Robert Schlesinger

August 2012


The Low Stakes of Paul Ryan's Big Speech

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TAMPA—Paul Ryan has cultivated a (hollow) reputation for being careful with the people's money. When he delivers his acceptance speech tonight, however, he'll be playing with house money. While the speech is in one sense a high stakes introduction to the national spotlight, the fact is that in the ...

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Romney, Mitt
Palin, Sarah
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Republican National Convention

Media, Romney Adviser Spar About Welfare, Truth, and Race Baiting

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TAMPA, FLA.—An ongoing theme of this election and its coverage is how the media should handle unprecedented levels of shameless duplicity in political discourse. The most recent focus has been Mitt Romney's charge—roundly and flatly disproved by nonpartisan fact-checkers—that the Obama campaign has ...

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Republican National Convention
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Paul Ryan in 2010: Romneycare Is an 'Unsustainable' 'Fatal Conceit'

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As I noted earlier, Mitt Romney’s new vice presidential pick is “not a fan,” to use Paul Ryan’s words, of the former Massachusetts governor’s signature legislative accomplishment.

Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski dug up last week a 2010 Ryan appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal where he blasted the ...

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Ryan, Paul
health care
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2012 presidential election
Massachusetts

Is Paul Ryan for VP Mitt Romney's Bold Move or Hail Mary?

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Well so much for the long-awaited Etch A Sketch moment and general election return of Mitt Romney, Massachusetts moderate. His announcement of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick brings a sharp ideological focus to Romney’s muddled political persona. The general election Romney will be as ...

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politics
2012 presidential election
Ryan, Paul
Vice President
running mates

Tax Returns and Now Tax Policy—What’s Mitt Romney Hiding?

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You'd think Mitt Romney's campaign would be happy about the report this week by the Tax Policy Center—the demands for the former Massachusetts governor to release more of his tax returns have finally been quieted. Of course they're none too pleased that the obsession with his making public more tax ...

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Romney, Mitt
tax cuts
deficit and national debt
2012 presidential election
economy

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