One and only one argument has the potential to deliver Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to the White House. The argument comes in two parts, the first of which is perfectly familiar.
GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan takes center stage at the RNC in Tampa, Florida.
The second night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa featured speeches by Mitt Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, and by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who served former President George W. Bush. CNN contributors and analysts offered these assessments of the evening:
Fmr. Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) weighs in on Rep. Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention.
Paul Ryan on Wednesday night told a story about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama telling automotive workers that government can help keep their plant going -- an account that Ryan reportedly got wrong previously.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has a carefully crafted reputation as a deficit hawk on Capitol Hill and used those credentials to attack the growth of the federal debt on President Barack Obama's watch.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's prime-time address Wednesday at the Republican National Convention put his fiscal acumen on display, but Mitt Romney's running mate also made an effort to show delegates -- and millions of television viewers -- the man behind the numbers.
Vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the crowd at the RNC and attacks President Barack Obama.
Just a few hundred yards from the podium where Paul Ryan spoke to the roaring Republican faithful, 27 undecided Florida voters listened intently to his words.
Paul Ryan symbolizes for many Republicans of his generation a passing of the torch and a call to embrace the Reagan-era principles that appealed so strongly to young voters in the 1980s.
Immigration groups, Obama surrogates, the media and the Democratic Party have a message for Latino voters, who some say could swing the election because they are heavily represented in four battleground states -- Colorado, Nevada, Florida and New Mexico.
Immigrants showed up at Arizona Gov. Brewer's office after she signed an executive order denying deportation relief.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan hit the campaign trail Thursday to pitch energy policy and defense spending, as new polls showed President Barack Obama maintaining a slight lead in three key swing states after Romney named the conservative House Budget Committee chairman as his running mate.
Like many people in the media and political world, I first heard from Twitter the news that Mitt Romney had chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate. The information appeared between 11 p.m. and midnight on a Friday night. The alert was quickly confirmed by multiple news sources on my Twitter feed: TV networks, newspapers, wire services. Like many journalists, I stayed up late that night to write about the decision, filing copy over the next three hours. I was so weary the next morning that I very nearly slept through the broadcast of the actual announcement event in Norfolk, Virginia.
The ongoing furor over U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's remarks on rape and pregnancy was largely ignored on the campaign trail Tuesday as candidates for president and vice president refocused their attention on the issues that have dominated the election for weeks: Medicare and the economy.
The Republican Party is set to once again enshrine into its official platform support for "a human life amendment" to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.
When Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate, the media frenzy surrounding the announcement included claims that the choice was bad for women and that it would not attract women voters. Ryan's pro-life voting record was especially highlighted, and once again, the "war on women" came to the forefront and diverted attention from the ultimate women's issue in this election -- our dire economic future.
When will this recession end? I'm not talking about the economic challenges facing our nation. I'm talking about the severe downturn in the world of political comedy.
Political comedian Dean Obeidallah tells CNN's Randi Kaye his comedian dream ticket for presidential running mates.
Although Rage thinks Paul Ryan is just another cog in the "Machine," that doesn't stop the Republican vice presidential hopeful from rocking out to the rap metal group's anti-establishment lyrics.
The American people should sue Washington's chattering class for whiplash. Just a few days ago, when Paul Ryan was selected by Mitt Romney to be his running mate, there was a burst of media euphoria. The nomination was a game changer. Ryan was an ideas guy. He would elevate what to date had been a lackluster campaign. He had killer abs.
Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee on Paul Ryan as VP, and the economy
By now, we're on the same page that Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate contradicts a golden oldie of presidential election strategy -- run to the conservative (or liberal) base to win the nomination and then reposition toward the center to lure the more moderate independent swing voters who are necessary to win the general election.
President Barack Obama wrapped up a three-day bus tour of Iowa on Wednesday by accusing Mitt Romney of dishonest attacks on his record, while the certain Republican nominee continued to call Obama's re-election effort a hateful divide-and-conquer strategy.
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan gives his first one-on-one interview since becoming the nominee.
When Paul Ryan struggled to explain a budget-balancing timeline under Mitt Romney, he highlighted the difficulty of trying to run a substantive campaign without being too specific.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney battled over Medicare and energy policy Tuesday as the November election campaign reached out to battleground states crucial to both sides' chances for victory.
Pres. Obama Campaign Senior Advisor David Axelrod discusses his thoughts on Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare
Paul Ryan joked at the start of a foreign policy speech last year that "it's nice to actually finally get out of my fiscal cocoon and talk about these issues."
Rep. Paul Ryan's resumes on domestic and international issues vary greatly. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.
CNN's Mark Preston explains the social media response to Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Technology issues might not be the most pressing topic facing Paul Ryan ? Mitt Romney's running mate ? as he campaigns for the White House.
Ron Brownstein & Dan Lothian weigh in on why Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan and assess how it will affect the 2012 race.
The election of 2012 is a critical juncture in the history of this nation. We now have to decide if we love our country enough to do the responsible thing -- rein in out-of-control spending, cut the debt and reform crumbling entitlement programs. This will not be easy, but it's right and what's necessary for the preservation of our republic. Rep. Paul Ryan is the right choice for such a time.
People don't generally care what politicians read. But Rep. Paul Ryan is different. His fascination with the Russian-born novelist Ayn Rand could spell trouble for the GOP's new vice-presidential candidate. It could put him at odds with the Christian right and the Roman Catholic Church.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen shares his thoughts about Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan.
Elections are ultimately about trust. And trust may be the only kind of currency that Mitt Romney is running low on lately. After a brutal couple of months defending the outsourcing of American jobs by his private equity firm, Bain Capital, and his mysterious tax returns, Romney took another body blow when an independent report revealed that his tax plan would grant himself and his wealthy friends a big tax cut while raising taxes on 95% of Americans.
As presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney introduced his new running mate Paul Ryan to a cheering crowd in Norfolk, Virginia, the social media universe got busy hitting "send."
A seven-term Wisconsin congressman, who 54% of the American people were not aware of last week, just knocked the president of the United States off of his perch as the most talked-about politician on the largest social media platform in the world.
Hey girl ... Mr. Gosling isn't the only Ryan with his own stable of Internet memes any more.
CNN's Richard Quest breaks down Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan's "Blueprint for Renewal."
For both presidential campaigns, Republican Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin congressman and conservative star Paul Ryan as his running mate was like Christmas come early.
The 2012 presidential campaign returned its focus to Iowa on Monday as President Barack Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan, the newly minted GOP vice presidential candidate, were set to stump in the electoral battleground.
John King takes a look at the career of Rep. Paul Ryan and what he would add to Mitt Romney's ticket.
Whether you're pleased or peeved by Mitt Romney's pick for running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, there's no denying that the politician is a model of good health.
Mitt Romney's running mate explains what motivates him and why solving America's budget crisis matters to him.
Paul Ryan's journey from congressman to vice-presidential candidate was cloaked in secrecy worthy of a big-screen thriller.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used an event at the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, Saturday to announce Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, as his vice presidential pick. Romney's choice of Ryan is considered by political observers to be a bold, risky move that could potentially change the dynamic of the Oval Office race.
Rep. Paul Ryan says Pres. Obama can't run on his record and has has gone from 'hope and change' to "attack and blame'.
For Paul Ryan, debating Joe Biden might feel like a bit of a demotion.
Mitt Romney, saying there are better days ahead, announces Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Mitt Romney on Saturday announced U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate for the White House -- a bold and risky move that energized both conservatives and their opponents.
In an exclusive interview with CNN's Gloria Borger earlier this week, Beth Myers described what the process entailed.
The most important decision Mitt Romney has made in his campaign so far, the selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan for his running mate, tells us two things -- and neither bears good news for the middle class.
Paul Ryan is a bold and risky pick for vice president by Mitt Romney.
Editors note, August 11, 2012: On Saturday, Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on the Republican ticket for the presidential race. In this 2010 Fortune profile, it was clear Ryan had already set his sights squarely on President Obama.
President Obama attacks the GOP campaign platform and the GOP's budget proposal at a luncheon in Washington.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan -- a measure that has no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate but creates a clear contrast between the two parties on a number of critical tax and spending issues ahead of the general election.
The House of Representatives passes the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan 228-191.
The House has passed the Republican budget plan submitted by Rep. Paul Ryan, but some budget experts believe that he federal government is so far in the red that it may not balance the budget again in our lifetime.
CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan about the 2013 House GOP budget plan.
This week, Republicans announced their new budget with a highly produced video full of great rhetoric and patriotic music, but one major piece of Americana is missing -- a single mention of the middle class.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not support the Stop Online Piracy Act, according to a statement released by his office Monday.
To hear Paul Ryan explain it, there's just one way to cope with becoming the Democrats' favorite man to hate: "I gave fear up for Lent this year," Ryan told CNN during an extensive interview.
Rep. Paul Ryan has become popular by pushing the unpopular stance on entitlements. CNN's Gloria Borger profiles him.
After voting not to increase the debt ceiling, House Republicans comment on their meeting with President Obama.
If Newt Gingrich was planning to send GOP voters a message that he's a different kind of politician who won't just say anything to get elected, he did a horrible job this week of driving that point home.
For years, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was seen as a Republican guiding light. Not only did he show a lot of the party -- and the conservative movement -- how to fight when we were not in the majority (especially in the 1980s and early 1990s), but with his use of language and passion, he showed us how to win majorities.
Republican budget guru Paul Ryan is not backing down.
Vice President Joe Biden huddled behind closed doors with top congressional budget negotiators Thursday, seeking to bridge a cavernous partisan divide over taxes and spending before the federal government slams into its debt ceiling this summer.
A leading House conservative on Sunday qualified her support for a Republican budget proposal that would overhaul Medicare, saying she was concerned it could hurt senior citizens.
Rep. Paul Ryan reveals the proposed GOP budget aimed at cutting $6.2 trillion in spending over the next decade.
Experts Chrystia Freeland and David Frum look at a new report on globalization and the impact on the American middle class.
In the fall of 1984, I was a student living in Boston. A high-tax manufacturing state, Massachusetts had been hit hard by the economic troubles of the 1970s. But now suddenly there were signs in every shop window: "Help wanted." Or: "Help wanted!" Or even: "Help wanted!!!"
With his budget speech Wednesday President Obama had an opportunity to reach across the political aisle. He could have proposed a budget plan that focused on the long run, combined needed structural changes to the Big Three entitlement programs -- Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- with the tax increases he wants.
Both the House and Senate OK the budget bill. The president is expected to sign the bill shortly.
If Ben Bernanke goes to sleep at night cursing the names of Barack Obama and Paul Ryan, you can hardly blame him. The Federal Reserve chairman's job has just gotten a lot tougher.
Despite a weak economic recovery and persistent, unacceptably high unemployment, Washington is prematurely pivoting from job creation to deficit reduction. Worse yet, many of the budget proposals flooding Washington are nothing but reverse Robin Hood plans to redistribute wealth from working families to the most privileged among us.
In many ways, the debate over taming the nation's spending and deficit beasts can be compared to a family's hand-wringing over what to cut, and what to keep, in tough times. It may be easy to nix "luxuries" like vacations and eating out. But should "essentials" like a car or a home be downsized or gotten rid of to save money?
At first, I was taken in myself. I heard that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's bold attack on the deficit would reduce federal spending by some $4 trillion.
Fresh off last-minute budget negotiations that averted a partial government shutdown, President Barack Obama this week will lay out his plan for long-term deficit reduction demanded by conservatives.
Republicans have always hated Medicare, but most Americans have always loved it. Now, led by Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republicans are trying to kill it once and for all.
House Democrats speak out against Rep. Paul Ryan's "path to prosperity" GOP budget.
The budget proposal introduced Tuesday by the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, is potentially a turning point for the federal government and for American culture.
Good news: The budget proposal unveiled Tuesday by House Republicans would dramatically reduce the country's long-term debt.
Paul Ryan is a budget cutting machine. His ambitious new proposal tackles Medicaid, Medicare, long-term debt and short-term spending.
Cut spending by $6 trillion over the next decade. Lower the highest tax rate to 25%. Radically overhaul Medicare and Medicaid.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan on Tuesday will release the House GOP's 2012 budget proposal -- the first real indication of how House Republicans want to tackle the country's long-term budget shortfalls.
This week may -- just may -- mark the end of the often crazed debate about how much spending should be cut from the federal budget over the next six months.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said Sunday he will unveil a Republican budget for 2012 this week that proposes dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid and other political lightning rods.
In a small conference room deep inside the Capitol, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan could be mistaken for a traveling salesman at a business meeting.
Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, talks budget deficit projections with other members of Congress.
Leading Republicans and Democrats on Sunday signaled a desire for compromise on a short-term spending resolution to keep the government running while more substantive talks on budget cuts take place.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, delivered the official Republican Party response to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night. Here is a transcript of Ryan's speech.
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin gives the Republican response to the 2011 State of the Union address.
The Republican Party's response to President Barack Obama's annual message to Congress was laced with dire warnings about presidential profligacy that would leave Americans with a "crushing burden of debt."
Two of the most important figures to emerge if Republicans take over the U.S. House aren't on election-day watch lists: Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Darrell Issa of California.