We’re here at Centre College today to partake in the circus that is the vice presidential debate — which mostly consists of the media hording around every partisan hack that could find a plane ticket into Kentucky so that they can
deceive spin the performance of their party’s candidate tonight.
Speaking of, Sen. Rand Paul just completed a press gaggle with Kentucky media, extorting the virtue of Paul Ryan and alleged humanoid Mitt Romney. Since our duty is to ask uncomfortable questions, we did just that.
We started off asking Paul if Ryan is going to advocate for a more aggressive and expansionist foreign policy — the same foreign policy that Paul has been criticizing this week (being a campaign surrogate is hard work!):
LEO: Do you think Paul Ryan will show tonight in the debate that Obama’s foreign policy isn’t aggressive enough to keep America safe?
Paul: You know, I don’t think many votes are going to be decided on foreign policy, so I doubt that it’s a predominant part of the debate. I’d be surprised if it is.
That would be a pass, I believe.
Paul was then asked what the main focus of the debate should be.
“I think the No. 1 problem facing the country is the debt and how we deal with the budget,” Paul said. “And those are right up Paul Ryan’s alley. I think there are probably not many people on Capitol Hill who know more about the budget and how to fix it than Paul Ryan.”
Considering Rand Paul thinks the Ryan budget is total weak sauce, I asked him how many years it takes for Ryan’s plan to balance the budget.
“My point has been, it doesn’t balance for 28 years,” Paul said. “It’s really not that extreme. In fact, it might not be enough. His Medicare proposal allows everybody still to stay in Medicare as an option. That’s the Wyden-Ryan proposal. That might not be enough to save Medicare also.”
The debt is the No. 1 issue, so vote for the guy that wants to balance it in 28 years. Even though he’s not killing Medicare efficiently enough. Gotcha.
I then asked Paul what he thinks about his Republican Senate colleague Lindsey Graham doing a press call for the campaign of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, defending him against the attack ad on airwaves now in West Virgina… which was paid for by Rand Paul’s PAC. The ad attacks Manchin for voting against Paul’s bill to essentially end foreign policy aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan, but neglects to mention that 30 of his Republican Senate colleagues — including Graham and Mitch McConnell — voted against it, too.
“You know, while I differ with my party, I’m supporting Republicans this time,” Paul said. “I guess I would ask him why he’s choosing to support and campaign for a Democrat.”
When we asked him if his PAC will support Graham in his 2014 re-election race coming up, he laughed. “Too soon to tell that,” Paul said. “But we’ll support people who support a limited government agenda and have a less aggressive foreign policy with less foreign entanglements.”
After further explaining how his PAC’s ads went after those awful Democrats for not voting to end sending our money abroad, I asked him if that’s the same bill that 30 of his Republican buddies voted against, too.
He put his head down and answered, “Yup.”
Spin alley is already fun, and it’s not even 6 p.m.!