The Obama campaign wasted no time in getting out in front of this Paul Ryan thing: Before Mitt Romney’s introduction of his new running mate had even concluded, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina sent an e-mail blast to reporters saying Romney had “chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy.” That was followed by a fund-raising e-mail urging supporters to donate: “Now that we know who’s on both teams — say you’re with Obama-Biden”
And, within the hour, there was attack ad featuring pundit criticisms of Ryan’s controversial budget plan — which would turn Medicare into a voucher system and provide large tax cuts to corporations and those in the top income bracket, among other things — alongside footage of Romney praising the proposal.
Meanwhile, the White House’s response was less aggressive. As he boarded a helicopter bound for Joint Base Andrews, President Obama chose not to hear reporters’ shouted questions about Ryan, opting instead to wave to some less pushy people on the White House lawn. Friendly ole Joe Biden called Ryan to congratulate him and “welcome him to the race.” The vice-president also reportedly encouraged the congressman to “enjoy the day with his family, and said he looked forward to engaging him on the clear choice voters face this November.” See? Nice and civil.