Yesterday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) went on a media blitz to rebuff the assertion by Republican Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) that Republicans could compromise and allow the Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy to expire. Appearing on Fox News’ America’s Nightly Scoreboard, a show on the Fox Business network, Ryan repeated his mantra that deficit-boosting tax cuts for the richest two percent are an unmovable plank in the GOP platform.
Fox Business host David Asman, agreeing with Ryan’s supply side fervor, then asked the Wisconsin lawmaker if he would sign onto Fox Business’ agenda. Then, Asman laid his own right-wing policy platform akin to the Republican Contract with America of 1994. Touting something called “The Scoreboard Pledge,” Asman asked Ryan if he would support the Fox Business political contract in Congress:
ASMAN: By the way, Scoreboard has its own list, our own contract if you will. The Scoreboard contract is “No New Taxes, No New Bureaucrats, Cut Spending, Repeal Obamacare.” Would you be in favor of those?
RYAN: Absolutely. And we not only would be in favor of these things, we will be in favor of these things.
What kind of “news” network creates its own political platform for candidates to sign onto? But Asman’s political activism is nothing new. Last year, he implored his viewers that they “need to” go to a Tea Party merchandise website.
After Ryan agreed to the Fox Business contract, Asman called on Ryan to run for Speaker himself should Republicans take the House of Representatives in November. Ryan politely declined.