Which party does Ryan pick for VP help?
Debate over Romney's choice for ticket
- Duration 5:45
- Date Aug 13, 2012
Debate over Romney's choice for ticket
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Governor Mitt Romney's newly announced running -- congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin might be best known for his conservative fiscal views.
But the spotlight could soon turn to his stand on social issues.
Congressman Ryan a Catholic is strongly pro life he opposed the birth control mandate in the president's health care overhaul law.
He opposes same sex marriage and champions the rights of gun owners.
So let's talk about the prospects for him as vice president chip Saltzman is the former campaign manager for Huckabee for president.
Chris -- former chief of staff.
To senator Joseph -- a West Virginia Democrat we have an interesting debate lined up here.
Because both of these guys of different parties are rejoicing in this pick -- let's talk about why chip.
Well I think it makes a lot of fun look I think what governor Romney did with congressman -- is make a stark.
Contrast between the the fundamental policies of Barack Obama which taking this government down the wrong path and then what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wanna do.
Talk about not only balancing the budget taking care the dead.
But also be traditional social conservatives let's have a lot of people excited I think it's going to be an excited you know 85 days we've got left.
All right and Chris you're excited as a Democrat with this pick why.
Well I mean I'm I'm ecstatic at any time you can make the distinctions between two campaigns clear.
I mean that's a positive especially when you meaning Democrats believe that the distinction using your favor I mean if you look at I think the narrative that's been built up.
In this election into the idea that you Democrats out there fighting for their class Mitt Romney Republicans are out there.
Fighting for the upper class how Ryan doesn't you know break down or actually Ryan reinforces that narrative he doesn't break it down.
And so for Democrats I think that's a good thing and the other thing I would say really quickly is demographically.
You're trying to figure out how to win elections.
You know they've chosen rubio I'd have been less pleased that they -- chosen Christy I'd have been less please.
But we are right does not help you with the single demographic.
That the Republicans weren't supposed to win before the right -- Well look let's talk about that chip you say that his pick -- unify the party -- has energized the base.
Here you've got the -- from the other party saying it doesn't help.
You -- for your I think when the election.
Chris is very good -- and he's try to make the best out of this but look places like North Carolina where the ticket was yesterday traditional marriage fairly important I expect.
Mean that was a state that Barack Obama won last time my guess is Mitt Romney -- Paul Ryan's gonna win that they were in Virginia another state that social issues matter.
Paul Ryan's going to Iowa guess what Barack Obama spending three days and -- because they know how important it is.
This is a great ticket because it does energize the basic gets people excited look the one thing -- Barack Obama has been good that is keeping unemployment up.
And losing jobs in this is going to be a race based on the economy but the social issues are gonna get both base is excited and I think it's a net win for Mitt Romney and Paul run as -- -- to November.
And Chris you say his choice stresses you know the pandering of Republicans to have the -- rich and so forth there's nothing in his biography.
I mean this is a guy who he was moonlighting as a waiter eighteen or twenty years ago on Capitol Hill this is not a guy who comes from some.
Alter a wealthy background.
Well it's -- when he's actually if you look at is you know financial disclosure is actually a pretty wealthy got a putting that aside.
It's not about how much money has in the bank it's about the policies that he that he supported throughout his term I mean looking in terms of just his main point about the budget deficit.
The part that frustrates me I tell you you know just irritates you know that the heck out of me is what I hear Republicans talk.
And -- politically about the need to get the deficit the debt under control mean -- was there for eight years under the Bush Administration when he voted for policies that blew -- He stimulants -- the blew up.
-- an enormous amount of money that we had in terms of a surplus invading to a record deficit and so this notion that somehow.
Ryan and his policies are good for the the country -- good for the middle class listen.
I know that Romney are going to be and and that republic is -- go out there and try to make this case.
More power to them I don't see how they make it.
In ninety days I I think it was a bad choice -- -- -- a Democrat I see that as an operative all right chip how to do they make that case.
Look at -- -- -- for people on the ballot for president vice president there's only one that's bound to budget and that's Mitt Romney.
And there's only one that's got a plan and a budget for the federal government and that's Paul Ryan look we've had three and a half years of Barack Obama.
No budget huge deficit spending unemployment -- jobs down this is a real problem of those city in -- president's got to go sell that over the next 85 days.
Mitt Romney in choosing Paul Ryan is that the economy.
Jobs and the deficit are the most important -- what they're gonna hammer home and that's when the -- in November.
And you know that Chris I mean Barack Obama has done absolutely.
-- none when he obviously there's unemployment -- is -- with all.
Due respect OK let's you know let's give it a break -- everybody knows the president was dealt a terrible hand coming in.
And what he has been is obviously he's articulate he's claiming that George Bush what he's been able to accomplish in three and a half years is pretty remarkable given where we work what what is what I what I -- -- plummeted eight point 3% up but I fight with his exact spot trillion dollars to -- -- -- second what do you.
Accomplished -- second jet you guys -- the house down a mega blaming Barack Obama for not putting up the fire.
A McKinney a break well give me a -- that you know I'm -- -- graduated slim majority in -- library -- years it's it's interesting we're gonna talk real socialism -- -- -- we're gonna talk social issues and it all comes back to the economy which most voters say is the number one issue.
Thank you guys chip Saltzman and that -- Venus will continue to -- -- interest.