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Congressman Paul Ryan in Nevada
Congressman Paul Ryan in Nevada

AIR DATE: August 17, 2012

It's only days since Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney added Congressman Paul Ryan to the ticket. And the consensus is that adding the architect of Republican budget plans has changed the race. It's not just about the economy any longer. It's about the deficit, Medicare and Medicaid and the size of the federal government. So how will Nevada Republicans react to Ryan. Some local Republicans join us to discuss the choice and Ryan's speech in Las Vegas.
Steve Sebelius, political columnist, LVRJ
John Hambrick, Assemblyman, R-Las Vegas
Serena Carey, Romney Delegate, RNC


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    Mr Hambrick is either very uninformed, or intentionally (lying) about Ryan's 'pulling himself up by his bootstraps' (gee where did he get that from?). Since when will 2 years worth of ss death benefits pay for Miami of Ohio costs. I know, he worked in a coal mine on weekends to help pay for school and send checks to his destitute mother! Then on to 2 years as a 'consultant' for the family multi-million dollar construction business and into politics. The poor man must have nightmares about all his backbreaking Midwestern jobs and his time in the armed services. I hope his multmillionaire wife has eased the pain. Yes, Mr Hambrick, Ryan can really relate to all of 'average Joes'.
    Peter TerryAug 15, 2012 10:58:57 AM
    John Hambrick = typical Republican. He somehow avoided service in Vietnam, but thinks we need to be strong on defense. He doesn't believe in government spending, but spent nearly three decades on the government payroll. With all that the country has done for him, Hambrick spends his comfortable government funded retirement advocating for pulling the ladder up behind him so that others can't enjoy similar privilege. How people can vote for a complete mystery.

    (This posting has been edited to conform with our standards of civility.)

    RobAug 15, 2012 10:11:01 AM
    Listening to the radio broadcast today I was disappointed that the moderator allowed the republican guests to once again proliferate the lie that president Obama denegrated hard working entrepreneurs in this country by saying if someone has a small business that they didn't build it. When it is clear from anyone that (a): heard his speech and (b): is neither deaf nor stupid, that he was clearly referring to the great American infrastructure, free-enterprise system and supportive environments which in all cases contribute to the success of small business in this country. The fact that republican pundits and their leadership (including their current presidential and vice-presidential nominees) continue to repeat what they know is a distortion of the facts is yet another demonstratioin of why I can't take their party seriously.
    renwickAug 15, 2012 10:08:59 AM
    Does ANYONE check facts anymore??? This "you didn't build that" quote is taken so out of context it's absurd. He actually summarizes his point in the next 2 sentences after that where he says "The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together." THAT'S his point. It's so irritating to watch how blatantly misleading republicans are.
    Michael BarnesAug 15, 2012 09:58:42 AM
    Please have Hambrick and Cary explain how gas and oil prices will go down if drilling is allowed in the ANWR?????? The oil companies won't go anywhere near the ANWR unless oil prices are over $100 per barrell, they can't, it is too expensive to drill. If the price of oil falls, they won't drill or they would quit drilling. Just because the Republicans would open up drilling does not mean the oil companies will actually drill unless of course the Republicans give the oil companies more and more tax breaks. Yesterday Romney said, we have coal, why don't we use it? Duh, maybe because the mining companies disregard miner safety and mining and burning coal is polluting.
    JuhDuhAug 15, 2012 09:41:56 AM
    Expecting an economy to bounce back out of a deep recession in the span of 4 years is unreasonable. The Republican's plan is to make as many drastic changes to Obama's policies as possible, which will not only make the recovery process longer but We'll have spent money on programs the Republicans will repeal and basically waste our tax money. As an independent, I would have loved to see a reasonable Republican plan, but because there's so much polarization there is no more reason in Republican proposals. Paul Ryan is as illogical, privileged, and out of touch with middle class as Mitt Romney. The Republicans gave us this debt, let's not forget that.
    JuliaAug 15, 2012 09:41:06 AM
    John Hambrick and your other guest are simply echoing the hollow talking points of the R/R campaign. They REALLY want deregulation so big business like Massey can avoid creating safe workplaces in mines such as the one that killed many miners last year. They REALLY want deregulation so banks can do whatever they want again and throw the economy in the shredder. The only thing crazier than their deregulation talk is the 'no big government' speech they give while preparing to grow government so they can outlaw abortion in all cases (as Ryan wants) and prosecute any woman who dares to decide what they want to do with their own body. These people are nuts.
    Jim in HendersonAug 15, 2012 09:39:59 AM
    There is very little that the government can do to resolve the country's problems because everything is about sides. There are no debates anymore- there is only screaming. Very few people use facts anymore. The fact that the 2 people running for the Presidency have reduced themselves to boys shouting at each other makes me feel very sad for my children.
    James LIndelowAug 15, 2012 09:37:16 AM
    "Lack of personal responsibility", Serena as a Republican, you have the gall to say that out loud. Republicans who elected George W Bush, the Bush spending and the Bush wars, do not take responsibility for those years. Taking a balanced Clinton budget and blowing it up. To Mr. Hamrich, I really do not know how you were elected. I guess because you take the party line and can speak their pablum. As to Paul Ryan, I guess a large number of the people do not know him. As Steve Sebelius indicate, once Paul Ryans' votes become known including his numerous votes for the spending that were against his so called conservative "pay as you go" agenda. I wonder whether this will be a Ryan presidency or a Romney presidency.
    Will SchroederAug 15, 2012 09:30:36 AM
    It is such Romeny/Ryan baloney that they list all the foreclosures and the unemployment rate as if it as all Obama's fault! How soon we forget that it all started under Bush. If McCain would have won, it would be worse as the Tea Baggers in Congress (cheered on by Palin) would have forced a "market" based correction and there would be more foreclosures and higher unemployment. Recovery takes time and if Romeny/Ryan are elected, we will be lucky to not go back into recession. The "job creators" will not immediately start creating jobs because they cannot create jobs unless there is demand for their products/services! And, please, please, some Republican explain to me how the Ryan budget which will lead to tens of thousands of Federal, State and Local government employee lay offs, will improve the economy? For example, if 20,000 new jobs a month are needed to get back to 6% unemployement, then under Romney/Ryan it will take 40,000 new jobs per month to cover all the layoffs of government employees.
    JuhDuhAug 15, 2012 09:30:30 AM
    "Radical" or not, I'd wager that neither a Romney/Ryan budget or an Obama budget would be anywhere near balanced anytime in the foreseeable future. And that is precisely why they would both fail the country. Of course, that is what we should expect, for, ignoring partisan details, every Republican and Democrat running for high office is more or less a big-government statist, which is something we cannot afford and should not want.
    Tom HurstAug 14, 2012 16:46:10 PM
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