When Paul Ryan was asked about his views on rape and whether or not it should be legal for a woman to get an abortion if she’s raped, he failed to allow the reporter to finish his question before quickly replying, “Yea. Well. So, I’m very proud of my pro-life record. And um, I’ve always adopted the idea– the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.”
In an attempt to not deter voters from voting for Mitt Romney, he quickly reminded viewers the extent of his responsibilities if he gets in the White House. “Um, let’s remember, I’m joining the Romney-Ryan ticket. And the President makes policy. Uh and the President- in this case, the future President Mitt Romney- uh has exceptions for rape…“
His attempt to dilute the extent of his role is offensive to the intelligence of voters. Although an informal role, the Vice President is usually the drafter and spokesperson for the administration’s policies. Not to mention, the Vice President is the first person in the presidential line of succession, and would ascend to the Presidency upon the death, resignation, or removal of the President. The well-known expression to describe the Vice President, “only a heartbeat away from the Presidency,” further proves that the extent of responsibilities extended to the Vice President is more critical than Ryan is admitting it to be.
Is he ready to assume the role of a Vice President?