Video: Time for another Paul Ryan presidential campaign ad

posted at 8:20 pm on March 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

Not as dramatic as his first presidential ad, but that one was designed to set the mood. This is where he starts putting policy meat on the bone. Next, I assume, will come the foreign policy ad and then the “values” ad, and then boom — he wins the Wisconsin primary as a write-in on April 3 and suddenly the convention is pandemonium.

Seriously, this is the teaser for tomorrow’s big House GOP budget rollout. The headline is already written: Ryan wants just two income tax rates instead of six, the top one of which would be 25 percent — 10 points lower than the current top rate. Lots of “party of the rich” demagoguery coming our way in the a.m. While we wait, though, read Ryan’s op-ed in tomorrow’s WSJ laying out the other nuts and bolts of the plan.

As shown in the nearby chart, our budget tackles this crisis head-on by cutting debt as a share of the economy by roughly 15% over the next decade, putting the nation’s finances on a path to balance, and paying off the debt. By contrast, the president’s budget pushes debt as a share of the economy even higher. In his budget’s own words, it allows the government’s fiscal position to “gradually deteriorate” after 2022…

Our budget’s Medicare reforms make no changes for those in or near retirement. For those who will retire a decade from now, our plan provides guaranteed coverage options financed by a premium-support payment. And this year, our budget adds even more choices for seniors, including a traditional fee-for-service Medicare option.

We also introduce a competitive-bidding process to determine the growth of government’s financial contribution to Medicare. Forcing health plans to compete against each other is the best way to achieve high-quality coverage at the lowest cost, and implementing these reforms in Medicare can have the effect of lowering health-care costs for everyone. This is the key to increasing access and affordability while preventing government debt from threatening the health security of seniors and the economic security of all Americans…

We reject calls to raise taxes, but revenue nevertheless remains steady under our budget because we close special-interest loopholes. More important, our reforms will grow the economy—and the faster the economy grows, the more revenue the government will have to meet its priorities and start paying down the debt.

He’s got bipartisan cover from Ron Wyden on his Medicare reform plan this year so the “Ryan wants to kill grandma” messaging will have to be slightly more nuanced than in the past.


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Go Ryan!

nukemhill on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Seriously, this is the teaser for tomorrow’s big House GOP budget rollout. The headline is already written: Ryan wants just two income tax rates instead of six, the top one of which would be 25 percent — 10 points lower than the current top rate.

How about stopping the spending?

You know, not funding large sections of the government that are proving detrimental to the economy? Like the EPA? Energy? Education? Labor?

There is a reason that the Republicans currently in the House leadership need to be replaced: they can’t figure out how to say NO to spending.

ajacksonian on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Does Congress even pass budgets anymore? I know Reid’s Senate hasn’t…in years.

changer1701 on March 19, 2012 at 8:26 PM

choose not to run apparently

commodore on March 19, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Hang in there Ryan!

Electrongod on March 19, 2012 at 8:27 PM

His voting record doesn’t match his rhetoric

liberal4life on March 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

He’s got bipartisan cover from Ron Wyden on his Medicare reform plan this year so the “Ryan wants to kill grandma” messaging will have to be slightly more nuanced than in the past.

LOL. Liberals will have no qualms about throwing Wyden under the bus in order to attack Ryan.

Mark1971 on March 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

His voting record doesn’t match his rhetoric

liberal4life on March 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

You weren’t first this time? What happened, you fall asleep?

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

This is porn.

Signed,

R. Santorum

ujorge on March 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Mike Castle 2012.

Accept no substitutes.

Bishop on March 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I’m hitting WSJ’s paywall on Ryan’s op-ed. Great communication strategy there.

Mark1971 on March 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Hell yeah, I’d vote for Paul Ryan in the blink of an eye and not think twice.

Boomer_Sooner on March 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Hi, I’m Paul Ryan. I have all of you sheep fooled, because I have your handlers telling you what to believe. Pay no attention to that tiny little nagging in the back of your brain telling you that I voted for TARP, the auto bailouts, confiscating CEO bonuses, raising the debt ceiling, and increased spending. Oh, no. I’m a fiscal conservative, boy genius. Take my word for it.

Dante on March 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Meh. This guy has a history of saying good stuff and then voting according to Boehner. And the presidential chatter around him when he has never run anything is suspicious. Kid should get some executive experience and then wade in presidential waters.

promachus on March 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM

One of the last remaining competent Republicans. We can’t spare this dude.

rickyricardo on March 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM

His voting record doesn’t match his rhetoric

liberal4life on March 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Funny how you copy and paste that comment onto every Ryan-related post. They don’t pay you for originality, clearly.

DavidW on March 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Paul Ryan talks a good game but when push comes to shove the votes to don’t match the words. Sarah Palin has the game to back up the words. She cut spending and at time when Alaska had a budget surplus and she vetoed the stimulus funds. Sarah Palin is the Ultimate Fiscal Conservative. Paul Ryan is a Pretend Fiscal Conservative at least he was during the Bush Years. Give Me Palin Anyday Over Ryan.

CoolChange80 on March 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM

This guy is the very definition of establishment.

Notorious GOP on March 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM

You weren’t first this time? What happened, you fall asleep?

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

She has been trying all day. She was so mad when I beat her out of it earlier. Shes just a little one you know. She did need her nap. You feed her, you burp her. ; )

Bmore on March 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I like Paul Ryan, he works out a lot and has nice hair but he sounds like a little kid.

Rusty Allen on March 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM

How many grannies must die to satisfy Paul Ryan?

SouthernGent on March 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Funny how you copy and paste that comment onto every Ryan-related post. They don’t pay you for originality, clearly.

DavidW on March 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM

He might be a lib, but he’s right. The problem with the GOP is that we need more voters to call out Mr. Ryan on his questionable votes as a Congressman. How do we expect to take down O when we our own party can’t defeat the ones like Ryan who are giving it a bad name?

Notorious GOP on March 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

I don’t know if we want to know the answer to the question of which future. I could do a cheap shot and reference A. Pelosi, but of course that is chump change in the scale of the trough-feeding, rent-seeking, parasitic class that represents what is the Corporate, Union, Government Axis that milks everything (Green, Pensions, etc.) dry for their own benefit.

And when Instapundit says ‘the country is in best of hands’ that is gallows humor indeed.

r keller on March 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Is there a reason HotAir is ignoring Santorum’s statement made today in Illnois: “Every single speech I say that the issue in this race is not the economy.” ?

galtani on March 19, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Is there a reason HotAir is ignoring Santorum’s statement made today in Illnois: “Every single speech I say that the issue in this race is not the economy.” ?
galtani on March 19, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Short answer, yes.

He also said he doesn’t care about the unemployment rate.

Rusty Allen on March 19, 2012 at 8:43 PM

What a charming, insightful, talented young man!
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM

CoolChange80 on March 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Sarah Palin won’t be the nominee, nor will, Ryan, or my favorite-Jindal. It won’t be Perry either.
A brokered convention ONLY will help the Dems.
mitt will be the nominee. when it becomes official-we need to drop our differences-and rally behind him.
ABO-unless it’s Paul.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Rusty Allen on March 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM

He’s 42.
Let’s go Gen. X!
*Just because I’m against a brokered convention doesn’t mean that I don’t support the efforts of my fellow Gen. Xers*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Interesting that you oppose the Constitutionalist and your favorite is one who does not meet Constitutional requirements (but then, your disdain for the Constitution has been made known many times over).

Dante on March 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

At least Ryan’s eyebrows don’t fall off like Mr. You Know Who.

Bishop on March 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Dante on March 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Don Black’s buddy(Herr Doktor Ron Gerbils) isn’t a constitutionalist-he’s a batty-snit crazy paleo-con.
Fine.Rick Perry’s parents were born here. I supported him as well.
Go Perry!
*As governor or anything else!*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Silly cons

Uppereastside on March 19, 2012 at 8:55 PM

What a charming, insightful, talented young man!
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM

And, an articulate white guy, to boot.

TXUS on March 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I know, Its just if I’m not watching him speak I think it’s Mikey from the goonies trying to get me to find one-eyed willie’s treasure. The guy is, so far, a republican Rock Star.

Rusty Allen on March 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM

You weren’t first this time? What happened, you fall asleep?

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Zie was delayed by having to scroll all the way down to the “R” section of the Soros/Alexrod Canned Response Lookup Table.

Dirt McGirt on March 19, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Newt did a better conservative sales job in the 90′s

This current crop of GOP just dont have the mojo.

boogaleesnots on March 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

rhetoric

liberal4life on March 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

….r h e t o r i c !…which is all I has!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2012 at 9:01 PM

That video is sort of confusing. I thought raising income taxes to 100%, deficit spending to the tune of $50 trillion, and forcing people to buy things against their will would bring on a prosperity the likes of which America has never seen.

Bishop on March 19, 2012 at 9:04 PM

i choose ryan!

reliapundit on March 19, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Silly cons

Uppereastside on March 19, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Linguistic analysis time…why are so many of the trolltard responses so short lately? These little drive-by turds, dropped into our punchbowl. They pay per word, man! Put your ankles into it!

Dirt McGirt on March 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Ryan is a BILLION TIMES times better than Mr. RomneyCare.

Norwegian on March 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM

What a charming, insightful, talented young man!
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM

And, an articulate white guy, to boot.

TXUS on March 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Heh. I married one of those, but try like heck not to hold it against him.

;D

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Has the anger and insane, fulminating spitfulness on Hot Air REALLY gotten to the point where Paul Ryan — the only politician from either party to actually put forward a serious plan to reform entitlements and eliminate the debt — is now supposed to be thrown under the bus too?

Really? Really now?

Esoteric on March 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I heard a distinct “boy” at the end of that video.

lorien1973 on March 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

would bring on a prosperity the likes of which America has never seen.

Bishop on March 19, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Obama is sure if you just keep taking buckets of water out of the deep end and throwing them in the shallow end, the water level will rise.

John the Libertarian on March 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Has the anger and insane, fulminating spitfulness on Hot Air

Esoteric on March 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

A lot of paid shills got in during the last open reg.

John the Libertarian on March 19, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Obama is sure if you just keep taking buckets of water out of the deep end and throwing them in the shallow end, the water level will rise.

John the Libertarian on March 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

If each bucket has a large hole drilled in the bottom the process will go quicker. Plus, think of all the created jobs for hole-drillers.

Bishop on March 19, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Don Black’s buddy(Herr Doktor Ron Gerbils) isn’t a constitutionalist-he’s a batty-snit crazy paleo-con.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Yes, someone who talks/types like this is the very picture of sanity.

Dante on March 19, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Has the anger and insane, fulminating spitfulness on Hot Air REALLY gotten to the point where Paul Ryan — the only politician from either party to actually put forward a serious plan to reform entitlements and eliminate the debt — is now supposed to be thrown under the bus too?

Really? Really now?

Esoteric on March 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

There wasn’t anything serious about his plan in regards to entitlements, and there certainly wasn’t anything in his plan that would eliminate the debt. Being able to read and think critically doesn’t equal anger or insanity.

Dante on March 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM

His voting record doesn’t match his rhetoric

liberal4life on March 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Sort of like Olbamer’s campaign promises…

hillsoftx on March 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

He might be a lib, but he’s right. The problem with the GOP is that we need more voters to call out Mr. Ryan on his questionable votes as a Congressman. How do we expect to take down O when we our own party can’t defeat the ones like Ryan who are giving it a bad name?

Notorious GOP on March 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

How is Paul Ryan giving the GOP a bad name? By being about the only person in Congress willing to tackle the debt/entitlement crisis? Give me a break. A vote for TARP (damnation be upon it! *rending of garments*) doesn’t disqualify someone for leadership in perpetuity, especially when he is really LEADING and not just having a leadership title.

DavidW on March 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

ABO-unless it’s Paul.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I wonder why. Ron Paul’s foreign policy sucks, but so does Obama’s, to a bigger degree. Ron Paul is an alleged racist, but Obama’s racism is not “alleged”, it is blatant. Ron Paul is steadily pro-life, and his economic and small-government message is beyond reproach. So, how is Ron Paul any worse than the current WH squatter?

Archivarix on March 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM

PLAN: 1. Keep Gingrich in the race 2. Deny Romney his magic number 3. Backroom deal at convention 4. Ryan/Rubio 2012.

No parting gifts for Mittens.

shannon76 on March 19, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Is this the one where he supports TARP, auto bailouts or medicare part D?

Rhetoric is cheap nowadays.

LaughterJones on March 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM

How is Paul Ryan giving the GOP a bad name? By being about the only person in Congress willing to tackle the debt/entitlement crisis? Give me a break. A vote for TARP (damnation be upon it! *rending of garments*) doesn’t disqualify someone for leadership in perpetuity, especially when he is really LEADING and not just having a leadership title.

DavidW on March 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

How can you have the leader of the ‘limited gov’t’ party vote for massive expansion of government in some of the most notable votes we’ve had in Congress in the past 5 years?

Notorious GOP on March 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM

medicare part D?

LaughterJones on March 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Seriously, Medicare Part D is the most free-market part of Medicare. It actually came in under-budget because competition pushed prices below anticipated. It provides the example for converting Medicare entirely to a premium-support model. Conservatives should love Medicare Part D.

Conservatives are not anarchists, people. We do believe there are things worth paying for with taxes. We just want them to be limited and to have efficient use of the money.

alwaysfiredup on March 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM

How can you have the leader of the ‘limited gov’t’ party vote for massive expansion of government in some of the most notable votes we’ve had in Congress in the past 5 years?

Notorious GOP on March 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Because our monetary system was about to fall apart. GWB begged his party to vote for TARP. How can you blame people who did as he asked, even if they were wrong later?

alwaysfiredup on March 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Because our monetary system was about to fall apart. GWB begged his party to vote for TARP. How can you blame people who did as he asked, even if they were wrong later?

alwaysfiredup on March 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Are you being serious?

Dante on March 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Sarah Palin won’t be the nominee, nor will, Ryan, or my favorite-Jindal. It won’t be Perry either.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Maybe, we all need to go to that convention.?..

*Yeah, I said “we all.” It’s not grammatically correct but it fits.

Fallon on March 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM

How can you have the leader of the ‘limited gov’t’ party vote for massive expansion of government in some of the most notable votes we’ve had in Congress in the past 5 years?

Notorious GOP on March 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM

The Tea Party and Obama’s spending binge have moved the Overton Window of what is politically possible much farther to the right than it used to be. It’s foolish to want to excommunicate Ryan (that is, if you actually support his goals now) because of a “heretical” vote from four years ago.

DavidW on March 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I swear, I am pretty much convinced Paul Ryan has a contingent of liberal trolls that follow him around when he campaigns or is out in public trying to create “Youtube moments” and confrontations and also post on conservative blogs pretending to be concerned Republican trolls.

http://youtu.be/YD0lh1Zj81I

I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the people in the above video also go around on conservative blogs talking against Ryan.

gumble on March 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Linguistic analysis time…why are so many of the trolltard responses so short lately? These little drive-by turds, dropped into our punchbowl. They pay per word, man! Put your ankles into it!

Dirt McGirt on March 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

She was in a car with her fiance calculating how long it takes to go 80 miles when you’re traveling 80 miles an hour.

itsspideyman on March 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM

So, how is Ron Paul any worse than the current WH squatter?

Archivarix on March 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Vote for Ron Paul. He’s not worse???

What’s wrong with what Ryan is saying? It’s not viable because he voted for TARP? Do all of you suckers supporting Paul love to beat your heads against the wall? Will you ever grow up enough to understand that you can’t fix it all in one election?

Vince on March 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Ryan for VP would be plenty allright with me. If Romney is the nominee and eventual President, he’ll need a good dose of backbone and some good communications channels with Congress and the public. Ryan does that very well.

Ryan as VP means the Secretary of State has to be the top foreign affairs Republican in the country who is that? I want to say Jeff Sessions but he’d be better as Attorney General or SecDef.

Jeff Sessions as VP would also be quite ok with me come to think of it.

Sacramento on March 20, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Here come the “throwing seniors off a cliff” commercials… Ryan is my hero – putting himself out there in the arena despite the onslaught that is sure to follow.

AprilCW1 on March 20, 2012 at 7:11 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the people in the above video also go around on conservative blogs talking against Ryan.

gumble on March 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Oh, he’s dead center in their cross hairs. He has soundly and solidly trashed The One. To his face no less in the Obamacare meeting at the WH. You don’t mess with the Messiah and get off scott free.

jb34461 on March 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Seriously, Medicare Part D is the most free-market part of Medicare. It actually came in under-budget because competition pushed prices below anticipated. It provides the example for converting Medicare entirely to a premium-support model. Conservatives should love Medicare Part D.

Conservatives are not anarchists, people. We do believe there are things worth paying for with taxes. We just want them to be limited and to have efficient use of the money.

alwaysfiredup on March 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM

No, you don’t get it. Medicare shouldn’t have been modified. It should have been removed. If you think that your taxes should go to something like medicare, you need to rethink your conservative principles.

LaughterJones on March 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

What I love about Ryan is his fortitude to consistently keep pounding away with his plan, in various election cycles, media formats, year in and year out, regardless of which way the wind is blowing or how many people are listening- he’s still there making so much more sense than anyone else.

mxt on March 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

i choose ryan!

reliapundit on March 19, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Me too.

I beleve Ryan would make a great President. I think he could kick Obama’s butt. I definately like him more than ANY of our current choices. But alas… And just for full disclosure I’m a memeber of the “squishy middle” an Independent.

magicbeans on March 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

LaughterJones on March 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

And is that politically feasable? Not everyone is as conservative as you and we have a democracy and you would never get elected running on ending medicare. Period. So how does that help?

magicbeans on March 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Just wanted to echo the go Gen X. I’m 41.

magicbeans on March 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Paul Ryan, one great argument for a “brokered” GOP convention.

JeffVader on March 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM