Within a few hours of Mitt Romney introducing Paul Ryan as his running mate, campaign officials were letting reporters know that the presidential hopeful won't fully embrace the congressman's budget plan as his own. Last night on "60 Minutes," Romney was a little more explicit on this point.
Bob Schieffer: There's no question your campaign has been trying to make this election a referendum on Barack Obama. Now, some people are saying you are making it a referendum on Paul Ryan's budget plan.
Mitt Romney: Well, I have my budget plan as you know that I've put out. And that's the budget plan that we're going to run on.
It's worth noting that Romney claiming to have "put out" his own "budget plan" isn't quite right. We've seen a vague, right-wing blueprint with numbers that don't make any sense, but incomplete outlines do not a budget plan make.
But the larger point here is that we're way past the point at which Romney can credibly distance himself from Paul Ryan's radical congressional budget plan. The former governor has endorsed the Ryan agenda several times, and just yesterday, Ed Gillespie, a top Romney campaign advisor, told a national television audience, "[I]f the Ryan budget had come to his desk as a budget, [Romney] would have signed it, of course."
Look, this is silly (and not just because presidents don't sign congressional budget plans). Romney endorsed the Ryan plan; he encouraged others to support the Ryan plan; and then he literally made Ryan his running mate. Romney now owns Ryan's Republican vision.
If he didn't want this albatross, he should have picked a better vice presidential nominee.