August 24, 2011 The election of 2012 is now less than 15 months away, and it is clear that elements of the Republican Party have not locked in on a candidate. But it is worth remembering that in the late 1970s, as the GOP sought just the right opponent for incumbent Jimmy Carter, plenty of party people were not satisfied with a field that included Ronald Reagan.
May 26, 2011 In a meeting with NPR journalists Thursday, Ryan indicated that timing was everything. While what he called Democratic "Mediscare" tactics might work in the short term, there was enough time before Election Day for Republicans to eventually win the message war.
May 26, 2011 Kathy Hochul, the Democrat who won an upset victory for a long-held GOP House seat in New York, appreciates not just the voters but Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican whose controversial Medicare proposal allowed her to put her GOP opponent on the defensive.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., earlier today (May 26, 2011).
May 26, 2011 One day after accusing Democrats of "Medi-scare" political tactics, the author of the Republican plan to remake Medicare and Medicaid and cut the federal debt said that so far Republicans are "negotiating with ourselves" on those key issues.
May 25, 2011 Senate Democrats brought Ryan's plan up for a vote knowing they had the votes to block it but wanting to tie Republicans to the Ryan plan in the hopes that it will prove toxic come Election Day 2012.
May 25, 2011 It seems premature to conclude, as David Frum does, that "Paul Ryan is the Barry Goldwater of 2012." But Frum's point is certainly directionally right. Ryan's proposal to privatize Medicare does for the time being at least seem to be an albatross around Republican necks.
May 25, 2011 The morning after Republicans lost a long-safe congressional seat in New York, partly from anger over GOP proposals to remake Medicare and Medicaid, the plan's author came out swinging. He accused Democrats of "demagoguing." A White House aide said Democrats were actually "explaining."
May 17, 2011 Ryan's decision doesn't mean Democrats won't be able to nationalize the race. They just won't be able to use him as effectively to do it. They'll still be able to argue that Wisconsin is important nationally because of the slim majority Democrats hold in the U.S. Senate.
May 16, 2011 Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan framed the argument for his Medicare plan as a way to shift the balance on who makes health care decisions away from the federal government and towards individuals.
May 16, 2011 Gingrich's statement now allows Democrats to argue that their opposition to the Ryan Medicare plan isn't reflexively liberal because no less a conservative than Gingrich agrees with them that the proposal is extreme.
April 15, 2011 Unlike a day earlier, the House GOP kept party unity, almost all voting for Ryan's budget bill.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).
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April 14, 2011 In an interview on All Things Considered, Rep. Paul Ryan said he believed that even though Medicare has very low administrative costs, the free-market would deliver low costs too.
April 5, 2011 House Budget Committee chair, Rep. Paul Ryan, showed political bravery in taking on entitlements as part of his proposed 2012 Republican budget plan. While trying to claim the high ground of leadership for the GOP, he also provided Democrats with a target-rich environment, ensuring a huge debate.
April 5, 2011 The Republican plan, he says, would cut $6.2 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Read what he and other GOP leaders are proposing.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) presides at a hearing on the fiscal impact of health overhaul on Capitol Hill.
January 26, 2011 House Republicans launched a series of hearings on the health law this week. They say to give it the scrutiny it didn't get before it passed last year. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats play defense with their own set of hearings highlighting the law's benefits starting Thursday.
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