Brit Hume on exclusive interview with Paul Ryan
First chance to hear from newly minted VP candidate
- Duration 7:30
- Date Aug 14, 2012
First chance to hear from newly minted VP candidate
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Fox News alert over 13 of the American electorate has no idea of governor Romney was right to pick Paul Ryan is his running mate.
But that may be about to change.
We are getting our first chance to hear from the newly minted vice presidential candidate who just sat down for his very first solo interview.
An exclusive one on one with our own a Brit Hume that's where we begin this brand new hour of America live welcome everyone I'm Megyn Kelly.
Congressman -- is campaigning in Colorado today while governor Romney finishes up his bus tour in Ohio here's a live look from -- -- Colorado.
Comes -- wrapping up a rally there but just before taking the stage.
He took time to sit down with -- Brit -- in his first one on one interview since he was chosen.
As the running mate and the big story of the day is this is a decision by the Romney Ryan campaign.
To make a national ad buy.
With a spot that now goes after the Obama but team on the issue of Medicare.
Here's our very first look at part of that -- You to -- for years.
And free paycheck.
Now you need -- -- 716.
Billion dollars from the carrier will want to -- -- obamacare.
Brit Hume joins us live now from Lakewood Colorado he's our Fox News senior political analyst -- You retired.
If I could not so I thought but yeah it's really not want to go you're gonna focus on god grandchildren and golf.
And as it turns out you made a little time for politics at a critical juncture what did you learn.
-- narrative to it to the -- campaign none of Brent -- -- campaign news is doing something that.
Republicans have not often been thought capable of doing and that is making Medicare which the Democrats -- Are howling about a winning issue for them for the Republicans they're going -- but he -- -- to shoot a piece of today and I think that.
It's an unusual approach but one that might just work.
Brian makes a pretty good defense of it he makes a point did it and it's true.
-- that obamacare does contemplate.
Using a lot of savings that there wanna make it Medicare to finance Obama care.
One estimate is that that -- uses upwards of 716 billion dollars.
And that's something that there is vulnerable to attack because it is basically true they're the Democrats are saying it's false but it's not false -- basically true.
So they have something to go on the question of course is whether indeed doesn't.
Well and be the Romney team doesn't conflict making a bunch of savings or cuts in Medicare as well and they do they say though those cuts are going to be used as savings.
To keep Medicare to keep Medicare ago.
And as big question now that Romney has added -- to the ticket you know what.
What about Medicare is somebody looking to save it is somebody looking to slash its.
And -- -- seniors supposed to perceive these two campaigns I mean this is supposed to be -- the third rail of politics right into high ailments.
Don't talk about reforming Social Security or Medicare it's not gonna get you elected did you talk to.
Congressman Ryan about that.
I did and his view is and -- NIS in a question do you really think you can win on this issue he said absolutely now there.
Part of the background here Megan is that there was that it's a house race in Nevada.
Is a special election just to Sylvia house seat that was vacated when Dean Heller who's now in the senate ran for the senate this was a special election.
And -- democratic candidate candidate there was a state treasurer was attacking the Republican nominee mark -- -- day.
On Medicare cuts to Medicare -- cuts in -- and the Ryan budget.
And should he eats he turned around and attacked her for support of Obama care -- it's cuts.
And the outcome was truly remarkable -- I mean they turned of the race around in turn the polling around on that very issue.
It's quite a super it was quite a surprising development.
It was one that I wasn't keenly aware of but I'm sure I know that Paul Ryan was aware of it and it and it to the Romney people are aware of it and think that this can be done.
That's an interesting issue because the conventional wisdom is people don't pay that close attention and -- -- town -- town that there will Republican ticket Romney Ryan.
Once yet they wanted cut care for seniors and then of course then you get to the moments ago we're gonna play click the back -- This ad suggests.
-- -- it's going to be seeing a lot of places that you move and can and governor Romney thinks it Medicare.
Which has been a very difficult issue for Republican for a very long time.
It's off and poll suggests that people almost automatically think Republicans are hostile to Medicare.
Can be a winning issue for you -- absolutely.
Because we're the ones who are offering a plan to save Medicare.
To protect Medicare strengthen Medicare were the ones who are not raiding Medicare to pay for Obama care where the ones who repealing president Obama's.
Fifteen person bureaucratic board that will put price controls and Medicare that will lead to -- care for current seniors.
-- the -- continue to guarantee of Medicare for people in or near retirement and you have three -- for the younger generation.
In order to make the commitment stick for the current generation because Obama.
He's actually damaging Medicare for current seniors.
So that's a preview of how they are likely to handle that issue I want to ask you -- Britain for Lago is that we're we're gonna show this interview tonight on special report but I want to ask you.
As a seasoned political analyst.
Having sat down across from him conducted the interview and knowing what you know about politics what what were your impressions and what do you make of him now eyes officially on the GOP ticket.
Well he's an unusual spoke person and relatively young man with quite a lot of experience he has a very deep knowledge of the issues he's very conversant.
With them he explains the the the complex details.
In this about a simple terms as they can be explained.
He's very comfortable -- all this and he does this in a way it is strikingly cheerful.
He's he's disarming.
These qualities will serve him well as a candidate he he's not he's he's a little bit of of of a hard target to attack he's going to be attacked.
I don't think you'll be attacked personally though -- and he's personally quite appealing you hear this.
And eighty cents a Democrats -- -- -- here in the remarks that you know present Obama made about him being a decent man and a family man all of which I think is.
Is is clear when I asked him about what what President Obama set a batting.
He said that he would say the same about him that he's -- -- he's had had a decent man and a family man he went on to echo exactly what Obama said about him which is.
They -- and profoundly different philosophies.
And clearly they do but I you know I think I think you'll be -- an effective candidate now.
You know we've got.
You know an unprecedented situation here we've got this this certified.
Budget cutter willing to take on entitlement programs which as you mentioned earlier been the third rail for a long time that you couldn't touch without dying.
And they think they're gonna only gonna live to tell about it but they're gonna say they might even be able to win on it as this -- suggest today.
Got golf grandchildren and some good stuff for us on the side -- -- thank you.
Thank you -- good to see as a boyfriend discovered that you can watch more brits interview later tonight tune in for special report.
With our own Brett -- and you can catch the rest of the exclusive interview along with the latest of all today's top headlines.