Political Headlines March 7, 2013: President Barack Obama Invites Paul Ryan to Lunch at White House for Budget Negotiations

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

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Obama Invites Paul Ryan to Lunch at White House

Source: ABC News Radio, 3-7-13

Just hours after he took 12 GOP senators out to dinner at the posh Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C., the president has invited Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Committee, to lunch Thursday at the White House.  The Republican congressman from Wisconsin is set to unveil the official Republican budget next week….READ MORE

Political Headlines December 4, 2012: Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan Spotlight the Poor and Middle Class in Post-Election Messages

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

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Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan Spotlight the Poor and Middle Class in Post-Election Messages

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-4-12

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Hardly a month has passed since the end of the 2012 election season, but in a hotel ballroom in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, campaign 2016 seemed almost in sight.

Two leading lights of the Republican Party — Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman and former vice presidential nominee, and Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who was a frequent presence on the campaign trail with Mitt Romney this year — unveiled post-election messages, perhaps with an eye toward their future political ambitions….READ MORE

Full Text Election 2012 November 7, 2012: Republican Mitt Romney’s Concession Speech After Losing Presidential Election to Democrat Barack Obama — Transcript

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Mitt Romney’s concession speech (Full transcript)

Source: WaPo, 11-7-12

Here’s the full transcript from Mitt Romney’s concession speech on Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, 2012.

ROMNEY: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations.

ROMNEY: His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters.

(APPLAUSE)

This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.

(APPLAUSE)

ROMNEY: I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign.

(APPLAUSE)

And for our country. Besides my wife, Ann, Paul is the best choice I’ve ever made.

(APPLAUSE)

And I trust that his intellect and his hard work and his commitment to principle will continue to contribute to the good of our nation.

(APPLAUSE)

I also want to thank Ann, the love of my life.

(APPLAUSE)

ROMNEY: She would have been a wonderful first lady. She’s — she has been that and more to me and to our family and to the many people that she has touched with her compassion and her care.

I thank my sons for their tireless work on behalf of the campaign, and thank their wives and children for taking up the slack as their husbands and dads have spent so many weeks away from home.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank Matt Rhoades and the dedicated campaign team he led.

(APPLAUSE)

They have made an extraordinary effort not just for me, but also for the country that we love.

And to you here tonight, and to the team across the country — the volunteers, the fundraisers, the donors, the surrogates — I don’t believe that there’s ever been an effort in our party that can compare with what you have done over these past years. Thank you so very much.

Thanks for all the hours of work, for the calls, for the speeches and appearances, for the resources and for the prayers. You gave deeply from yourselves and performed magnificently. And you inspired us and you humbled us. You’ve been the very best we could have imagined.

ROMNEY: The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work.

And we citizens also have to rise to the occasion. We look to our teachers and professors, we count on you not just to teach, but to inspire our children with a passion for learning and discovery.

We look to our pastors and priests and rabbis and counselors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built: honesty, charity, integrity and family.

We look to our parents, for in the final analysis everything depends on the success of our homes.

ROMNEY: We look to job creators of all kinds. We’re counting on you to invest, to hire, to step forward.

And we look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels to put the people before the politics.

I believe in America. I believe in the people of America.

(APPLAUSE)

And I ran for office because I’m concerned about America. This election is over, but our principles endure. I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to renewed greatness.

Like so many of you, Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign.

(APPLAUSE)

I so wish — I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader. And so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.

Thank you, and God bless America. You guys are the best. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thanks, guys.

(APPLAUSE)

Election 2012 November 7, 2012: Paul Ryan Hangs Onto Congress Seat in Wisconsin

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Paul Ryan Hangs Onto Congress Seat in Wisconsin

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-7-12

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Paul Ryan knows he will be headed to Washington, D.C., again next year even though his presidential ticket failed to win election.

Ryan will begin serving his eighth term as a U.S. congressman representing the 1st District of Wisconsin in 2013….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines October 29, 2012: Mitt Romney Urges Supporters to Persuade Democrats at Ohio Campaign Rally

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In Ohio, Romney Urges Supporters to Persuade Democrats

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Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wrapped up a three-stop bus tour of the Northwestern part of Ohio on Sunday, striking a bipartisan tone with the top of the ticket urging the crowd to talk to their friends who may have cast a ballot for a Democrat in the past.

“Your friends may have voted last time, perhaps in the Democratic primary, they may have voted for who knows?  They may have voted for Hillary Clinton or they may have voted for Barack Obama, they may have voted for then-candidate Obama in the final election,” Romney, standing next to his running mate, told the crowd of about 5,000.

“But I need you to convince them to vote for Paul Ryan and me and that’s not always easy but you can ask them this question: you can say, ‘Do you think everything’s going just fine?,’” he asked, before telling the audience how to pitch his ticket to their friends….READ MORE

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 24, 2012: Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan’s Speeches at a Campaign Event in Henderson, Nevada — Romney Likens Obama Campaign to Sinking Ship

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Romney Likens Obama Campaign to Sinking Ship

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-24-12

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In his first appearance since the final presidential debate, Mitt Romney stormed into the battleground state of Nevada and characterized President Obama’s campaign as a sinking ship.

“These debates have super-charged our campaign,” Romney said during the first of two joint appearances Tuesday with running mate Paul Ryan. “There’s no question about it, we’re seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support.”

“He’s been reduced to try to defend characters on Sesame Street and word games of various kinds, and then misfired attacks after one and another,” Romney said of Obama. “You know the truth is that attacks on me are not an agenda.”…READ MORE

Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan: We Can’t Afford Four More Years Of President Obama

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-23-12

Remarks
Henderson, Nevada
October 23, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “I want you to know that, we can handle two more weeks of the attacks from Barack Obama, but we cannot handle four more years of what he is giving us. I mean, can you afford four more years with 23 million Americans looking for a good job? Can you afford four more years with housing prices going down and hit along the bottom? Can you afford four more years of doubling of the gasoline prices you’re paying? How about this instead, would you like to have four years where we create 12 million new jobs? How about four years where we are able to see rising take-home pay again? And, how about four years where at the end of which we get Nevada unemployment down to 6% or lower? Look, if we are going to see a real recovery and see that kind of direction, we are going to have to have real change.”

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PAUL RYAN: “The President has run out of ideas. That is why he is running a small campaign about small things and hoping that he can distract people from the reality in front of us. The reality is this: we can do better than this. We can get people back to work, we can get people back out of poverty back in the middle class. We can create jobs. We have so much energy in this state, in this country, let’s use that energy in this state and this country and get people back to work. We have a leader with a plan to create jobs. We have a leader who is a proven job creator. At a time when we have a jobs crisis in America wouldn’t it be nice to have a job creator in the White House? Ladies and gentlemen, we don’t have to wait for four more years of the same.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 21, 2012: Paul Ryan’s Statement On Today’s Shooting Tragedy In Brookfield, Wisconsin

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Statement By Paul Ryan On Today’s Tragedy In Wisconsin

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-21-12

Paul Ryan made the following statement on today’s shooting in Brookfield, Wisconsin:
“Janna and I were shocked and saddened by the news from Brookfield today. As our community continues to heal from August’s tragic violence, our thoughts and prayers are with today’s victims and their loved ones. Our gratitude also goes to the first responders who rushed to save lives and secure the scene.  We will not allow the evil responsible for this heartbreaking event to triumph over the spirit of the people of Wisconsin. I ask all Americans to keep those affected by this event in their hearts, minds, and prayers today.”

Campaign Buzz October 18, 2012: Great Leadership Profiles of Presidential Candidate & Running-Mates: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Joe Biden & Paul Ryan

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Great leadership profiles of Barack Obama

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Source: Jena McGregor, The Washington Post, 10-18-12

What’s worth reading after more than four years of scrutinizing one person has become harder and harder to discern.

Great leadership profiles of Mitt Romney

Source: Jena McGregor, The Washington Post, 10-18-12

A few profiles rise above the rest, either for how well they illustrate a certain period in his life or for how lucidly they reveal details about his leadership style.

 

Leadership profiles of Paul Ryan

Leadership profiles of Paul Ryan

A look at three definitive profiles of Ryan—what kind of leader he might be, what has shaped his background and more detail on his policies.

Leadership profiles of Joe Biden

Leadership profiles of Joe Biden

There’s more to Biden’s style and the role he’s played as vice president than being the garrulous uncle of the current White House.

Campaign Headlines October 17, 2012: Condoleezza Rice Joins Paul Ryan on the Campaign Trail at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio

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Condoleezza Rice Joins Paul Ryan on the Campaign Trail

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-17-12

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined Paul Ryan on the campaign trail Wednesday, marking the first time she’s hit the trail for the Romney ticket since she fired up the crowd with a speech at the Republican National Convention in August.

“It doesn’t matter where you came from, it matters where you are going” was her message in this battleground state of Ohio, inferring that the president, whom she never mentioned by name, is not someone who’s offering the right direction for the country.

“As important as it is for us to pay our bills and not take on debt that we can’t afford, as important as it is to get people back to work, as important as it is to give people a sense of hope again, I want to make another argument to you,” Rice said, speaking to a crowd of over 1,000 at Baldwin Wallace University….READ MORE

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 17, 2012: Paul Ryan’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Berea, Ohio — We Need Proactive, Pro-Growth Solutions To Get Our Economy Turned Around

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Paul Ryan: We Need Proactive, Pro-Growth Solutions To Get Our Economy Turned Around

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-17-12

“Twenty-six million women are trapped in poverty today. That’s the highest rate in 17 years. We need to get people back to work. We need to get this economy turned around.” – Paul Ryan

Remarks
Berea, OH
October 17, 2012

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PAUL RYAN: “And look at where we are right now: 23 million Americans struggling to find work.

You know, we had a discussion about how women are faring in this economy last night. Five-and-a-half million women are still struggling for work in this economy. A half-million women more are unemployed today than when President Obama was sworn in. Twenty-six million women are trapped in poverty today. That’s the highest rate in 17 years. We need to get people back to work. We need to get this economy turned around. The American idea is there. It hasn’t gone away. But we have the wrong people and the wrong policies in place, and if we clear the way and go forward with the proactive, pro-growth solutions in the agenda that Mitt Romney is talking about, we will get people back to work. We will get people out of poverty, back in the middle class, we’ll get back onto reaching their vision of the American dream.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 15, 2012: Paul Ryan’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Waukesha, Wisconsin — Mitt Romney Will Confront Our Debt Crisis

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Paul Ryan: Mitt Romney Will Confront Our Debt Crisis

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-15-12

“We have never knowingly given our kids an inferior standard of living, a diminished future, but that is exactly what we are doing by piling up this mountain of debt, by giving these deficits. And it takes leadership to confront this. That’s what Mitt Romney and I are offering. We are not going to run away from these problems; we’re going to run at these problems to solve these problems before they get out of our control.” – Paul Ryan

Remarks

Waukesha, Wisconsin

October 15, 2012

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PAUL RYAN: “Look at that debt clock over there. Look at how fast those numbers are running. When President Obama came into office, it was more than $5 trillion lower. The president came into office saying he would cut the deficit in half in his first term. He’s given us four years of trillion-dollar deficits. He has added almost more public debt than almost all previous presidents combined. Not only do we have a string of broken promises, not only do we have a string of a lack of leadership, this debt is not only hurting our economy today, it is guaranteeing that these young kids who are getting their Halloween costumes, who are going to go out trick-or- treating, have a diminished future. We have never done that in this country before. We have never knowingly given our kids an inferior standard of living, a diminished future, but that is exactly what we are doing by piling up this mountain of debt, by giving these deficits. And it takes leadership to confront this. That’s what Mitt Romney and I are offering. We are not going to run away from these problems; we’re going to run at these problems to solve these problems before they get out of our control. That’s what leaders do.”

Campaign Headlines October 15, 2012: Paul Ryan Tells Ohio Voters They Have a ‘Responsibility’ to Talk to ’08 Obama Voters

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Ryan Tells Ohio Voters They Have a ‘Responsibility’ to Talk to ’08 Obama Voters

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-15-12

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Paul Ryan made a quick stop Monday in the crucial state of Ohio to remind supporters of their “responsibility” to talk to friends who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, but now “just aren’t as impressed,” and get them to turn out for Mitt Romney.

“You know, you have a big say-so,” Ryan told the crowd of several hundred at a Cincinnati air field. “You know, you’re the battleground state of battleground states. You understand your responsibility, right? You understand your opportunity, right? That means you have within your control, your ability to go find those people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 … who heard the hope and the change and loved the promises, all these great speeches, but see that this is nothing but a failed agenda of broken promises, of hollow rhetoric.”…READ MORE

Campaign Buzz October 12, 2012: Joe Biden v. Paul Ryan: Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate? Both

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IN FOCUS: JOE BIDEN VS. PAUL RYAN: THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

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Vice-Presidential Debate Fact-Checks and Updates

Source: NYT, 10-11-12

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Representative Paul D. Ryan square off on Thursday night in Danville, Ky. in the only vice presidential debate. Live coverage begins at 8 p.m. eastern….READ MORE

IN THE NEWS

Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate? Depends Who You Ask

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-12-12

Partisan Democrats had a lot to be happy about Thursday night’s vice presidential debate.  Vice President Joe Biden turned in an aggressive and energetic performance that they wished they’d seen in President Obama.

And while Republicans have cried foul on Biden’s behavior (GOP surrogates called him “rude”), they argue that Rep. Paul Ryan’s calm, unflustered demeanor and his solid performance on foreign affairs was appealing to swing voters, especially women….READ MORE

Debate watchers split in new poll

Forty-eight percent think Paul Ryan won; 44 percent say Joe Biden won

Source: CNN, 10-12-12

Call it a draw.

Biden Laughs and Calls Ryan’s Statements a ‘Bunch of Stuff’

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-12-12

Vice President Joe Biden came to Thursday night’s debate ready to make up for his boss’ admittedly lackluster performance of a week ago, bringing the fight to Republican Paul Ryan within moments of the debate starting, calling his challenger’s statements “a bunch of malarkey” and a “bunch of stuff.”

Ryan also spared the pleasantries, quickly citing the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya last month and saying it demonstrated the “unraveling of Obama’s foreign policy.”

“With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey,” Biden shot back. “Not a single thing he said is accurate,” Biden said. He added that Ryan voted for a bill that would cut embassy security by $300 million.

Biden appeared exasperated, laughing at answers he disagreed with, rolling his eyes and calling one of Ryan’s answers a “bunch of stuff.”…READ MORE

Biden comes out swinging at debate, clashes with Ryan

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden leaped to the attack against Republican challenger Paul Ryan in a lively debate on Thursday, aggressively defending the Obama administration’s economic and foreign policies to try to regain momentum in the White House race.Biden was looking for a Democratic rebound after President Barack Obama’s poor debate performance last week. But the younger and less experienced Ryan held his own in a series of testy exchanges.

First estimates of who prevailed at the debate in Kentucky were split. A CBS News survey of undecided voters showed Biden as the winner by 50 percent to 31 percent, while a CNN poll of debate watchers scored Ryan the victor by 48 percent to 44 percent.

The vice presidential candidates in the November 6 election frequently interrupted each other, talking at the same time and sometimes staring at each other in disbelief….READ MORE

 

QUOTES

* On the fatal assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens:

BIDEN: “I can make absolutely two commitments to you and all the American people tonight. One, we will find and bring to justice the men who did this. And secondly, we will get to the bottom of it, and whatever – wherever the facts lead us, wherever they lead us, we will make clear to the American public, because whatever mistakes were made will not be made again.”

RYAN: “Look, if we’re hit by terrorists we’re going to call it for what it is, a terrorist attack. Our ambassador in Paris has a Marine detachment guarding him. Shouldn’t we have a Marine detachment guarding our ambassador in Benghazi, a place where we knew that there was an al Qaeda cell with arms?

“… What we are watching on our TV screens is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy.”

* On U.S. policy in the Middle East:

RYAN: “We should not be imposing these devastating defense cuts … When we show that we’re cutting down on defense, it makes us more weak. It projects weakness. And when we look weak, our adversaries are much more willing to test us.”

BIDEN: “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey … not a single thing he said is accurate.”

* On Iran’s efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon:

RYAN: “When Barack Obama was elected, they had enough fissile material – nuclear material to make one bomb.

“Now they have enough for five. They’re racing toward a nuclear weapon. They’re four years closer toward a nuclear weapons capability.

“The Obama administration says the military option’s on the table but it’s not being viewed as credible.”

BIDEN: “Imagine had we let the Republican Congress work out the sanctions. You think there’s any possibility the entire world would have joined us, Russia and China, all of our allies? These are the most crippling sanctions in the history of sanctions, period.

“So all this bluster I keep hearing (from Republicans), all this loose talk, what are they talking about?”

* On the economy:

BIDEN: “We knew we had to act for the middle class. We immediately went out and rescued General Motors. We went ahead and made sure that we cut taxes for the middle class. And in addition to that, when that – when that occurred, what did Romney do? Romney said, ‘No, let Detroit go bankrupt.’ We moved in and helped people refinance their homes. Governor Romney said, ‘No, let foreclosures hit the bottom.’”

RYAN: “Look, did they come in and inherit a tough situation? Absolutely. But we’re going in the wrong direction. Look at where we are. The economy is barely limping along. It’s growing at 1.3 percent. That’s slower than it grew last year and last year was slower than the year before.

“Job growth in September was slower than it was in August, and August was slower than it was in July. We’re heading in the wrong direction; 23 million Americans are struggling for work today; 15 percent of Americans are living in poverty today. This is not what a real recovery looks like.”

* On Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s videotaped remarks that the roughly 47 percent of Americans who do not pay income taxes are “victims” looking for handouts:

RYAN: “This is a man who gave 30 percent of his income to charity, more than the two of us combined. Mitt Romney’s a good man. He cares about 100 percent of Americans in this country. And … I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”

BIDEN: “I don’t doubt his personal generosity. … But you know what? I know he had no commitment to the automobile industry. He just – he said, let it go bankrupt, period. Let it drop out. All this talk – we saved a million jobs. Two hundred thousand people are working today. And I’ve never met two guys (Romney and Ryan) who’re more down on America across the board.”

* On Social Security:

BIDEN: “Let’s talk about Medicare. What we did is, we saved $716 billion and put it back, applied it to Medicare. We cut the cost of Medicare. We stopped overpaying insurance companies, doctors and hospitals. The AMA supported what we did. AARP endorsed what we did. And it extends the life of Medicare to 2024. They want to wipe this all out.

“With regard to Social Security, we will not … privatize it. If we had listened to Romney and the congressman during the Bush years, imagine where all those seniors would be now if their money had been in the market. Their ideas are old and their ideas are bad.”

RYAN: “Here’s the problem. They got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, turning Medicare into a piggy bank for Obamacare. Their own actuary from the administration came to Congress and said one out of six hospitals and nursing homes are going to go out of business as a result of this.”

BIDEN: “That’s not what they said.”

RYAN: “Mr. Vice President, I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground but I think people would be better served if we don’t keep interrupting each other.”

BIDEN: “… The bottom line here is that all the studies show that if we went with Social Security proposal made by Mitt Romney, if you’re … in your 40s now you will (get) $2,600 a year … less in Social Security. If you’re in your 20s now, you get $4,700 less.

“The idea of … (cutting) benefits for people without taking other action you could do to make it work is absolutely the wrong way. (Republicans) haven’t been big on Medicare from the beginning. … And they’ve always been about Social Security as little as you can do.”

RYAN: “This is what politicians do when they don’t have a record to run on: try to scare people from voting for you.

“Medicare and Social Security did so much for my own family. We are not going to jeopardize this program but we have to save it.”

* On taxes:

RYAN: “What we are saying is, lower tax rates across the board and close loopholes, primarily to the higher-income people. We have three bottom lines: Don’t raise the deficit, don’t raise taxes on the middle class and don’t lower the share of income that is borne by the high-income earners.”

BIDEN: “Let’s look at how sincere they are. Ronald – I mean, excuse me, Governor Romney on ’60 Minutes’ … was asked, ‘Governor, you pay 14 percent (income tax rate) on $20 million (income). Someone making $50,000 pays (a higher rate) than that. Do you think that’s fair?’ He said, ‘Oh, yes, that’s fair.’”

RYAN: “You can – you can cut tax rates by 20 percent and still preserve these important preferences for middle-class taxpayers.”

BIDEN: “Not mathematically possible.”

RYAN: “It is mathematically possible. It’s been done before. It’s precisely what we’re proposing.”

BIDEN: “It has never been done before.”

RYAN: “It’s been done a couple of times, actually.”

BIDEN: “It has never been done before.”

RYAN: “Jack Kennedy lowered tax rates, increased growth. Ronald Reagan…”

BIDEN: “Oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy?”

* On Afghanistan:

BIDEN: “We went there for one reason: to get those people who killed Americans, al Qaeda. We’ve decimated al-Qaeda central. We have eliminated Osama bin Laden. That was our purpose.

“We’ve agreed on a gradual drawdown so we’re out of there by … 2014. (Ryan and Romney) say (their plan for withdrawal would be) based on conditions, which means it depends. It does not depend for us. It is the responsibility of the Afghans to take care of their own security. We have trained over 315,000, mostly without incident. But we are leaving … And in the process, we’re going to be saving over the next 10 years another $800 billion.”

RYAN: “We want to make sure that 2014 is successful. That’s why we want to make sure that we give our commanders what they say they need to make it successful. We don’t want to extend beyond 2014.”

* On abortion:

RYAN: “You want to ask basically why I’m pro-life? It’s not simply because of my Catholic faith. That’s a factor, of course. But it’s also because of reason and science.

“You know, I think about 10 1/2 years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy Hospital in Janesville (Wisconsin) where I was born, for our seven-week ultrasound for our first-born child, and we saw that heartbeat. A little baby was in the shape of a bean. And to this day, we have nicknamed our firstborn child Liza, ‘Bean.’ Now I believe that life begins at conception.

“That’s why – those are the reasons why I’m pro-life. Now I understand this is a difficult issue, and I respect people who don’t agree with me on this, but the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortions with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.”

BIDEN: “My religion defines who I am and I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And has particularly informed my social doctrine … With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position on abortion as a … doctrine. Life begins at conception in the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life.

“But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman. I do not believe that we have a right to tell … women they can’t control their body.”

Campaign Headlines October 12, 2012: Vice Presidential Debate Averages 51.4 Million Viewers, Down 18.5 Million From 2008

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Vice Presidential Debate Averages 51.4 Million Viewers, Down 18.5 Million From 2008

Source: Zap2it.com, 10-12-12

via nielsenwire:

An estimated 51.4 million people tuned in to watch the sole debate between sitting Democratic V.P Joe Biden and Republican V.P. hopeful Congressman Paul Ryan on Thursday, October 11.

The debate, hosted by Centre College in Kentucky and moderated by ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, was carried across 12 networks.

While coverage varied by network, 10 networks aired live coverage from approximately 9:00PM to 10:30PM while Univision and Telemundo aired coverage on tape delay. The chart below highlights the sum of the average audience for these networks.

In 2008, the Vice Presidential debate between then Sen. Joe Biden and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin drew over 18 million more viewers than last night’s debate. The 2008 Biden-Palin debate notwithstanding, last night’s political tête-à-tête had the highest V.P. debate viewership since the George H.W. Bush-Geraldine Ferarro debate in 1984. That debate nabbed 56.7 million viewers.

Campaign Headlines October 11, 2012: Joe Biden v. Paul Ryan: Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate? Depends Who You Ask — Both

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Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate? Depends Who You Ask

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-12-12

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Partisan Democrats had a lot to be happy about Thursday night’s vice presidential debate.  Vice President Joe Biden turned in an aggressive and energetic performance that they wished they’d seen in President Obama.

And while Republicans have cried foul on Biden’s behavior (GOP surrogates called him “rude”), they argue that Rep. Paul Ryan’s calm, unflustered demeanor and his solid performance on foreign affairs was appealing to swing voters, especially women….READ MORE

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