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?