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Is Romney Using Paul Ryan Effectively?

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Short answer: no. I was interviewed for this article in Politico, which also incorporates comments from Governor Scott Walker after i asked him the same question on my show this morning. Listen to the audio of that interview here.

Some key excerpts:


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told radio host Charlie Sykes on Friday that he is bewildered by the way things have gone since Ryan was picked.

“I thought [picking Ryan] was a signal that this guy [Romney] was getting serious, he’s getting bold; it’s not necessarily even a frustration over the way Paul Ryan’s been used but rather in the larger context. I just haven’t seen that kind of passion I know Paul has transferred over to our nominee, and I think it’s a little bit of pushback from the folks in the national campaign. But I think for him to win, he’s gotta [do] that.”

Walker added, “They not only need to use [Ryan] out on the trail more effectively, they need to have more of him rub off on Mitt because I think Mitt thinks that way but he’s gotta be able to articulate that. … I think too many people are restraining him from telling [his vision].”...



Prominent Wisconsin radio host Sykes, who has spoken directly with Ryan for years, said he has not been able to get the VP nominee on his show for a five-minute interview — a fact he said he has raised with fellow Wisconsin native Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman.

“You can almost tell that Romney’s sort of half-digested some of the things that Ryan has been talking about, but if you use Ryan it would sound completely different,” Sykes said.

“Even in Wisconsin, I think he’s being underused,” he added. “I guess what’s frustrating is especially now that we’re embroiled in this conversation about the makers versus the takers, where is Paul Ryan? He is eloquent, he knows the numbers, he can frame this in a very compelling way. The fact that he is not front and center on some of this is, I think, a lost opportunity.”

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