Talking Points: ‘Conservatives Like Congressman Ryan, Liberals Don’t’
In discussing Mitt Romney’s decision to pick Paul Ryan as his running mate, Bill O’Reilly said it is the independent voters that Ryan must persuade in order to help Ryan become president. Adding Ryan to the ticket is good for Romney's campaign, according to the Factor host, mainly because it provides voters with a clear choice.
O’Reilly said in his Talking Points Memo that, "The congressman is a good choice for Romney because it makes the election a simple decision. Do you want a free market driven economy and fiscal discipline by the federal government, or … or do you want the feds to exert even more control over the economy in order to provide social justice?"
The theme of the Romney-Ryan ticket will be that the Obama administration has failed
economically, anticipated O’Reilly. He went on to predict that the president will argue that the Republican’s economic plan will worsen the economy and that Americans’ security will be jeopardized by spending and tax cuts.
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President Obama welcomed Ryan to the race but stated that he fundamentally disagrees with his vision. O’Reilly responded, “Mr. Obama is a passionate liberal who is willing to lose the election rather than moderate his big government, big spending policies.”
O’Reilly said that while the choice is clear to those who are paying attention, the problem is that most Americans do not know how the debt affects them. He said that people don’t understand how the private marketplace is under siege and how the country is headed toward bankruptcy; therefore, many voters will cast their ballot on emotion.
While the New York Times labeled Ryan as an extremist, O’Reilly says that it is up to the congressman to convince independent voters that he is not extreme and that his vision will ultimately help hardworking Americans.