Ryan has been mostly quiet in the aftermath. Republicans insist they are selling Romney's policies, not Ryan's. Romney's Medicare plan would, according to the candidate, "restore" hundreds of billions of dollars President Obama has diverted from the popular program to fund his healthcare reform law. Ryan, by contrast, wants to cut the same amount as the president, but use it differently. Or not at all. Either way, it's not Ryan's plan that matters, they say, but his "ideas."
During a Sept. 9 appearance on "This Week," Ryan was asked if he had any idea what tax loopholes he and Romney would close in order to pay for a proposed, across-the-board 20 percent tax cut.
"Mitt Romney and I, based on our experience, think the best way to do this is to show the framework, show the outlines of these plans, and then to work with Congress to do this. That's how you get things done," the Republican vice presidential nominee said.
Pressed for specifics – "Why not say right now?" he was asked – Ryan labored.
"We want to have this debate with Congress," he said. "And we want to do this with the consent of the elected representatives of the people, and figure out what loopholes should stay or go and who should or should not get them."
Facing the same question Sunday night on "60 Minutes," Romney refused to give away any details.
"If you want to work together with people across the aisle, you lay out your principles and your policy, you work together with, but you don't hand them a complete document and say 'here, take this or leave it,' " he said.
During a rally Monday in swing-state Colorado, post-"reset" Romney spoke about the tax code. President Obama wanted to raise federal rates; he did not.
"Our tax code is extraordinarily complicated," Romney said. "I understand that there are about seven times as many pages in our tax code as in the Bible – and it's a lot less interesting."