Paul Ryan Articles

Podcast: Kristol Reacts to the Second Presidential Debate

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:30 AM, Oct 17, 2012

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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Ad Stars Obama '08 Voters in Wisconsin Supporting Romney-Ryan in '12

10:23 AM, Oct 15, 2012

A new ad airing across Wisconsin television stars three local women who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but who will be switching to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (a Wisconsin native) this year. "Paul Ryan embodies the work ethic of Wisconsin," says Connie of Green Bay. Watch the ad below:

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Reminder: Biden Supported Iraq War in 2002

10:11 AM, Oct 13, 2012

It's been acknowledged that Vice President Biden's criticism of Paul Ryan in Thursday night's debate for the Wisconsin congressman's support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rings hollow, since Biden, when he was a senator from Delaware, also voted for the wars. Here's what Biden said Thursday:

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What Martha Raddatz Ignored

12:19 PM, Oct 12, 2012

As Mike Warren highlights, moderator Martha Raddatz apparently didn’t think Obamacare was important enough to make the cut as one of the nine topics she brought up during the vice presidential debate.  Two other closely related topics that didn’t make her cut were federal spending and the national debt.  Anyone who had been asleep for four years before waking up and tuning in would never have guessed that Obamacare, rampant federal spending, and unsustainable federal debt had given rise to the Tea Party and had propelled the GOP to gains of 63 House seats and 6 Senate seats in the 2010 elections.

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Podcast: Kristol Reacts to the Vice Presidential Debate

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:15 AM, Oct 12, 2012

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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Foreign Policy Matters

10:41 AM, Oct 12, 2012

Watching last night's debate, I'm more struck than ever that Obama may be able to fight the economic policy issues to a draw. Romney-Ryan still haven't answered the blame-Bush narrative, and that combined with scaring people about Romney-Ryan on taxes and entitlements have probably pulled Obama-Biden up to a parity on the economy. And it's hard to see what's going to change that in the final three weeks.

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Raddatz Visited Biden at His Residence in March

9:31 AM, Oct 12, 2012

White House records reveal that the moderator of last night's vice presidential debate, Martha Raddatz, visited Vice President Joe Biden at his official residence on March 26, 2012. Raddatz is an employee of ABC News.

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No Questions on Obamacare

A big f--ing deal.
8:48 AM, Oct 12, 2012

Vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News asked the candidates several questions on many important issues facing the country, including the terrorist attack in Libya, Iran, unemployment, Medicare, taxes, defense spending, Afghanistan, Syria, abortion, and what each candidate could "give to this country as a man."

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CBS: Biden 'May Have Some Clean Up of His Own to Do Today On Libya'

6:52 AM, Oct 12, 2012

After last night's debate, Vice President "may have some clean up of his own to do today on Libya," CBS reports:

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Obama: Abortion Helps Men, Too

6:36 AM, Oct 12, 2012

During the vice presidential debate, Paul Ryan reiterated his opposition to abortion. Joe Biden explained that he’s personally opposed to abortion but doesn’t believe in protecting the unborn. President Obama has previously expressed his own position, which might best be described as not being opposed to abortion either personally or as a matter of policy (see the first 30 seconds of this clip):

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Biden Throws Intelligence Community Under the Bus

But contradicts himself by relying on intel community regarding Iran.
11:50 PM, Oct 11, 2012

Danville, Kentucky
Among the many charges and countercharges at the vice presidential debate here Thursday, two points from Vice President Joe Biden stand out.

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Biden Bombed

11:06 PM, Oct 11, 2012

You don’t win a nationally televised debate by being rude and obnoxious.  You don’t win by interrupting your opponent time after time after time or by being a blowhard.  You don’t win with facial expressions, especially smirks or fake laughs, or by pretending to be utterly exasperated with what your opponent is saying.

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Tonight’s Winner

10:07 PM, Oct 11, 2012

Joe Biden was aggressive, condescending, and shamelessly demagogic. Paul Ryan was earnest, youthful, and perhaps a bit over-scripted. The upshot was a vice presidential debate that was occasionally entertaining for partisans on both sides, but was mostly unenlightening. Ultimately, I suspect, it will prove inconsequential. It's hard to believe it will change any votes, or give either side momentum.

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Left-Wing Blog Thrilled with Biden in Debate

"Masterful performance."
10:02 PM, Oct 11, 2012

It remains to be seen how most Americans viewed Joe Biden's performance at Thursday night's debate, when the vice president repeatedly interrupted Congressman Paul Ryan and was shown on camera to be frequently smirking and laughing at Ryan's answers. But Biden's performance has pleased at least one of the most influential left-wing blogs.

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Biden Insinuates He Didn't Vote for Afghanistan, Iraq Wars

9:35 PM, Oct 11, 2012

In the Thursday night vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden criticized Congressman Paul Ryan for voting to "put two wars"--those in Afghanistan and Iraq--"on a credit card." But as the Washington Free Beacon points out, Biden's suggestion that he didn't vote for those wars is simply false:

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Ryan: 'Mr. Vice President, I Know You're Under a Lot of Duress'

8:46 PM, Oct 11, 2012

"Mr. Vice President, I know you're under a lot of duress," said Paul Ryan.

Biden laughs.

"To make up for the lost round," Ryan continues, "but I think people will be better served if we don't keep interrupting each other."

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The VP Debate Begins

8:02 PM, Oct 11, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan square off in the vice presidential debate. Watch here:

UPDATE:And some screen grabs:

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Biden's Been Munching on Animal Crackers to Ready for Ryan Debate

5:01 PM, Oct 11, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden has been munching on M&Ms and animal crackers to prepare for tonight's debate with Paul Ryan, according to the Obama campaign. He's also been consuming coffee, tea, and Gatorade. 

The Obama campaign provides more details. "[T]his afternoon, the Vice President is spending time with family and friends at a private residence outside of Danville owned by local supporters," according to an unnamed campaign official.

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The Whole World Isn't Watching

4:37 PM, Oct 11, 2012

The debate tonight between Representative Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden could be a game changer ... or not.  The usual media suspects are all over the debate with analysis and predictions that may, or may not, prove helpful.  Hard to recall anyone who divined how the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney turned out.  The pattern here is that we are told what to expect and then, when the unexpected happens, told why we should have expected it all along.

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Is Joe Biden a Great Debater?

3:38 PM, Oct 10, 2012

In advance of tomorrow's vice presidential debate, it's worth recalling who made the most gaffes last go around, when Joe Biden faced off against Sarah Palin.

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How Big Bird Just Made the Debate Even More Daunting for Biden

1:57 PM, Oct 09, 2012

The reviews are in from the Obama campaign's ad attempting to make Big Bird a campaign issue this morning, and ouch. Naturally, the Romney campaign has blasted out a smattering of headlines and damning tweets about it from reporters. Even the liberal blog Firedoglake ran with "Obama Ad About Big Bird Cannot Find One Prominent Wall Street Criminal Prosecuted By Administration."

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Ryan: Biden Coming at Me 'Like a Cannonball'

6:58 AM, Oct 05, 2012

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk to each other on the phone almost every day, and the day of the first presidential debate was no exception. "I told him after the debate that he crushed it," Ryan told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in a phone interview Thursday night.

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Ryan: Obama Provides Fewer Specifics than Romney on the Deficit and the Economy

11:39 AM, Oct 02, 2012

At a townhall-style event in Iowa, Paul Ryan was asked to provide more specifics about the Romney-Ryan economic plan, and he proceeded to talk about Romney's 5-point plan for about eight minutes. Buzzfeed posts the video

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Ryan Makes History

12:30 PM, Sep 26, 2012

The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as the Republican vice presidential nominee continues an odd and indeed unprecedented pattern so far in the 21st century. Seven of the eight major party vice presidential candidates have been the first people from their home states to be major party national candidates.

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Losing the Tax Debate

Romney is behind, but there's time for a turnaround.
11:10 AM, Sep 26, 2012

Can a Republican candidate lose a debate on tax policy and win the presidency? The Romney campaign seems to think so.

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Ryan and Romney Canvass the Buckeye State

7:00 AM, Sep 26, 2012

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan completed the initial leg of their bus tour across battleground Ohio. The GOP forces added an element of celebrity that may help shore up their base, and they encountered voting blocs that Romney must attract to win the state. Based on recent poll numbers here in the Buckeye State, both are necessary.

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Ryan: ‘America Must Lead in Space’

6:36 AM, Sep 24, 2012

Highlighting “the dismantling of the space program over the last four years,” Paul Ryan said in Orlando on Saturday, “Today, if we want to send [our] astronaut[s] to the space station, we have to pay the Russians to take them there.  [The crowd booed at the thought.]  China may someday be looking down on us from the moon.  That’s unacceptable.  Mitt Romney and I believe that America must lead in space.”

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Palin to Romney-Ryan: 'Go Rogue'

"America desperately needs to have a 'come to Jesus' moment..."
8:19 AM, Sep 22, 2012

In a statement to THE WEEKLY STANDARD, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin offers some advice for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, this year's Republican ticket for president and vice president, respectively.

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Ryan Speaks About Repealing Obamacare and Reforming Medicare to Seniors

4:39 PM, Sep 21, 2012

Addressing the audience at an AARP convention today, Paul Ryan declared, "The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare." He explained to those in attendance how Obamacare would turn "Medicare into a piggy bank," while also putting "15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare’s future."  Ryan added, "The president doesn’t talk much about what Obamacare will really mean for seniors." Why? "People don’t like it."

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