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Paul Ryan 2016: What 5 Liberal Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

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Rep. Paul Ryan, a likely 2016 GOP contender for president, got his first taste of presidential politics as Mitt Romney’s choice for vice president in the 2012 election. Although they lost to Barack Obama, that race offered up ample fodder to liberal pundits.

Here’s what 5 top liberal pundits have said about Ryan in the past and what they are starting to say about Paul Ryan for the 2016 election:

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Ezra Klein in The Washington Post, 2012: "He's smart. This shouldn't need to be said, but some liberals seem to think Ryan's intelligence is some kind of facade. In this view, he's really a robotic Randian who does little more than spout talking points. His reputation for intelligence is simply the soft bigotry of Washington's low expectations for politicians."

Steve Benen, producer of MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show": "Ryan prefers a more right-wing version of tax reform than the one outgoing Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp unveiled, with Ryan’s version focused primarily on — you guessed it — tax breaks for the wealthy."

Arianna Huffington in 2012 on Ryan as Romney’s running mate: "It’s more like picking George Clooney. He’s a bit of a heartthrob. He also looks good without his shirt. When he’s next to Romney. Romney has a kind of twinkle in his eye … Paul Ryan has become a doormat. Whatever you ask him, "I’m on the Romney ticket."… He’s become this little person who is following Romney around. It’s sad."

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Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist: "His poverty proposal contains signs of serious engagement with, and even concern for, the problem of poverty… But his encouraging thing, in turn, highlights the most disturbing thing about it: It flatly contradicts Ryan’s other plan ... the Ryan budget."

Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" in 2012:  "This guy, Paul Ryan, who I don’t think is ready for prime time yet by any means, is talking about the 'urban' vote. You know they won, the other side, because they got the most votes, because they won fair and square, which is the first thing Ryan said. Why did he have to go step on his own headline — they won fair and square —by saying, 'Oh, it was the black vote.'"

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Rep. Paul Ryan, a likely 2016 GOP contender for president, got his first taste of presidential politics as Mitt Romney's choice for vice president in 2012. Here's what 5 top liberal pundits have said about Ryan in the past and what they're saying now.
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