Ryan: We’ll Give You Details After We’re Elected
This is worse than the false accusation that Nancy Pelosi said we’ll know what’s in the Affordable Care Act After it passes. During the vice presidential debate Paul Ryan kept repeating that the details of the Romney/Ryan tax plan would be worked out after they’re elected. This should be hammered home by President Obama in the two upcoming debates.
Ryan kept repeating that this will b worked out between Romney/Ryan and Congress. Which is to say: Never mind those pesky details for the time being, we’ll work all that out after we’re elected.
It’s my sense that the Obama campaign is going to seize on this moment and hammer away hard at it in the days ahead. Here’s why: Dems believe one of the key reasons Romney’s debate performance was so successful is that he managed to dispel doubts about the lack of specificity in his plans, by projecting a general air of competence, authority and policy know-how. This, after the Obama team had successfully sowed doubts throughout the summer about Romney’s true policy intentions and the priorities driving them.
Dems hope Ryan’s evasions in the face of Raddatz’s questioning gives them a way to reopen that wound. So expect them to amplify the case that cutting taxes across the board in ways that hugely benefit the wealthy cannot be paid for without the middle class taking a big hit, whether in the form of ending loopholes the middle class enjoys or in the form of deep spending cuts to programs middle class Americans rely upon. And to make a larger case about whose interests Romney and Ryan would really prioritize and protect.