Paul Ryan’s performance in the campaign was mediocre at best. His debate performance was a sleeper. Romney selected the wrong guy to run with. With Rubio, he at least had a guy who could handle himself well with the press and in public appearance. He never looked ill at ease when a question was asked, and he always was able to piece together a good response. Whether you liked Rubio or not, he was the far stronger VP candidate who would have garnered mega Hispanic votes.
As for Ryan, he does not have a magnetic personality, what is referred to in the TV business as a high Q rating. If the Republicans run with Ryan in 2016, he will lose by a wide margin. Just picture him against Hillary, presuming she is healthy and wins the Dem nomination.
“Just picture him against Hillary, presuming she is healthy and wins the Dem nomination.”
She’d win in a landslide. Heck, I might vote for her... instead of a ball-less GOPe guy. It’s a sad day when Hillary has more balls than the candidates the GOPe fields.
I liked Ryan but he was clearly not ready for prime time in the GOP campaign. Turns out neither was Mitt.
Ryan was okay. Not great. He won the debate polls...but that had much to do with Biden acting like a fool. The problem with a guy like Ryan or Rubio being a vp candidate is that you are completely handled by the campaign. I realized this in 1996 when Jack Kemp sounded like a different person. These two are excellent when speaking for themselves
I agree through. I think Ryan’s role needs to be as a senior legislator, not presidential candidate. He is not a great stump speaker. He gave an excellent speech when announced, and his convention speech was a highlight. His town halls were great. He does very well in tv interviews when is on his own away from handlers. He was not superb in the big rallies. He’s just not that kind of guy.
Rubio has that skill in abundance. In respect, be would have been a better choice....I am not sure he was interested, though.