Top Democrats, including President Obama’s re-election team, wasted no time in coming out swinging once Republican Mitt Romney announced he chose Minnesota Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The Romney campaign reportedly made the Ryan pick official early Saturday morning via a smartphone app.
The Obama campaign responded quickly, putting up a new page on its barackobama.com website that labels the new Romney-Ryan ticket “the go back team.”
Ryan, the powerful chairman of the House Budget Committee, is best known for a series of federal budget proposals which would essentially privatize Medicare and dramatically cut back the scope of the federal budget. Independent analysts just this week released a new look at the Ryan budget, which they say, among other things, “would almost certainly make deep cuts in federal funds that support states and localities as they perform many basic public functions, including educating children, building roads and bridges, protecting public health, and providing law enforcement.”
Obama campaign chief Jim Messina alerted the president’s supporters Saturday in an email.
“Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney’s running mate. What you need to know right now: This election is about values, and today Romney doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past,” Messina says. “Congressman Paul Ryan is best known as the author of a budget so radical The New York Times called it ‘the most extreme budget plan passed by a House of Congress in modern times.’ With Mitt Romney’s support, Ryan would end Medicare as we know it and slash the investments we need to keep our economy growing — all while cutting taxes for those at the very top.”
Messina warns that Romney and other Republicans “will tell a very different story about Paul Ryan.”
“Our job is to make sure Americans know the truth about what Romney’s choice says about him as a candidate and leader, and to stand with President Obama and Vice President Biden at another major moment in this campaign,” Messina says.
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington State, who leads the Democratic Senate campaign operation, also chimed in on the Ryan pick.
“Ryan is best known for the extreme budget that bears his name — one that would end Medicare as we know it while giving huge tax breaks to billionaires and corporations. A Romney-Ryan ticket is a frightening prospect for the middle class and anyone who might one day need Medicare or Social Security,” she says. “The GOP has their team, and now it’s more important than ever that we stand behind ours.”