Baier’s ‘Running with Romney’ VP Series Part 3: Rep Paul Ryan (VIDEO)

Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) answers a question as Governor Mitt Romney looks on during a Romney rally at an oil company in Milwaukee, WI. April 2, 2012 (Photo Steve Senne/AP)

The third segment of Running With Romney, a series of potential VP interviews by FOX News’ Bret Baier (Special Report) aired today. The spotlight was on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan:

At age 28, Ryan was elected to Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district but he quickly moved up to become the youngest chairman of the House Budget Committee in 2011. Speaking about his budget plan, Ryan says, “We knew that if we offered solutions, that they were going to demagogue those solutions. But we feel that we have a moral and a legal obligation, that if we don’t like the direction the president’s taking the country, we should do something about it.”

Republican strategist Mike Murphy noted a downside if Romney chooses Ryan as his vice presidential nominee, saying, “Paul Ryan budget genius, very important in the Congress, good guy, Romney’s close to him, talks to him a lot. The downside is you nominate Paul, one, you take a real player out of the Congress. And two, you’re going to re-litigate the Ryan plan which has policy advantages but some political baggage.”

Ryan reiterated what he has previously stated when asked about becoming Romney’s running mate. “If they ask me to consider it, then I’ll consider it. But that’s months away from that kind of decision being made as far as I know. I like my job. I think I can make a big difference doing what I’m doing.”

Part 3 – Congressman Paul Ryan


View additional segments by clicking on names below:

Part 1Sen. Marco Rubio

Part 2 - Sen. Rob Portman


► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney’s Response to Obama’s Budget Speech: ‘Too Little, Too Late’

In rapid response time, Governor Romney issued a well-worded summary of Obama’s budget proposal speech today.

From Kathryn Jean Lopez:

To every political reporter in America, I suspect:

“President Obama’s proposals are too little, too late. Instead of supporting spending cuts that lead to real deficit reduction and true reform of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, the President dug deep into his liberal playbook for ‘solutions’ highlighted by higher taxes. With over 20 million people who are unemployed or who have stopped looking for work, the last thing we should be doing is raising taxes on job-creators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners across America.”

Tweet from Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom:

Romney says Obama speech on debt offers “too little, too late” and serves up the wrong solution – “higher taxes.”

While Obama is proposing $4 trillion worth of debt reduction to be implemented in 12 years, he is also promising raising taxes. About a quarter of his speech was spent deriding Rep Paul Ryan’s budget plan. (Ryan is Chairman of the House Budget Committee.) Obama was AWOL in the budget process before Ryan presented his benchmark proposal.

*Note: I listened to Obama’s budget speech; it was a trojan horse to announce his reelection campaign. He is not serious about trying to reduce spending and deal with America’s debt disaster.

To read the transcript of Obama’s speech click here.

UPDATE: Even though Obama extended kudos to Joe Biden at the beginning of his speech, here’s what the Vice President really thought about it…

To see full video of Obama’s speech click here.




► Jayde Wyatt