How Effective Was Paul Ryan's Convention Address?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the crowd at the Republican National Convention. Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, addresses the crowd at the Republican National Convention. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan headlined the Republican National Convention last night. Ryan is considered by many to be the face and brains of the party’s political course. His pick as VP was seen as an attempt to energize voters and a way to shore up conservative support for Mitt Romney, who some Republicans find too moderate. Last night was perhaps his biggest stage of the entire election to accomplish both of those goals.

Republican political strategist Ron Christie watched Ryan's speech live from the Tampa Convention Center last night and gives us his reactions.

The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich takes a closer look at Ryan's statements and tells us if he played fast and loose with the facts.

Produced by:

Ben Bradford and Brad Mielke


Ron Christie and Todd Zwillich

Comments [5]

Angel from Miami, FL

The sole purpose of business is to make a profit. The sole purpose of government is to keep people from enslaving or killing people. The two things are not interchangeable. Businesses will never protect people. Government will never make money. The Founding Fathers weren't thinking of profit margins when they drafted the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Paul Ryan's plans are the opposite of what the Founding Fathers put on paper. Had Ryan been in the Continental Congress the resulting document would've leaned specifically for a particular group whilst lacking most of its humanity. Certainly the phrase "promote the general welfare" would have had more to do with restrictions to personal freedoms, to Ryan, than with help for people in need.

Going by his words, Paul Ryan is that ubiquitous sci-fi computer that tries to ensnare the human spirit in order to protect it from its own irrational instincts.

Aug. 30 2012 09:33 AM

"It closed in 2008 before Obama was President".

December, 2008

The economy doesn't turn on a dime at 12 noon on Inauguration Day. Those running businesses and corporations knew after election day 2008 that an Obama administration was coming and were uncertain to the extent that they would be punished with taxes and regulations and they prepared for it by closing down some operations. Tragically four years later businesses big and small are still uncertain what this administration has in store for them and why growth and hiring is at a stand still.

The same dynamic will happen in reverse if Romney/Ryan is elected in November. Between November 6 and January 20th there will be the rumblings of an economic boom because a Republican administration will bring more confidence and opportunities for growth, expansion and hiring.

If only we had this kind of intense fact checking during Obama's speeches.

Aug. 30 2012 09:03 AM

Todd Zwillich -
I didn't hear Paul Ryan "blame" the closure of the GM assembly plant in Janesville on Barack Obama.
Ryan correctly pointed out that before the plant closed, then-candidate Obama came to Janesville and told the people there that with government assistance, that plant (then almost 100 years old) could be kept open "for another 100 years."

Here is the Ryan speech:
"President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

"A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years. That’s what he said in 2008.

"Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.

"Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for, or any work at all.

"So here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?"

Twitchy takes on all of the Obama surrogates who are now freaking out about the Ryan speech, like Todd Zwillich:

Aug. 30 2012 08:43 AM
Dan Lowenstein from New York

You ended the discussion with Todd and Ron in a very biased way. After Todd layed out all the factual problems with Ryan's speech, you turned to Ron and said something like "so is it about that (factual problems), or is it about a more adult conversation about where we are headed?"

So that's the takeaway? Facts vs. adult conversation?

Aug. 30 2012 08:23 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Perhaps, what this country needs is loud, loud rock music playing all the time, so that I don't have to listen to Paul Ryan anymore.

Paul Ryan inspired a Nation!... He inspired his party to feel they had a leader and he inspired me to feel nauseous. This country is a splinter

Aug. 30 2012 08:15 AM

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