Partisan pundits begin close scrutiny of Paul Ryan
Mitt Romney's running mate was the talk of the Sunday political shows, and while many Republicans celebrated the choice, Democrats used their soundbites to pick apart Paul Ryan. YNN's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
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Republicans packed the Sunday political shows to tout the new addition to their party's ticket, calling Mitt Romney's decision to tap Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate a courageous move.
"Mitt Romney has the leadership and courage to present to the American people a real contrast and a real debate in this country that the American people deserve," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Democrats also wasted little time tearing into Ryan's record. The 42-year-old representative is best known for his budget proposals. They call for slashing federal spending and overhauling Medicare by turning it into a voucher program.
"Congressman Ryan is a right-wing ideologue and that is reflected in the positions that he's taken," Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said on CNN's "State Of The Union." "Medicare would be in a death spiral under this plan."
Axelrod said he thinks the pick will appeal to the Tea Party and social conservatives but will turn off mainstream American voters.
Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had been a tough critic of Ryan's, but on Sunday he changed his tune.
Somebody has to have the guts to stand up and offer a road map if you will," Gingrich said on CBS' "Face The Nation." "And I think that the effort that Ryan has put in, in my mind, makes him an extraordinarily exciting choice."
The danger for Romney, though, is that Ryan is so exciting that he could eclipse the man running for president.
Senator John McCain said on "Fox News Sunday" that he had that problem when he ran in 2008 with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. However, McCain thinks Romney will avoid that problem.
"Americans recognize that running mates are very important, but it's the top of the ticket obviously that makes what the voters decide on as they enter the ballot booth," McCain said.
In this case, the top of the ticket is clearly hoping to get a big boost from the name listed below.