Paul Ryan Watch: Ovations for Response to Obama, But Claims Questioned
Media around the world weigh in on Rep. Paul Ryan's response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.
Rep. Paul Ryan continued his political ascendency Tuesday night by delivering the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address.
How'd he do?
Conservatives are near unanimous in applauding Ryan's "stark," "adult" speech that brought the need for fiscal restraint and deficit control into focus. The NY Times' David Brooks called the speech "outstanding."
CNN's Fact Check says Ryan's numbers don't add up.
The Southern Political Report says Ryan rebutted Obama and upstaged the Tea Party response from fellow House member Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who delivered her own response to the president. Still, others wonder about a rift within the Republican Party.
In an article before the speech, The Hill reports Ryan was told to "look like Ronald Reagan" when giving his national address.
New York Rep. Andrew Weiner, a Democrat, said Ryan's response was too "dour" for his taste. He said the response made him want a drink.
Media Matters for America, a liberal media watch website, reports that conservatives all back Ryan, but economists question claims in his speech. Ryan said Obama's stimulus plan didn't create jobs and that health care reform won't reduce the long-term deficit. Both stand in opposition to many economists.