Skip to comments.Could running mate Ryan run the country?
Posted on 08/19/2012 1:11:52 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Is GOP running mate Paul Ryan the stuff that presidents and commanders-in-chief are made of?
Polling shows that many Americans are still making up their minds about the Janesville Republican as a vice presidential pick, though he's not surprisingly getting higher marks from voters in his home state.
Ryan has deep knowledge of Congress and the federal budget, brains and vigor, and a telegenic ease with the media. But if called, could he manage the vast federal bureaucracy, protect the nation from peril overseas and inspire citizens across the country?
The question isn't an idle one. Polls show it's the one that voters care most about in a vice presidential pick. And if presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Ryan win in November - or even come close - there's a significant chance that one day Ryan could find himself running for or even serving as president.
Jeremi Suri, a scholar of American foreign policy and the presidency at the University of Texas-Austin and a former Wisconsin resident, called Ryan's budget expertise impressive but noted that there were gaps in other parts of his White House résumé.
"He's someone who's shown a detailed engagement with one of the big challenges of the day. That's a big deal," said Suri, who's spoken with Ryan in the past. But "he hasn't shown yet that he's a national-level leader."
Vice presidents are famous for playing only a small role in government beyond standing ready for the worst. But even in the absence of disaster striking the president, the job can be a staircase to the world's most powerful post. Based on history, statistician Nate Silver of The New York Times gives Ryan a one-in-three chance of winning an election to become president someday - if he and Romney can win in November...
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It is a fair question (one I answer with yes, I would trust him to do a better job than any of the other three major party candidates). Have they asked the same about Biden?
Yes - have they put Biden to this same level scrutiny, or even Obama himself? Compared to either of them Ryan has a much better resume' and record - certainly compared to Obama.
Sarah Palin worked her way up from PTA mom to governor of our largest state and look what they did to her. Dan Quayle spelled that word correctly and look what they did to him. John Edwards is a phony, an ambulance chaser and cheated on his dying wife and they still don’t like to talk about him. Al Gore is ... well, Al Gore, but you hardly hear criticism of him. Henry Wallace was a known communist, but you won’t read about it in a history textbook, or most anywhere else...
sure he could.
Shoots straight as an arrow...
No, the far better question is “can Obama run the country?”
Better question...Could running mate Ryan run the country as well as Obama? Answer: Hell yes.
Bravo! These people make me sick to my stomach. Just look at the buffoon we now have as vice president. Maybe this author should substitute Ryan’s name with Biden in key places. Then read it - and the answer is an astounding NO. Further, substitute obama’s name there, and the answer is still a resounding NO!
I am so fed up with this crapola and the media that I have to carry a barf bag with me when I read or hear these spins meisters and their crapola.
Biden can run the Country? Sir you hit the nail on the head.
Paul Ryan could run this country far better than that interminable jackass Plugs Biden.
And an Obama type can? Yep, he can run the country right into the ground. Puppet man that he is.
After nearly four years of Biden The Slow mumbling and bumbling through each day, they really deign to ask this question. Simply amazing.
And what in the world could Joe Biden run, except his mouth? No media outlet asked that burning question in ‘08 when he was selected to run with the First Dictator. Were he ever elevated to the presidency, Biden would probably start WWIII by playing with the red phone.
This is a sign of the utter desperation and blindness among liberals and nothing more.
Could Biden find his way to the WH bathroom by himself??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? This is pathetic, but what do you expect from a communist POS!
———Polls show it’s the one that voters care most about in a vice presidential pick.———
There we have it. The reason McCain lost was because he chose a VP deemed unworthy of running the country if he died.