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CT Politicians React to Paul Ryan, Romney's VP Pick

The pick stirs up debate among two U.S. Senate candidates, and draws praise from Republicans and pause from at least one Democrat.



Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Vice President selection today of Congressman Paul Ryan has stirred up a frenzy of activity in Connecticut's political scene.

Chris Shays, a former Congressman who is facing off against Linda McMahon Tuesday in the Republican Primary for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat, calls Ryan a "great pick."

"Governor Romney could not have made a better choice for his running mate than his decision to name my friend and former colleague, Congressman Paul Ryan," Shays said, adding, in his , "He is an experienced leader, trying to restore fiscal sanity to Washington."

Meanwhile, Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) took Romney's announcement as an opportunity to engage McMahon. In Tuesday's Primary, Democrats will choose between Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut's former Secretary of the State. Bysiewicz has not yet made a statement about Romney's pick.

The Murphy campaign said, "This morning, Linda McMahon tried to reverse her position on the massive cuts to Medicare contained in Congressman Paul Ryan’s disastrous budget plan."

“Linda McMahon said just months ago that she supports 'some' of Congressman Ryan’s disastrous plan, including 'taking a look' at its massive cuts to Medicare,” said Murphy spokeswoman Taylor Lavender. “So, which parts of Congressman Ryan’s plan does she support? And why hasn’t she endorsed her party’s nominee for vice president?"

"Chris Murphy would never endorse a presidential or vice presidential candidate who would give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest individuals and corporations that ship American jobs overseas, shift costs onto middle class families already struggling to make ends meet, and force over 575,000 Connecticut seniors to pay more out of pocket costs for their health care by ending Medicare as we know it.”

McMahon campaign manager Corry Bliss pushed back.

“Leave it to Chris Murphy to take the news of the day and use it to try to distract from the fact that he has no plan to create jobs and improve the economy," Bliss says in a statement. “Linda McMahon will never support a budget that cuts Medicare."

So far, not in a statement or in any posts on her social media networks, has McMahon lended her outright support to Paul Ryan.

Romney announced the decision in a press release Saturday morning, titled “America’s Comeback Team,” as well as through his “Mitt’s VP” smart phone app.

The Huffington Post notes that both liberals and conservatives will be “thrilled” with Romney’s choice.

Ryan, 42, is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He’s also a chairman of the House Budget Committee, and last year he unveiled a counter budget titled “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which proposed to eliminate the federal deficit over a multi-year period.

Democrats and liberals derided the budget, however, saying it focused more on cuts to spending for social programs and less on tax cuts for the wealthy.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat seeking re-election representing Connecticut's Third Congressional District, also responded to the news:

“America is going to have a conversation about the choice before us this November. Thanks to his last two proposed budgets, we all know what Paul Ryan’s vision for America is. The American middle class will face higher taxes and less help with education. Seniors will get a voucher and higher bills for health care. And the children of the most vulnerable will get pushed back into poverty."

Steve Obsitnik, a Republican running to unseat Democrat Jim Himes in the Fourth Congressional District, offered this:

"In selecting Rep. Ryan to be his Vice President, Gov. Romney is drawing the starkest of contrasts between himself and the President."

"This election may come down to a single issue: 'Should the federal government continue down its present path of fiscal irresponsibility, or has the time come to get our financial house in order?'"

"All across Connecticut’s 4th District families work hard to make ends meet; they make the tough decisions on their budgets and try to save money for a rainy day. Our government should act like our families. We need fiscal responsibility for today while investing in the future."

Himes has not yet released a statement on the news.

What's your reaction?

Bob Attanasio August 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
You and I could actually agree politically... but your tactics of name-calling and hiding behind this ridiculous alias make it impossible to engage in civil discourse. You are one of those people that make it easy for liberals to hate conservatives.
Paul Alexander August 13, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Not sure Ryan will make a difference. People will be voting for or against Romney. However November 6th goes though, I see Ryan's selection for VP as Win-Win for Ryan. "Win" obviously if Romney is elected. But also a "Win" if O, The Great One, is re-elected. Cuz if OTGO is re-elected, this country's finances will be so in extremis that the public will be BEGGING Ryan to run for POTUS in 2016 and fix things. I see Ryan as Reagan in '76. I for one will be avoiding all things electoral for a week +/- the election as I enjoy the beaches of a foreign country in a robo-call free zone.
sebastian dangerfield August 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM
curious jr Im not karen. Ive been the same guy for 2 years. I dont need to change my sign on, like you do. The only reason you visit patch, is to try to get me. For about 9 months, youve commented on nothing other than what I say. Id pretty much call that stalking. Now you think Im Karen? I never got kicked off. And I didnt see what karen said to get her kicked off, so I cant comment.
sebastian dangerfield August 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
mcmurphy, Its not good when mcmahon wants nothing to do with you? So, if mcmahon liked him, that would make you consider ryan more seriously? Or it really doesnt matter to you, if she likes or does not like him?
sebastian dangerfield August 13, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Why is it, that democrats cannot see reality? Take Medicare as an example. Too much money is being spent. Not enough money is being taken in. that is an unsustainable problem. Hope both parties can agree on simple math. We then get a guy like paul ryan, who doesnt want to pretend the problem doesnt exist. He tries to make a plan that not many will suffer, and one that employs market forces. Put pressure on insurance companies via competition. The Dems say, for political reasons, he is 'gutting' the program. I can tell you, that my view is that he is trying to SAVE the program. Government cant just continue ad infinitum to spend more than it brings in. On everything. There will come a day, when China and Japan no longer want our debt, similar to Greece. Then what will happen? Answer---we will have to make changes. Ryan wants to make some of those changes now, so we dont go deeper in debt. The reality is , democrats feel that government should pay for everything. The one thing that does not appear to be known by them, is that "We" are the government. Its not government that will pay--it is us that will pay. So, instead of continuing plans that are unsustainable, the proper thing to do , is to change them so that we can have them for a longer time. (And Im a senior citizen)
AKA August 13, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Luca, what happened to your Karen Lyons act?
sebastian dangerfield August 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
looks like patch shut it down
Paul Alexander August 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Luca, You are right. But what SHOULD happen and what WILL happen are rarely the same thing. Senior citizens, as a voting bloc (NOT all of them), will punish Romney for picking Ryan based solely on their negative "perceptions" of Ryan's Medicare position. Imagine telling your small children that when they wake up in the morning all their toys will be gone. That's how seniors will react to Ryan on the ticket. Not sayin' it's rational, but the senior citizen cohort won’t be taking any chances. There’s not enough fiscal "pain" yet for seniors to act rationally and altruistically. They got "theirs" and they aint letting go. Screw their kids, grandkids and their yet-to-be-born great granschildren! Ryan's message is spot on...it just AINT what seniors are willing to listen to right now. Ryan will be the front runner in 2016 cuz by then Obama's scorched earth policies will be obvious to even Sully.
sebastian dangerfield August 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
paul Ryan's plan doesnt kick in for 11 years. Most of my peer group, agrees that things need to change. While being selfish is perhaps the norm in this country, I view this program as helping my kids have a chance to have these benefits, as much as I view my own situation. If Democrats truly care about people, they will understand that giving the house away to this generation's senior citizens, is actually hurting millions more in future generations.
Paul Alexander August 13, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Luca, Regrettably, your view is not the view of a majority of you peer group. And most in your peer group will vote based on emotions, not fact. And the overriding emotion will be..."I'm not taking any chances with my Medicare!". It’s actually quite funny listening to some of the seniors I know. They’ll whine about public employee unions sucking the taxpayers dry, but they don’t see Medicare doing the same thing.
sebastian dangerfield August 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Paul, I suppose you are right. People talk a lot more than they act. Seniors talk about what other people need to change. I read all day long on this blog, how Republicans are heartless, uncaring people. But, as I've said in the past, I work at a food bank regularly, and my fellow volunteers are all republicans, except for one special ed teacher from stamford. So where are all these caring people? Apparently too busy telling people how caring they are. They want government to tax people other than themselves, and then government to give that money to the poor. And somehow that makes them 'good' people. Its really what inspires my wrath. The plain hypocrisy and social guilting. I think all Republicans should just say the same thing--we are for the poor. We are for welfare. It would make us better people. (despite actually not doing a thing. Not taking a dollar out of the pocket or helping physically.) So, yes, maybe my fellow senior citizens are for fiscal austerity, but not anything that would impose on them. Sad.
Alex Tytler August 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Do you think liberals are going to love us, ever? After we gut their social programs and undo everything Obama did in about 6 months? They are going to hate us, and so what, I'll never love them either. I used to post under my real name but getting stalked is no fun.
Vincent DePaul August 13, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Oh PUHLEEEZ, claims to work in a food pantry, but doesn't think the poor should have a vote, hypocrisy to the max! It's no surprise that so many church leaders oppose the Ryan plan. On Tuesday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a series of stern letters to Republican committee chairman in the House. The subject was proposed cuts to programs like food stamps and housing assistance, consistent with the overall spending blueprint that House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has put forward. The message: Don’t slash the safety net, particularly if you’re doing so to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.
sebastian dangerfield August 13, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Vincent A few things on your post. 1-I never said the poor shouldnt vote. I said people who dont pay taxes should not vote. So if Harry Reid were correct, I would advocate Mr Romney not having a vote. Is he poor Vincent? This is a real question. 2- The Food bank is not a private club, Vince. You appear to have time. Roll up your sleeves, and come on by. Why do you not? 3- If you respect the Cathloic Bishops, do you Vincent? Thats fine. They objected to Obama's plan on abortion. Did you respect their views there enough to determine not to vote for the President? If so, I will admire your consistency, and place value on your level of respect for what these men believe. However, if I would guess, you dismiss that concept, because it is anti-obama..... the significant and distinguishing element here, vince, is that the romney ticket is not running on ryan's budget plan...they are running on romney's . So, can I count on you to vote for the guy who the bishops dont have a problem with? Thanks vince. A true man of principle.....and ill be on the lookout for you at the food bank.
sebastian dangerfield August 13, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Vince, My opinions and views are not simply to align myself with the republican party and agree with everythiing they stand for. im pro gay marriage. Anti -defense budget. Pro life. My views on immigration are that they should ease the laws, but enforce them. Not open up the borders to get reelected , like this borderline criminal, obama is. Let's look at mr obama's approach to immigration. He says he wont enforce the supreme court decision. Arizona is inundated with illegals. 12% of the entire population is illegal. they bear an unfair burden , compared with the rest of the states. Yet the federal govt, wont allow them to attempt to solve the issue. Next-his plan to not deport children who are 16-25 and have been here 5 years-no criminal record. Sounds almost reasonable? Right? Problem is , there is no requirement or ability to verify they have been here 5 years. So, vince, what prevents a 17 year old mexican from entering the country, saying "ive been here 6 years" and being handed work papers? Nothing. Now you may argue that is a good thing...but you dont live in a border state, where the costs are far different. But, aside from your opinion, good and bad, dont you think that the President has overstepped his bounds on immigration law? And then the DOJ trying to make sure you dont need an i.d. to vote? This is Chicago ballot box stuffing politics at its finest. This guy, obama is ridiculous when it comes to laws.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com August 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
How fast everyone forgets that President Bush rolled up some of the largest if not the largest deficits in our history, and then set the stage for the great recession. We might just need a better plan. Spains unemployment rate is 24%, our is sadly over 8%, but does look pretty good in comparison when considering the economic issues worldwide.
sebastian dangerfield August 13, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Bruce, Do deficits matter to you?? Is that something that you find unacceptable? Ok. So the truth is deficit in 2007 was 160bio in 2008 460bio Then Obama took office. 1.4 trillion 2009 1.35 trillion 2010 1.35 trillion 2011 And consider this, bruce, Obama characterizes the House of Representatives as getting in the way of even more spending. So those deficits you are reading now, would be way worse, if Obama had no obstacles. So, again, Bruce, do deficits matter? And if they do, will you be voting out the man that has not just moved them higher---but exploded them If 460bio is the highest --then what is 1.4 trillion? Spain had a socialist government until the beginning of this year. It was closely allied with the Unions. Espoused the concept of taxing the rich and giving to the unions. We are 8+ now --and one could reasonably argue that going the way of helping unions, taxing the rich and establishing a society that serves government is not the way to go. But again, Bruce, if you want to establish that deficits are bad things, and that we should not aim to repeat Spain's mistakes, I agree. I hope you also agree then , that voting out Obama is the most fiscally responsible thing one can do. Right?
Big Family August 13, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Luca, I have ment to tell you this for a while... YOU ROCK!!! There are some issues where we differ,but I can agree to disagree on those spots. Keep it coming!
Joyce Aka August 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM
You lie Abelino! Then you lie some more.
Cheryl Lynne O August 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM
firstly , this ryan guy is so religious right! I would assume that would be a killer and chase those more moderate Republicans back in Connecticut away? at least the women who have the brains to realize that a fetus is not a baby till it is actually born alive! [ www.cwfa.org=back to the Mrs. Ward Cleaver days! ] . secondly , he wants to cut college aid, how would that reflect on those "professionals", and others, back in both Newtown and Southbury who's kids need help; especially those auto mechanics to be a few down in Shady Rest and Berkshire " Estates" LOL. Third, what true Christian would be for cutting SNAP benefits and HUD [ which for me on SSDI+ SSI and attending New Mexico State Univ. pays most of my $450 rent [ $100 utils. for a piece of crap old A/C in these HOT, Las Cruces' Summers]. Did every Doctor living in a $899 K house in beautiful Newtown, for example, start out wealthy? Or , like so many of the Mejicano-Americanos and others here at NMSU, did they require financial aid to attend Pre-Med? CUT THE MILITARY BUDGET from 4.8% to 2.4% like the UK did.
Cheryl Lynne O August 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
and yes , I forgot something. For those of you who support women's rights[ women especially], yet actually like Ryan and Willard Mitt Romney , please go to www.cwfa.org . The Concerned Women for America. " Mrs. Ward Cleaver" , come with me to Grover's Corners. New Hampshire 1933!
sebastian dangerfield August 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Cheryl, at least the women who have the brains to realize that a fetus is not a baby till it is actually born alive! Im pro choice, But I would say that 'a woman with brains' that had an abortion in the 8th month, would be totally wrong. I also think that if someone hit a woman 8 months pregnant, and the fetus died, that he should be arrested for murder. But apparently, you have brains and dont think that way? A woman should have some rights. I think the father should have some rights. And at a certain point, the fetus has some rights. I think the issue is, that the far right, believes the fetus has rights, before many other people do. But I would say that they are not crazy ,as the media want to depict. Just that they have a different ideology. Its not about brains. Its about beliefs. But I guess in your book, calling people on the with different ideas, stupid and brainless is the best approach. (let me also guess, that if someone calls a minority brainless, you would find that wrong? I hope so. )
Darien Native August 14, 2012 at 01:02 AM
There you go again Luca with your personal attacks, does every Patch editor need to remind you of your classless conduct? ps: why are you a Newtown lurker? Heather Borden Herve 10:28 pm on Thursday, August 9, 2012 Luca, if you are not going to hear it from Itsui, then as the writer of this column, I'll interject. When your point of view is on topic, whether or not I agree with it, it usually moves the conversation about the subject forward. When you make an offensive remark like that, however, it not only fails to add anything substantive to the conversation, it weakens any other point you're trying to make, and makes you look mighty crass.
Irv Weinstein August 14, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Seems like you are the one who was shut down "Karen Lyons" Dufus!
Tony DiSofa August 14, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Come on man, anyone can see that you and karen lyons are one in the same. Are you really denying that you posted as Karen, and also as Luca Abelino just last summer? Please, get back on your MEDS !
Tony DiSofa August 14, 2012 at 03:02 AM
so, you admit to another lie! i have kept same name for 2 years...
Christine Rose (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Please keep comments respectful and on topic. Thank you!
Sam Mihailoff August 14, 2012 at 09:39 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFMx2DwbXjM
Bob Attanasio August 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Best Patch content in months!
Big Family August 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
cheryl lynne O, Have you ever had an ultrasound or seen one (I'm guessing no) and watched a BABY move and smile and suck his or HER'S thumb? For you to actually take the time to form the idea that a BABY is not a BABY until he or SHE is born and so until then can be vacuumed away like so much dust is astounding! If I were a Veterinarian and I was aborting puppies and making coats with the pelts you and yours would be...well you know. Your post is just SICKENING.

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