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Scott Walker to Paul Ryan: 'Just Be Yourself'

As as the only vice presidential debate nears, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker weighs in on what we can expect to see on Thursday.

As the nation anticipates Thursday’s vice presidential debate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the best thing Paul Ryan can do is be Paul Ryan.

Wisconsin’s native son Ryan will join the stage with Vice President Joe Biden Thursday in Danville, KY. It’s the second of four scheduled debates before the election, and is the only debate between the Republican congressman and Biden.

"The only thing I would tell Paul Ryan is, 'to be yourself.' Those would be my simple words," Walker told Patch on Tuesday. "Paul Ryan is at his best when he is himself and in his element. He’s a man who can be aggressive but also respectful."

Thursday's debate has taken on added importance after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerged as the winner during last week's match against President Barack Obama. Nearly 66 percent of all voters thought Romney did a better job than Obama and the polls have tightened since, according to the Pew Research Center.

Now, the pressure is on Biden to push the reset button in Obama’s favor and stem the rising tide of momentum from the Romney campaign, according to an ABC News report. It’s something Walker said Ryan should be ready for.

“This guy’s ready," Walker said of Ryan. "Biden is going to come out more aggressive than the president was the other night. I was stunned by how the president performed in that debate.

"He’ll come out and repeat some of the attacks you’ve see in the past about Paul Ryan’s budget plan," the Republican governor added. "Most of those critiques have been false.”

Walker was quick to point out the well-rehearsed statistic that the Obama/Biden plan cut roughly $716 million from Medicare. According to USA Today, this favorite attack line from the Romney campaign isn’t exactly true.

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Walker is hoping for another strong debate, which is how he characterized last week’s presidential debate.

“The American people got to see a good debate about the issues. It was very substantive,” Walker said. “Paul Ryan will hold his own. The pressure is on from the last debate, so Biden may try to live it up in terms of negative attacks. But I want to see a debate like we had last week.”

A Little Reagan in Romney?

Story after story from the media in the days after the first debate highlighted the tightening gap between Romney and Obama. Was it all from debate momentum? Walker said if you were around 32 years ago, you saw a similar kind of rally.

“It’s much like it was in 1980. Even though (Ronald) Reagan won big, at this same point in 1980, Jimmy Carter was still well ahead of Reagan,” Walker said. “The debates helped him come out and show Americans he was the reasonable choice to fix the economy.”

Reagan trailed Carter by 8 points in a survey conducted on Oct. 26, 1980. However, two days later Reagan soundly defeated Carter in their lone debate and planted himself as a solid alternative to Carter. Reagan went on to win the election by 9 points.

"People get that the economy is not where we want it to be,” Walker said. “All those things people get, and at least among independent swing voters, they have really found a comfort level that Mitt is able to fix it.”

Romney Has 'Fire in The Belly'

Walker also said a new surge of energy from Romney also has helped shift the polls in his favor.

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Late in September Walker said he hadn’t seen enough passion in the Romney campaign. And Walker told FOX News that he wanted to see a fire in Romney's belly.

Well, Walker says he saw that during the debate and in the following week.

“I said he needed to show some fire in the belly. He showed it and he’s shown it since that debate,” Walker said. “I certainly think he’s courageous and the fact that he picked Paul Ryan and went against conventional wisdom. It was a bold move and showed that he can take on the tough issues.”

Craig October 11, 2012 at 08:24 PM
John Wilson: You couldn't be more wrong about me wanting SS to be destroyed. I have stated several times that it is a Trust Fund. I have payed into it for 30 years, and I want it to be there for me when I am qualified (entitled). I would rather see it tweeked in order to save it from insolvency, and I have a vested interest. I have been living off of my savings for well over three years due to disability. I was forced to apply for SS benefits by law, and even them I waited fourteen months before I complied with the law. I have a disability case pending due to ALS and MS. The Government keeps delaying my hearing in hopes I will be dead before they pay me any of my benefits. If I am fortunate to live several more years, I would prefer to have 80% of my benefits rather than 100% of nothing. So yes, I support some changes to Social Security in order for the Trust Fund to honor it's contractual and binding agreement.
John Wilson October 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Brenda - Brenda wants everything, yesterday, children are like that; no capacity to understand long-term macro processes and postpone the ever-increasing lust for instant gratification…
John Wilson October 11, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Craig - Glad you found your LSD... The land, buildings, military hardware, ships, subs, aircraft, nukes, oil reserves, alone, all owned by the federal government would cover our debt at least two times over... of course, I'll have to double check the figures, as they came from Lyin' Ryan, but I will get back to you...
John Wilson October 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM
DungCow - Retirement age for Social Security - early retirement - is 62. Medicare needs you to be 65.
John Wilson October 11, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Craig - BadgerCare currently has a waiting list of over 523 people... you just keep taking everything Walker tells you to the bank, and soon you'll be number 524...
John Wilson October 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Lyle Ruble - Although COBRA is extremely expensive, as you suggest, it also ends after 18-months... then you are at the mercy of the JOB CREATORS, I mean private health insurance companies...
Craig October 11, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Lyin' John Wilson: Re read my post. Real estate was not included, neither was boats and nukes. The point to be taken is the Debt can not be payed down by taxing the hell out of Americans. The Gvt. could tax everyone at 100% and the problem would not go away. This equates to a spending problem, living beyond one's means via credit cards. Total up all private monies stashed everywhere- it pales in comparison to the debt.
John Wilson October 11, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Jim Price - The comment from @MAGIC 1620 was deleted. It was insane. And you received your psychiatric credentials from what approved Medical School? Do you have a DSM-IV classification regarding just what type of "insane."? Please just say you "censored" the response because - your personal opinion - you didn't like it...
John Wilson October 11, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Bren - We are all engaged in a true form of "rational self-interest" whenever we perform an action, indeed, when we become whatever we choose to become. There is nothing wrong with” rational self-interest”, and I would, emphasis the “rational” word in that phase. Had Ayn Rand stolen Existentialism from one of the truly great thinker's and writers of that genre, such as Jean-Paul Sartre, no one would have heard from her… and we would not be dealing with a philosophy (?) that mainly appeals to people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder or college freshmen/women…
Bren October 11, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Most kids leave Ayn Rand behind after the book report because her me-first ideology doesn't resonate with people of an age to appreciate that getting along with people makes life easier. Cooperation. Teamwork. Respect. It's a ridiculous argument anyway because it's well known that Rand didn't follow all of her own philosophy. She ended up being a Medicare and Social Security "mooch." The "rational self interest" part, yes. But "collectivism" was just fine when the "collective" was benefiting her.
Bren October 11, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Ideally everyone should agree to play by mutually established ground rules. But in our government, the dollars of special interests take rights and the level playing field away from every other American. If we don't start dealing with this soon--the downward spiral--economics, bipartisanship, regulations--will continue.
NObama 2012 October 11, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Joe Biden = The Frank Burns of politics.
Bren October 11, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Link from a blog (with sources) from the "lefty" Washington Post about the disconnect between Paul Ryan's budget and the Catholic church: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/figuring-faith/post/ryans-budget-approach-challenges-bishops-at-odds-with-catholics/2012/08/20/5723d8d6-eae9-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_blog.html Paul Ryan claims his Catholic faith was the inspiration for his budget plan: (blog with links/sources: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/paul-ryans-faith-based-lesson/2012/04/27/gIQAH76TlT_story.html) Interview link: http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/mp4/Brody_PaulRyanBudget_041212_WS Discussion of how faith plays into Ryan's budget begins at 3:58. Republican nomination acceptance speech: " The man who will accept your nomination is prayerful and faithful and honorable. Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best. Not only a fine businessman, he is a fine man, worthy of leading this optimistic and good-hearted country. Our faiths come together in the same moral creed. We believe that in every life, there is goodness, for every person there is hope. Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the lord of life." Link: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/29/transcript-paul-ryan-speech-at-rnc/#ixzz291uEfD5m Cow, we really don't make this stuff up.
John Wilson October 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Nick Poulos – Yes, Willard & Lyin' Ryan both need to be defeated; Lyin' Ryan TWICE! Beyond that, we have very different rationales... I would argue that ALL religion is pernicious, limits man’s ability to discover and know himself and develop his full human potential, in addition to propagandizing him through social and church pressure to succumb to something no rational human being would ever allow for the sole sake of human inclusion in a group… No, Nick, we need not GO BACK and “re-instill Judeo-Christian-Islamic traditions upon which this nation was founded…” In the first place, this nation was not founded by these three traditions. [Please acquaint yourself with the Tripoli Treaty of 1796-97] One of the most revealing sentences found in this document is "As the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian Religion.” Our forefathers were all over the place on religion, agnostic, atheist, deist, Christian, etc. This is 2012, and the greatest growing religion in the USA is: NONE! That is correct; 20% of Americans, and growing, when asked their religious affiliation, say NONE! What we need to do is teach individuals that there is a SOCIAL CONTRACT, AMONG ALL HUMAN BEINGS ON THIS PLANET… AND THEN ENFORCE IT!
Bren October 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Chuck, how do you come to blame the Obama administration for not working to protect Americans? Osama bin Laden was taken out during the Obama administration after Bush 43 stopped looking for him. America's supportive role during the Arab spring was not appreciated by pro-regime forces. It's no surprise that there were countermeasures. Concerning the ambassador, his assassination was a tragedy. But these people should be celebrated for their courage in entering volatile countries where American military support is far away. May we focus instead on how the people themselves tried to help? Many terrorist acts take place in the Middle East. We can't blame the people for the outrageous acts of tyrannical governments and religious extremists, any more than we can blame the Obama administration for a thoughtless video. Please don't suggest that people "get the hell out of America." My family celebrates 400 years on this continent within the next 20 years. Even then, the nascent colonies were filled with abundant diversity. That's what sets us apart, even if we don't all agree, all the time.
CowDung October 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Thanks for the links. It sounds to me as the only time he made the claim that his faith was the inspiration for his budget was during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting network--no surprise there. Isn't it SOP for politicians to project one's faith when speaking to a religious audience? The rest are about how the Church is being critical of him and his budget proposal. Not exactly Ryan trying to bring his faith to the forefront of the discussion... Not sure what the nomination speech has to do with anything--he's speaking in pretty generic terms rather than touting his Catholicism...
CowDung October 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM
You may recall that Pelosi and Kerry were also criticized for their politics by the Catholic church...
Bren October 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM
If I had time, I'd find more examples. The fact that he also appeared on CBN and spoke the way he did suggests manipulation to me. His comments about his and Romney's faiths "coming together in the same moral creed," and "Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the lord of life" I found interesting. Those familiar with the basic tenets of Catholicism and Mormonism are well aware that the doctrines are dissimilar. I agree with Mr. Ruble that religion should not be relevant; but when it appears I believe it must be examined. I consider these remarks to be misrepresentative.
Michael McClusky October 11, 2012 at 10:14 PM
@John Wilson Could it be that you are just blasted naive about the Democrats' strategy? Heck, they certainly don't have a record to run on, so why not terrify the electorate into thinking that there is a Republican ghoul hiding behind every tree?
John Wilson October 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Marvin Miller - "magic1620, Obama keeps saying that ,but if you knew the facts he has created only 125,000 jobs over 400,000,000 jobs have been lost" That's a great post, Marvin! We have 310,000,000 people in America, but President Obama lost 400,000,000 jobs? Keep up the good work, Marvin...
Craig October 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Have? Buy some on your own!
Craig October 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
COBRA can be extended an additional 18 months, for a total of 36 months. There is always HIRSP (health insurance risk sharing pool) available through the State. If you are disabled, there is medicaid available to you after 1 year of disability.
John Wilson October 12, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Craig - I am sincerely sorry for your physical problems, my twin brother died from ALS 2-years ago... so I know more than a little about that, and I wish you the very best... "All of the wealth in the USA, everyone's savings, investments, retirement accounts, etc....Still doesn't come close to the $16 Trillion of debt." The reason I threw most of the kitchen sink at you for that was "All of the wealth in the USA", and the close of that sentence... "etc...." really left the entire door open all the way... Wealth is more than money, savings, investment accounts, and retirement accounts... and I am sure that you know that too; for sure you know that now... A more precise phrasing might have helped...
John Wilson October 12, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Bren - No one always follows ALL of their philosophy; most of the Christians I deal with daily seem to be just auditing Christianity... the same applies to non-Christians and all religious folks that I deal with... I guess that simply means that humans are not always consistent or rational... nothing ominous there...
Craig October 12, 2012 at 04:25 AM
John: In my zeal to make a point that SS is important to me, I spilled my guts. I regret that, but it is what it is. I am sorry about your twin brother, I know it has to be hard from your perspective as well. I tend to be overly blundt and sometimes do not word things as precisely as I should. I am taking a lot of meds for symptom controll, LSD is not one of them....not sure if that is good or bad. ;-P
John Wilson December 31, 2012 at 09:17 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! Lyin' Ryan never made it to the white house! Willard is looking for a job, after President Obama nuked his flip-floping derriere by a 332 to 206 electoral college win! The GOP is in shambles, after spending over a billion dollars to get a robot elected president, and lossing. Yes, it is a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!
morninmist December 31, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I teaRepublicans just shoved us off the cliff.
NObama 2012 December 31, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Let's jump baby! You idiots voted for Obama's BIG GOVERNMENT on November 6th, 2012 it's time you ignorant dolts find out how much it's going to cost us ALL...not just the rich. JUMP! It's time you get some skin in the game 51%.
Keith Best January 01, 2013 at 12:38 AM
America was guaranteed going over the cliff on the night of the election, for we know Obama will not cut spending. The national debt will be over $20 Trillion by 2016. Thi administration is not cutting anything.
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