March 30, 2012 One day after his fellow Republicans in the House passed his version of a 2013 federal budget, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan throws his support behind Mitt Romney's bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
March 19, 2012 House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who proposed a budget last year that was controversial because of radical changes it would have made to Medicare, is making another run at his target. This time he has a Democratic ally, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. But progressive groups were already attacking the plan even before its official release Tuesday.
December 15, 2011 The plan would include a cap on total Medicare spending and feature more private competition than under the current program. Even if the proposal draws support, it won't be introduced as legislation until after the 2012 election.
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.
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.