Today on “State of the Union,” top campaign advisers to both candidates argued over the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate, attempting to draw stark contrasts between the policies of both parties. Romney adviser Ed Gillespie told Candy, “The message was that this is a big election, and it is about big issues, and it needs to be serious. …Picking Paul Ryan says we are going to choose someone here who has a record of taking on the tough issues, of facing the challenges that we confront as a country and providing solutions and answers to those things." President Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod called Ryan’s views “quite extreme.” "Congressman Ryan is a right wing ideologue, and that's reflected in the positions he's taken,” Axelrod said.
Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) on Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate:
“I think it is a risk for President Obama to have someone like a ticket like a Romney/Ryan ticket where you have actually laid out definitive solutions and answers to America's problems. This president has kicked the can down the road on every major issue. He's not somebody who has provided the leadership that the country needs to get the economy back on track and get people back to work or to deal with this trajectory that we have right now of year over year trillion dollar deficits.”
David Axelrod, Obama Campaign Senior Adviser, on what President Obama thinks of Paul Ryan:
“I think that he thinks that he is a perfectly genial and bright guy. He just thinks his theory is wrong. I mean, Congressman Ryan is a right-wing ideologue, and that is reflected in the positions that he's taken. … Congressman Ryan would ban a woman's right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest. So he is quite extreme. Good, good person, you know, genial person, but his views are quite harsh.”
David Axelrod, Obama Campaign Senior Adviser, on Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate:
I think it has helped further define the race. I don't think it has shaken up the race, because Governor Romney has embraced many of the positions that Congressman Ryan espouses, extreme as they sound. I mean, he is for the trillions of dollars of tax cuts for millionaires.
Ed Gillespie, Romney Campaign Senior Adviser, on the Obama campaign:
“The campaign of hope and change of 2011 has diminished to the campaign of fear and smear in 2012.”
Ed Gillespie, Romney Campaign Senior Adviser, on the Ryan budget
“Governor Romney has made clear… if the Ryan budget had come to his desk as president, he would have signed it, of course. And one of the reasons that he chose Paul Ryan was for Congressman Ryan's willingness to put forward innovative solutions in a budget.”
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