Paul Ryan

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  • Which candidate's personal characteristics make them better suited for the office of Vice President?

    Paul Ryan

    Joe Biden

    Paul Ryan is marginally better

  • Which candidate is a "Washington insider?"

    Paul Ryan

    Joe Biden

    Joe Biden is marginally better

  • Which candidate is stronger on national security issues?

    Paul Ryan

    Joe Biden

    Paul Ryan is significantly better

  • Which candidate is stronger on economic issues?

    Paul Ryan

    Joe Biden

    Paul Ryan is significantly better

  • Which candidate is focused on the "important issues" facing America?

    Paul Ryan

    Joe Biden

    Paul Ryan is marginally better

Paul Ryan would make a better Vice President than Joe Biden.. Both men are strong campaigners and each brings certain strengths and weaknesses to their respective parties. With the exception of age and generation, both men have similar family dynamics. Biden is a distinguished-looking 69-year-old who was born on November 20, 1942, in Scranton, PA. Ryan is a boyishly handsome 42-year-old who was born on January 29, 1970, in Janesville, WI. Both men are married. Biden has four adult children and Ryan has three young kids. Both men are Roman Catholic.[1][2] Ryan enjoys exercise, outdoor activities, budget charts, and the Green Bay Packers. Biden likes train rides, grand parenting, foreign policy, and talking without much apparent forethought.[3] Ryan’s relative youth gives him not only a physical vitality, but also a philosophical vitality that makes him open to new ideas and less inclined to blindly follow the established Washington political traditions of past generations. Ryan is more “principled” in his lifestyle and in his approach to his role as an elected representative, while Biden has been more “shoot from the hip” in his role as Vice President.



Ryan has represented Wisconsin in Congress for 12 years and was elected to office at the age of 28. He is the Chairperson of the House Budget Committee, Co-chair of the Sportsmen's Caucus, a member of the Ways and Means Committee, and a member of the Health Subcommittee.[2] Biden was elected to office at the age of 29 and served 26 years as a Senator from the State of Delaware. He chaired the Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on the Judiciary before being picked as President Obama’s running mate.[1] While Ryan has significant experience in national politics, Biden is clearly more of a “Washington insider” having worked in DC for 40 years.



Both men voted for the 2002 resolution authorizing the Iraq war, but Biden now disavows his vote and says it was a mistake. Biden co-sponsored a bill that would release all prisoners at Gitmo who have not been charged, which is nearly all of them.[4] Biden believes that we should have diplomatic discussions with Iran and does not believe that Iran is as big a threat to our national security as North Korea according to statements he made in 2007.[5] Ryan supports enforcing strong sanctions against Iran to force them to end their nuclear program. He also supports a “no-contact” policy with the nation.[6] Despite his reported foreign policy prowess, Biden supports his Administration’s view that Middle East radicalism is a “low risk” to our national security. Ryan, on the other hand, recognizes the danger that comes from appeasement and the failure to take professed enemies at their word.



In 1997, Biden supported a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitutional. However, in 2005 he voted against reducing federal spending.[7] Paul Ryan supports a spending cap as a percentage of GDP and believes that federal spending should be frozen.[8] Ryan is an economic wonk and recognizes the “fiscal cliff” we are facing. Moreover, his knowledge of economics makes him more likely to be able to fashion a reasonable solution to our current fiscal crisis.



Biden is a “glad-handling” politician who identifies himself with blue-collar America. He is a champion of labor unions and union workers. As he has for the past four years, Biden will focus the election and the next four years on the near celebrity status of Barak Obama and the evil that is the “anti-Middle Class” Republican Party and “the wealthy.” Ryan is low-key, charismatic, and Midwestern roots and sensibilities. He will focus the election and the next Administration on the struggling economy and rebuilding America’s reputation on the world stage. Ryan’s working-class roots and fiscal conservatism make him inclined to support the needs of the middle class in the long term, even if it requires some short-term “pain.”