Paul Ryan has granted the Fox News Channel his first solo interview since being named Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate.
Britt Hume, the network’s senior political analyst, will sit down with the vp candidate and Wisconsin congressman in Denver on Tuesday and portions of the interview will run throughout the day. Fox News intends on airing it in its entirety during Special Report with Bret Baier, also on Tuesday.
CBS already scored Ryan’s first joint interview with Romney, a 14-minute segment on 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night. On Monday, conservatives were already picking apart the interview conducted by Bob Schieffer because the network edited out a portion where Ryan responds to critics who say his economic plans will harm Medicare.
CBS, though, later aired the missing portion about Medicare on CBS This Morning and posted a one-minute video online where Ryan’s commentary on the topic is unedited. The entire interview with Schieffer lasted 23 minutes and 60 Minutes has been sharing the nine minutes of unused material with other CBS shows.
Video of the 60 Minutes segment is below. The portion on Medicare that was edited out is also below, and has Ryan saying:
“My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida. Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they've organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger. And we think these reforms are good reforms. They have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late '90s."
Meanwhile, as liberal Hollywood perceives Ryan to be a right-wing extremist who would do away with the New Deal if given a chance, conservative talk radio has embraced Romney's choice while attacking the media's depiction of the vp hopeful.
On the syndicated The Laura Ingraham Show on Monday, for example, Laura Ingraham said: “This attempt to demonize him and demean him as a heartless, horrible person who children and the elderly and the sick should be afraid of, I think it’s really tough with him, and who he is, and how he comes across, and how serious he is. I just don’t think it works.”