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.
Paul Ryan is under pressure to drop his support for revising U.S. immigration laws: His adversaries are running television attack ads against him and warning of a primary challenge to the Wisconsin Republican congressman.
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.
Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan would influence economic and tax policy if Mitt Romney wins the White House much the way former Vice President Dick Cheney helped guide national security matters during George W. Bush’s administration.