Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., looked to make the economic case for the Romney-Ryan ticket in a post Monday morning on the social network Quora. It's not generating the buzz of President Obama's question-and-answer session on reddit, but it is sparking a lively debate among the few thousand members of the social network who have viewed the post so far.
Quora offers its members the chance to pose questions to experts, and comment and track answers provided. Ryan's posting answers the question, "Does Paul Ryan think America is better off now than four years ago?" His answer, naturally, is a resounding "no." In an echo of an applause line in his speech to the Republican convention, Ryan writes, "College graduates should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life."
On Quora, any piece of content is just a jumping-off point for discussion. Ryan's supporters and detractors are posting dueling comments, and taking advantage of the social network's "downvote" feature that allows users to squelch comments they don't like or disagree with.
Ryan is not a novice on Quora. He answered questions on the budget in July 2011 via an account established when his claim to fame was as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He has a new account in his capacity as the Republican vice presidential nominee.