by TOMER OVADIA, Politico
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist says that although he didn't want Paul Ryan to be the GOP vice presidential nominee at first, he is now pleased with the pick and predicts that he will do for domestic policy what Dick Cheney did for national security.
Norquist made the comments in an interview with Bloomberg TV set to air Friday night, in which he was asked if Ryan’s economic experience would make him a domestic policy equivalent to Cheney’s major national security role as vice president under George W. Bush.
“Absent Gitmo, yes,” Norquist replied. “I think that he would certainly have a large footprint. I was actually publicly an advocate of not having Ryan be the vice presidential nominee, not because I don’t think Ryan’s key or important, but because I think he’s so key and important.”
He later clarified: “I wanted him to stay in the House and run the Romney-Ryan plan through the House and the Senate, because I thought that was so important.”
Norquist told Bloomberg TV that Ryan’s budget plan has the advantage of having “been scored by CBO,” “written down” and vetted by the Republican in Congress, but that he expects Romney to embrace Ryan’s plan “with rough edges taken off and changes here and there.” [Read more.]