Mitt Romney’s running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, is a self-styled disciple of the late Jack Kemp, the buoyant conservative Republican who played a major role in shaping the political agenda in the last quarter of the 20th century.
Republicans are trying to change the subject from deficits and entitlements to the economy and jobs. In recent weeks, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Senator Rob Portman have each introduced jobs plans. This new focus is in part a reaction to polls saying that the Republican Medicare plan is unpopular and that the weak economy remains voters’ top concern.
Representative Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who will become chairman of the House Budget Committee in January, said in an interview on “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television that Congress will pass this week’s tax-cut deal and he doubts it will be revised.
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s role in shaping economic and tax policy in a Mitt Romney administration would be “similar” to the one taken by former Vice President Dick Cheney in national security issues during George W. Bush’s presidency, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said.