Impact of Ryan's congressional record on 2012 race
Does Romney VP pick help GOP ticket?
- Duration 4:53
- Date Aug 14, 2012
Does Romney VP pick help GOP ticket?
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Congressman Paul Ryan is spending his second day out on the campaign trail -- -- -- ever since he became the vice presidential nominee has.
Top Democrats dig into his congressional record.
Although he's well known as author of a groundbreaking federal budget blueprint.
His record over the last fourteen years show some flexibility on hot button issues things like his votes in favor of the TARP program trouble asset relief program.
The bush -- of Medicare prescription drug benefit and an early version of the auto industry bailout.
So the question we're asking does congressman Dreier congressman Ryan's record show too much flexibility.
For the GOP base.
Joining us now for a fair and balanced debate Debbie dingle Democratic National Committee member.
Match -- also a former White House political director under president George W.
-- all of the indications so far is that the addition of Paul Ryan to the ticket has really excited Republicans.
Are there are some of these -- in his past that they simply don't know about.
Well look people across this -- -- learn more about Paul Ryan and the more they learn the -- are the more they're gonna like -- including conservatives.
If you if you can sit down have a beer with all right you're gonna learn a lot because he's a really Smart guy who understands.
All of these downsides of what the federal government is trying to do but -- of the main things you would learn about him is that he has a core he has -- conscience he knows that he believes.
He believes that he we have to work.
Across it out with Democrats to do the most important thing that's on the plate politically for us as a country and that's balanced budget and I think.
What we're seeing across the country season.
Is that message being received.
Debbie he voted no on President Obama is not a stimulus program -- -- that bill a monstrosity.
But he also voted yes some some things like -- TARP bill that that.
Some conservatives I mean pure conservatives would say you know that's that's the wrong vote.
But first -- I think he made the right but I'm noticing it shows that he was a pragmatist and that things in Washington can't just be voted along.
Pure principle that he would call for he knows what would have happened if TARP had not been supporting -- if the auto bailout kidnapped and -- he didn't support his boss and saying -- -- -- go.
Bankrupt because he knows what the economic impact would -- -- I mean he is supporting programs.
That would give good billionaires millionaires to 250000.
Dollar cut in would increase.
Tax cuts to the middle class that's and very straight -- -- think if people can understand.
But -- from various people Tea Party members we all have to reduce the budget we know the budget -- to be reduced.
But sometimes you've got to invest to get the economy going again to create jobs and that the middle class has -- I think that's the president Obama's final four and you can see that Paul Ryan has been pragmatic when he's had to test tube but is not preachy.
What he -- about.
Old maps some say it's it shows the difficulty of jumping from a congressional race or congressional district where -- trying to represented.
Folks in in a small geographic area and then apply the same principles to -- -- nationwide race.
Yet John you know I guess I don't look at it that way the way I look at it is Paul Ryan is a listener.
He's an intellectual conservative.
Who thinks that we have to understand markets in order to pass legislation.
That can help markets and so when it came to -- I think he listened to the economists into the secretary of the treasury to others.
And as a leader he made a tough vote I bet that there was -- ton and that bill that he hated.
In which he had he he wished he had the ability to -- -- in the house you don't have that choice and as somebody from Wisconsin you know he's guilty yet he's guilty of loving his state.
In understanding the entrepreneurs who were battling away in his state and he's willing to stand up and advocates for them and I think what he's the vice president.
The United States is gonna stand up and advocate for -- for -- all across America.
As we go to take on the world -- compete in the world stage so Debbie should we expect President Obama to stand up and say hey this is a courageous guy he did the right thing when he voted for TARP.
Well I think he did in the right they don't even for TARP and when he voted for the -- -- but I think what we're going to see I agree within that this problem.
Brian -- a decent man who believes in civil discussion but what he's really put out there and what I like about it is the choices are stark this fall.
Are you gonna support someone that's good and got Medicaid turn it into a voucher program increase costs to seniors have more than 6000 dollars a year.
Or are you gonna give millionaire's tax cut of 250000.
I like being able to talk about that I like is really facts that.
The Republicans saves I don't know with the president has already got a Medicare with with the healthcare budget but.
We have to leave it there are jobs net after match -- Debbie dingle and thank you both.