Terrific debut by Paul Ryan
. The theme of "the choice" is a good one, and the promise by both Governor Romney and Representative Ryan of a serious campaign of ideas contrasts very well with the politics of personal destruction coming out of Chicago. Ryan's youth, energy and obvious command of details and arguments adds a great deal to Romney's already considerable appeal, and the Badger State just went into the red column, rearranging the map in a stroke. Ryan's Catholicism is of the serious sort and will also help Governor Romney up and down the line of battleground states.
Ryan is prime time ready and also very ready to be president, a man who came close to running himself and who had a large base of support to do so. Almost every serious journalist in America has had at least one sit-down with Ryan over the past few years, and the links to a few of the transcripts of our lengthy interviews from 2011 and 2012 are below. Congressman Ryan is always prepared, always quick on his feet, and always full of good humor and sincere curiosity.
Other journalists looking for good background on the new Veep nominee might call Congressman John Campbell who is his colleague on the Budget Committee and who was on my show yesterday extolling the Congressman's virtues. Campbell is also one of the smart guys in Congress, and his enthusiasm is easy to understand: The Romney-Ryan ticket is a ticket of smart, family guys brimming with a corny-to-the-left-but-touching-to-most-Americans belief in American exceptionalism and America's founding values.
With Ryan's selection, Romney has reconnected the Reagan era with the rising generation. Ryan is a Bill Bennett-Jack Kemp protege, and a son of the midwest. It is powerful combo with Mitt Romney, the brilliant son-of-Michigan who was capable of rising in the east and saving a western Olympics.
Powerful ticket with powerful ideas running against an out-of-gas set of gasbags, a left surrounded by the ruins that their choices and their Congress of 2009-2010 brought about. Romney-Ryan is upbeat, energetic, positive about America and the future --proud Americans, happy to be living in a country that leads the world and can continue to do so. The contrast with the president and Joe Biden could not be more complete.
Some of my Ryan interviews from the past couple of years: