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Statehouse Live: Brownback praising Ryan on Fox News

August 13, 2012


— Gov. Sam Brownback is praising the selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to run as vice president on the Republican White House ticket.

Referring to Ryan, Brownback said, "Right now he's got the only plan out there for how we as a country get through this fiscal crisis that we are in."

Brownback's comments were made in an interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren.

Ryan worked for Brownback as his legislative director from 1995-97 when Brownback was in Congress.

"Paul Ryan has the only legitimate plan out there," Brownback said.

Ryan is the primary author of conservative tax and spending blueprints that Republicans on the House approved over Democratic opposition in 2011 and again in 2012, according to The Associated Press.

Ryan's plan would transform Medicare into a program in which future seniors would receive government checks that to purchase health insurance. Other elements of the budget plan would cut projected spending for Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, as well as food stamps, student loans and other social programs.

Since selecting Ryan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he will form his own budget plan. During the primary season, Romney had said Ryan's budget plan was a "bold and exciting effort" that was "very much needed."

Here is a link to Brownback's interview on Ryan:


globehead 1 year, 8 months ago

I just got off the phone with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. I asked him how much weight should be given to Brownback's support of Ryan. He said there are three reasons it won't matter much. 1st: Brownback could get no support for himself after campaigning in Iowa for two years. 2nd: Brownback supported Perry very early and Perry got blown out of the water shortly thereafter. 3rd: Rick couldn't remember the third reason. But, he pretty much hit the nail on his head.


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 8 months ago

Ryan would eliminate Medicare and replace it with vouchers that seniors could use toward private insurance.

I say "toward" private insurance because all estimates are that Ryan's numbers would not buy the coverage now available under Medicare.

A frank discussion of Ryan's budget ideas would be good for the country, but it is the last thing the Rs want. They will continue avoiding any specifics about their budget and simply attack Obama with lies and distortions. such as "you didn't build that" and "Obama wants to cut $5 billion from medicare".


William Weissbeck 1 year, 8 months ago

No news here (closed) like minds think alike. Calling Ryan's plan the "only legitimate plan," creates both a false choice and an oxymoron. Just because it is the only plan (it isn't) does give it legitimacy. Just because it is the only plan, doesn't make it the correct plan. Simpson-Bowles is a plan, but Ryan torpedoed that and according to Grover Norquist it was a good thing because Ryan held true to his "no tax increase" dogma.


BigDog 1 year, 8 months ago

Even Bill Clinton's former Chief of Staff believes in Congressman Paul Ryan's budget ideas, and praises him.


Armstrong 1 year, 8 months ago

Just a quick observation. You guys are gonna have to get in gear Rothy can't keep propping up the D's himself- poor guys fingers will be nubs by Nov. So why is it the Sate has completely ignored the blue ideology ? C'mon Rothy let's hear more,realitry be damned !


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 8 months ago

Romney has already distanced himself from Ryan's budget plan. On 60 minutes, he said he had a budget plan too and that they would run on that, not Ryan's plan.

Not even Romney supports Ryan's plan.

Begs the question: why did he choose Ryan?


JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm glad to hear with the loss of 90 jobs in Topeka this week that he has his eye on the ball and is focusing on something unrelated in any way to his job as governor. What a turd.


donttreadonme 1 year, 8 months ago

"bigtoe56 minutes ago ... They are rounded up, put on buses, given a box lunch, paid some walking around money and handed a piece of paper telling them who they're supposed to pull the levers for in the voting booth."

Source? No credible source = lies.


autie 1 year, 8 months ago

But the $500 billion in reductions would come through cuts in the projected growth of Medicare and would mainly affect hospitals and other providers of medical care, some of whom supported the health care measure nonetheless because it would extend coverage to up to 30 million uninsured Americans, raising the number of paying customers. Other savings would result from lower subsidies for private insurers selling Medicare Advantage plans, which offer older people extra features like vision care and gym memberships. The insurers could not cut basic Medicare benefits. (from a source)

The house Repblicans have twice supported a Ryan based plan that would cut the same $500 billion over ten years. But now all of a sudden the plan is changed and the message altered. Cuts through long term savings? FHNC, you fellows need to flush your head gear keep telling the same old lies you might actually start believing them. This is the same organized stupidity that told us that Obama gutted work for welfare...Lies upon lies.


hyperinflate 1 year, 8 months ago

Read David Frum's article on this morning. He fully exposes the dips#@t leap of logic that Romney hopes voters will make. That somehow adjusting Medicare spending in 2023 will affect unemployment in 2013. No doubt that the low-functioning Republican lemmings will buy into this. Methinks the independents might be a bit more skeptical.


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 8 months ago

Will "The Last Boy Scout" be able to 'recoup' the $700,000,000 billion of 'medicare cuts' the "Choom Gang" Leader slashed from grandma?

Will grandma be able to afford a 'wheel chair'' or will she be 'shoved' off the 'fiscal cliff' in her walker?

"Fairy dust' from "Choom Gang" Leader is not working.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

"Referring to Ryan, Brownback said, "Right now he's got the only plan out there for how we as a country get through this fiscal crisis that we are in.""

Unfortunately, that's a very "royal" we Sam is referring to-- very appropriate from one of the princes of the new GOP (Grand Old Plutocracy.)


autie 1 year, 8 months ago

Other elements of the budget plan would cut projected spending for Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, as well as food stamps, student loans and other social programs.

So what it is saying he will eliminate health care for the poor, ignore hungry little children and forsake any opportunity for some of our best and brightest that can't afford higher education? That's what I read. Sounds to me like the man is a totalitarian despot type Republican hell bent on improving life for the better off and screw everybody else. Shameful. In the greatest nation in the world with the potential to do so much for its own citizens so many would prefer the selfish course.


KansasLiberal 1 year, 8 months ago

If Brownback thinks that Ryan's plan is legitimate he's even dumber than I thought he was.


SageonPage 1 year, 8 months ago

Finally! What we've been looking for a man with a plan! Obumble has yet to pass a single budget since being in office, disgraceful.


Richard Payton 1 year, 8 months ago

Future checks would be less when factoring inflation. Ryan's plan appears to help the rich and hurt the poor. This idea of a good plan which cuts Medicare, student loans seems rash without much thought. Ryan's budget buddy Brownback approves this plan which is plenty enough reason to oppose his plan.


question4u 1 year, 8 months ago

Around the country people are saying, "Now the choice is clear. If a governor who I've only heard of because his office retaliated against a high school girl for hurting his feelings in a tweet says that Ryan is the ONLY one in the whole country who has a plan, then it must be true."


ksjayhawk74 1 year, 8 months ago

Under Paul Ryan's plan that Brownback likes so much, Mitt Romney would be paying .082% in taxes. To be clear, that's less than 1% in taxes.

Great plan.


chootspa 1 year, 8 months ago

Brownback's going for the 2016 veepstakes.


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