Paul Ryan to slam Obama for 'politics of division'
October 25th, 2011
08:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul Ryan to slam Obama for 'politics of division'

Washington (CNN) – As President Obama continues a swing out West on Wednesday to push his economic proposals, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan plans to launch a blistering response in a speech in Washington.

Ryan will argue the president is practicing "the politics of division" and will say Obama needs to reverse course from a "path of debt, doubt, and decline," according to a Ryan aide familiar with the remarks.

In excerpts obtained by CNN, Ryan's speech includes strong pushback to the president's criticism of the GOP on Capitol Hill during his recent bus tour and West Coast swing.

"He is going from town to town, impugning the motives of Republicans, setting up straw men and scapegoats, and engaging in intellectually lazy arguments, as he tries to build support for punitive tax hikes on job creators," Ryan plans to say of the president at his speech at the Heritage Foundation.

Obama has repeatedly blamed congressional Republicans for blocking his jobs bill, which he unveiled in a joint address to Congress last month. Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the measure, and during his bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia last week the president vowed to continue pressing the plan piece by piece and keep the pressure on the GOP.

Referring to GOP members of Congress, Obama said last week, "If they vote against these proposals again ... then they're not going to have to answer to me. They're going to have to answer to you."

Republicans oppose the president's proposal to increase taxes on wealthier Americans to pay for new investments to rebuild roads and schools.

But Ryan plans to contrast Obama's message that the GOP is more concerned about protecting the rich, with then-candidate Obama's 2008 message that stressed the need to put aside partisan politics to work on solutions.

"Instead of appealing to the hope and optimism that were hallmarks of his first campaign, he has launched his second campaign by preying on the emotions of fear, envy, and resentment," Ryan plans to say according to excerpts of his remarks.

The Wisconsin Republican's speech at the Heritage Foundation follows an address last month in California in which he defended his policy to overhaul the Medicare program and pushed for a renewed effort to replace Obama's health care law.

Ryan, who turned down repeated calls to run for president in 2012 over the summer, is popular among conservatives for his work on fiscal issues and for pushing a major overhaul of entitlement programs like Medicare as part of his 2012 budget that passed the House earlier this spring without any Democratic votes.

Earlier this month former Godfather's pizza CEO and GOP 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain cited Ryan as someone he'd consider as his running mate.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. RJWTimes Bradford England

    Wow, LOL big time. No-one splits the country more than the Republicans.

    October 25, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Tim

    Boy, this joker must really hate McCain and Palin. What's that? He supported them? Oh. What a hypocrite!

    October 25, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Just Plain Tired

    Debt, doubt and decline? That's Bush's fault. Obama is trying to pull us out of the debt, doubt and decline that Georgie boy pushed this country into.

    October 25, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. CAL USA

    Someone needs to ask Mr. Ryan what the hope and optimism he so admired in the President's 2008 campaign bought him in terms of bipartisanship. It seems to me he got the birther garbage and a scorched earth GOP campaign to make him a one termer. It's about time he changed strategies and start kicking Republican butts. It must be working, or Ryan and co. wouldn't be whining about it. Of course, if he can't stand the heat....

    October 25, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Alan

    What a Loser!. Paul Ryan is as un-American as John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Mr. Cantor and any republican who took office now almost 2 yrs ago and who from the onset of their lies to their constituents plus Mr. Boehner's crying episodes, has not only 'DONE NOTHING' to create a single job, but if you want to carefully listen to the nine (9) Losers vying for the Republican nomination, especially Mr. Romney, 'let the foreclosure process play itself out, let the free market economy, who ever that unlucky non descript individual may be, take care of the homeless.

    Yeah, right – While we do elect a President, the Congress runs this country and decides as the 2006 (both Dems and Rep's) Congress did, to take off depression area regulations meant to prevent the catastrophe that occurred in 2007-2008.

    No Mr. Ryna, you can blast away, come your re-election day your constituents and I PRAY CNN will cover whomever will run against you so much, like they jammed Obama down our throats in 2008, when Hillary was the better choice, this OJT News Organization, far from their glory days of the 1991 Desert Storm situation, hopefully will concentrate their news coverage on your, Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnel and Mr. Cantor's opponents so America can get back on track and start growing again.

    Finally, in an election year, I don't really care, this OJT President is pulling out his Executive order book and getting this country moving once again in the right direction. I thought Newt's lie or Contract with America and his stoppage of the countries business for 2 weeks in 1995 was an atroscitie, that doesn't come even within the same Universe as your and your buddies FAILED leadership. Frankly, I would like to sue each of you for all the salary that you all have collected for doing nothing but blowing hot air.

    October 25, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. mk1

    There are none more qualified to speak about division than the Republican party, the masters of division, deceipt, and class warfare.

    October 25, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. cashual

    Down with the devils advocates called republicans

    October 25, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. tigerakabj

    Scared aren't you Mr. I-wanna-privatize-Medicare-and-hand-the-money-to-the-rich Ryan?

    I honestly have to laugh at this. These are the guys that have called President Obama every name in the book. Here's a few: marxist, socialist, terrorist, illegal alien, racist, gorilla, etc, etc.

    Ryan and the rest of them don't like President Obama out there explaining to people what is really going on in Washington. It isn't Congress that's blocking the jobs bills, it's the REPUBLICANS. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said that his goal is to "make Obama a one-term president." If that means sinking the economy, creating division, lying with impunity, so be it (in the words of Boehner).

    Mr. President, amp it up. The Ryans' of this country aren't pulling their weight, it's time for them to get run out of town. You tried to reach out to them and all you saw was a clenched fist swinging back at you. It's time to throw down.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 25, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Charlie from the North

    Oh because you are so bi-partisan.

    October 25, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    so what do you suggest Mr Ryan when all the president can get from the opposition party IS opposition? President Obama is taking his case to the American people of how he is trying to deal with a "do nothing" Congress, one that has a 14% approval rating . A Congress that goes against the will of the American people when it comes to job creation, cutting tax breaks for corporations and big oil, raising taxes on the upper 1% as the polls show even some Republicans favor. All your party wants is his job....not trying to create jobs for the rest of us. So who is dividing who? READ THE POLL NUMBERS

    October 25, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. Marcel

    Racial Agenda

    Paul Ryan's criticism of president Obama simply reflects the racial agenda of the teapublicans in congress. They have clearly stated that their number one goal is to make sure Obama is a one term president and this is why literally everything he tries is blocked by a republican dominated congress. Paul Ryan and his cronies have no empathy with the unfortunate Americans who are unemployed and need to get back to work. That's not their first concern.

    It's all about the fact that the republicans are still angered that they are being led by an African American President. Their very attitudes towards his policies clearly demonstrate that they have a racial agenda.

    October 25, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason

    BWAHAHAHAHAAA.... >gasp!< HAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

    GOP.. (HAHAHAHA) ...accuses Obama... Politics of division... HAHAHAHA!!!

    Sorry... Just...cant...stop.. laughing!! WOOHOOHAHAHAAA!

    BWAHAHAHA!!!! Oh man it hurts!...

    October 25, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. cashual

    Republicans are the ones seperating the country. A black president in power is making their blood boil. They refuse to follow a black man. They are trying to render him powerless. When his power is bei g brought out by ththe republicans true racist colours. The stupid black uncle toms that are on thier side for money and greed and the false since of being accepted by an organization that uses them to help inslave minorities. They are puppets or in jail called yard masters....a slave that is blinded by a little bit of money or athourity. They are being used and will chewed up and spit out like the trash they are. I will never be a republican again. I can't be one and say I love and stand for God of Abraham.

    October 25, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Quit your belleaching! The Repuglicans have made it clear to the common man that Rich deserve special priviledges. Won't touch the rich to get money for the US, take it from the middle and poor. That is class warfare if anything is!!! And Perry's 20% flat tax, give us a break, no tax on capital gains....the rich get richer! The Repuglicans have already made this a vote on class.

    October 25, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Reggie from LA

    It's not going to work, Ryan. Nobody believes you. Even the hateful who'll agree with you, don't believe what you're espousing, but they'll throw in some Obama-hateful comments. YOU don't even believe you, but it's the best politic you've got going right now to try to neutralize the truth. The truth is, not only have you blocked the jobs bill, but you've blocked healthcare legislation, you do protect the rich. You do kiss Koch and Norquist butt and you and the GOP have spent at least 90% of your time trying to injure Obama and have done little to nothing for America. Why don't some Ryan supporters help him out by identifying some GOP accomplishments achieved over the last 3 years. Crickets?

    October 25, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Sick of GOP hypocrisy

    Prime example of the pot (Ryan) calling the kettle (the President) black. No pun intended.

    October 25, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. n

    Paul is only for rich he does not care obout poor Americans. He needs to be kicked out of the Congress. Power of Congress has gone to his head and he thinks he is better then everyone

    October 25, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Portland tony

    Instead of badmouthing Obama, Ryan and his cohorts could do a little legislating which is what the jokers were elected for.

    October 25, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. T'sah from Virginia

    OH, No – here we go with the next talking points EVERY Republican is going to repeat ►"path of debt, doubt, and decline," ◄ The three DDD!! Mark my word!!

    ►But Ryan plans to contrast Obama's message that the GOP is more concerned about protecting the rich, with then-candidate Obama's 2008 message that stressed the need to put aside partisan politics to work on solutions.◄

    Wait a minute, President Obama DID "...put aside partisan politics to work on solutions" and he still got a NO from the Republicans on almost EVERYTHING he proposed and even what the Republicans agreed on in the past!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't blame President Obama for going to the people because the Republicans are "poisoning" the American people's minds through the media. Their "HEAD STRONG and DEAD WRONG" speeches we're "constantly" hearing in the news is corrupting the minds of those who cannot think for themselves.

    STOP whining – Ryan!!!

    Obama 2012

    October 25, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. BB

    Pathetic! The dogs won't bite! Is there any Republican who understands the meaning of what truth stands for?

    October 25, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Marcel

    Racial Agenda

    Paul Ryan's criticism of president Obama simply reflects the racial agenda of the teapublicans in congress. They have clearly stated that their number one goal is to make sure Obama is a one term president and this is why literally everything he tries is blocked by a republican dominated congress.

    Paul Ryan and his cronies have no empathy with the unfortunate Americans who are unemployed and need to get back to work. That's not their first concern.

    October 25, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    This guy again? Is he trying to do all the harm he can before he gets booted out in 2012?
    Frown man says . . . . . . "He is going from town to town, impugning the motives of Republicans, setting up straw men and scapegoats, and engaging in intellectually lazy arguments, as he tries to build support for punitive tax hikes on job creators," Ryan plans to say of the president at his speech at the Heritage Foundation."
    First of all teapublikans are far from intellectual and if anyone has "lazy arguments" just listen to the crap coming out of the mouths of their candidates. Job creators? Keep on dreaming since the job creators are not creating anything but more wealth for themselves! ryan, go back to Wisconsin and build an igloo.

    October 25, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. marty

    There you go again Mr Ryan, using buzz words like fear and resentment to hopefully distract a gullible audience from a more practical approach to solving problems. A vote for a Republican today is a vote for a drone, a robot, a mindless entity controlled by a single mind set incapable of working in concert with others for the true, genuine, benefit of our country.

    October 25, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Dale

    So a member of the most devisive party in American history now blames the other side for the division. The scary part is that memebr of the GOP actually believe this bull.

    October 25, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Anthony

    The path to debt was started by Republicans. They cut government revenue, started two wars, and created unfunded programs like Medicare Part D. When the economy crashed in 2008, government revenue took a further hit. The deficit is now 1.6 trillion, even though non-defense discretionary spending is only 500 billion. The deficit next year is going to be 1 trillion, even with the House Republicans writing the budget. Obama cannot spend money that Congress does not allow him to spend. How are Republicans going to explain that even when they write the budget, the deficit will still be 1 trillion?

    October 25, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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