Follow Friday: Romney Picks Ryan, Escalating Attack Ads, and More Campaign News

Friday, August 17, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) greets supporters during a campaign event at the Waukesha Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Getty)

Mitt Romney's VP pick, Rep. Paul Ryan, dominated the headlines this week, as did Mitt Romney's announcement that "over the past 10 years [he] never paid less than 13 percent" in taxes. Outlandish political rhetoric also abounded this week, as Vice President Joe Biden told a predominantly-African-American audience that a President Romney would "put y'all back in chains."

Farai Chideya, distinguished writer-in-residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute and Ron Christie, Republican political strategist and Takeaway contributor, discuss the week's top stories.


Farai Chideya and Ron Christie

Comments [4]

Vinnie from Manalapan

Oh Ron, your faux outrage at Joe Biden is literally making my eye's roll.
And Laney, do you seriously think that Congress has nothing to do with reforming SS? Reform the tax structure, let the rich pay their fair share and don't starve Grandma!

Aug. 17 2012 03:23 PM

I highly suggest Ron Christie read this book: or listen to another radio news program where this topic (Social Security) was recently discussed.

Aug. 17 2012 01:47 PM

Can't say where Celeste or Farai called Ron Christie or Romney racist. Let me translate for Ron, my fellow white male: they called him out of touch and insensitive to the struggles of people of color of a certain socioeconomic status.

This redefinition of racism is another brilliant and manipulative use of language by Republicans and right wingers with the intended--and all too often attained--result of not addressing the issue and thus shutting down dialog.

I'm not saying Democrats and the left also attempt to avoid addressing certain issues by shutting down dialog, but for example Farai not tackling the Social Security question (as pointed out in the above comment) is not likely to result in silencing and alienating swaths of Americans.

All that said, I am glad you are friends with one another, and when you're not publicly debating politics you can shed talking points and understand one another better. I know I've been blessed and strengthened by having discussions with friends with whom I disagree.

Aug. 17 2012 08:19 AM
Laney B from New Jersey

Farai Chideya addressed the second part of Ron Christie last argument but he successfully got her to ignore his first part (which was the actual substantive part) that Obama is ignoring Social Security and only Romney and Ryan are even talking about. That if left to Obama SS will go bankrupt in 2022(?).

Farai, please address all of the topics in your Republican friend's argument, especially if those arguments are negative. Fine about giving Biden a bye but then move on to the Social Security question which is what impact Americans more in the long run. If you can't, then maybe "The Takeaway" should find someone else to represent the Democratic point of view.

I am going now to check out some other news sources to see what Obama is doing about Social Security.

Aug. 17 2012 07:52 AM

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