Rep. Paul Ryan declines to address VP speculation

Gov. Walker appears with Ryan in Wauwatosa
Rep. Paul Ryan declines to address VP speculation

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville doesn’t want to talk about whether he might be tapped to be Republican Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Ryan was asked Tuesday what it’s like to be vetted for vice president. He replied, “Next question.”

Ryan said it doesn’t help the Romney campaign to fuel speculation, so he’s not commenting.

Ryan appeared at a news conference with Gov. Scott Walker in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa.

Walker said he’d like to see his fellow Republican as a vice presidential candidate. He said the fact that Ryan is even being considered shows how serious Romney is about solving problems.

At the news conference, Walker and Ryan also spotlighted the fourth anniversary of then-candidate Barack Obama saying it was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” to add $4 trillion to the national debt. They said Obama himself has added $5 trillion to the debt.

At a campaign event in North Dakota in 2008, Obama said President George W. Bush raised the national debt from $5 trillion to $9 trillion. Obama said, “That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”

The U.S. Treasury Department said the national debt was $10.6 trillion on the day Obama took office. On Monday it was $15.9 trillion.

Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson countered that Obama’s plans would cut the deficit by $4 trillion, while Romney’s plans would only benefit the wealthy. Larson said Romney and Ryan would give tax breaks to corporations that send jobs overseas, while raising taxes on the middle class.