Media, Obama camp, sharpening claws for Ryan
(by Audrey Hudson)
ABC News said Democrats and the Obama campaign would vigorously portray Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as “a toxic choice and politically extreme.”
“He has capitulated to the extreme in his party,” an unnamed Democrat was quoted as saying in the post prior to Saturday’s announcement.
The criticism from MSNBC commentators was breathless and rapid fire leading up to Romney’s official announcement at the Norfolk, Va. naval base aboard the USS Wisconsin, a tribute to Ryan’s home state.
Host Rachel Maddow accused both men of using the location to “imply they had military experience,” which she said she found offensive.
The New York Times called the Ryan pick “a seriously, seriously risky one.”
And the Washington Post called it “a fight Democrats have savored, believing the details of Ryan’s budget will turn off voters and persuade them that Democrats offer a fairer path to reduced deficits through a combination of spending cuts and higher taxes on the wealthy.”
The response from the Obama campaign was starkly similar. Spokesman Jim Messina issued a statement calling Ryan a “radical” who would continue to pursue Bush era economic policies, which President Barack Obama also says is to blame for his failure to stimulate the economy during his four-year term.
“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,” Messina said.
“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,” Messina said.