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. Asturiano

    Get use to it; it's only the beginning.

    August 13, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Paul

    American way of life was built on a strong middle class. Republican terr0rist have been destroying it every since 1980. Hopefully people are smart enough not to buy in the l1es and sland3er of these tax ch3ats.

    OBAMA 2012!!

    August 13, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. betty

    I don't get the uproar over Ryan as VP. VPs have no power. Romney is using him to satisfy the right wing highrollers backing his campaign. IF he gets elected, Ryan is off to funerals and ground breaking ceremonies. Romney will never let Boy Wonder show him up. Stop with all this about Ryan and his policies. He is neutered as soon as the election is over, one way ot the other. He won't even have a congressional seat if /when they lose.

    August 13, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. jovin_aka_kevin

    Democrats are so, so desperate. Ryan could have really stumped this idiot had he asked her to give an example of his war on the middle class. This broad ain't middle class anyways. She has no class.

    August 13, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. darchd

    @mogran...the only thing missing from your post of cliche's is "Unga Bunga...Obama Bad...Romney Good"

    Not a single unique or original thought, it was like that comment was emailed to you by the Romney/Ryan campaign newlstter and you just cut and pasted it here.

    THAT is what is destroying the "American way of life." Btw...what does that even mean?

    August 13, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. ImIrish

    Looney libs.....what else can you say?!

    August 13, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. ben

    There are no sides, only we.

    August 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. RE McCray

    Get used to it. People hate him.

    August 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Blessed

    Where was this very smart budget hawk during the Bush years...was he asleep or just being the reb hack he's always been. Hey Paul it would have been nice if you oould have stopped the unfunded Perscription Durg plan and how about answering why you didn't push to put the cost of the two wars on the books.

    August 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Peter

    mogran wrote: "Bring it dems...Romney/Ryan will win in November...both are good for the country...the dems have nearly destroyed the American way of life with their lack of fiscal responsibility and I don't see that changing if Obama is reelected. I can't hardly wait till the debates begin...let Ryan put 'em in their place...he cannot be snowed by Biden/Obama liberal rhetoric...gonna be fun to watch!"

    More fanboy nonsense, as if all fiscal irresponsibility was at the hands of Democrats.

    The S & P downgrade report said (quote) "an atmosphere of fiscal irresponsibility perpetrated by both parties over several years".

    So cut the fanboy crap-o-la, OK?

    August 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Foreverwar

    Romney is going to lose, all you neonut crybabies should get on board with the winning team.

    August 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Jesus

    The Bush tax cuts were enacted in 2004 to create jobs. 8 years later, where are the jobs? First it was the "trickle down effect," now it's "job creators." Either way billionaires run this party and zealots support it. Do the Koch brothers really have it that bad? How much is enough for these people? According to the bible greed is still a sin.

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

    lefttards always keeping it classy

    August 13, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Anyone but obama

    Dem's are running scared. obama is one and done. When obama looses the USA wins.

    August 13, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. kendallpeak

    I love how the article refers to these trashy girls as activists. Act like a low life in public and your now all of a sudden an activists. Comical.

    August 13, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. chunk a chunk

    I'm sure conservatives are demanding she have a right to say these word in public...uh, right?

    August 13, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. j williamson

    No doubt the two ladies were taken to jail and will pay a big price for speaking out. Free speech? Not here/now any longer.

    August 13, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Jesus

    "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
    Matthew 19:24
    Why do neocons ignore this? Not true Christians if you pick and choose what to follow.

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

    It is sad and pathetic to read comments like thost posted by 'mogran', stating the Democrats nearly destroyed the US/with their lack of fiscal responsibility, etc. How difficult is it to count or add 2 plus 2? The destruction started prior to Pres. Obama even taking office, the 'trickle down' effect worked for th GOP, only it was to harm, not help. Do so many people really think that the current fiscal mess was Obama's fault when it was clearly underway during the Bush/Cheney admin? Even if they don't accept those FACTS/TRUTHS, how do they explain the multiple failures that would have needed time to actually fail could have happened OVERNIGHT? How would Pres. Obama's fiscal acts have caused a failure withing 24-hours of his taking office??? It took years for their bad loans to fail, years for their irresponsible acts to crumble...it took the deregulation and removal of any oversight, courtesy of the GOP, for the failures...THINK!

    August 13, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. IO

    Romney is in real trouble if Republicans are openly heckling his VP

    August 13, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Don

    Romney is correct. Corporate earnings are passed on to individual taxpayers unless it is a C-Corp, then there are two taxes assessed on the income it earned. One by the Corp and one by the shareholders.
    This is not right wing ideology, its how the IRS taxes corporations.

    August 13, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    your choice but i thought it was a country of fre speech

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

    Hey Ryan, tell Romney he needs to show us his tax returns.

    August 13, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. KRhodes

    Notice it is republicans being heckled? Probably because we have enough respect for people and their freedom to speak...the democrats do not respect anyone or anything.

    August 13, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. sammy zoso

    Ryan would make a good Boy Scout troop leader.

    August 13, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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