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election 2012:

Democrats seize upon Romney’s choice of Ryan as running mate

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President Barack Obama greets people waiting for him on the tarmac as he arrives at O’Hare International Airport on Air Force One, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Chicago.

Romney picks Paul

KSNV coverage of local reaction to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's decision to run with Rep. Paul Ryan, Aug. 11, 2012.

CHICAGO — Democrats pounced on Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, saying the pick showed a commitment to "budget-busting tax cuts" for the wealthy and greater burdens on the middle class and seniors.

President Barack Obama's campaign team said Romney's choice made clear that the former Massachusetts governor would be forced to adhere to the principles laid out in the House Republican budget — authored by Ryan — which they said would undermine entitlement programs crucial to middle-class families and seniors. Democrats said privately that the choice of Ryan could help Obama in states with large numbers of elderly voters, such as Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Obama met with top advisers Saturday at his campaign headquarters shortly after arriving in Chicago for a series of birthday-themed fundraisers scheduled for Sunday. The president did not publicly comment on Ryan's selection and aides described the headquarters stop as a typical weekly meeting.

Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, said in a statement that Romney had "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."

Previewing the campaign's line of attack, Messina called Ryan the "architect of the radical Republican House budget" and said it would "end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors." Ryan was chief author of a House-backed budget plan that would curb overall entitlement spending and convert Medicare into a voucher-like system in which future seniors would receive subsidies to purchase health insurance on the open market.

Less than two hours after Romney introduced Ryan as his running mate, the Obama campaign released a 90-second Web video showing footage of the men appearing together. The ad calls Ryan the "mastermind behind the extreme GOP budget plan" and includes an audio clip of Romney saying earlier this year that it would be "marvelous" if the Senate were to adopt the Ryan budget. The ad ends with this tagline: "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back to the failed top-down policies that crashed our economy."

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida said Ryan had laid the groundwork in Congress for Romney's budget plan, which she said gives tax cuts to millionaires while punishing middle-class families. She said Romney and Ryan would repeat mistakes of former President George W. Bush.

"A Romney-Ryan ticket is sure to take us back and repeat the same catastrophic mistakes that got us into the mess we found ourselves in in the first place," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has blasted Romney for failing to release additional years of his tax returns, said in a statement that by picking Ryan, Romney "has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security and end Medicare as we know it."

Romney's choice "demonstrates that catering to the Tea Party and the far-right is more important to him that standing up for the middle class," said Reid, D-Nev.

Obama had no public events planned in Chicago on Saturday but was expected to raise $3.5 million to $4 million at a series of fundraisers Sunday connected to his recent 51st birthday, including and event at his South Side home. The president was then taking a three-day swing through Iowa, the state that launched his presidential bid in 2008.

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  1. They'll have to try to destroy and discredit him as they don't have anybody that can hold a candle to him.

  2. All those Tea Party Folks that get Medicare and Social Security better start thinking about your future especially if you need either one. If you are like Sheldon Adelson then by all means vote for the Romney Ryan ticket. If you're middle class, you better think again.

  3. "Budget busting tax cuts" - what budget is that? Not Obama's, which NOBODY voted for, and not the Senate's, which our own Harry Reid has not produced for over three years, the lawbreaker.

    "undermine entitlement programs" - as opposed to just letting them continue on until they are broke?

    "tax cuts to millionaires while punishing middle-class families" - as opposed to running trillion dollar deficits that will ultimately destroy the value of the dollar, the credit rating of the country, and destroy what is left of the middle class?

    Yes, Ryan is radical and extreme. Radical in that he actually proposes solutions instead of whining about what the previous administration did, and extreme in that he believe in letting people make their own choices.

  4. My campaign has been stuck in neutral since I haven't been able to sell any credibility to the public, they just won't buy my scam.

    And since I'm prone to sticking my foot in my mouth every time I open it, I've decided (well actually my puppet master Karl Rove has demanded) I choose the most right-wing radical in the house of representatives as my VP.

    As I'm sure you know by now the GOP and I thrive on the Doom and Gloom senario we present every day. Actually, I'm thinking of changing the party name to Chicken Little.

    Pay no mind to all the accomplishments that pesky President Obama has achieved on his watch despite being handicapped by my party of No!

    Yours Truly,
    Myth Robme, Your snake-oil salesman!

  5. Friends, on a serious note about the election. Until yesterday it was about whether or not Romney paid his fair share in taxes, or how he conducted his business dealings. His choice of Paul Ryan changed all that. It is now about what the role of government should be in our lives. Our great-grandparents and grandparents, after suffering through the great depression made a commitment to America, AND EACH AND EVERY FUTURE GENERATION, that none of us in our older years would suffer as they did. What if we didn't have Social Security or Medicare for seniors in this last financial crisis? They have come through this economy better than any other demographic...the promise of a social safety network works. I DO NOT trust the banks to handle "privatized" social security! I DO NOT trust a voucher system to PRIVATIZE MEDICARE where the health insurance industry can wipe out your voucher and then wipe YOU out!. This country put 2 wars on a credit card to the tune of 3.5 trillion dollars! We are the wealthiest nation on this earth.Romney/Ryan will set our country back to a time when the most vulnerable among us, our seniors, were left to selling apples on a street corner. I'm moving foward with Obama/Biden.....I want future generations of Americans to be proud of us in this election...because we wouldn't rob them of their dignity when they become seniors!

  6. Just out of curiosity, what would the polls show if only those who had an actual income tax liability (with or without a refund) were allowed to vote?

    In other words, no one who had a negative tax liability would be counted. My guess is that such a restriction would remove about 20% to 25% of the population from the poll sample.

  7. Hey JOE, where you goin' with that gun in your hand? Oops, sorry, wrong Joe.

    Not pickin' on anyone, just wondering. If I was going to disenfranchise anyone it be those who can't pass the same test that all naturalized citizens have to pass.

    But I think you would admit, it is a positive feedback loop in some respects.

  8. It's not just the retired or soon-to-be retired that Romney/Ryan will alienate, it's the youngest of the boomer generation, the ones in their 50's, that they will also alienate. Most have already worked at least 30 years and will not be happy to see all that they have put into the system go away.

    The "Double R's" underestimate several generations of voters. The "Double R's" don't realize, us old and doddering fools in our 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and even 90's VOTE. Some may not be able to drive to the polls by themselves any more, but they will find a way there to VOTE. The "Double R's" also don't give these generations credit - we KNOW how badly in debt the country is in and it would be nice if BOTH parties can pack away their hate and do something for the country, instead of attacking each other. I think the word is "compromise" for the good of the country.

  9. <<Nahhh... that will not happen... they are holding their collective breath hoping that first of the month trip to walmart is not taken away from them>>

    Well Jeanine62 - when do YOU go to Walmart - Tuesdays? Wednesdays? Saturdays? After you stop at Goodwill and Savers?

    Get off your high horse.