Asked about that on Thursday, Ryan offered a budget process answer, saying he would not have included the $700 billion in cuts if Obama hadn't done it first.
"He put those cuts there," Ryan said. "We would never have done it in the first place."
Often, running mate selections give challengers greater media exposure that is on balance positive for days. But Ryan presents a "target rich environment," said Democratic strategist Doug Hattaway, a top aide in Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008.
"Palin was more of a blank slate — the first woman on the Republican ticket. It was easier to roll her out without a lot of substance and people got excited," he said. "A vice presidential pick with a record to pick on minimizes the honeymoon."
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