the ticket is a multi millionaire that has probably NOT paid taxes in 10 years. Equality, pursuit of happiness?? That was their rallying cy yesterday silly!! ... I assume Ryan did not get the memo that  most Americans are not able to pursue happiness because of the Bush era policies, policies he has resurrected in a new package.

Either way, no one knows who will win. So I hope the Obama folks are talking note because Cheney and Rove who orchestrated this selection have a game plan on selling the Romney Ryan team. A Ryan selection despite the obvious draw back that Ryan is an extremely polarizing figure must have a good (read good as "nefarious" :) ) plan behind it ... I hope the Obama folks have a STRONG counter plan too. The implementation should have started already.

http://blackrepublicanandmywor...

 

    

 

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

The non-liberal biased sites which report the news are all buzzing with huge excitement. Goes to show and prove TIME is nothing more than a liberal ragazine. The kind that is no more than a HuffPo or Daily Kos.

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

Roddy, you do know that's a bad sign, right? That if only your far right friends are excited by the choice, it doesn't say a whole lot about Ryan appeal to moderates.

As with paulie, your excitement about this pick indicates he was chosen to fire up the rightwing base, and that Romney is abandoning the middle, and his chance for unseating Obama.

SmilingSmartBlonde
SmilingSmartBlonde

It is puzzling that Sarah Palin was not selected.

Darrel K.Ratliff
Darrel K.Ratliff

Male proxies  for Palynn  Hopefully he isnt looking at Moscow  across his back yard.

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

 They were worried she'd quit halfway through her term.

Philip J. Wayne
Philip J. Wayne

This will finish Romney....he's so darn stupid he introduced Ryan as the next President of the United States.  Romney, most Americans are happy with Social Security and Medicare as it is....Ryan's plan to dismantle it will end your campagin for the Presidency....We want five years at least of your tax returns with all attachements...we want a complete accounting of your overseas accounts so we , the voters can determine if you intentionally evaded taxes....we want you to admit that you were CEO at Bain Capital when you outsourced American jobs to India and China...you signed legal documents with the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission stating that you were CEO....we want you to explain that you are not a Christian, but belong to a heretical cult, called mormonism that denies that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit,.....you deny that Jesus paid the price for your sins in full, not by mormon missions and tithing and a little help from jesus......there is a hell that Jesus spoke of in Holy Scripture  where all who deny Jesus are going, which includes you.....I cannot understand how any Christian could vote for you.......and  one final truth about you and your party....you hold racism in  your hearts....you cannot hide it.

3xfire3
3xfire3

Philip,

"This will finish Romney....he's so darn stupid he introduced Ryan as the next President of the United States."

Ha, ha, ha, Philip you are so stupid that you don't know that Obama made the exact same mistake introducing Biden as President.

You Lefties are so ignorant it is no wonder that the vast majority of Americans think you're a bunch of radical nuts.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Go smoke some more crack, the last hit is wearing off.

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

Yeah, Roddy's got nothin'....

outsider2011
outsider2011

 You know, as opposed to any other time he types his thoughts.. :)

lfreefall
lfreefall

WOW....shouldn't the POTUS be the "intellecutal leader" of the GOP???? Shouldn't Romney be the one with the "vision" for the country.......Boy oh boy those Koch brothers sure do know how to pull strings and trow the rest of us under the bus!!!!!

chupkar
chupkar

Mitt's campaign has been so miserable he is excited to have a VP nom who will completely eclipse him.

3xfire3
3xfire3

" Mitt's campaign has been so miserable he is excited to have a VP nom who will completely eclipse him."

Yes so bad that the Gold Standard Polls of Gallup and Rasmussen have Obama and Romney tied.

Rasmussen uses likely voters which is more accurate than registered voters.