Paul Ryan: It’s “pretty amazing” that Romney is tied with the Obama campaign “machine”

posted at 2:21 pm on June 13, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

House budget guru Paul Ryan appeared on Fox News this morning to offer his take on the recent Obama-Romney economic back-and-forth. As ever, Ryan provides a very approachable breakdown of the situation, and I think it’s worth the seven minutes if you’ve got ‘em:

 

“In the fact that we’re running against a huge machine and Mitt Romney is still tied, I think that’s pretty amazing. Here in Wisconsin we had a pretty big test vote last week, and we passed with flying colors,” Ryan said, referencing the failed recall effort against Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. …

But Ryan, a prominent Romney surrogate, argued that the GOP candidate could draw a sharp contrast with the president over the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts. The president has said he’d like to extend the cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans, while Republicans have argued to make the full slate permanent.

“Look, President Obama is promising one of the largest tax increases in American history in January, and we wonder why small businesses aren’t creating jobs?” Ryan said. “On day one, because we need a new president, Mitt Romney will fix this.”

What a boon of a surrogate Ryan is for the Romney campaign — those are some crackerjack communication skills he’s got there, and he manages to effectively elucidate some of the finer points of this larger free-enterprise debate over which Mitt Romney himself sometimes stumbles.

I have to agree that I’m pretty encouraged by (or, at least, I’m not wallowing in despair about) Mitt Romney’s position right now. Who knows what’s in store in the long campaign-summer ahead, but Romney’s already showing that he’s at least worth his salt against incumbent Obama’s formidably expansive campaign operation. Romney already out-raised Obama in May, Obama’s having a widely-recognized bad few weeks, and Rep. Ryan’s right that simple facts about the economy simply speak for themselves — the Federal Reserve’s recent estimate that Americans’ wealth plummeted a whopping 40 percent between 2007 and 2010 alone is enough to make anyone’s jaw drop. If I were President Obama, I’d be getting pretty dang worried right about now.


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I said “circle-jerk” and it’s been a given about you two for quite a while.

AubieJon on June 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Yes, I saw the attempt of a feeble mind struggling to express itself.

Dante on June 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Why bother with this guy? It’s like trying to staple jello to the wall. “Clever” rhetorical BS that he probably considers “debate”.

His solutions to everything are probably a Paulian wetdream of unworkable nonsense. But we’re the sheeple and he’s super enlightened, so why even bother?

strictnein on June 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Oh, I know. I wanted to give him the opportunity to present his case and maybe convert some people, as with any HONEST debate.

He doesn’t have any solutions. He just has fist shaking and tomato throwing.

In other words, a troll.

kim roy on June 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Yes, I saw the attempt of a feeble mind struggling to express itself.

Dante on June 13, 2012 at 5:15 P

And still…no answers, no facts, nothing. Dumba$$.

AubieJon on June 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

He doesn’t have any solutions. He just has fist shaking and tomato throwing.

In other words, a troll.

kim roy on June 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM

He still wants a pony even though his choices are a tricycle and a skateboard. Let him cry it out – it’s just a phase he’s going through.

stout77 on June 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

And neither of you understand the difference between what a state enacts and what Obama has tried to foist off on the entire nation. State vs. Federal??? Nothing??

The two of should go get a room, if you want to continue your circle-jerk.

AubieJon on June 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Dante’s an idiot who lacks the most basic knowledge of federalism.

CW on June 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Dante’s an idiot who lacks the most basic knowledge of federalism.

CW on June 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

You realize the point isn’t that of state’s rights versus the federal government, but rather big government policy, don’t you?

Probably not.

Dante on June 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM

He still wants a pony even though his choices are a tricycle and a skateboard. Let him cry it out – it’s just a phase he’s going through.

stout77 on June 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I’ll ask you the same question that kim is struggling with: do you deny that there will be candidates other than Obama and Romney on the ballot? Yes or no.

Dante on June 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Oh, I know. I wanted to give him the opportunity to present his case and maybe convert some people, as with any HONEST debate.

He doesn’t have any solutions.

kim roy on June 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM

It is impossible to have a discussion with someone who refuses to acknowledge reality, as you are. If you’d just open your eyes and read the words in front of your face back in the middle of page one:

What is my solution to what? To returning to limited, Constitutional government? The answer is easy but hard for those mired in establishment-think to do: vote for limited government candidates. Most of whom will not be found in the Republican Party.

Instead, you presented a false choice – Obama or Romney – because you are unable to unshackle your mind from this ridiculous D or R binary thinking. They are both the problem. You can find actual limited government candidates who support the Constitution on your presidential ballot. I guarantee you that they’ll be on it. Now, if you want to stamp your feet and refuse to acknowledge that they exist, and if you want to pretend that you want a Constitutional government as you pull the lever for Romney, but you have no room denigrating and mocking those who actually have a spine and vote on principle just because you are too cowardly to do the same.

Dante on June 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Wrong – Step #1 is removing Obama from office. After all that’s happened over the past 5 years, conservatives are not about to go back to sleep just because Romney gets elected. Ain’t happening.

stout77 on June 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Exactly my point! Dante is an idiot if he/she/it thinks that those of us on the right think this is only about getting rid of Obama and his henchmen. Ridding the Executive Branch of the evil people who have held sway for four years is only the beginning. Step two is holding both the Executive and Congress to account for their actions to include “Lugaring” more than a few Republicans more interested in staying in office than living up to the oath they took when they were elected.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I’m just saying that using the same don’t pay attention to our candidate but look at how horrible their candidate is may have worked for Obama in 2008, but the republicans suck when they try to act like the democrats. We need to offer an alternative and all this hyping Romney as not as bad as Obama isn’t cutting it when it’s basically a wash. So people need to get their heads out of their a$$es and take off the rose colored glasses because we’re not in good shape contrary to the Drudge Romney-orgasmathon and we have a LOT of work to do.

mozalf on June 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

A few points:

First- The “look at how horrible their candidate is” worked in 2008 for Obama because it was the truth.

Secondly- Romney’s campaign has far more depth than the idea that he isn’t as bad as Obama. If you think that, you must not be paying attention.

Finally, Romney would be a fool to lay out anything more than generalizations at this point as you demand. This is the time to lay down broad themes (which Romney is doing) but any specifics would give Obama’s people months in which to figure out ways to attack those ideas. Signing executive orders, for example which makes certain aspects moot, making speeches that nullify other points, etc. This isn’t a chess game this is war.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Exactly my point! Dante is an idiot if he/she/it thinks that those of us on the right think this is only about getting rid of Obama and his henchmen. Ridding the Executive Branch of the evil people who have held sway for four years is only the beginning. Step two is holding both the Executive and Congress to account for their actions to include “Lugaring” more than a few Republicans more interested in staying in office than living up to the oath they took when they were elected.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

You think it’s only been four years? You poor misguided soul.

Dante on June 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I’ll ask you the same question that kim is struggling with: do you deny that there will be candidates other than Obama and Romney on the ballot? Yes or no.

Dante on June 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I’m not struggling with it at all. You are just trying to avoid answering my question by tossing out irrelevant distractions and I’m not playing along.

You’ve been outed as a poseur and a troll. Congrats.

kim roy on June 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM

You realize the point isn’t that of state’s rights versus the federal government, but rather big government policy, don’t you?

Probably not.

Dante on June 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM

And you prove that you don’t have even the slightest understanding of either concept. You don’t really pass as a Libertarian at this point. You pretend to have some point to make and never make it. When we call you on it, you pretend that we’re missing the point.

Your point is that you have no point, except the one on top of your head.

AubieJon on June 14, 2012 at 7:50 AM

A few points:

First- The “look at how horrible their candidate is” worked in 2008 for Obama because it was the truth.

Secondly- Romney’s campaign has far more depth than the idea that he isn’t as bad as Obama. If you think that, you must not be paying attention.

Finally, Romney would be a fool to lay out anything more than generalizations at this point as you demand. This is the time to lay down broad themes (which Romney is doing) but any specifics would give Obama’s people months in which to figure out ways to attack those ideas. Signing executive orders, for example which makes certain aspects moot, making speeches that nullify other points, etc. This isn’t a chess game this is war.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I wish I could say you convinced me but I’m only more nervous at the “emperor has no clothes” attitude by the republicans and we have the “emperor” this time. We have to accept the fact that Romney is the republican candidate but he’s still lousy. And all the hyping is not changing his record any even with your points. As a matter of fact, it makes me trust him less and reaffirms my win/win for the democrats with him if he succeeds. The democrats will be able to railroad him even with any SCOTUS nominations and we need to start girding our loins, as that idiot Biden would say.

mozalf on June 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

And you prove that you don’t have even the slightest understanding of either concept. You don’t really pass as a Libertarian at this point. You pretend to have some point to make and never make it. When we call you on it, you pretend that we’re missing the point.

Your point is that you have no point, except the one on top of your head.

AubieJon on June 14, 2012 at 7:50 AM

So the answer is no, you did not know the point was about big government philosophy and not Constitutional issues.

It is completely expected that someone who resorts to profanity, name calling, and personal attacks would get upset when someone correctly claims electing Romney will change nothing. But maybe you’re Rip Van Winkle or something.

Dante on June 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Dante on June 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The only question you’ve answered accurately and the only point you’ve made is that it is possible for someone to be worse than a loser. You have convincingly embraced your wrongness and your lack of intellect. You have thoroughly enveloped yourself in the flag of ignorance and arrogance, and you lose proudly.

Pathetic.

AubieJon on June 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

pffft.. A three legged dog could be the “presumptive nominee” for the Republican party and he would be tied with Obama.

Obama has lost a LOT of the people who voted for him and there are a LOT of Republicans who despise Obama so much they would vote for anyone over him.

popularpeoplesfront on June 15, 2012 at 5:13 PM

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