Burr: Ryan represents 'generational change' in GOP

Posted August 29, 2012

— As Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan prepares to accept the vice presidential nomination Wednesday night, he has a powerful North Carolina politician squarely in his corner.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, who worked closely with Ryan on a health care reform initiative and co-sponsored and co-wrote numerous other bills with him, said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made the best possible choice for a running mate.

"I don't think there's any question that he's the best. I think that (this ticket) has the generational change that America, I think, is hungry for," Burr said. "I think it begins to set the course for where the true intellectual thought is going to come from from the Republican Party, and that's from Paul Ryan."

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr Burr: GOP ticket has 'chemistry of trust'

With Ryan, whose campaign messages have focused on policy over personality, there's no separating the personal from the political, Burr said.

"What you see in public is what you see in private. He's intense. He's knowledgeable. He's not shy at voicing his opinion, and he's in the room to reach a solution, not to attract a headline," he said.

Burr was one of the first U.S. senators to throw his support behind Romney early last fall. He said he believes Romney's business sense and Ryan's legislative expertise will foster a "chemistry of trust" that will serve them well as the campaign heats up over the next 10 weeks.

"I think Gov. Romney understands that Paul Ryan excites a segment of America that sometimes is not engaged in the election process and is going to be crucial to their victory in November," Burr said.


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  • loprestw Aug 31, 2012

    A few simple questions to Obama supporters; What has he done to have been good for this Country, and after all that Europe has been through why is socialism so great?

  • loprestw Aug 31, 2012

    Can I ask all those Obama supports a couple of simple question? What has this current administration done that has worked, and what is so great about socialism?

  • geosol Aug 30, 2012

    Now THAT'S funny! But its what we've come to expect from Bush lite. No change at all in the REPUBLICAN party. Ryan's lies last night proved it. They are the party of fear, hate, ignorance, and greed and the only "change" that they've experienced is to move much further to the right on all social issues. They are doomed to fail and the future doesn't look very bright for them. No one to blame for that but the REPUBLICANS themselves.

  • mayhem Aug 30, 2012

    Yep Rick, and you're part of the older generation. Too bad for you.

  • NC Reader Aug 30, 2012

    I don't agree with the statement that Ryan represents generational change. The last two generations, for example, have become progressively more supportive of allowing same-sex marriage. Even more conservative people that I know are far more accepting than their counterparts a generation ago. Yet Ryan's position does not at all reflect what has been a dramatic societal shift on this issue.

  • MakoII Aug 30, 2012


    What?!? Obama NEVER gave a litmus test for the Presidency. Conservatives in 2008 did, and Romney did here in 2012.

    A litmus test THEY themselves failed with their VP pick in Ryan.

    As to Obama's experience, Obama was a Private Lawyer. That was BUSINESS EXPERIENCE.

    Obama ran a National Magazine, Multiple Campaigns not the least of which was his NATIONAL campaign to defeat Hillary and McCain.

    The decisions a candidate for President has to make is the ultimate interview. Raising money, choosing staff, stumping in many states, debates, controlling your people so they stay on message and don't make you look bad.

    A Presidential Candidate has MORE executive control than a CPO. Oh, and add 4 years of Presidency (yes 4, his transition had unprecedented powers given to him by Bush)

    Summary: Obama never gave a Litmus Test. Romney and the GOP DID, and FAILED their OWN test with Ryan.

  • mep Aug 30, 2012

    The pattern the GOP is showing is one of Say One Thing, Do Another. It's OK to accuse your opponent, but excuse yourself.

    Then you childishly fall back on the original accusation. Comprehension dude. It's not only for Kindergartners.

    So you agree that Obama does the same?... and Obama has no business experience, and his executive experience was gained "on the job". Ryan on the other hand does in fact have business experience... which gives him one up on the competition.

  • davidgnews Aug 30, 2012

    The GOP needs some serious rebranding, but Ryan is not the way to do it. He and the teavangelicals need to get out and form their own party.

  • JenniWest Aug 30, 2012

    Ryan represents not a new generation of GOP, but the fact that the GOP can't scare up decent non-freakish candidates to save its parties life. Romney is bottom of the barrel and he was the first time he was considered and rejected when Bush Jr ran. Now the GOP literally had no one left who was viable and Romney was chosen. The GOPas a party has gone off the deep end. I used to be Republican when the party made sense. If this extremism isn't dealt with, the party has no hope.

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 30, 2012

    "Crabbit Cratur... you need just stop talking..You are not a very smart person according to you're comments!!"

    I didn't say I was....I only need to be smarter than those I'm commenting on and that's setting a very low bar indeed.