STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Clinton, Ryan show contrast in campaign appearances
The favorite old standby delivered a 38-minute speech.
The young up-and-comers speech was shorter than three minutes.
The veteran speaker threw red political meat to his supporters.
The rookie na... Posted on 10/30/12 at 7:41 PM
Seizing the campaign spotlight, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, 42, embraced “the calling of my generation” to help lead the country in tough times Wednesday night and pledged to cheering Republican National Convention delegates and a prime time TV audience that Mitt Romney will make the bold and difficult decisions needed to repair the nation’s economy.
It's time to give Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a break: Not because he's suddenly right on the issues, but because on key parts of American life, his worldview has something useful to say.
And liberals and conservatives alike could use the insights.
Led by President Barack Obama, Democrats claimed on Wednesday that Republican challenger Mitt Romney privately backs controversial plans to overhaul Medicare and cut trillions from social programs that his new vice presidential running mate has publicly proposed.
The idea behind Paul Ryan's Medicare plan is to slow growing costs and keep the program more affordable for the long haul. But it's all in the details. The Republican-backed shift to private insurance plans could saddle future retirees with thousands of dollars a year in additional bills.
Rep. Paul Ryan's record runs deeper than his signature budget and Medicare ideas. Mitt Romney's running mate is against abortion rights, has a top rating from gun-rights groups and backed sending troops to the wars. But in conflict with fellow Republicans, he's defended wage laws favored by unions.
With the political world watching, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney misspoke while introducing his running mate. Romney mistakenly introduced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on Saturday as the next president of the United States. Ryan, of course, has been tapped to serve as Romney's vice presidential nominee.
Even before Wisconsin sent Paul Ryan to Congress, he was meticulously carving a path that seemed to point only upward. As a young Capitol Hill staffer, he impressed Republican lawmakers with his hustle and intellectual curiosity. He blended quickly with an elite crop of conservative thinkers.
Brian Baskt and Todd Richmond
, August 11, 2012
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