Turn on the television and all you will hear on August 14, 2012 is Paul Ryan and how much President Obama doesn't like him or his legislative efforts. But play some old broadcasts and speeches to hear himÂ—and some other Democrats--sing the new Republican VP's praises.
Fox News reports that contrary to what is being said now, President Obama does feel Ryan's concerns about Medicare and Medicaid spending are justified and that they do impact the deficit of the country. In fact, at a Republican retreat in 2010 the president lauded Ryan's "serious proposal" on the topics.
And Fox says there are videos to prove it.
Obama's co-chair for his deficit-reduction committee, Erskine Bowles, is another big supporter of Ryan's wisdom on deficit reduction, telling a University of North Carolina audience just last year that Paul Ryan was "amazing."
He went on to tell why he thought Mitt Romney's VP choice was worthy of a listen by his fellow democrats, saying "I always thought I was okay with arithmetic. This guy can run circles around me, and he is honest."
Honesty is something many would love to see in a politician, especially after being promised "change you can believe in" and not seeing it for the four years since.
And most Americans would also agree that reducing the deficit is the goal nowÂ—not adding to it. And that goes for Medicare too.
So maybe instead of listening to soundbites coming from the boob tube between now and November it would pay to look at these earlier videos. At least it would show just how much more honest Romney's VP pick is than his opposition.