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Paul Ryan In the Video Library

August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s pick as vice presidential nominee, has nearly 400 appearances in the C-SPAN Video Library. Things have changed since 1988 when George H.W. Bush selected the relatively unknown Senator Quayle. Reporters scrambled to find anything on the nominee. Today the C-SPAN Video Library chronicles the public lives of political leaders with its unparalleled indexed video and audio records of C-SPAN’s extensive television coverage. Reviewing the records in the Video Library is required work for reporters, analysts, and pundits in 2012.

In the first two-year session that Ryan was in the House, he had 42 House floor appearances. The next Congress, he dropped down to about 30 a session. In 2007, with the Republicans in the minority, but with Ryan assuming the ranking member position on the Budget Committee, his floor appearances grew to a career high of 57 in the 110th Congress. Note: On each person’s bio page, there is a drop down box that allows you to filter appearances. Using this you can see all his floor appearances, learn that he appeared on C-SPAN call-ins one to two times per year, that he has numerous committee appearances, and news conferences. He has appeared on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers interview program twice.

Ryan spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention about the economy and taxes and criticized Democratic nominee John Kerry for his stance on taxes.

Because of his position in Congress as chair of the Budget Committee and as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Ryan is a budget and tax expert and that is what he almost always speaks about. Here is an early appearance with House Republican leaders where he uses a lock box to demonstrate the Republican Social Security proposal.

With 400 appearances we have only scratched the surface of Paul Ryan’s record. Using the links on his bio page to the Congressional Chronicle, you can explore his committee assignments, campaign finances, votes, and bills sponsored. With the C-SPAN Video Library, every citizen is empowered to research the C-SPAN record and create their own clips to share. We expect that in the next few days and months, Paul Ryan’s record will be thoroughly reviewed in the C-SPAN Video Library. Watch. Clip. Share.

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  • good vp pick,althrough did FAVOR MARK R.

  • When VP Gore used a lock box metaphor, he was derided. We all know Repubs want to put Soc. Sec. money into Wall St. How would you liked to have had your retirement funds in Wall St. when it dropped from 12,000 to 6,000? These Repubs. are not conservatives like Barry Goldwater. It was Presidents Reagan, Bush 41 & 43 who expanded govt. ran up the national debt, started all these unfunded mandates & took us to war based on lies & didn’t pay for them. Deregulated the banks, gutted the EPA(started by Nixon) and came up with the Wall St. bailouts. Remember, under Reagan, the slogan of thr 80′s was Greed is Good. God help us all if they get back in.

  • This was sent to me. You see everybodys not a libral nor a democrat nor liberal iin CA.

  • If Romney-Ryan win this election this Country is screwed>\.

  • Drudge is linking to a a C-Span clip on YouTube right now that has Paul Ryan’s comments during a Deficit Reduction summit. The clip cuts off, however, before Obama’s response. I think it would be helpful and interesting to be able to hear the whole exchange. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPxMZ1WdINs Thank you.