11:58 am ET
It is pretty clear that the Democrats intend to keep Paul Ryan in the spotlight as long as they can.
The President ups the ante with some excerpts from his prepared remarks for his Saturday, 2 pm ET rally in New Hampshire (which C-SPAN plans to carry live):
“The centerpiece of my opponent’s entire economic plan is a new, $5 trillion tax cut, a lot of it going to the wealthiest Americans. And his new running mate, Congressman Ryan, put forward a plan that would let Governor Romney pay less than 1% in taxes each year. Here’s the kicker: he expects you to pick up the tab. Governor Romney’s tax plan would actually raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000. Not to reduce the deficit, or grow jobs, or invest in education but to give another tax cut to people like him.”
“Ask Governor Romney and his running mate when they’re here in New Hampshire on Monday if they think that’s fair. Ask them how it’ll grow the economy, or strengthen the middle-class. They have tried to sell us this trickle-down fairy dust before. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. It’s not a plan to create jobs. It’s not a plan to cut the deficit. And it’s not a plan to move our economy forward.”
So far, I’ve been wrong about three aspects of the Ryan selection:
- I didn’t think he would be picked.
- I didn’t think he would be launched so relatively well. (Although, to be sure, there are still issues with this selection.)
- I didn’t think he would remain in the spotlight for so long.
Thus, I am now officially adopting a wait-and-see attitude for a bit about how this all works out.