Maddow: Republican Convention ‘rolling out the Iraq war’ for Paul Ryan

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, August 23, 2012 23:38 EDT
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On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said the Republican Convention in Tampa was “rolling out” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as if he were former deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz, a neoconservative who served in the Bush Administration.

“Do you want to know who they picked to announce the vice presidential nominee this year? Here’s a hint,” she said.

Maddow noted that when asked about his foreign policy experience, Ryan said that he had voted for the Iraq war.

“So that’s hint one. That’s what he says is his relevant foreign policy experience for being a heart-beat away from the presidency. Here’s hint number two,” Maddow continued, showing a picture of Dan Senor. “That’s his top staffer on the campaign, who you may remember as the George W. Bush’s administration Iraq war spokesman.”

“Hint number three is the person speaking before Paul Ryan is introduced that night at the convention, Jeb Bush,” she said. “So his relevant foreign policy experience is voting for the Iraq War. They put his big speech on the night of George W. Bush’s brother’s big speech. So who’s introducing Paul Ryan? Condoleezza Rice.”

“That is how they are rolling out Paul Ryan. They are rolling him out as if they’re rolling him out as Paul Wolfowitz. They’re not going to say beep about our existing war in Afghanistan for the whole convention, but they’re re-rolling out the Iraq war instead.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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