Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney Grilled on 60 Minutes

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One day after Mitt Romney announced that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will be his Vice President, the GOP ticket sat down with CBS' 60 Minutes.

Veteran journalist Bob Schieffer definitely did not hold back, asking the 42-year-old Ryan what his role would be: “Are you gonna be the attack dog?”

Ryan's response was direct: “I’m gonna help him win the race.”

In typical Ryan fashion, he was low-key and calm about it, but game for a fight. “It was one against two for awhile, now it’s two against two,” he said.

When the conversation turned to tax returns - a hot topic given Romney's reluctance to release more than to years - Ryan stumbled briefly at first.

“I’m going to release the same amount of years as Governor Romney has,” he said. “I’m gonna be releasing two, which is what he’s releasing."

"But what I hear from people around the [United States], they’re not asking where are the tax returns. They’re asking where the jobs are.”

Deftly pivoting to his preferred talking points (and frankly, issues that are actually important), Ryan successfully avoided that potential quagmire.

The 60 Minutes interview ended with Romney being asked about his gaffe when he announced Ryan as “the next President of the United States.”

Romney laughed about it, before noting that President Obama did the same thing four years ago when he introduced current V.P. Joe Biden.

Who's your pick in 2012?

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These guys could care less about the average tax payer damned if they are going to carry the load
For the middle-class. That is why capital gains is not a progressive tax and earned income is. That is why Romney could give his kids each a. Hundred million dollars each and not pay a dime of gift tax. Lowers his estate taxes too and hill pay less there as well because they wrote the law that says they can do it!!!! Get
With it America u are being had.

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@ Matt---Job creation is vital for this nation at the moment. And small businesses that ARE the largest developers of jobs...is the biggest target of the Obama Camp! Thus, the lifeblood of job creation..is in danger of being severed by a radical ideologue who loves playing Community Organizer aka a misguided Robin Hood that is destroying any chance for REAL hope 'n change to come about for those in the unemployment lines across our country. Surely most Americans are seeing this now after giving the POTUS 4 yrs. which quite frankly he has squandered by blindly pandering to his radical liberal base.

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Matt:
Your rhetoric is typical tea party from the extreme right-wing that is so absurd it's impossible to respond to.

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Hope the staff HG keeps up with their fine management work of erasing the offensive comments by the trolls who have tried to make this blogging site their home. That being said----It's a fact--Obama stole $716 Billion from Medicare! He stole from those who PAID IN all their lives to redistribute to those who HAVE NOT PAID in as a massive attempt to spread the EARNED dollars of the working class. Ryan's plan for Medicare doesn't effect those 55 and over...for them the debate is over. They are not effected. For younger folks? Hey, if we don't get these entitlements under control you'll have NOTHING by the time you're ready to retire! NOTHING! So wake up and see this argument for what it is!

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And anyone that puts any stock into anything Debbie Schultz says while watching Fox is a certain loser! Schultz sticks to her script. Got an instant comeback for everything! In reality- its closer to 700 Billion the Democrats will take from Medicare. Yes- insurance companies should be controlled just like hospitals and Government and a Liberal President. You people will not address the real issue which as they say " it's the economy stupid" as we all know! It's the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Obamacare, higher taxes, more food stamps and entitlement is an obvious indication he will not put people to work so he's doing what he can to feed them with tax money. There is no getting around this issue and the fact that the room was only half full of people in Chicago yesterday speaks volumes! People have heard enough of his talk! Yeah Donut hole! Catchy - and if you look real hard at the center of that hole- that's what Obama will give you and as much of it as you want.

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foxnews revived the misleading claim that the Affordable Care Act cuts $500 billion from Medicare. According to PolitiFact.com, "the health care law does not cut $500 billion from Medicare. It just reduces future growth." PolitiFact.com also noted that "with the law, Medicare spending will still increase." Spending will be reduced by getting rid of fraud and ending overpayments to private insurance companies. It sends a message to those insurance companies: Operate more efficiently. And instead of cuts, they will be able to fund new benefits, including free preventive care and broader prescription coverage, including closing the "doughnut hole" affecting seniors. [ABC News, 6/28/12] Anybody pushing "500 Billion taken from Medicare" gets their info from foxnews - least informed audience.

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Yes- People and the common denominator -JOBS! 24 Million out of work and 60 minutes wants to talk tax returns. Maybe they could talk about the 500 Billion taken from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.

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