Mitt Romney has pushed his running mate Paul Ryan into a “cautious and limited candidate,” far removed from the bold, confident choice that conservatives had hoped for.
“I was wrong. When Paul Ryan was picked, I really thought this meant that the Romney campaign was shifting gears and was going to have a debate about big issues,” Michael Tanner, an expert on healthcare and the budget at the libertarian Cato Institute, told the Washington Post
He added, “Why do you pick somebody like Paul Ryan if you’re going to run a referendum, Obama’s-done-a-bad-job campaign?”
Grumbling has also been heard in the heartland. Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisc., recently said in a radio interview that he didn’t think Ryan was being used to his full potential. “I just haven’t seen that kind of passion I know that Paul has transferred over to our nominee,” he said.
Nonetheless, Ryan told reporters that he is satisfied with his role in the campaign.
“Look at what we’re doing,” he said according to the Post. “We’re talking to local people, going around the country talking to local press. I’m excited about my role and I feel very comfortable with it.”
However, some are calling for Ryan to go bold. Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist suggested having Ryan show up in Chicago to condemn the teacher’s strike. “Yes, you can” break through, Norquist told the Post. “But it’s not what you say. It’s got to be along the lines of showing up in Chicago.”
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