Politics

5:03pm

Sat August 11, 2012
Presidential Race

The Possible Future Of Health Care, Given VP Pick

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:30 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

So what makes Paul Ryan such a bold pick and potentially such a risky one is the detailed budget plan he has now twice passed through the GOP-controlled House. That plan has not passed the Senate, and President Obama says if it reached his desk, he'd veto it. The heart of Ryan's plan calls for dramatic changes to the nation's largest government health programs, Medicare and Medicaid.

With us now to discuss what those changes could mean for the campaign and the country should Romney and Ryan win the race is NPR's Julie Rovner. Julie, hello.

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3:10pm

Sat August 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Pros And Cons: Ryan As Romney's VP

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 4:25 pm

Newly announced Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks during a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate seems to be uniting both Republicans and Democrats. The GOP is embracing the young, wonky addition to the ticket, while the left seems happy to be taking him on.

Here's a quick look at the pluses and minuses of the decision, from the point of view of the man at the top of the ticket.

PROS:

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3:04pm

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Paul Ryan At A Glance

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:07 am

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., looks on during a campaign rally in Manassas, Va., after being named Mitt Romney's running mate Saturday.
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Who Is He? The young chairman of the House Budget Committee came to national prominence as architect of a Republican budget plan after the GOP took the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Ryan's plan would slash government spending, simplify tax laws while cutting taxes on the wealthy, and fundamentally change entitlement programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.

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2:13pm

Sat August 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Historically Cautious Romney Takes 'Shot Down The Field' In Ryan

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 3:03 pm

Mitt Romney introduces Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate Saturday in Norfolk, Va.
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Some of those who know Mitt Romney best or have studied his political and business careers say the Republican presidential candidate tends toward caution and deep analysis in making decisions.

That helps explain why his choice of Rep. Paul Ryan surprised more than a few: Among the candidates reportedly on Romney's short list, Ryan was widely perceived as one of the less-safe choices.

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12:22pm

Sat August 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Not Alone In Stumbling Over 'Next President' Line

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 3:21 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney laughed off his momentary lapse Saturday, when he introduced his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, as "the next president of the United States." In 2008, President Obama had a similar slip.
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10:41am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Transcript: Romney Names Ryan As Running Mate

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:59 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announces Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate during a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
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  • Listen to Romney's Speech

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks announcing his selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, as released by the Romney campaign:

Ladies and gentlemen:

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10:24am

Sat August 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Paul Ryan Boosts Romney's Conservative Credentials, But Also Mobilizes Opponents

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 3:09 pm

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shakes hands with Mitt Romney as he's introduced as Romney's vice presidential running mate Saturday in Norfolk, Va. The USS Wisconsin is in the background.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney discarded his increasingly inert better-safe-than-sorry campaign strategy Saturday when he named budget hawk and Democratic bete noire Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.

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10:02am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Transcript: Ryan Makes First Remarks As VP Choice

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:54 am

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks after being announced by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
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  • Listen to Ryan's Speech

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's remarks after being announced as GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, as released by the Romney campaign:

Thank you Governor Romney, Ann. I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate.

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8:37am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 1:32 pm

GOP presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, his running mate, George Bush, and their wives, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush, wave from the podium at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit on July 17. In picking Bush, Reagan created a ticket that unified the party.
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It will be a while before we know if presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan to join the Republican ticket will be a plus or minus for his campaign.

In my view, not since Jack Kennedy picked Lyndon Johnson has the choice of a running mate truly affected the outcome in November. LBJ did, after all, help bring Texas to the Democratic fold in 1960. But the record for subsequent No. 2s is a bit mixed. Here's my scorecard:

1964

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8:29am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

5 Vice Presidential Picks Who Were Key To Victory

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 11:09 am

Ken Rudin collection

There have been a number of instances in recent history where the choice of a vice presidential running mate was an important stepping stone toward winning in the fall.

Of course, it's much too early to know how much of a difference GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will make. In the meantime, here is my subjective list of the top five instances in the past half-century or so where a selection of a running mate was crucial to victory:

1. 1960: John Kennedy-Lyndon Johnson (D)

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