Obama Campaign Responds To Paul Ryan Pick

MessinaObama for America campaign manager Jim Messina issued this statement this morning, in response to Mitt Romney's selection of US Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate:

In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy. The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.

The Obama campaign's already got a slick anti-Ryan page on the web, and it talks about Paul Ryan's difficult legislative relationship with women and gayfolk:

Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight for equal pay for equal work. He voted against repealing the discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and supports writing discrimination into the Constitution by amending it to ban gay marriage.


  1. sparks says

    Come out swinging. Make Ryan’s record, what little there is of it, crystal clear. Remind people that he opposes social progression most folks already approve.

  2. EchtKultig says

    Never mind “progression”; he opposes what we have now and wants to roll the country back to the 1920s. Which, by the way, was when we had the last “highly successful business” president, Herbert Hoover.

  3. Bill Perdue says

    Now with Ryan in the game, if we ever had any doubt, both parties have openly declared themselves to be parties of, by and for the rich, the looters, the .01%.

    The main effect of the Republicans presidential slate will be to give Obama cover so he can pirouette back to the center right, broadening his appeal to rightist voters and maintaining his lead with centrist independents.

    Unless the economic situation suddenly deteriorates a lot, instead of steadily getting worse a bit at a time, Obama has it in the bag even though he remains a bigot, a union buster, a Bill of Rights buster and a ‘leader’ whose mass murder of GI’s and civilians from Palestine to Pakistan is continually ignored by his Obot supporters.

    Likewise ignored is the fact that his VP candidate, Biden is notorious for leading the fight to pass the Bankruptcy Act of 2005, an act that guaranteed that predatory bankers and lenders would get the last drop of blood from mortgage, auto and credit card borrowers. Ryan couldn’t have done worse.

    What we’re left with is another election, another magical ‘lesser evil’ candidate of the ruling class who’ll win and screw us sans lube and sans condom.

    In case anyone wondered, the system is not broken. It was designed to be anti-democratic, beginning with the Electoral College, which has been extended over the years with hundreds of state, federal and local anti-democratic laws meant to keep the left off the ballot, giving us only two choices, the party of war that Democrats support and the party of war that their Teabagger cousins support.

    Not voting or lodging a protest vote is the option chosen by roughly one third of eligible voters in most elections. They’re the smart ones who’ve concluded that ‘elections’ in a banana republic are futile at best and a diversion from the real struggle, which is rebuilding unions, organizing the unemployed, small farmers and GI’s

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