The Cycle | September 24, 2012
>>> paul ryan is in ohio today on the latest leg of the romney / ryan bus tour. the basic format for a vp pick is simple. play backup to the presidential candidate , make sure not to outshine the star, cheerlead for the party and do a little attack dog work. in this year's race "the new york times" today reports about a debate within the romney campaign. should they unleash paul ryan ? let's put it through the spin cycle. guys, you know, there's always a little of this every year. if you remember when biden was announced, the reception was a little cool. not only did some democrats think hillary should have been vetted more seriously, but they were a little nervous about what biden might say. after gaffe one, two, three, four, you have democrats saying i don't know if this was the right idea. of course, sarah palin was second guessed.
>> second guessed is mildly.
>> that said as a conservative voter, as a republican, as someone who wants this ticket to succeed, i've got a fever. the answer is more paul ryan . i would like to see more of paul ryan not just on the stump at these rallies but doing a lot more media. i also think it would probably work in mitt romney 's favor to have paul ryan play a more traditional vp role, which is it should be paul ryan out there on the sunday shows and in the press.
>> instead of buchanan, for example?
>> i don't mind surrogates. i don't think mitt romney needs to be the one calling out president obama is egypt an ally or not or is israel an ally or not? this should be paul ryan 's job. paul ryan should be the one sort of calling out obama , and mitt romney should be running for president. i don't think it's that ryan isn't capable. he is. he's very good at this. so there's a lot of sort of second-guessing as to what the strategy within the campaign is. i talked to a bunch of strategists off the record who had their own takes what's going on here. frankly, as a voter, i don't care. i want to see more of paul ryan .
>> there's a reason. the reason actually strategically makes plenty of sense for the romney campaign. it raises the question why did you put him on the ticket in the first place?
>> i don't have that question.
>> here's the problem that ryan 's presence on the ticket and the idea of unleashing him raising. there is a gaping gap, if that's not repetitive --
>> yes, yes. i'm with you.
>> there is a gaping divide between where the republicans -- the world that the republican base has lived in since 2009 and where the rest of america sort of is. paul ryan really is the embodiment of where the republican base in the obama era is. the stuff about the 47% that mitt romney was caught on tape preaching last week, that is jarring to the rest of the country. that's standard fare for the right. stuff about not ever considering tax hikes on the rich. republican gospel, certainly in the obama era, something that paul ryan believes in and something tough to market across the country. repealing obama care has nothing to replace it with. very, very goss per on the richlt this is what paul ryan , attacking the associate safety net at the height of a great recession. you hear that rhetoric on the right. if you're running for president, you don't want to build your campaign around that. you have a romney campaign built itself around the proposition with unemployment the at 8%, they want to throw out the incumbent president and not and questions. the economy is bad, and i don't want to get into too many policy specifics here. paul ryan has a different approach to this campaign and one that they recognize is poisonous to general election voters. any see you as something bgsds a default protest vehicle.
>> i agree. i want more paul ryan .
>> i think ryan 's pick here is sort of blemblem mattic the way the romney campaign has been run or not run throughout. he seemed to signal when he picked paul ryan instead of being the generic default candidate, they were going to talk about specifics and play to the base and make the args umt that s.e. cupp wants to here. now he goes in a different drekdz. in the medicare debate they seemed unprepared to answer the questions. they signaled, no, we're going to make the hard choices and talk the tough talk about medicare and we need to reform entitlements. within the week they were attacking the president for being the one slashing medicare . remember, mitt romney got on his whiteboard and wrote solve it on it and that would solve the problem. last week in the 47% debate, there was a doubling down reiterating the point and saying that's what i meant to say. there was walking back i'm the candidate for 100. if you're a romney ally it's hard to back it up when you have no idea what direction they're heading. it's random.
>> it's funny you said you have a fever, and fever is solved by paul ryan . what i rote down in preparation for this is not too little ryan . that sounds like too little cow bell .
>> yes, i want more cow bell .
>> cow bell is not the problem with this. kind of what you're talking about is you want more conservativism out of the ticket. i hear this from conservative friends that the next time when we do this again, we're going to get more right word and i highly, highly encourage that. one thing that he's going to have to do, though, is move on from this, roll the full screen from craig robinson , former director of the republican party the iowa. i hate to say this, if ryan wants to run for national office again, he has to wash the stench of romney off of him.
>> if some guy in iowa says it, it must be true.
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