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.

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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. LOL

    I love the part where he says at the end "we're used to this in Wisconsin".

    He is used to being heckled? Gee I wonder why.

    August 13, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Nan

    GI Joe, you are absolutely right! Those 2010 votes were wasted on liars who promised "Jobs, jobs, jobs" but who knew full well that was the last thing they'd deliver because it would make our President look good and they'd lose the White House if that was the case. Instead they wasted our tax dollars on social issues that were solved over 50 yrs. ago! the GOP could care less about the majority of this country as long as their own pockets get lined.

    August 13, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Kay

    @TJ He IS running for president – for the 2016 election, that is.

    August 13, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. DarthVader's Mentor

    If Corporations are People then why can't we handcuff them when they break the law?

    I can't tell who is worse for the county....Obama-Biden or Romney-Ryan. They are both bad for the country. They are both liars and scoundrels, but I'm trying to decide which one is the lesser evil. Johnson, of course, is also out of touch so the Libertarian vote is also a problem. Maybe George Carlin is right. Just stay home on election day.

    August 13, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. fixedanddilated

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

    He had his chance. He wouldn't have made it past the primaries.

    August 13, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Sniffit

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

    Indeed, but you have to realize: IOKIYAR.

    August 13, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. ART

    Really John more anger and disrespect? I have never seen more anger and disrespect from the right than when Barak Obama was elected, the racist rants and vitriol that I have heard even from members of the Rethuglican Congress. Republicans are all hypocrites, if you can't take then don't give it. two faced whiners

    August 13, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. joe dokes

    If Rep. Ryan doesn't like hecklers, he could always do what George W. did–have everyone sign a loyalty oath. Or better yet, only appear on Fox News so that he could be given softball questions only. If he wants to be in the real world, he better get used to stuff like this.

    August 13, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. rtilt

    As usual the democrats are all for free speach until it does not agree with their agenda. The liberal leties days are numbered, we can not afford them anymore.

    August 13, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Sirned

    I wish I had been there to protest.... Fascism is worth protesting..And the Romney/ Ryan ticket is just that...Wake up Republicans....

    August 13, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Steve in North Carolina

    Right on Home Boy. It doesn't look like her middle has too much class.

    August 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. CryBabies

    @ Malory Archer...We all have biases based on facts....Read her blog and tell me the rational behind her comments. If she is basing her voting preference on these ridiculous statements, well, thats very........sad. Please show some intellect.

    August 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "If Corporations are People then why can't we handcuff them when they break the law?

    I can't tell who is worse for the county....Obama-Biden or Romney-Ryan. They are both bad for the country. They are both liars and scoundrels, but I'm trying to decide which one is the lesser evil. Johnson, of course, is also out of touch so the Libertarian vote is also a problem. Maybe George Carlin is right. Just stay home on election day."

    Spoken like a true paid Teatroll astroturfer. As always, staying home and not voting favors the GOP/Teatrolls. I'm not suprised that they've started to try to slide these posts into the "conversation" more often. I mean, they've been trying to suppress as many votes as possible since 2010 with Voter ID laws, redistricting, "poll watchers," imginary claims of widespread voter fraud...why not also add in the random attempt to convince peolpe that it's all not worth it, it's all rigged, nobody is good for the country, all your choices left are bad ones, so please stay home and voluntarily suppress your own vote.

    August 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. the_dude

    No use voting for anyone just stay at home and get your bullets ready

    August 13, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. myviewis

    Captain Pants
    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.
    -------------------------------------

    You are so correct, if there were no Corporations there would be no employees, no paychecks.

    August 13, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Theend

    Ryan won't go over well in America's Heartland which is facing Dust Bowl drought, crop failure and the decimation of its livestock. Midwesterners need food on the table, not ideology.

    August 13, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. steve

    Heckled again. That goes to show you that Liberals have no arguments, they just act in a rude and disrespectful manner.

    August 13, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. the_dude

    That fat protestor doesn't look like she is hurting for money. She has enough to stuff her face everyday.

    August 13, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. truth

    He's going to be the nail in mittens coffin.

    August 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. W.G.

    He drove a "Weinie Mobile " nuff said ...

    August 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    It boggles my mind why would any one advocate to have a corporation same rights as a US citizens? Increasingly corporations operate outside US jurisdiction and are not subject to the same laws are Americans (loopholes, etc).

    August 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Republican Class Warfare

    Some dumb hick: "As usual the democrats are all for free speach until it does not agree with their agenda. The liberal leties days are numbered, we can not afford them anymore."

    We probably can't afford you anymore since you're probably soaking up all my tax dollars with your lazy butt on social security and medicare. If you GOPtards don't like social programs and abortion, why don't you just not use them? Why don't you just bury yourselves on a sandy beach and F out of politics? If government doesn't work, who won WWII?

    August 13, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. myviewis

    cali girl

    Corporations are people. Well if they are people, then they are Sheldon Adleson, Trump, Koch Bros.
    --------------------–

    You forgot Oprah, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, George Soros, Ted Turner, need I go on???????

    August 13, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. John

    It boggles my mind why would any one advocate to have a corporation same rights as a US citizens? Increasingly corporations operate outside US jurisdiction and are not subject to the same laws are Americans (loopholes, etc).

    August 13, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. David

    Welcome back to 1974, GOP. Romney gave away the election before the convention. With the economy stalled out, you'd think they could have done better than Dud #1 and Dud #2 on the ticket.

    August 13, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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