Vice Presidential candidateappears to be preparing for a loss to President Obama in November.
Ryan has decided to run campaign ads to keep his congressional seat - to the tune of $2 million, against his opponent, Democrat Rob Zerban.
Karthik Ganapathy, a spokesperson for Zerban, said, “We knew this was coming for quite a while now,” Ganapathy told Politico. “He’s spending $2 million on ads this cycle in the district. That’s more than he has spent in the past. He’s clearly worried about something.”
What Ryan could be worried about is having his name on a losing presidential ticket with Mitt Romney and not wanting to find himself unemployed if he also loses his congressional seat.
Since the Republican and Democratic conventions, President Obama has pulled ahead of Romney-Ryan in the polls by about five points.
But Ryan may be facing an equally tough battle to stay in congress. Since adding his name to the GOP presidential ticket, Ganapathy said money for Zerban has been rolling in. “A lot of people are excited about the possibility of beating Paul Ryan.”
Since entering the national stage, Ryan has been caught lying, which has not been working in favor of the Romney-Ryan ticket.
During his VP acceptance speech at the RNC in August, Ryan made several false claims about Obama.
“His most brazen lie accused President Obama of “raiding” Medicare by taking the exact same $716 billion that Ryan and the House GOP notoriously voted to slash. It was stunning,” according to Salon.
Ryan also falsely claimed that he ran a marathon race in less than three hours, which is considerably faster than professional athletes achieve.
Add to that lingering questions about why his running mate continues to conceal his tax returns from his years as CEO at Bain Capital, and you have a Republican presidential ticket on shaky ground.
Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham said in August, “I might be the skunk at the picnic but I’m going to say it. I’m going to say it clear. Romney’s losing.”
By Sept. 10, Ingraham was joined by Rush Limbaugh, who said on his radio show, “If Obama wins, it’s the end of the Republican Party.”
While scary talk from the ultra-conservative airwaves may not turn out to be quite as dramatic as stated, the writing appears to be on the wall and Ryan seems ready to run as far away from Mitt Romney as $2 million in congressional campaign ads can take him.
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