Hoping? President Barack Obama’s team has apparently been waiting for a Paul Ryan vice presidential pick.
The president’s campaign wasted no time labeling the Wisconsin congressman as “severely conservative” calling his budget proposal “a sham” and blaming his economics for “crash[ing] our economy.” The attacks came from a website launched while Ryan was giving his speech in Norfolk, Va. accepting the position of Mitt Romney’s running mate. The website houses a full-on coordinated multimedia attack framing the Romney Ryan ticket as The Go Back Team. The site is fully equipped to trash Ryan, Romney and their collective record.
The site features a fully produced pop-up video that claims Ryan-style economics “crashed our economy” along with a list of five facts framing the vice presidential hopeful as a tax-hiking, Medicare-cutting extremist. The peculiar “fifth fact” is worth noting as it uses the language “severely conservative” as a smear and frames Ryan and Romney as regressive on “equal rights.”
The biography section of the website is even more opinionated. It lists Ryan as “a career Washington D.C. insider” who wants to “slash education and clean energy funding” while raising taxes on middle class families.
It goes on to cite “Harvard economist Jeffrey Liebman” in hypothetically declaring that “Paul Ryan’s budget plan could cost the U.S. more than 1 million jobs.”
The bio continues to frame Ryan as “severely conservative” stating that Ryan wants to ban abortion “even in cases of rape or incest” and that he wishes to “prosecute women who have abortions.” It continues by declaring that Ryan wants to write “discrimination into the Constitution.”
“He voted against repealing the discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and supports writing discrimination into the Constitution with an amendment banning gay marriage.”
On the sidebar of the site is a box asking for residents of Wisconsin who have been “affected” by Ryan’s policies to write their story. The message in the box pleads with Ryan’s constituents to tell America “what kind of vice president” Ryan will be.
Here are some stills showing the message of the anti-Ryan ad: