- Associated Press - Monday, August 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior political adviser to President Obama is likening presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate to Sen. John McCain’s choice of then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

David Axelrod told “CBS This Morning” that he recalls “that kind of excitement four years ago” when Mr. McCain presented Mrs. Palin to the country as his choice for vice president. Mr. Axelrod said in Monday’s interview he thinks the selection of Mr. Ryan, who is popular with tea party figures — as Mrs. Palin was — is “not going to be a plus for Mr. Romney.”

Mr. Axelrod said he likes Mr. Ryan personally, but he also is labeling the Wisconsin Republican “a certifiable right-wing ideologue.”

Mr. Obama’s adviser said Mr. Ryan is “a genial fellow, but his views are quite harsh,” and he said that “these Republicans don’t like Medicare.”

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