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For wary Tea Party, Ryan could make Romney easier to swallow
Reuters ^ | August 11, 2012

Posted on 08/11/2012 5:33:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

For Tea Party activists uninspired by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the choice of fiscally conservative Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate might allow them to vote in November without holding their noses.

Hours after Romney's announcement on Saturday, Tea Partiers' reactions ranged from "Wow!" to "a step up from Romney" to "this doesn't change a thing for me" - what one would expect from a notoriously fragmented coalition bound by a desire for smaller government.

Many hailed the selection of as a sign of fiscally conservative movement's growing influence on the Republican Party platform. Others said it will not eradicate the enthusiasm deficit among conservatives that has dogged the former Massachusetts governor's campaign.

"This absolutely brings excitement to the ticket," said Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, who said she her reaction was "Wow!" when she heard the news. "This gives us something to vote for rather than voting against (incumbent Democratic U.S. President Barack) Obama."

The main reason for that excitement is, as Dooley puts it, that Ryan has "bold ideas for true reform."

The blend of tax and spending cuts that the congressman and chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee has laid out in what has been called the "Ryan plan" broadly reflects the Tea Party movement's core tenets of fiscal responsibility and limited government.

Although Democrats have lambasted the "Ryan plan" as an extreme measure that would gut Medicaid and Social Security for the elderly, some fiscal conservatives deem it too timid...

(Excerpt) Read more at in.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012veep; alreuters; paulryan; romney; ryan
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1 posted on 08/11/2012 5:33:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

easier to swallow huh? That bitter pill is the size of a helicopter landing pad.

Give hair-helmet 0.1 microSeconds, and let the rest be Ryan 24/7.

EVEN THEN on election day I might stay home.


2 posted on 08/11/2012 5:38:48 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Ain’t that the truth.

I’m not standing in a long line on Election Day for Mittens.


3 posted on 08/11/2012 5:41:07 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ryan voted for TARP and the auto bailouts.
I don’t see how this squares with the tea party, unless they have changed a lot recently.


4 posted on 08/11/2012 5:41:34 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: gaijin

I’m allergic to gruel and pumpkin soup.


5 posted on 08/11/2012 5:46:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To paraphrase Mary Poppins, “A spoonful Obama make the Romney go down.”.

The only thing that makes Romney viable is the alternative of Obama.

We are so screwed.


6 posted on 08/11/2012 5:47:21 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After holding our noses for almost 4 yrs of Obama....Romney looks like apple pie to me. With the addition of Ryan to the ticket, it’s now apple pie a la mode.


7 posted on 08/11/2012 5:47:21 PM PDT by Ms Mable
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To: Ms Mable

I’m thrilled.


8 posted on 08/11/2012 5:51:08 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Ms Mable

I’m thrilled.


9 posted on 08/11/2012 5:51:21 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nope


10 posted on 08/11/2012 5:54:08 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, MY quills are not standing straight out any more, or at least not as many of them. Frankly, I had been as nervous about Romney as a cat plunked down in a kennel full of dogs. Up to now, I was sure that Romney would be torn apart by the liberals because he mistakenly thought them to be somewhat sympathetic to his own philosophy, with just a few subtle differences.

They are not. They have the empathy of Tasmanian devils, or wolverines, or just maybe grizzly bears with a toothache.

Enter Paul Ryan, who is quite aware that the liberals, and most especially liberals of a party different from his own, are vicious, cunning creatures, gone entirely feral and unable to contain their reactions when confronted.

It is not as if Congressman Ryan is stepping into the big predators’ cage unprepared. He has tamed lions, tigers and bears before, and can marshall response to the most off-handed attacks, with what seems to be almost ease. His choir-boy looks conceal a sharp and powerful intellect, and he has the facts at hand to counter most arguments that may be hurled at him with logic and calm demeanor.

Ad Hominem attacks, on the other hand, probably deserve a much different response, and here is where a little Reaganesque charm comes in. I am not sure how much of this Paul Ryan possesses, but even harking back to some of Reagan’s better replies (”There you go again, Jimmy”) could be highly effective.


11 posted on 08/11/2012 5:59:24 PM PDT by alloysteel (Voter suppression is needed now more than ever. Only, whom shall be suppressed?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s with all this talk of staying home instead of voting against Obama? That’s nuts!


12 posted on 08/11/2012 6:01:02 PM PDT by ChoobacKY
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To: gaijin; RIghtwardHo
"EVEN THEN on election day I might stay home."

Please don't!

Whether you vote for a liberal like Romney over an anti-American communist is your call, but please show up for the main attraction: vote for conservatives for the US House, the US Senate, your governor (if running), and your Secretary of State (again, if running). We need honest state governments to limit liberal vote fraud, and we need a conservative Congress to control the liberal in our White House regardless of who wins.

13 posted on 08/11/2012 6:04:08 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Trteamer

“I’m thrilled.”
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Are you sure...the Left says that’s impossible. :-)


14 posted on 08/11/2012 6:16:13 PM PDT by Ms Mable
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like Ryan but I cannot and will not compromise my beliefs and principles to vote for Mitt. I’m not going to be a hypocrit.

If Mittens is elected and screws up bigtime he could be impeaches and we can have Ryan.


15 posted on 08/11/2012 6:16:55 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He had Teaparty already...no way would they vote for Obama.


16 posted on 08/11/2012 6:17:15 PM PDT by Fawn (DEAR JESUS....PLEASE LET OBAMA LOSE.....AMEN.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So we will have a conservative presiding over the Senate and going to state funerals. And I doubt those conservative credentials if he is willing to be on a ticket with Mittens. Big whoop. Look who will be in the white house.


17 posted on 08/11/2012 6:17:53 PM PDT by conservaterian (Sarah/DeMint '12-NOPE Cain?- Guess NOT. ABO & ABMR. I'm going Goode.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m not even of the “Tea Party” self-ID’d group, but I find the idea that Ryan is somehow “fiscally conservative” to be a hideous trope.

Ryan’s budget plan never gets us to a balanced budget.


18 posted on 08/11/2012 6:18:36 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Lorianne

It doesn’t square with the Tea Party. The Ryan pick is an in-your-face piece of triumpalism by the Republican Establishment.


19 posted on 08/11/2012 6:19:43 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Lorianne

It doesn’t square with the Tea Party. The Ryan pick is an in-your-face piece of triumphalism by the Republican Establishment.


20 posted on 08/11/2012 6:20:23 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: ChoobacKY

“What’s with all this talk of staying home instead of voting against Obama? That’s nuts!”

It’s great news for the Democrat downticket.


21 posted on 08/11/2012 6:24:51 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: RIghtwardHo

Then you might as well pull the lever for Barry.


22 posted on 08/11/2012 6:26:11 PM PDT by Vasilli22
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s the average life expectancy for Mormon Bishops? Mittens don’t look too healthy!


23 posted on 08/11/2012 6:27:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

We may be screwed but here’s the important point....WE can hold Romney’s feet to the fire once he’s elected. We have NO power if Obama is elected. I’m voting for Romney/Ryan!! If they even go off course a little, they have to deal with us! Obama has had a free reign...he must GO!!


24 posted on 08/11/2012 6:28:58 PM PDT by Cricket24 (Telling the truth is not attacking someone!)
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To: alloysteel

Shuuuush, this is between only you and I.... If only the Liberal talking heads, Mediawhores, and Gaystopo, knew that every time they speak out and lie, which is the same thing, I become more resolute, more bedrock, more philanthropic to Conservative causes.. Just don’t tell them, because they may stop before I become a real fanatic.. :)


25 posted on 08/11/2012 6:29:20 PM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: conservaterian

Former Governor Romney is a mortal and 65 years old. Congressman Ryan is 42.


26 posted on 08/11/2012 6:29:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was in Manassas, VA to hear Romney and Ryan speak. I have to confess that I’ve been only a lukewarm supporter of Romney until today. Between the Ryan pick and the great speech Romney gave I have been converted. As long as Romney does what he says he’s going to do he’ll be okay.


27 posted on 08/11/2012 6:31:47 PM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: ChoobacKY

Yeah, I guess all these guys who will settle for nothing less than perfection have either a wife who looks like Catherine ZJ or a husband who looks like Brad Pitt.


28 posted on 08/11/2012 6:32:08 PM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: mardi59

If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for your children and grandchildren.


29 posted on 08/11/2012 6:33:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Cricket24

I’m with you. I would have probably voted ABO anyway, but the more I hear about Ryan, the easier it will be to vote R&R.


30 posted on 08/11/2012 6:35:26 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Ho, ho, hey, hey, I'm BUYcotting Chick-Fil-A)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Are you Freepers really telling us the truth??? You Would Really Withhold Your Vote For Romney/Ryan and let Obama Win? You can take your pick, vote for a couple of “grown-ups” (Romney/Ryan), or Not Vote and acquiesce to another 4 years of the “Drama Queen”. I’ve been in the voting booth since ‘68, but if you’re going to just give up and walk away, G*d bless ya’...just don’t bitch about what transpires down the road.


31 posted on 08/11/2012 6:35:35 PM PDT by radioone ( Main Stream Media. The Government built that.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Perhaps people will want to listen to this on YouTube while they read some threads posted today: Nearer My God To Thee
32 posted on 08/11/2012 6:39:02 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

All right then, so what’s the FR consensus, are we going to vote to save Ryan’s privates?


33 posted on 08/11/2012 6:40:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Pollster1; gaijin; RIghtwardHo

I agree don’t stay home....leave the President blank or put Mickey Mouse, but go to the polls and vote for the Senate and House and your locals. That is most important anyway.


34 posted on 08/11/2012 6:44:18 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Okay 2ndDivisionVet, which would you consider more important? Me voting for Romney when he supported abortion and gay marriage OR upon my death and I go before the Lord, me having to explain why I thought voting for Romney was more important than my soul and my eternal like with Him. Gods will be done in all things.

I’m sorry, but my eternal life in my Saviors company is ten times more important than what occurs in this world. The line says “God and country. I choose God.


35 posted on 08/11/2012 6:45:06 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: ChoobacKY
What’s with all this talk of staying home instead of voting against Obama? That’s nuts! oh....chew...lad this place lately abounds with such dingbattery....hahaaha they're 'sendin a message' dad gummit.....when smart folks like ANN COULTER decide to back MITT count me in....on the 'send em a message' topic Ann says

We're being asked to hand Obama another four years in the White House in order to "send a message." To whom? And what message? That we're morons? Message received! so she's sayin to the anti 'Mitt morons" 'YER MORONS!' ANNIE....RIGHT AGAIN AS USUAL
36 posted on 08/11/2012 6:46:46 PM PDT by jimsin (S)
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To: Vasilli22
Then you might as well pull the lever for Barry.

I can't do that. I can't vote for a pro-abortion, anti-gun, socialized medicine, big-government liberal.

Either your guy or their guy.

/johnny

37 posted on 08/11/2012 6:47:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: radioone
I'll bitch about what I please to bitch about, thankyouverymuch.

You have as little control over my complaints as you have over who I vote for.

I expect I won't vote for anyone that is pro-abortion, anti-gun, or a big-government liberal.

Next time, try running a conservative.

/johnny

38 posted on 08/11/2012 6:51:59 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lorianne
Ryan voted for TARP and the auto bailouts. I don’t see how this squares with the tea party, unless they have changed a lot recently.

Short term memory disorder.

39 posted on 08/11/2012 7:12:31 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: radioone
Are you Freepers really telling us the truth???

By the way your sentence is structured, you don't consider yourself a Freeper.

Very telling.

I will vote for a conservative. All the way down the ticket.

/johnny

40 posted on 08/11/2012 7:16:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

VP is a don’t care. His only value is as an attack dog during the campaign. Then he’s just a figurehead to be ignored. We’ll see if he has any value - over the next 3 months.


41 posted on 08/11/2012 7:37:13 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Ms Mable

I can’t wait to vote in November!

We are flying our RED, WHITE, AND, BLUE proudly today!


42 posted on 08/11/2012 7:48:04 PM PDT by joyce11111
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To: Ms Mable

I can’t wait to vote in November!

We are flying our RED, WHITE, AND, BLUE proudly today!


43 posted on 08/11/2012 7:48:26 PM PDT by joyce11111
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To: Revolting cat!

Better than I expected. (Does that make me a Mittbot?)


44 posted on 08/11/2012 7:56:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Although Democrats have lambasted the “Ryan plan” as an extreme measure that would gut Medicaid and Social Security for the elderly, some fiscal conservatives deem it too timid...


Ryan will cause the milk to sour within the cow and the hens to stop laying! Ryan will kill the crop in the field and make babys breech!


45 posted on 08/11/2012 7:56:45 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I will vote for a conservative. All the way down the ticket.


Is there a Conservative Presidential candidate?


46 posted on 08/11/2012 8:03:21 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Is there a Conservative Presidential candidate?

Yes.

You do know that a posting style is very identifying, don't you?

Welcome to Free Republic.

/johnny

47 posted on 08/11/2012 8:09:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Revolting cat!

seems there’s more behoovin’ for removin’ Paul’s b@!!$


48 posted on 08/11/2012 8:15:51 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: joyce11111

“I can’t wait to vote in November!

We are flying our RED, WHITE, AND, BLUE proudly today!”
***************

I am very pleased as well and looking forward to Obama’s eviction from the WH. Everyone that I’ve spoke w/ today had positive things to say about Paul Ryan.


49 posted on 08/11/2012 8:18:10 PM PDT by Ms Mable
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To: Ms Mable

You do know that a posting style is very identifying, don’t you?

Welcome to Free Republic.

/johnny


50 posted on 08/11/2012 8:32:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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