Update: Vice President Biden Calls To Congratulate ‘Radical’ VP Selection Paul Ryan


Hot on the heels of Saturday morning’s official introduction of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney‘s vice-presidential running mate (which came hot on the heels of a leak to NBC News, an iPhone announcement, and a press release), President Obama‘s reelection team released a statement from campaign manager Jim Messina calling Ryan the “architect of the radical Republican House budget,” and predicting that “the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes” that were made during the Bush era.

That “R” word, “radical,” is one you’ll be hearing a lot from the Obama campaign in the coming weeks.

Here’s the statement, via email from the Obama campaign:

CHICAGO – Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina released the following statement in response to Mitt Romney picking Congressman Paul Ryan to be his presumptive nominee for vice president:

“In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has 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. The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.”


Update: On a slightly friendlier note, the Obama campaign released this readout of Vice President Joe Biden‘s call to congratulate Ryan:

Vice President Biden reached out to Congressman Ryan earlier today to congratulate him on his selection and welcome him to the race. The Vice President urged Congressman Ryan to enjoy the day with his family, and said he looked forward to engaging him on the clear choice voters face this November.

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