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How much will Paul Ryan help Mitt Romney's chances of winning?
August 13th, 2012
01:55 PM ET

How much will Paul Ryan help Mitt Romney's chances of winning?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Mitt Romney went "bold"... doing what many conservatives wanted him to do in naming Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Many view the Ryan pick as a game-changing one, with both Republicans and Democrats cheering Romney's choice.

But it's yet to be seen if Ryan will make voters more - or less - likely to vote for Romney.

Ryan's weaknesses are pretty evident. His budget plan of drastic spending cuts includes significant changes to Social Security and Medicare. Try selling that to elderly voters in Florida.

It also gives Democrats ammunition to play on those same voters' fears, that the social programs they rely on could be threatened.

Plus, Ryan has virtually no experience in the private sector - just like President Obama. He has spent almost 14 years in Congress - a career politician at a time when America is sick of Washington.

But - Romney's selection of Ryan also carries plenty of benefits.

For starters, while voters are sick of Washington insiders, they tend to reward politicians who push for real change... see Barack Obama in 2008 or New Jersey's Chris Christie.

For Americans who grasp the critical nature of our skyrocketing national debt... now nearing $16 trillion... Ryan has a lot of appeal.

And if Mitt Romney is willing to embrace even some of Ryan's ideas... Pres. Obama won't be able to touch the GOP on government spending and deficits.

Ryan is also a clear plus for the party's base, many of whom have never really liked Romney. He appeals to crucial independent voters, Catholics and women too.

Most importantly, the choice of Ryan signals a clear choice for voters in November. More government versus less government. Runaway national debt versus painful fiscal responsibility. Ryan is a big gamble for Mitt Romney - but it's a bet he almost had to make.

Here's my question to you: How much will Paul Ryan help Mitt Romney's chances of winning?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 4 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. sarah

    BIG TIME!

    August 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  2. John E

    Zero to less than zero.

    Bottom line, anyone who can count can see Ryan's budget is nothing more than a targeted attack to get rid of programs that have been long on the chopping block for top down / trickle down economics followers. His "severe cuts" will actually add to the deficit and our debt as it only cuts additions to what President Obama wants and does not cut into the wider scope of the budget.

    He is more of the same for the republicans and the dwindling number of republicans left will vote for him but the rest of the 2/3rds of the electorate won't. The democrats will turn Ryan and Romney into the boogie man and the rest of the independents will just hold their nose and either vote Obama or just do what I am doing and vote 3rd party.

    This is making me sick and it is only August...can we survive this election Jack?

    August 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  3. Rich McKinney, Texas

    For me the choice is clear. I have voted republican all my life and until Bush attacked Iraq killing thousands of people on a war made up of lies I would have followed them anywhere. After that fiasco I will never vote for another republican. Romney could team up with any celebrity on the planet and it would not appeal to me. The only hope we have for a future in America is for a new party to emerge that is not comprised of republicans or democrats. We can not keep doing the same foolish thing with the same foolish and wasteful people and expect a different result.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  4. Philip W.

    It will NOT make NO difference. Paul Ryan is just another Sarah Palin. Only time will vindicate my post AMEN!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  5. JD in NH

    Mr. Ryan appeals to the far right of the Republican Party. I see him losing votes for Romney among women, minorities and senior citizens because of his radical views and ideas. He was a co-sponsor of a "personhood" bill and opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest. He wants to gut social programs while giving more tax breaks to the wealthy. His most notable idea has been to propose getting rid of Medicare as we know it. He thinks a $6,000 voucher for a $12,000 private insurance policy is a good idea for Grandma.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  6. Dan - Phx

    Ryan is a Washington insider. Nothing will change, he is a horrible choice for Republicans and a great choice from a Democrat perspective. His plan is dangerous for America and built on special interests from corporations. As an independent, this solidified my choice. I have no choice but to vote for the less of two evils and in this case it's Obama.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  7. Peter from Toronto

    Ryan will help solidify Romney's conservative base. Not that they were ever going to vote for Obama anyway, but some of them might have stayed home. The main effect will be to shut some of them up with their doubts.

    However, once people really get a good look at Ryan's budget plan (both incarnations) and his hypocrisy around pretty much everything, it's going to drive away moderates and perhaps a lot of seniors as well.

    The real impact is the effect this may have on Congressional races. If the Democrats can effectively communicate what is really in Ryan's budget plans and how that will potentially affect people, then the Dems could make a large number of pickups in Congress and so even if Romney wins the Presidency, he'll have a tougher time getting the legislation he wants.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  8. John from Alabama

    Jack: Paul Ryan will help Mitt Romney with the conservative base of the Republican Party. Paul Ryan will not help Mitt with voters 50 years of age an older, because of his medicare measures in the budget passed in the House. Paul Ryan hair cut will attract the the blood sucking group. The only other man I know with a widow's peak is Dracula. Military Veterans will not support Ryan, because of his $11 billion dollar cut in the Veterans Administration.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  9. Karl in Flint, MI

    Let me put it this way... the worst Republican candidate for president has chosen the worst candidate possible for vice president. Do you get my drift, here?

    August 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  10. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Was Royce helpful to Rolls in providing excellence to the wealthy? Luxury consumers are overjoyed that the GOP ticket is certain to make them even richer than they could have worked for. The new order will eliminate funding for the poor to make them poorer so the rich won't have to actually work to be richer. Survival of the fittest has taken a bite out of the golden rule.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  11. Al

    Winning Republican support lots; winning the election little

    August 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  12. Gary H. Boyd

    If he gets to debate Joe Biden frequently, probably a lot Jack. Biden is Obama's court jester while Ryan is Romney's Lancelot. And a good Round Table discussion among the four of them would reveal exactly that.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  13. John Tabah

    Romney’s actions speak louder than words, and that is:
    Romney is the puppet for the Tea Party as evidenced by his selection of Paul D. Ryan as his campaign Vice President [that is: he unquestionably puts the face of the Tea Party into his campaign by choosing Paul Ryan] . Paul Ryan’s [a skillful speech writer] actions in Congress unmasks a face of the tea party that allowed him to pull the str
    ings of the House's Republicans to force a budget gridlock in the House of Representative and creating a say no party that almost caused America to default on its Deficit loan payment and unquestionably singlehandedly lowered the United States credit score. Previously, Paul Ryan and President Bush’s attempt to enforce a voucher replacement for social security failed – which would had left social security to the ups and downs of the stock market. And just for a moment think – just think of where social security would be today if the social security bill that would depend on investments in the stock market had passed. After the 2008 bank crisis – it probably would have put the United States deeper into a depressed economy-as the stock market went down the spiral would have carried into social security and the consequences would have been devastating as the bailout would have had to be spent on fixing social security rather than banks and if it went vice versa – who knows what would have followed). Ryan has not learned from this and wants to put Social Security under the risk of business rather than the security of the government- think of the higher risks of medicare fraud and the consequences of innocent sick elderly people.
    Northfield Falls, Vermont

    August 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  14. calaurore9

    AynRyan was a clear choice. There is no ambiguity about Romney's strategic direction now. Small government vs. big government. Let's hope the debate can be about the ramifications of either one. That'll be a good thing.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    August 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    It has nothing to do with Romney or Ryan. It has to do with how much the uninformed American voter believes he or she has to hate the President. Have you ever listened to hate radio. How can such vile hateful lies be a right under our constitution? These guys make tens of millions a year and their listeners believe every word. It makes my skin crawl.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  16. Mel - Houston

    If your a conservative it probably calms some of your angst about his wishy washy ways. As most polls show that most people have already made up their minds for whom they are going to vote for. I saw some poll that said only about 8 % of voter are still undecided. The difference between the two candidate is pretty stark this election.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  17. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, Romney’s campaign appears to be from the script of the “The Producers,” by Mel Brooks. Just switch out the rich mature Rockettes with the rich 1%. Ryan’s role is not to win but to attract unlimited Citizens United campaign contributions from the 1%. Ryan’s negative record on Medicare and women’s rights destroys any chance of attracting swing voters. Think of it, shrewd businessman Romney in charge of $1,000,000,000, or more, not having to serve as President and home by November.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  18. JONIQUE

    If senior citizens think the two RRs are going to protect their SS and medicare, then they will suffer with the rest of us that know better. anyone who thinks Romney is for the the middle class does not know what cutting off your nose to spite your face means. So vote him in, we will all suffer except for the rich folks.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  19. Eric - Houston

    Jack, you have put the issue succinctly. Paul Ryan may help or hurt Republican chances in November, but it is potentially great for the voter. There will now be tremendous pressure for the President to unveil his plan for the long term handling of the deficit, making entitlements sustainable, etc. then everybody can pick at the viability, fairness and philosophy of the two plans and visions. The potential of a real choice of direction in front of adults and the people who should be making the choice. If President Obama doesn't provide a plan as detailed as Mr. Ryan's and just tries to attack, then shame on him and he should be severely punished for it.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  20. John Tabah

    Romney’s actions speak louder than words, and that is:
    Romney is the puppet for the Tea Party as evidenced by his selection of Paul D. Ryan as his campaign Vice President [that is: he unquestionably puts the face of the Tea Party into his campaign by choosing Paul Ryan] . Paul Ryan’s [a skillful speech writer] actions in Congress unmasks a face of the tea party that allowed him to pull the strings
    of the House's Republicans to force a budget gridlock in the House of Representative and creating a say no party that almost caused America to default on its Deficit loan payment and unquestionably singlehandedly lowered the United States credit score. Previously, Paul Ryan and President Bush’s attempt to enforce a voucher replacement for social security failed – which would had left social security to the ups and downs of the stock market. And just for a moment think – just think of where social security would be today if the social security bill that would depend on investments in the stock market had passed. After the 2008 bank crisis – it probably would have put the United States deeper into a depressed economy-as the stock market went down the spiral would have carried into social security and the consequences would have been devastating as the bailout would have had to be spent on fixing social security rather than banks and if it went vice versa – who knows what would have followed). Ryan has not learned from this and wants to put Social Security under the risk of business rather than the security of the government- think of the higher risks of medicare fraud and the consequences of innocent sick elderly people.
    Northfield Falls, Vermont

    August 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  21. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    Az gov. ann brewer would have been a better choice, she doesn't fear obama and would have really made this a tag team wrestlemania match to watch.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  22. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    I don't think Ryan will help Romney very much. His links to the Tea Party will make it easy for Democrats to pin the wing nut label on both of them.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  23. Brad, Portland, OR

    Ryan is a "born-again" fiscal hawk. He only started worrying about deficits once Obama was elected president. Before that, he cut government revenues and increased government spending which set new deficit records.

    Under George W. Bush, Ryan voted for the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, which reduced government revenues, and voted for the increased spending of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the new unpaid-for senior pharmaceutical benefit that was a gift to Big Pharma, and he also voted to bail out Wall Street banksters with TARP.

    Ryan's never cashed a payroll check from a private company. He's always been on the government payroll, his whole career.

    Putting Ryan on the ticket will only cement the Tea Party wing of the Republican party and people ignorant of Ryan's past.

    He won't win any votes from independents or Democrats, or true fiscal conservatives.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  24. Jim in Denver, CO

    Jack,
    Not at all. By doing this Romney his thrown his hat in with the ultra right. Centrist Independents and Moderate Republicans will not vote for this ticket. Thus, the majority of people with brains will vote for President Obama.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  25. David, Tampa

    My vote will be going elsewhere. Isn't this the guy that stood on the steps of Capitol Hill seeking an increase in Congressional pay just after shafting working people in this country?

    August 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  26. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The Nuns that are out leading the charge against Ryan are Catholics that will hurt Romney. He talks about cuts to the people that always vote, good luck and as for women look at the cuts he's talking about, cut social but not WAR! I have decided to vote for the President and smoking Joe.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  27. Jahangir

    If leader follows the follower it leads to nowhere.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  28. Gigi Oregon

    Not a chance...I read your article and all I can say "Are you Crazy". I'm a woman, elderly, Christian and independently conservative and on Social Security and Medicare. Ryan is egotistic, wealthy, and capitalistic. And I am smart enough to understand "from experience" you do not pay off debt by lowering your revenue. You do not cut back on government to build, protect, or provide justice or safety for the people. Who would protect us from the these political nuts running OR not running our government. And the Supreme Court who allowed, the wealthy to buy the White House.

    What happened to the war debt that the Bush years ran up...and what year will my and your grand kids, start having to paying off that debt. While I'm thinking about the war in the wrong country, just how much did that fiasco cost the tax payers.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  29. Phyllis G Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    How much will Paul Ryan help Mitt Romney's chances of winning?

    He definitely will be an asset to his chances of winning, but I wonder
    why those with billions of dollars of the people's sweat lodged in their
    bank-books are trying to pay their debt also from the people's pockets?
    "Their conscience is clean they haven't used it."

    August 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  30. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Another career politician who wants to cut Medicare and Social Security; he wouldn't be where he is today without his father's SS but since he is very rich now he can punish others. Besides in his interview last night he said he's worked most of his life trying to SAVE AMERICA; WOW and new god!

    August 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  31. Beth

    Not very much. In fact, this may prove to have been a bad choice. Already Ryan seems to be overshadowing Romney. If it takes the VP candidate to bring out the crowds and rev up excitement,that does not say much for Romney. Palin did that for McCain initially but it didn't lead to victory for him. It is no coincidence that Romney revealed his choice for VP right on the heels of his train wreck of a trip to Europe and the Middle East which resulted in lower ratings in the polls. He was desperate to take the focus off of himself and he succeeded at least for a couple of days. The bottom line however is that Romney is running for President and he needs to show that he is up to the task regardless of who his VP pick is. If people vote based on policy, I am confident that President Obama will be re-elected. Ryan's budget is indicative of the GOP ideology – look out for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. I remember Romney saying he wasn't worried about the poor because there was a safety net for them but it sounds like the Romney/Ryan team are prepared to yank that safety net out from under them.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  32. Loren, Chicago

    A lot if he energizes Tea Party voters. Not a lot if nobody bothers to actually think about the issues and vote personality as they did in electing President Obama.

    Sad to say, as I was unwilling to write off the Presidency when he was first elected, but President Obama has proven himself beholden more than ever to his campaign donors, and his party's unwillingness to listen to any Republican proposals to help the economy and to institute necessary regulations for financial reform when he was given that opportunity, reflect wasted opportunities. Unfortunately, most of his consituency is less concerned about the nuts and bolts of government and fall for the meaningless grand gesture, like the hollow Health Care Reform. President Obama has failed in his promise of change and does not deserve another chance.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  33. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    The government writes the checks for entitlements, defense, and a infinite list of expenditures. The money flows down to the consumer, who distributes the bucks to the corporate giants and small business for goods and services.
    The point is, Romney, and Ryan will not cut the dollar flow out of Washington with their program cutting folly. Wall Street and their thousands of lobbyist foot soldiers won’t allow Congress or any President stop the flow of dollars the market thrives on. Obama hasn’t.
    So what’s to help, it matter not who wins the election, it is the system we embrace, the free enterprise economy, the government financed one, and collectively no one in Washington dare stop.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  34. Kevin M.

    Paul Ryan has many good qualities that Republicans haven't had on a presidential ticket in years. Someone who is smart, young, isn't out of touch with the average American, and actually has some ideas. The problem with him is the ideas part. Agree with him or not on medicare, social security, and a whole host of other issues, he and Romney will scare the seniors in Florida. Forget Wisconsin,and Iowa for a second. Without Florida, Romney is toast.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  35. Paul in NC

    How on earth can you call shredding the social safety net and obliterating the middle class fiscal responsiblity. The Ryan budget is the most irresponsible doctrine I've seen in many years. The only people who won't suffer economic hardship under this plan are the top 5 % or so. So I'd have to guess that 95% would be less likely to vote for this ticket.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  36. Sean from Thousand Oaks, CA

    Romney is seen as the glib billionaire with no connection to the average Joe. Bringing Ryan aboard will sink his ship. He has promulgated the elimination of social security while voting for an increase in military spending last May. It was a ridiculous, impulsive move to appear as more conservative by Romney and it will destroy his appeal to anyone who isn't hanging by the fingernails off the right end of the political spectrum.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  37. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Not at all. If AARP and the White House highlight how Ryan's plan for block granting Medicaid will affect not just those people under 55 who won't have Medicare as we know it, but seniors in nursing homes now, or who could go into them, Romney and Ryan will be toast.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  38. Gerry Iowa

    What I've seen so far hasn't been too impressive. I don't know what a bold move means. Palen was a bolld move, I guess.is what they mean. Ryan is not a bold move compared to her. He doesn't seem to have any energy, at all., Big mouth Chrsty might be bold. But women might think he is obnoxious not bold. Also will the media quit saying if a politician is Catholisc.Catholic people will vote for them. There is no Catholic block of voters. O'Reilly and Hannity are Catholic and I won't even listen to them. No ,I don't thinl Ryan will add anything to Romney's ticket.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  39. Tom

    Hi Jack,
    Welfare, the economy, health insurance, jobs are intangled issues. What is the leading cause of these issues becoming more
    important in the U.S?.I beleive it is the mass relocation of American business to communist and other third
    world nations. This goes without saying doesn't it!! However, not many politicains address the issue of the relocation of Americanbuisness to communist nations or nations supported by communist. The question is, is why do politicians support relocation of American business to communist countries, leaving Americans to beg for welfare, healthcare etc??? Tom

    August 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  40. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    Once the Ayn Rand / Paul Ryan connection is made public, and people are educated on what that philosophy entails and how deeply indoctrinated Ryan is, it will be hard for anyone wishing to live in a free country to punch Romney's ticket to the White House. The only two pieces of legislation this career politician ever got through was a bill to name a post office, and a bill to put a tax on arrows (as in bow & arrows). Romney has managed to close the door to any hope of getting the moderate or independant vote.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  41. lou

    I don't think it will make much difference. It just solidifies what we already know about Romney. He's a budget guy with an eye on slashing spending and protecting who he believes are the job creators. Trickle down economics to the core. What will be interesting to see is which approach the voters will choose. We've come to a fork in the road in this country and this election will surely decide which direction we head.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  42. George in PA

    I think it improves his chances from slim to mediocre. Even though the Tea party likes Ryan they were going to vote for Romney anyway. Ryan will bring in some younger voters who'll see him as an improvement over Joe Biden.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  43. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Ryan will help a lot because now the media will be forced to talk about the medicare insolvency which is coming in 9 years. The obama plan is to do nothing to save medicare from insolvency. The liberal media will be forced to explain to their audiences that "people under 55 can't have medicare as they know it because it is 34 Trillion in debt". Obama and the dems want to scare people and do nothing just to get votes, and that is irresponsible. Another little tid bit the media will be forced to admit because of ryan is that raising the taxes on the rich will only generate enough money to operate the government for 7 days. It now costs 10.5 billion dollars a day to fund the government. Taxing the rich will get votes but it will not save medicare, medicaid or food stamps because the goverment is broke.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  44. Cee, La.

    It might be bold if you are a Tea Pot........but he is a right winger with some baggage on womens issues...and a budget that Ive heard some on your Network say passed the Republican House......woop de doo.........imagine that. He probably wont change many minds........toooooo many Tea leaves.......

    August 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  45. Gordon from Virginia

    I think Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has lowered his chances of getting elected. Not that I thought he had that much of a chance in the first place. Paul Ryan is too far out on the right wing of the Republican Party. Oh yes, he's a big favorite with the conservatives especially among tea party types, but that's about it. Mitt Romney has really boxed himself into a corner now by embracing someone with such radical views on how to fix the economy. No, it just isn't going to work.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  46. Drew

    I voted a straight Democratic ticket 4 years ago. I won't do the same this election. I was initially on the fence over whether or not I would support Romney this year, but his pick of Paul Ryan as his VP swung me, an independent voter, over to his side, as I wanted a staunch fiscal conservative. I'll be voting for Romney and Ryan this election.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  47. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Jack, I've already met a woman in her 60's who was leaning towards Romney, but with the selection of Ryan is now either not voting or sticking with Obama, she lives in battleground Pennsylvania and I bet she's not alone.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  48. David Word

    I think Mitt Romney selecting Paul Ryan as his Veep selection will be a great help to President Obama's reelection campaign. With Ryan's stated plans to change Social Security, and raise the minimum age to 70 to start receiving benefits, this will motivate thousands of older voters to vote for the President. I know many of my 50 something friends, as well as myself, vehemently oppose having our retirement ages raised to 70 at this late date, after we have paid into the SS trust fund for 30 or 40 years. Ryan and Rominey just do not get it, as neither one has to play by the rules of the middle class. It is easy for them to play fast and loose with Social Security because it is not the key financial foundation for THEIR retirement plans.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  49. Jenny Sills from Rome Georgia

    I do not know about winning the election BUT hopefully it will focus the election on what this country need and that is a economic plan to put people back to work.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  50. Carlos Magallanes

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Romney pulled a JFK. When JFK was asked by Bobbie Kennedy "Why Lyndon for V.P." Jack answered "Would you rather have him in Congress or as an ineffectual V.P." Romney is bent on being his own President what ever that means. He still has to define himself, but since he wears the biggest flip floppers ever, this will be difficult.

    C. Magallanes
    Pasadena, calif

    August 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  51. Paul Austin Texas

    Zero he will scare very many seniors away from the GOP.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  52. Mark in BC NV

    They are both more accomplished gentlemen than the two crooks we have now occupying the Presidency and VP. They have a positive outlook for America where if you work hard, you should keep your hard earned money instead of the government redistributiing it to the "takers".

    August 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  53. Sil Bucci

    Not onebit Jack. 1) Seniors wont vote for that ticket based on Ryans stance on entitlements. 2) However many welfare
    and medicaid recipient there are won't vote for them based on the same above reason. 3) without that many votes what chance will they have? My opinion!!! Zip, nana, zero. Sil Creston, NC

    August 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  54. Lou from North Carolina

    Ryan will bring life to the ticket. A Republican could probably win no matter what or who.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  55. jk in MN

    To me, he's scarier than Sarah Palin was – just as conservative and heartlless. Ryan's more intelligent than she is.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  56. Brian, San Diego

    He makes it practically a lock. Between the budget plan, the far-right ideological credentials, the leadership in the Republican Congress, this guy has the whole package for drawing in the votes in droves. Oh, wait, never mind, I thought it said "how much will Paul Ryan help Barack Obama's chances of winning?".

    August 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  57. Greg Turman

    Jack;

    In 1994 Bill Clinton lost the house of reps due to HillaryCare & gun control. In 2010 president Obama lost the house due to back lash on ObamaCare.
    Paul Ryan is the best to explain HIS bill which maintains staus quo social security & medicare for those over 55 years of age. President Obama is the best to explain his ObamaCare which takes $700 billion from ALL of our medicare.
    However, president Obama will not wish to discuss ObamaCare nor fast & furious, both of which are proven loosers for the dem party.
    Regards,
    Gregory Turman
    Noonday,Texas

    August 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  58. Mr. D

    Most people like to talk about the "skyrocketing debt", but when it comes to personal sacrifice to help do something about it, I have my doubts. We did it during WW2, but that was long ago and far away. We are a different nation now, and frankly, I don't like what I see. Le't all wish Mitt and Paul good luck.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  59. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    He will do for Romney what Palin never did for McCain. He is intelligent,well spoken, I think he can handle the media, so overall not a bad choice. The only problem now is deciding which one should be the one running for President. Even Romney stepped all over that when he introduced him. When they are together on stage Ryan is full of enthusiasm and Romney not so much! Careful Mitt, this guy is going to do circles around you!!

    August 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  60. David of Alexandria VA

    It can help a lot but only if the Romney people actually use him to promote a real debate regarding the significant economic issues facing this country. So far, the candidates have spent their time tossing stink bombs at one another and we are learning precious little about what each intends ot actually do if elected. Left to their own devoices, the Dems will elevate fear-mongering to a new national sport using Ryan's budget as fodder.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  61. Sandstone

    "Winning what?? His chance to visit the whitehouse? From now on when you mention Ryans name, I'm going to listen to your own comment, because I'm compleatly lost about what you call 'winning' in the USA. It's more about 'we're old pals, jolly old pals' than it is about strategy of how we go about it."

    August 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  62. Bob in Ohio

    It just might help. Having Ryan on the ticket will give Romney an excuse for flipping from his moderate stances over to the conservative stances of Ryan. Problem is he has to stay there, and he hasn't been able to do that yet.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  63. Terri from Blountville, tn

    Paul Ryan probably helps build support with the base. He'll have Tea Party support but as for the indecided and the moderates only time will tell that story. Being Catholic might change the narrative as some mistrust a Mormon. It won't change the narrative for me...I still don't trust them, regardless of religious faith.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  64. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Paul Ryan a career politician who has spent 14 years in Congress and has passed only 2, count 'em 2 laws. One of those was having someones name put on a Post Office. The other one was getting a reduced tax rate for bow & arrow hunters. Apparently they were paying too much for arrows.. There is a reason it's referred to as "the do nothing Congress" and Paul Ryan is the epitome of that ruling class. Clearly he is a great choice if this country desires to retreat to the trickle down policies which got us into this mess. Maybe Republicans ere enthusiastic about kicking that dead horse around again because it was shot by an arrow.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  65. CONNIE G., CHICAGO, IL

    Romney's "bold decision" of Ryan is a clear desparate move because Romney is being badly beaten by the Obama Campaign in the polls and this is seen as an attempt to stop the hemorage. The choice for the American voters is a no-brainer. Even Catholic Nuns are horrified and decrying Ryan's plan as caastrophic for America. Yes, the Democrats have every reason to be ecstatic for this GOP selection, they have virtually assured Pres. Obama a "landslide victory" come November...

    August 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  66. Martha Brooks

    Will likely help in the short run, but once folks are really tuned into the draconian fiscal "solutions" that both candidates espouse, then things will probably change. Seniors in particular should be fearful (what's to prevent them from instituting these changes right now, never mind "under 55"), and anyone on the food stamp program. And, boy, that covers a lot of us!

    Martha, Rew, PA

    August 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  67. Josh from New Orleans

    Not very much because now you have two conservative white guys talking about taking America back. The voters will read that with racial undertones.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  68. Jeff In Minnesota

    Representative Ryan seems to be a "glass half empty" sort of pessimist. His budget guts social programs and does nothing to invest in anything other than Defense, and even that is not much. I would love to hear Representative Ryan explain why Simpson-Bowles is a bad thing since he is supposed to be this huge budget wonk. However, when he has been asked (and he has not been asked often on this topic), he dodges the question. That says to me that he doesn't have an answer other than Simpson-Bowles doesn't pander to his preferred special interests.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  69. Jeff In Minnesota

    I was really hoping for someone to run with Mitt that I could get behind. Looks like I'll be voting for myself again this election. There's no one intelligent on the ballot.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  70. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,
    The media's characterization of Paul Ryan as a change agent is laughable. Every modern day Republican is trained only in repeating the mantra " The Koch brothers need a tax cut", no matter how glibly with Mr. Ryan it may be packaged. The door is still going to be slammed on the middle class and working poor.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  71. Deb Thompson

    This changes NOTHING ! People have to realize they are out for them selves.

    They need to keep religion out. I was born in the catholic faith. God created man in his image. NO WHERE IN THE BIBLE DOES IT SAY TO MAKE YOUR FELLOW MAN POOR AND YOU STAY RICH. STOP USING RELIGION. I BELIEVE THERE IS A SAYING SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE! LET'S FOLLOW THAT RULE. AND DO RIGHT BY YOUR FELLOW MAN.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  72. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Romney will lose by a larger margin with his choice of Ryan. Pulling money out of the economy by cutting Medicare, Social Security, and other programs is the opposite of what is needed to create jobs. We need Obama's jobs bill and stimulus. FDR got us out of the Great Depression with the same game plan that Obama and the economists are recommending for us now.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  73. Overby

    It'll help a great deal. We, the people, realize something has to be done to get the country on the right track and we need someone that understands you can't spend your way to wealth and prosperity, and that you should not live beyond your means. Ryan's plan clearly doesn't affect anyone over age 55, so those Florida seniors have nothing to worry about, but every one knows changes have to be made. Having competence from our leaders will be a breath of fresh air.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  74. Jan in Wa. State

    Help? I don't think it will help other than bring someone with a personality to the Republican ticket.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  75. Peter M. Reyes Sr.

    With Romney's ratings dropping and constant gaffes, Ryan will take some pressure off Romney. Nobody knows about Ryan except his budget plan he arcithected. Seniors, women, for many reasons, catholic Bishops, Catholic Nuns, and many Independents who are all included in these groups and will give Ryan's budget a thumbs down. It will be a main topic of discussion devirting much attention away from the economy. Also, Romney and Ryan do not share his budget completely, but it is now Romneys to defend. Not Good.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  76. Nick from Weatherly, PA

    Not much, from what I know nobody votes for a vice president.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  77. EdfromMD

    You have to have a running mate to win and Paul Ryan satisfies that criteria.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  78. Larry, RI

    I think that the VP seldom helps any presidential candidate win an election, but they can certainly help him to lose. (Sarah Palin) I believe with this choice that Mr. Romney has just lost the elderly (and they vote). Don't fool around with Medicare and Social Security, Mr. Ryan.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  79. Pat in Michigan

    I think his choice has hurt him . He will lose the voting poor, Blacks ,Gays . Middle Class .anyone with a medical condition that will die or be denied treatment under his plans.
    He has however gained the support of the chinese and every other third world country and tax haven that has our jobs and our money!

    August 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  80. Mike in Little RI

    I think he might get Wisconsin but otherwise I don't think it may make that much of a difference.I see the polls Jack and let me say this.I,nor my friends have done any poll taking recently.The President will get a 2nd term and that's my prediction to you

    August 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  81. Robert (Pittsburgh, PA)

    Ryan will be more of a hindrance than a help. The Democrats and their SuperPacs define as the leader trying to undermine medicare but won't balance the budget until 2040 before the Romney campaign can whitewash him an pretend he's a white knight. Besides, Ryan voted for the things that got us into this mess: the unfunded, unnecessary war in Iraq, the wasteful, ineffective bush tax cuts of 2001 & 2003 and the medicare drug program that did more for BigPharma than for seniors. Romney can't spend his general election funds until he's declared the Republican nominee at their convention. The Democrats have plenty of time to define him.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  82. Rod99b

    Putting Ryan on the tkt will make Dems relax and act as if the election is now in the bag. Perfect choice. Dems were very suprised at the election results in fall 2010 and got their butts whipped. Watch what happens this fall...can you say landslide Romney/Ryan.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  83. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Does anyone else besides me notice that Romney named Ryan as his choice for VP just when the talk about his failure to release more tax returns had reached a fever pitch? So far Ryan has helped Romney win more time to evade, sidestep, and avoid that pressing issue. If either one of them thinks that that iron is out of the fire they are sadly mistaken.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  84. Sam, Mt Pleasant

    I believe Ryan will end up being the new Sarah Palin with a bob cut, Jack.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  85. Annie, Atlanta

    When you pick the guy who doesn't care if old people live or die and wants to take from the poor and give to the rich as an added insult, just to appeal to your base who were attacking you last week (hmmm), I don't even need to express an opinion.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  86. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y

    If Dems can link Ryan to the Tea Party it will turn off independants and some moderate republicans. The moderates may not switch their votes to Obama but they may sit out the election.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  87. Randy

    About as much as Sarah palin helped John McCain. Hopefully America is as tired of these former rich kids who turned their family connections into "successful" political and business (pillaging and looting) careers as I am. The republican candidates are a case study in the buyer of politicians and the bought politician on the same ticket trying to fool the public into thinking they're the solution to problems THEY created.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  88. Reggie53

    Well if Biden can be a Vice President then of course Ryna can even be president which he will be in 2020. Biden is like dumb and dumber so that speaks for itself. Ryan is an intelligent man and that is what democrats cannot understand because they do not know what intelligence means. Right now democrats are running scared because they know that the Romney/Ryan ticket will roll over Obama/Biden in November. Here goes all the nasty comments possible from the democrats because they do not know any better. Also trying to scare the elderly people into thinking that Romney/Ryan will take away their medicare.........which of course is another lie from tthe democrats. That's the only thing they know how to do.....lie...lie...lie!!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  89. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Ryan may have some tea party support but the Tea party is not a party at all it is a movement. The Tea party does what the Tea party thinks will benefit the Tea party not the average American. Yes, tea party members were elected to stop the spending but we are still spending like there is no tomorrow in Washington so they are not very effective. Ryan is in the game for Ryan not you or I. According to the definition a true conservative is opposed to change yet Ryan claims to embrace it. You can not have it both ways.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  90. Robert (Seattle, WA)

    Ryan will be more of a hindrance than a help. He'll never appeal to anyone other than the right-wing nuts who have nowhere else to go. The Democrats and their SuperPacs define as the leader trying to undermine medicare but won't balance the budget until 2040 before the Romney campaign can whitewash him an pretend he's a white knight. Besides, Ryan voted for the things that got us into this mess: the unfunded, unnecessary war in Iraq, the wasteful, ineffective bush tax cuts of 2001 & 2003 and the medicare drug program that did more for BigPharma than for seniors. Romney can't spend his general election funds until he's declared the Republican nominee at their convention. The Democrats have plenty of time to define him.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  91. Paulette, Dallas, PA

    Zilch! Ryan is going to give the voters another reason to vote against Romney.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  92. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    If there was any doubt that Romney would lose, it's gone now. the "Free money for Rich folks and Screw everyone else, including Senoirs & Veterans" economic plan of Ryan's won't even work with the GOP base.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  93. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    The best choice he could have made. The largest issue that they have at hand is to convince Americans that the (majority of the) media does not always tell the truth and that they need to not be afraid. The election will be one by the team that can be trusted to do what is right for the economy.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  94. RickFromDetroit

    I don't think Ryan has the slightest idea of how to handle health care, the economy, or anything else, so he should be popular among the GOP Voters!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  95. David, California

    This tall tail just might wag the GOP big dog into office. Paul Ryan is a genuine game-changer. Unike Sarah Palin, he has both flash AND substance–qualities, both, sadly lacking in his would-be boss, Romney.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  96. Mark in Houston

    Ryan on the ticket means nothing to me. What does is when I hear them both talk about "Taking America Back".
    Back to what, more people like Bush and Cheney...more policies like the ones that wrecked the middle class, and damn near sent the US over a financial cliff...not to mention the war against clean air and women's rights ...all the while making sure the wealthy don't have to contribute toward helping fix the mess made by Republicans.

    sorry, I've had my fill of Republican policy...Ryan or no Ryan.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  97. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Romney 'created' Ryan 'in his own image'. Most people will see through it all and re-elect Obama. Romneys' choice is no better than McCain's was.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  98. Ruth in Indianapolis

    They "say" that social security for those over 55 will not be affected. How can I believe it. If any part of Ryan's budget goes through (no taxes on capital gains, dividends, hugh estates), revenues will drop. Supply-side economics and trickle down will result in ordinary people unable to buy much of anything. With no demand, more jobs will be lost. We will end up in a depression. Then, where does the money come from? I paid into social security for 46 years. I need it now. I hope the choice of Ryan for VP spells doom for the Romney-Ryan ticket. Else, I think it will spell doom for me.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  99. Ralph Nelson

    Worst possible choice he could have made. Clearly defines who Romney is (Robin Hood of the Rich). Makes it clear he plans to destroy Medicare, Medicaid, and try to privatize Social Security. Solidifies his Right wing nuts (Tea Party) and alienates the those on Social Security. Probably loses Florida unless Republican efforts to fix the vote succeed., Clearly shows, as if we haven't seen it in his campaign, that Romney can't manage (as it Management).

    August 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  100. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm not sure if the Ryan pick was a help or rescue for Romney. How can Ryan help or rescue Romney when Ryan's budget plan is like an anchor around his neck.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  101. John Keida

    OMG, 2 silver spooners as the GOP ticket! How surprising!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  102. Jane - WI

    Love how the left dubs Ryan "ultra right", while not acknowledging that Barack Obama (the head of the Democratic ticket) is "ultra left".

    August 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  103. Cal from Newark,Ohio

    It all depends on what kind of country the American people want to have Jack.
    If we want horrific debt and no jobs, then stay with what you have. What a future for our children!
    If we think we deserve so much better than we are now getting, then we Must have Change, Jack, or we are doomed!
    My brain and heart are telling me to choose better and wiser this time around!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  104. Brian in IL

    I believe it will torpedo his chances ffor the reason that Ryan wants to gut Social Security and Medicare, and seniors make up the nation's largest voting bloc. This effort will never fly.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  105. Eleanor

    Did I hear you say that Ryan appeals to women? Based upon what poll?

    August 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  106. Richard Harrison

    I also don't think that Romney/Ryan will be a cake walk for Obama/Biden but I see VERY little chance of Ryan doing anything more than exciting the GOP and especially TP base. Ryan will lose more seniors than he’ll gain for his ticket due to his stands on Social Security, Medicare, etc. Plus independents who may have been considering Romney will walk away now due to Ryan’s extreme budget ideas.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  107. Laura K Nebraska

    Not at all! I couldn't be happier for my fellow Democrats. How can the guy who most represents the epitome of rich corporate white America in a troubled economy pick the guy who wants to cut and gut social welfare programs that many middle-class families need to survive? Slam dunk Team Obama.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  108. John De Salvio

    Snowball in Hell comes to mind.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  109. Larry in Houston

    How much will Paul Ryan help Mitt Romney's chances of winning?
    Answer : He's catering to the Tea Party – and the extreme Right, otherwise, Romney is contradicting himself – before the Ryan "pick" – he was constantly anouncing in all his speeches & Ads – that he was going to "help" the middle class – "when he gets in office, he would "create" the "Jobs" that Obama isn't "creating". And the U.S. will "prosper" again. If that was the case, why didn't he "pick" someone like Pawlenty, which has a middle class background, and all of his family & friends were blue collar workers, when he was living and working in Minnesota. Nooooo, he "picked" somebody that has Doctors & Lawyers in his family, and was brought Up with all of his uncles that were Doctors, not to mention that the majority of his Family is White Collar Workers.
    That all being said : here is another example of what a lot of people call Romney a "Flip – Flopper" He SAID that he is For The Middle Class & is going to "Fix the Job Problem" BUT he Picked a white Collar worker & his Family is all White Collar people. So, what IS Romney's stand ?? Is he For the Middle Class ? or is he for the white collar Only ??
    No wonder they call him a flip flopper.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the middle class – working people)

    August 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  110. gm

    Ryan has as much of a chance at helping the Romney ticket as a "snow ball in hell"....Again the Republicans are out of touch with the American people..

    August 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  111. Paul, Louisiana

    He helps Romney in gutting Medicare, satisfying the rich, bringing us back to the mess that put us here in the first place. Oh yeah, he will help Romney alright, but hinder Romney's chances come November 6.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  112. Jason L

    ryan will help Romney little to none. Instead of trying to secure the indecent vote, Romney is trying to secure the right wing vote. Romney just fumbled on the 40. Now Obama can take it back the other way for the goal.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  113. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    For someone that got only two bills pased in fourteen years in congress (pretty lousy) and someone that wants to destroy the social security and medicare system, I would say that Romneys chances just got reduced somewhat.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  114. Mommasigma

    It would be different if Romney and Ryan would tell the truth about their plans. The current plans would be gutted. Dems and Repubs know that the entitlement programs need to be reformed, but I would rather have the $ in my hand then R&R putting it in a private fund which will not have any oversight over them! P90 that Ryan!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  115. egbertowillies

    Fortunately the addition of Paul Ryan does not help Romney at all. It will likely cost him Florida and solidify PA and IA and OH. It makes the election a landslide. Romney made a bet for a mandate if Obama slips up but otherwise is ready to lose. Why else would he hold on to tax returns and have wife participated in the ritzy event at the olympics.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  116. mychannellogos

    Paul Ryan serves one purpose: to rally the republican base. He's a poor choice to woo the elderly, women, hispanics, or any specific state. It's not "courage" to release a budget that only caters to conservatives, doesn't reduce the deficit for 40 years, and cuts social programs to give money to billionaires. The bold move would have been to pick a VP that is actually willing to go against their party at times.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  117. Cal in CA

    If people actually look at Ryan's voting record in Congress they won't know who the bigger flip-flopper is. If Mitt can coordinate his flops with Ryan's flips will the laws of physics cancel each other out?

    August 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  118. Larry Colonial Heights

    Ryan will be a plus because he did pass a law to re-name a post office. that is quite an achievement for someone who has spent 14 years in congress

    August 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  119. Michael in Baldwinsville

    Jack, Paul Ryan will help Romney a little by solidifying the Republican votes but will not likely help him with Independents or converting Democrats because his policies are right wing extremist. they won't fool Independents.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  120. mike

    It wouldn't help much. He hurts the elderly vote he also never worked in the private sector. This also gives more material to Obama to attack Mitt Romney. But this pick shows the riskier side of Mitt Romney.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  121. Anamika

    As an independent, I was gonna sit this election out. Ryan as a VP and the possibility of fiscal discipline on the horizon makes me want to take the time to cast my vote.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  122. gmawhnney

    Your question begs a question – votes or campaign cash? Ryan will scare all those who were sitting on the fence but the Super PAC money will flow like water – End result? TV Networks advertising departments will cash in and we'll have 'four more years'.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  123. Peter Oliphant

    Ryan will hurt Romney's chances of winning.... it is hard to imagine Ryan as PRESIDENT....while the GOP ticket is benefiting form the initial bump the selection of any VP running mate would have had (since it is finally a position Romney can't change his mind on any more... hehe).... this will be temporary... and eventually Ryan will be almost as much of a problem to Romney as Palin ended up for McCain... albeit for different reasons...

    August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  124. Carla Bouffard

    Well, Jack, when Romney announced Ryan as his running mate, he lost two votes in this household. Ryan is far too radical conservative for our Midwestern, soon to be retiring tastes. What on earth happened to the gentler, kinder Mitt Romney who used to be Governor of Massachusetts? Sad...

    August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  125. Tami in Ohio

    Maybe if you were a woman instead of a cranky old guy, you'd stop saying that Paul Ryan will help Romney with the women's vote. Paul Ryan is awful for women's rights.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  126. Jack, Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    This election thing has reached Olympic proportions. In the end one has to perform or go home. Would that be the Virgin Islands?

    August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  127. Rita - IL

    Hopefully it will HURT his chance of winning. The Republicans always talk about the debt we are leaving for our children. With Ryan's plan for turning Medicare into a voucher program, here's what I see for our children: A choice. A choice they will have to make when the $6000.00 insurance policy their parents buy with their voucher doesn't cover genetic diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Do they help their parents, possibly denying their own children a college education or risking their own financial stability? Or do they make the painful decision that they cannot help their parents and let them suffer and possibly die too soon. This is the debt that our children will have to pay with Ryan's plan. So I definately hope that he does not help Romney win.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  128. Bret Allen

    Bret N. Idaho

    He will help like palin to Mccain, but he does have a way with words.
    We do need to cut spending in Washington, and he does have good points but he better fix it up to meet the needs of the many.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  129. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much will Paul Ryan help Mitt Romney's chances of winning?

    No chance at all Jack. For both of them to hit the campaign trail saying they both support Medicare when we have read Paul Ryan's plan is laughable.

    I won't vote for them.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  130. Kevin Currie

    Romney's choice to pick Paul Ryan as his VP candidate will be equaled to congress' approval rating.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  131. D. Bundi, Texas

    It will hurt him. Its easy to look at spreadsheets and find "solutions" on what to cut etc. the idea of fiscal responsibility is handsome when you have a second or third home – and everything is about numbers (big numbers)...but America is a society – not a shop. The nation has grown on the backs of the middle class and the idea of top down economics, medicare coupons is going to be hard to sell. Romney is all about being on top of the political Hill and he will use Ryan's naive approach "merciless spending cuts" to get there. When was the last time Romney or Ryan got a pink notice... and what happens after that? Its a simple question...only if you have been down that path. Equal opportunity? Yeah – that's what's going on out here...

    August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  132. Craig

    Congressman Ryan's fiscal responsibility on the backs of the middle class? Mr. Romney had the making of president that could lead and compromise. No longer. This independents vote is going the other way.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  133. Mike in Alpharetta, GA

    Jack, I'm one of those 50+ people who are not supposed to support Ryan. I'm sorry to say he has all my support. Just like getting the household budget in order requires sacrifice, the same goes for my generation and the budget.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  134. pamela

    If your my age (50) and your smart, your going to vote Democrate. The republicans have already sold my generation down the drain, they moved our jobs overseas, the let corporations go bankrupt on pensions, and now they want to privatize social security and gut medicare.

    What we'll we have left, if they take our social security to.

    Wake up people, this is not the America my parents grew up in.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  135. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    The selection of Paul Ryan is not another Palin for the GOP. Palin lacked intelligence – that is not the case with Ryan. However, Ryan's plans for Medicare and Social Security are way over the mark. Everyone knows they need adjusted and strengthened by intelligent " bits and pieces" that will keep the plans operative and solvent. But Ryan's plan would destroy them. Seniors do not want choices – they want security. When you reach the age to need them, your lifestyle is set and to have these major supports pulled out from under you, well, you simply can't recover. How can you hope to find a job at age 65 that would pay enough to put away money to compensate for the coverage you will lose under the Ryan plan? No matter how the GOP tryies to sugar-coat this, it will be a disaster for seniors if Romney/Ryan win and this in implemented. The financial fall-out for many seniors will be financial disaster for, eventually when your vouchers run out, you use all the money you have saved, your house has been sold and there are no funds left – I guess you will just be out of luck.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  136. Nora

    NOTHING! Ryan will only shine the light brighter on how cut throat nature of the wealthy. I'ts like watching a crack head looking for their next fix.

    They will get the the high and the country will have to deal with the withdrawals.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  137. Hunter

    Hard to tell right now. It will take a month of so to see the true effects of any. He will very much help Romney in fundraising. A battle he is already winning and winning by a large factor. Ryan of course opens up the "Granny over the ledge' attacks but at least somebody has the gonads to not play it safe all the time. It is amazing how voters whine all the time how vague politicians are but when somebody comes out and tries over and over to actually get something accomplished those same whiners begin a torrent complaints and scoffs that how dare somebody try and do something. Democracy in action.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  138. Cliff, NJ

    While Paul Ryan is energizing, I think people will end up voting for what Mittens is going to do, not Paul Ryan. He's a plus, but if he's enough of a plus to catapult Mitt into the White House is debatable.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  139. Tony Perez

    Paul Ryan will help shape the fall debates. I'm getting tired of the gutter strategy of Team Obama. One thing for sure....if you are broke at home, you must stop spending down to the necessities. Why can't the US Gov't which is BROKE TO THE MAX do the exact the same thing? As Margaret Thatcher once said, "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." Are we listening, America?

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  140. wycliffe

    Is this the guy who said NO for four years and now he wants us to say YES to cutting deficit on the backs of the poor and the elderly!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  141. Ken Durham from San Diego

    The pick of Ryan is enormous and probably a silver dagger (Romney would not have an commoner's dagger) to Romney's heart. The selection of Paul Ryan is tantamount to switching off Romney's ever present cloaking device. The selection of a VP pick is a direct reflection of the top-of-the-ticket (Romney's) views and beliefs. Thank you Willard!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  142. Alexander Rojas

    Independents, independents & independents, they have always been key in presidential elections in recent years. Ryan moves the independent group in favor of Republicans and energizing the base.Definitimante Ryan was the best option.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  143. Mike R.

    Jack, you blew it on this one!! Ryan helps with the base....period. He will alienate anyone who is not already on board with the Romney ticket. This selection just cost the GOP Florida. Of course if the GOP is successful in eliminating more Democratic citizens from the voter's polls perhaps it won't matter.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  144. Alex from California

    Just like the enthusiasm for Senator McCain's running mate Governor Pahlin faltered due to her extreme views, Governor Romney's running mate Congressman Ryan will not create enthusiasm that "lasts," more like controversy that punctures Governor Romney's chances. With all due respect, extremism does not get elected to the White House. As President Josiah Bartlet said in "The West Wing," "I'm President of the United States. Not President of the people who agree with me."

    August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  145. Ann from Charleston SC

    After all the furor has died down and Ryan has become better known, he won't make much difference in the outcome of the election. I don't agree that it is a choice between runaway national debt and painful fiscal responsibility. It is between a balanced approach to the budget that includes tax increases as well as cutting spending and painful fiscal responsibility, otherwise known as slash and burn budget cuts.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  146. R.Mageske

    If the majority of the country wants our economy to recover and more jobs, they will vote for Romney and the very smart Ryan.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  147. Barbara

    Certainly is a big choice...GOP ticket is but a ruse to fix the government on the backs of the middle class and poor. The rich score a homerun with RomRyan. Wouldn't be so bad if they invested their ballooning windfall in America- but of course they won't – Greed trumps Patriotism and Outsourcing feeds Greed. I wasn't even enthusiastic about Obama until this weekend. Now, I am going to work like heck for him.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  148. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    You have to go back to Eisenhower to find a Republican president that balanced the budget and Romney and his brown nosing VP choice couldn't balance it either nor no one else unless you raise taxes and cut spending. One thing that needs cut is reducing the eleven hundred military bases world wide down to about 200

    August 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  149. Ed from DC

    Jack:

    Thanks for completely mischaracterizing Paul Ryan in your equally misguided question. I'm sure the Republican party will thank you.

    The choice is not between, "Runaway national debt versus painful fiscal responsibility." The choice is between choosing a route towards fiscal responsibility that is fair and balanced versus draconian, dangerous and exactly what the bloated rich on Wall Street have been pining for. I'll remind you and the readers of your blog that both the Simpson/Bowles Plan and President Obama's Plan reduce the debt more quickly than Commissioner Ryan's does. The difference is that Mr. Ryan's plan does it while providing the rich with a continuing windfall of tax deductions, while President Obama's Plan managed to end the windfall for America's richest.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  150. Ed in Sacramento

    Much better to watch the two of them work a crowd rather than just watching soft spoken Romney. Romney desperately needs a running mate with some fire to help inspire voters.

    Ed in Sacramento

    August 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  151. Denise in Florida

    It will hurt Romney's ticket. Once the general public finds out that Paul Ryan has been a devotee of the left wing extremist Ayn Rand (as well as many in the Tea Party and Republicans) and how much her beliefs that selfishness is a virtue, and altruism is an evil has affected his voting history and is very evident in The Ryan Plan, folks will stat running the other way. Because most folks don't do their research for facts, hopefully the media will bring this into the forefront. It is FACT! There is a much deeper vein of more scary fundamental differences between the philosophies of Obama and democrats compared to Romney,Ryan and Republicans.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  152. GregThetruth

    You failed to point out that neither Ronney or Ryan has foreign affairs experience...this is major weakness of the team. Obama will eat their lunch.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  153. JB Hill from Pleasanton, CA

    Romney made a good choice in picking a candidate who is going to do well in chewing on Obama, but ultimately it is an election between Romney and Obama. Open debates are Obama's specialty, and he has plenty of ammunition against the inventor of his healthcare plan. Impact of Ryan on the campaign: irrelevant.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  154. Carolyn in Ann Arbor

    I would like to ask Ryan and others in Congress if they are willing to give up some of their life-time, golden healthcare benefits. How much is this costing us? Ryan and Mitt will never worry about using a voucher to purchase healthcare. It's an insult!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  155. Larry Hoffman

    Ryan will help with the Tea Party/Conservative base which has been critical of Mitt and his Massachusetts Health Care plan. However I believe that it will also move a fair block of the undecided/Independent voters into the Presidents Camp. So, this might be a net gain for the President. No matter, this election will not result in a Landslide for either side!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  156. Tom Buckley

    Forget Romney, Ryan should be the presidential candidate! Isn't he our best choice in handling our coming fiscal disaster?
    ~ Tom Buckley, West Caldwell, NJ

    August 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  157. Carla

    Ryan only help to Romney will be answering questions intelligently without the silly laughter that Romney normally gives when uncomfortable with the question. Other than that "a losing team".

    August 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  158. Johnny L Hatfield

    Jack Paul Rayan has been running the country for two years and if you don't like the way everything has been going how could he help the ticket

    August 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  159. D. Bundi, Texas

    Both are pro Wealthcare – It's a big problem when you pay 3% more taxes on the money that you haven't yet shipped to a tax haven...Its really painful. Remember, America is comprised of the wealthy and the "soon to be wealthy"!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  160. R.Mageske in New Mexico

    If you want to save this country, you will vote for Romney and his very smart and now choice for VP, Congressman Ryan. He knows how to save Soc.Sec., Medicaid, Medicare and more.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  161. Ray in Knoxville

    About the same amount that Sarah Palin helped John McCain, Jack.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  162. Russell S

    We (the American voting public) have a very short memory, Jimmy Carter opened Social Security to immigrants, Al Gore cast the deciding vote to begin taxing Social Security, and so on. And how can anyone with basic math skills believe that Medicare and Social Security were not already on the endangered specious (sic) list? The Obama campaign is running ads that focus on Romney's taxes, but as an unemployed 57 year old, I am more interested in the taxes I am paying. Why is the Government solution to every damned problem, more taxes? Name one government institution, (Federal, State or Local) that is run efficiently! None! They all operate like they are spending found money.
    I am excited about the prospect of Ryan shaking up the dialouge. But to paraphrase H L Mencken; no one ever went broke underestimating the stupidity of the American voter.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  163. John

    Jack, Thank you for being the honest broker at CNN as far as the presidential elections are concerned. You said it perfectly, more or less: government, debt, job, taxes. Ryan is the man.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  164. Jim Charlotte NC

    Limbaugh said today on his show that no VP pick has ever made a difference come November. Then he followed up by saying how exciting it was.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  165. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, the fact that many Republicans seem to like Paul Ryan as VP candidate, means that he probably embraces many ideas and strategies of the previous Bush administration in areas of domestic and foreign policy. The question then becomes how much do the American people want to go back to the future? Social security, medicare and the readiness to invade another near east country plus tax cuts for the wealthier Americans can all become a reality once again. I think the American people forget that for the past four years Obama's efforts to bring some policies to ease unemployment and to stimulate the economy have been thwarted by the Republicans who threw every roadblock they could to the detriment of many who would have welcomed the implementation of at least a few of his ideas. I don't think Americans can afford to go back so soon to a Republican government unless they bring some innovative ideas to the table.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  166. Brady, Wisconsin

    About as much as jumping makes people taller. With both of these stone age neanderthals running together, you would think the election is rigged for Obama to win! Not that I'm complaining of course!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  167. violet

    I think you are crazy to think women are for Ryan. He has bills to ban the pill and in-vitro. I am 71 and I certainly do not want him messing with Soc. Sec. and Medicare while the rich keep all their tax breaks and want more. His ideas are only for the radical. Also do not push your religious beliefs on the public.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  168. Wolex Amusan

    Wolex in Birmingham
    Ryan is just like a deja vu in the GPO party. McCain made this same mistake in 08, here come another huge mistake. Ryan will not help Romney an inch. Let the GOP forget about the White House for another four years.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  169. DAN

    I don't think it will help much unless we sometimes stupid Americans vote these tea party goers who caused the downgrade of our credit and along with the conservative republicans have caused the gridlock in DC which they are trying their best to make sure Obama fails. AND they call themselves Americans. Actually they do their best to keep their money even though The United States of America are going through the toughest time since the great depression. KEEP YOUR MONEY IT'S ONLY GOOD HERE NOT IN THE AFTERLIFE!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  170. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    As a retired citizen with Romney's choice of Ryan as vice president only secured my vote for Obama. Romney says that Medicare will stay the same for anyone over 55. I say how can you trust a man like Romney who lied and flip-flopped his way through politics. I must say though, this is the first time I have seen where Romney plans on taking us. That plan is using the middle class, retired citizens and the poor as a stepping stool to push the wealthy even higher than they already are.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  171. mactsr Mo

    How much will Paul Ryan help Mitt Romney's chances of winning?

    Mr. Ryan is the Tea Party poster boy.

    The Republicans can count on me NOT to vote for a party that wants to end Social Security and medicare. I want the government to live up to there promises. I worked long and hard for the retirement and medical benefits.

    I hope the seniors in Tea Party understand that they are in the enemy camp. Tea Party will send you to the homeless shelters or the death camps.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  172. Allen

    Mitt Romney flip flops on issues, more than anyone in political history and Paul Ryan is a Social Darwinist Conservative Ideologue that apparently hates the poor and elderly. They’ll probably kill each other in a duel before the election even starts.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  173. Bob Field Estero Fl.

    Ryan is so far to the right he makes Romney look like a Democrat.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  174. Jeff Schatzman

    He'll help put the Republicans exactly where they belong on November 6th.....right into the realms of obscurity.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  175. Jim Charlotte NC

    Just glad I'm not 35 and counting on thses two to help me when I reach 85 and can start collecting Social Security and an Helath Insurance poilicy that covers very little more than a cold every two years.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  176. Kevin Currie, NY

    Romney's choice to pick Paul Ryan as his VP candidate, will be equaled to congress' (do nothing) approval rating.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  177. Gary, Marysville, Washington

    I am a moderately conservative Republican who does not support Romney or Ryan.

    Both of those "good Christians" want to tell everyone else how to live their life. If it was up to Romney and Ryan, women would be pregnant during summer, and barefoot during winter. Women better wake up and realize that.

    The Republican Party hierarchy needs to rethink their goals. Instead of tax cuts for the rich, the GOP needs to focus on creating jobs, bringing the troops home – with honor, reducing the deficit, balancing the budget, and becoming more caring toward others who are less fortunate. Unless and until that starts happening, the Democratic Party will be in power for a long time.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  178. Frances

    Ryan will help with the base, the tea party R's love him. The Republicans have always wanted to end social security and medicare, now they see their chance. Seniors will not like this. They know it won't take away theirs, but they don't just care about themselves, they want their children and friends who are coming up too also have these safety nets.

    His fourteenth century ideas on women's rights will drive more women away. We don't need or want any advice from men in Washington who think they know what's best for our contraception, and abortion decisions. Stay out of our Doctor visits.

    His tax plan to give more tax breaks to the wealthy who already have most of the wealth in this Country. This won't go down well with working people.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  179. esblimie

    I looove Romney! I adore Ryan. Ryan cannot help any other way than he already knows how to, that is, bring vibrancy and the base behind Romney. Romney's refusal to release his tax returns for independent review will hurt him. He comes across as Secretive. We Americans are concern about who we elect as president. We want to know if Romney's $127,000 tax deductible in 2008 for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for a condition termed “Pseudologia fantastica” also known as Compulsive Liar Syndrome is true or not.

    Blimie, FL

    August 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  180. John

    Ryan has more experience than Obama on all issues. The choice is more or less (reckless or responsible) government, debt, jobs, economy. Ryan is the man to bring it all together.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  181. Olu

    Ryan is Romney's trophy wife. Ever since the announcement, Romney seems to have found some swagger and confidence. But a trophy wife is a trophy wife; fun to look at but no substance.

    Airmont, NY

    August 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  182. Mark

    Hi Jack. I don't think it will help much because I'm hoping that most people will realize that Romney and Ryan only want to go back to the policies of Bush. The main point of those policies was to make the rich even richer at the expense of the rest of us. I for one cannot afford to have another rich republican in the white house.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  183. Joe Marchetti,Kingston, NY

    An excellent choice!The President has made poor economic choices. We were on the fence but now are ardent Romney/Ryan supporters. Now the difficult, but necessary choices will be made and the economy will be effectively dealt with. We need jobs!!!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  184. lynnej in nc

    I don't think it will matter. Folks are not as stupid now as they think. Each day many people are becoming eduated and learning about the political system and how it actually works.

    And when one starts talking about Medicare, SS and cuts, people start sobering up and start voting what is best for their wallet and not the hatred that they have so cleverly tried to veil through this campaign for President Obama.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  185. GeorgeNotBush

    (Message with correction of debt)
    Ryan is out to lunch! Why does he chose Social Security and Medicare as the targets to cut deficits? Does this mean that he doesn't feel the Federal government has the responsibility to repay the interest or principal of "2.7 TRILLION DOLLARS" that they "borrowed" from the Social Security Trust Fund? The government has never paid towards the funds that they stole from social securtity becaus there was always more money pay into it then paid out. Now that there is more money going out of social security, Ryan and the GOP wants to default on repaying those debts. Yet they continue to insist that the wealthiest people in this country retain the Bush tax cuts. The issue of money owed to Social Security by the Feds needs to be emphasized to the people of this country!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  186. John

    Ryan will help Romney considerably, solidifies reckless vs responsible election debate. Ryan has more experience than Obama.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  187. Terry in Virginia

    I'm familiar with Mr. Ryan's Plans for Medicare and Social Security and lower taxes for the ultra rich. He claims by reducing taxes for the rich to almost nothing and changing, then ending, Medicare and Social Security, he will save our country from the deficits created by Mr. George W. Bush and Mr. Obama. Problem with that is Mr. Ryan voted for TARP and the bailouts. He was part of the problem when many times Congress took money out of the Social Security Trust Fund for other projects without paying it back which is a big reason that program is underfunded, but Mr. Ryan doesn't care because he has a very cushy Federal retirement and healthcare package from his time in government, a package about which few of us can only dream of having. Messrs. Romney and Ryan want to end abortion and Planned Parenthood, the only place where poor and middle class women can obtain birth control and gynecological care. What does the GOP want to end next? Minimum wage? Women’s and minorities’ right to vote? Just how out of touch are these guys? Mr. Ryan is just a mirror image of the man who would be President and that mirror image is badly cracked.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  188. Janice D., Tampa FL

    Not much. He does'nt have foreign policy experience and domestically wants to get rid of necessary social programs that he himself benefited from (he received social security benefits at age 16 when his father died) . He will also get a nice pension if he remains a career politician- I got mine, so the heck with everybody else!

    August 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  189. David Ehrenstein

    Ryan is an enormous boon - to the Obama campaign. They were plannign to tie the Ryan Dudget to Romney no matter who he chose for Veep. Now he's done their work for them. Ryan wants to end Medicare and Social Security. In other wrods he wants DEATH PANELS.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  190. John in Virginia

    I'm a registered Democrate all my life. Paul Ryan strengthen the republican ticket and solidifies reckless vs responsible. I'm NOT going to double down, I'm voting republican this year.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  191. Kent Tolley

    Romney picks Ryan to solidify his base with the conservative right. But it's very late in the campaign to be courting your base. By now Romney should already have a secure hold on his base and be going after Independent voters for the additional votes he needs.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  192. C. Daniel Mobley

    He's already helped, look at the $ flowing in to the campaign. The Democrats are scared, even the DNC chair has to lie about the Ryan budget.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  193. Steve,NY

    Ryan is a kiss of death for Romney just like Palin was to McCain. Republicans are supid you can't mention privatizing Medicare and Social Security to the Seniors. Obama has now a guarantee to win the Election. Stupid Stupid move,
    unless they change the Ryan's plan to not touch Medicare and don't touch Social Security.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  194. Kent Tolley

    Picking Ryan as his running mate helps Romney with the conservative base of the GOP. Ryan has solid converative credentials and is a favorite of the Tea Party. But picking Ryan hurts Romney with Independent voters who are looking for someone closer to the middle and not out on the extreme right. Romney gains nothing by courting conservatives who already would have voted for him. Net result is Ryan hurts Romney with the voters he needs to win.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  195. Average Joe

    Jack Romney said it himself in introducing Ryan to the Ticket "The Next President of the United States of America." We just completed eight years of the Cheney Bush Ticket and all we got was Wall Street got Drunk and tillions in debt from two wars. We have had four years of GOP "NO!" and in the last two President Obama has not had a vote of a chance to go to the bathroom by the GOP! Its time we beat back the bully politics and get America rolling again! COMPROMISE is KING!

    August 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  196. Jim

    Jack,

    I honestly don't think any choice for VP would have saved Romney, I think he was already toast beyond redemption. But his choice of Ryan with all that radical baggage might just make it an Obama landslide.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    August 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  197. Antoinette Sellitto/Phila. Pa.

    Everyone talks about the seniors in Florida. In Pennsylvania, second highest population of seniors in the U.S., we get all kind of perks from our State Lottery system. Do you think Romney has a chance with seniors here? No way!

    August 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  198. Al S

    While Ryan is far more presentable, intellegent, etc. than Romney, neither has usefull ideas that will help the USA. They will not even help the top 2% (their frinds) if they end up destroying the country.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  199. Deb

    Jack

    This time, the Republican VP wannabe at least has some education and some substance. As for winning, it is simply a different colour lipstick on the same proverbial pig. You know when I wear bold colors, I put on bold lipstick when I where subtle colours I wear a more soft colour lipstick. I can say one thing about Ryan, he is consistent and does not flip flop, so Williard desperately needed someone who can help him do that. Winning is not in the cards as we will have another Obama/Biden 4 years and lookin forward it it.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  200. Jake Austin, Texas

    Jack, Paul Ryan's is the next Sarah Palin for the Republican party.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  201. Frances

    My son started paying into Social Security when he was 16 and is now 38 ...What RYAN-ROMNey are proposing
    hurts ALL Americans ...to say their plans for Social Security and Medicare doesn't affect the 55 and over Americans JUST ISN'T SO. REPUBLICANS DON'T GET IT...Middle class is the backbone of this country...

    August 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  202. Andrea

    Perhaps the fact that Obama has suddenly started talking about his "vision" tells us how much pressure he is under to offer an alternative to the Ryan Plan. Or maybe he's just trying to keep people from asking about his own plan. You think people will fall for talk again?

    August 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  203. Millie in Texas

    Ryan is just another Sara Palin only in trousers, but he probably know where Russia is !!!

    August 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  204. Joseph Schillmoeller

    Ryan puts Romney over the top! This is a turnout election and there are two things to consider. One, this will greatly energize the conservative base and move more conservative voters to the polls. Second, can the Democrats "REALLY" expect minorities in the inner cities to be energized to go to the polls by saying "We've got to stop Paul Ryan!". NOPE. Game, set and match.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm |