August 13th, 2012
03:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan heckled at Iowa State Fair

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan was met by a small group of hecklers Monday when he tried to deliver a speech during his much-anticipated first solo stop since becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.

Speaking to a crowd from the soap box at the Iowa State Fair, Ryan had his remarks disrupted by activists, one relentlessly shouting "Stop the war on the middle class." Two women tried to climb on the platform next to the congressman, and both were carried off by police and other officials.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

Ryan acknowledged the protesters before continuing on with his stump speech.

"It's funny because Iowans and Wisconsinites like to be respectful. These ladies must not be from Iowa and Wisconsin," Ryan said.

As one woman was being carted out, Ryan added: "Like I said, she might not be from Iowa."

Candidates have been heckled before at the state fair's soap box–where traditionally anyone with a view can speak but is a must-stop for many politicians. From the same spot just over a year ago, Romney also confronted hecklers as he campaigned for the GOP presidential nomination. It was there that he said a line that opponents now use to criticize the candidate as "out of touch."

"Corporations are people, my friend," Romney said, responding in a testy exchange. "Everything a corporation earns ultimately goes to people."


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Paul Ryan
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. myviewis

    Ancient Texan

    Jack from Illinois- If Unions are People then Corporations are People!
    -------------------------–

    Well said, and if there were no Corporations there would be no Unions.

    August 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. john

    We continue to see more anger and disrespect from certain groups of liberals in this campaign. Hecklers at several events now. Overwhelming # of negative ads and focusing away from the main issues at hand. We don't need this kind of politics. It may not all be in the president's control but it is his campaign supporters.

    August 13, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    >wes - would anyone on here like to explain to me how they can remove people from the audience
    >Two women tried to climb on the platform next to the congresswoman, and both were carried off by police and other officials.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    typical leftist... too lazy to read the story, assuming you can read, which might not be correct since they can't do math either but have a diploma anyways.

    August 13, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Don't ever trust what a republcan says. They outright LIE to get in power.

    Remember the jobs jobs jobs in 2010? And we got abortion, abortion, abortion in 2011/2012 (and named one post office).

    August 13, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. HomeBoy

    War on the Middle Class? What a bunch of bull. The only war is in these lazy people's heads. Get some motivation, get some education and put yourself to work. The days of high pay for menial work are long gone thanks to globalization. The Hand Out Society just does not get it.

    August 13, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. TJ

    He handled it like a pro! I wish he were running for President!

    August 13, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Lisa P

    Reggiedw

    Democrats on the whole have lost their self respect. What else can you expect from them? Desperation is setting in and they are starting to panic.
    August 13, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Truthfully, there are so many problems with Romney-Ryan that one hardly knows where to start. Give it a week or so and it won't look like confusion or panic; it will look like a Democratic landslide. I hope we kick Rep. Ryan out of the WI 2nd Congressional District seat as well, while we're at it - it's long past time for that. Ryan's the worst kind of career politician.

    August 13, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Sussay

    so the facism begins

    August 13, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. isnazzle

    oh look its the tolerate libtards on display! OWS occutards ..OBAMAtards on display!

    August 13, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. HomeBoy

    Looks like she needs to put down the Twinkies and get a job

    August 13, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Captain Pants

    "myviewis

    Ancient Texan

    Jack from Illinois- If Unions are People then Corporations are People!
    ---------–

    Well said, and if there were no Corporations there would be no Unions."

    You're right. If there were no corporations, there would be no need for Unions because non-management employees would more than likely be treated fairly and not screwed over in the name of shareholders and greed and profit.

    August 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Joe in PA

    "Two women tried to climb on the platform next to the congresswoman..."
    What congresswoman? Was Ryan at the podium with someone else or should this read "congressman" referring to Ryan?

    August 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. John

    Wow... Paul Ryan is about to get a rude awakening, if you can't address hecklers in a better fashion... Coz you have folks heckling you doesnt mean you need to define them... Your are simply a politician.

    August 13, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. mdesan

    "We're used to this in Wisconsin".

    Gee, I wonder why???

    August 13, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. dannn

    "If Unions are People then Corporations are People!"

    Sure. And in the case of unions, hundreds of thousands of workers benefit from bargaining from a position of labor power.

    And in the case of corporations, a half dozen rich old men benefit from bargaining from a position of greed.

    Next....

    August 13, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. CryBabies

    @ Irma...Racits (sp)????? A little over the top aren't we? Keep spewing you bias and see how that higher power works.

    August 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Mary

    It's called freedom of speech, people. It's one of the fundamental liberties we have as American citizens.

    Obama 2012

    August 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "We continue to see more anger and disrespect from certain groups of liberals in this campaign. Hecklers at several events now. "

    Better than Mittens' campaign actually enlisting people or using their campaign funds like drive around the block honking the bus horn whle Obama tries to make a speech. At least Obama can legitimately say he didnt' send these people after Ryan and pay them whle they did it. In any event, if you don't like free speech, there's always Somalia.

    "Overwhelming # of negative ads and focusing away from the main issues at hand."

    The numbers don't lie: Mittens and the PACs that support him have spent more and released more negative ads than Obama's campaign and the PACs who support him. Moreover, Obama's got more positive ads as well.

    "We don't need this kind of politics. It may not all be in the president's control but it is his campaign supporters."

    Sorry, but the middle-class has had it. The paradigm shift comes through elections or it comes the hard way. You wouldn' like the hard way. Choose.

    August 13, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. mdesan

    "Because he (Obama) only makes left turns!!..."

    "I got a million of 'em! thankyouverymuch...."

    I can't wait until Novemember.

    August 13, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. rosie

    Heckled at his first stop. Did he think it would be any different than that? If so he should have stayed out of the race. As for hecklers, they are really just bullies and blowhards for the most part. If you do not have the patience or tolerance to listen to others it is you who have the problem, not them.

    August 13, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Red Skies

    In response to Wes's post below:
    ~
    would anyone on here like to explain to me how they can remove people from the audience because there saying what a failure ryan would be? isnt that why we have a freedom of speech? back in the 80's my mom and grandma attended the bush speech and they were up there yelling at him but they never got removed. had secret service all over them but they wernt removed. lol
    ~

    They were removed because they attempted to climb on the platform next to Ryan. Republicans and Democrats alike need to remember that their actions have consequences. That is how life works.

    August 13, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Concerned American

    To all the Liberals and indepednts commenting on this article. You have 3 choices (that's it) 1. Vote democrat as usual and end up like Russia. 2. Vote Republican and live like a capitalist and the hope of someday making more money or 3. MOVE!!!!

    August 13, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. American People

    The American People want to see Mitt's tax returns for the last 20 years to see his tax rate. We also want to know how many jobs he off-shored and how much money he has in off-shore accounts evading taxes. Put up or shut up Mitt.

    August 13, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. dave

    Just the beginning .... Down with Ryan.

    August 13, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Tom

    Yea, the Tea Party would never heckle like this! Only people with political leanings to the left are capable of this type of activity. Oh, wait... wasn't there townhall meetings a few years back with lots of shouting and disrupting and as I recall it may have been... wait for it... tea baggers.

    August 13, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7