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Budget -- small town guy when Paul Ryan steps into the spotlight tonight at the GOP convention.
Which side -- show in his speech and -- appealed to the undecided voters let's ask Republican congressman Robert Gibbs of Ohio and -- trip be a democratic strategist welcome to you both thank.
Thanks for helping -- out tonight.
I wanna start with Paul Ryan we got some details on what he's saying tonight I wanna -- you will likely quote from his speech.
He says this so here is our pledge we will not duck the tough issues we believe we will not spend four years blaming others.
Will take responsibility.
Congressman Gibbs this was a -- -- was -- by Chris Christie last night seems to be continuing do you think it's gonna work.
Oh I think so I think the American people are ready to hear what the facts are and the truth and they they know where we have spinning out of control we got this massive debt.
And we've got some challenges and we got you know as speaker -- -- an adult conversation and I think that we can't -- Kicking the can down the road like been going on and we get we gotta be honest with them and I think the President Obama wants to talk about.
You know what people want to hear and I think up.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are gonna talk about people what they need what they need to hear and be honest with them and move forward program -- -- we're gonna go off frank conversation the American people.
Joseph I wouldn't go over of the results of that Fox News poll with you.
Opinions on Paul Ryan this is among likely voters the favorability rating 45%.
Unfavorable 35% can't rate 'cause we don't know 20%.
Do you think that he is capable of getting people on the fence tonight to come over to the GOP side what -- -- The 30% of the American people say they don't know about stuff about Romney to make a decision that decision about and so.
So I think the real important thing for this convention is to not sort of pushed off Barack Obama so much but to define.
What the Ryan Ronnie Bryant ticket is about I think these -- -- In -- he did a terrific job I thought last night doing that.
I think I think I unlike a lot of others actually think Governor Christie struck exactly the right tone of product.
Undecideds you don't wanna beat up -- park home pharma and harsh way here that may turn out.
Out this room and get them all excited but it won't.
Turn on undecided voters and make them have some -- -- it.
Gotta make the case -- make it a positive way he's got I think his youth in vitality works Warren.
The next day here tomorrow.
And in when we go to artist Charlie this is the really a period of its gonna.
Make -- decision about whether Romney Ryan actually define themselves are not -- this what's going on today with with with -- -- we still have work to do on that -- -- -- Congressman kids Joseph brought up Chris Christie -- wanted to play some sound from -- to get your reaction here's the governor from last night.
We believe it telling our seniors the truth.
About our overburdened entitlements.
We know seniors not only want these programs to survive but they just as badly wanted secured.
Our seniors are.
Woman governor went on to say that he didn't he thought the case could be made not just to seniors but to all Americans that some sort of sacrifice was necessary.
Is that an easy sell congressman.
Well I don't wanna be frank the American people I think Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are.
People are 55 and older were no change it's gonna go on the way it is.
And gonna have to look at stuff that you the next generation make changes wouldn't make sure that Medicare and social -- here for them.
And you know took -- this last year.
Thus congressional budget office of the Medicare board of trustees -- mountains that.
Doing nothing ensures that won't either for the next generation so we got -- look this and and and and and talk to the American people get it done.
And not take money out that Medicare to fund new entitlements and and like this administration's that it is doing.
A joke -- big issue and in fact Democrats thought they'd scored big.
When Paul Ryan was chosen by Mitt Romney to be is running mate because they feel like he's he's tarred and feathered with the issue of Medicare do you agree now -- the Republicans actually change this.
To their advantage.
I look I think that's going to be a fight that goes all the way to wire November may be -- deciding issue of the campaign mean.
One what one of the things that's happened here's -- really gonna be honest about it really tell the truth.
Both parties got us into this mess it wasn't just the Bush Administration it was an Obama it's it's everybody.
It it and we gonna have to have a fight about how Medicare is reform.
The president has his plan Ryan has has is.
Are looking at how they're gonna cut and it's going to be we're gonna have this debate and that's one of the things but the reason I was actually happy that Romney picked Ryan.
I think it's debate the country has that has to have I actually think Obama's got a good plan.
My friend congressman I'm sure we'll think Mitt Romney and Ryan have.
A very interesting that's what we should be it that's that we should have the fight about there -- end.
How we're gonna address these issues I think it's -- it's a really good debate for a -- be having.
It's some of the year Republican cohorts criticized Chris Christie for talking too much -- himself last night do you agree.
I -- I think the laid out that you know what the problems are.
You know we gotta talk the American people and they said Mitt Romney and and Paul Ryan -- the solutions and -- -- most forward and I think he really was talking to the people out there -- -- trying to make their minds up and and we.
That's part of starting that frank conversation that we -- have of the American people about how we move forward and vision for the country and provide opportunities for all Americans.
-- quick last word apparently tonight Paul Ryan will reiterate that promise that Mitt Romney is made about.
-- twelve million jobs within the next four years you believe they can do it.
Actually I think the CBO.
Estimates that they'll be twelve million jobs created.
The Romney campaign -- -- be doing anything over four years so I ID you know I'm not.
I don't wanna play the -- of -- -- that's a pledge.
Eight and it's applied today actually the government estimates will be created no matter who's president the United States so.
We'll see how that plays out I do think kind of I didn't wanna say I think Governor Christie did himself a lot of good as of as saying he's showing -- he'll he'll be a player.
In the party for for a long time beyond 2000.
-- -- an inspirational speech that's for sure well thanks -- and congressman -- we appreciate your time thanks for coming on tonight.
Think it's revenue thanks a lot.