1 ON 1: Campaign Now, Specifics Later

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan returned to the metro Monday for the second time in 2 weeks. Ryan talked to WHO-HD news about his team’s plan for the country. Ryan said, “Our whole objective is economic growth, upward mobility and opportunity to get their debt under control.”

Ryan uses themes like those along with his running mate Mitt Romney when they make their case to Iowans, both in speeches and in commercials. But critics say the Republicans don’t give enough specifics on how they would do what they promise.

How does Ryan address those complaints? He said, “You know, I think this is coming from those who haven’t offered anything to fix our economy.”

It’s doubtful Iowa Governor Terry Branstad would consider himself one of “those who haven’t offered anything to fix our economy”. The Republican didn’t exactly criticize his party’s team. But he does believe it would be better for voters if Republicans laid out more details of their plans. Branstad said, “I think there’s a clear contrast. I think it would be helpful, maybe, more of the specifics.” But the governor added, “I think the person who really deserves to be criticized for not having a plan is the president of the United States.”

Ryan echoes that his team is more specific than the team that’s head the job for nearly four years. Romney has proposed a $4 trillion tax cuts. How can voters figure out how that tax cut affects them? Ryan responded, “Under our plan, your tax rate goes down by 20%. The rate you’re paying will be 20% lower than it is under President Obama.”

But critics say it is not that simple since Romney and Ryan would get rid of certain deductions that they haven’t spelled out. Ryan contends there’s a reason you don’t know everything from them yet. He said, “What we’re trying to do is put a framework together and then work with congress and the public to put this together. Mitt Romney learned as a Republican governor of a Democratic state, while I have learned working with Democrats across the aisle, is you don’t go with the theory saying, here’s every single detail, take it or leave it. You say, here’s my framework. Let’s work together to get consensus on how to accomplish this.”