Romney, Ryan get warm reception for first joint town hall
August 20th, 2012
03:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney, Ryan get warm reception for first joint town hall

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican running mates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan fielded economic and foreign policy questions from a friendly audience at their first joint town hall in New Hampshire Monday.

Triumphant music was cued when they pulled up in an SUV and emerged with their shirtsleeves rolled up. The two candidates waved and shook hands as they walked toward the stage surrounded by chairs and bleachers filled with more than 3,000 people at St. Anselm College.

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"Gosh, I feel like I'm almost a New Hampshire resident. I come here…It would save me some tax dollars I think," joked Romney, who won the primary here. The former governor and resident of Massachusetts also owns a home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

Romney was not queried about whether he would release more tax returns, but one woman asked the presumptive presidential nominee how they are going to "combat the lies" coming from their Democratic counterparts.

"It seems the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth, and it has been, it has been sad and disappointing" Romney said. "[A]ll we have heard so far is one attack after the other and, and frankly, they're – they're typically not honest. There may be one in there that is, I keep looking for it, but it's – it's been a disappointment."

The woman said that when her son asked for the day off to attend the Romney and Ryan town hall, his boss said to him, "You mean that guy that wants to raise taxes?"

"We are going to make sure that Americans have the money to pay their bills. We're not going to raise taxes. That slows down growth, it kills jobs. We're going to get this economy going, and Mr. president, stop saying something that's not the truth," Romney said.

Ryan, a seven-term congressman and chairman of the House Budget Committee, again addressed Medicare, which has become a central debate between campaigns.

"We're going to restore this program and we're going to get these bureaucrats out of the way of standing between our senior citizens and their Medicare. Medicare should not be a piggy bank for Obamacare it should be a guaranteed promise our seniors can count on," Ryan said in his opening remarks.

The Romney campaign touted Monday's event as Romney's 100th town hall since he launched his presidential bid on June 2, 2011. Included in that tally are tele-town halls that are rarely included on his official schedule or announced to the media.

Romney's vice presidential announcement was originally slated for August 10 in New Hampshire but was rescheduled for the next day in Norfolk, Virginia because Ryan was scheduled to attend a memorial service in his congressional district for the victims of the Sikh Temple shooting.

Ryan has been on the ticket just 10 days and after an elaborate two-day rollout with stops in Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin the two candidates had spent the last week campaigning separately.

More interesting than how the candidates answered questions might be how they interacted. Ryan has been on the ticket just 10 days, but after an elaborate two-day rollout with stops in Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin the two candidates campaigned separately last week.

Ryan, who has a smoother ability to joke around than Romney, saved the White House hopeful from a story that fell flat with the audience.

As a man started to ask a question while wearing a New York Yankees shirt, Romney jokingly began to trash-talk like many sports fans do.

"Now this goes against my nature…this better be a good question from a Yankees fan," he said. The audience was amused.

Romney then shared a story about a time he was asked about the Boston Red Sox trading Johnny Damon to the Yankees and he responded, "I said if it proves one thing, we all hate Yankees."

The punch line was politely received but Ryan delivered a save to Romney. Without skipping a beat, Ryan said to the man, "But not you, sir. We love you."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Paul Ryan
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Tree

    So What.........evil is looking you in the eyes............beware

    August 20, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Publius Novus

    "[W]e're going to get these bureaucrats out of the way of standing between our senior citizens and their Medicare." I love it. A page taken straight from the Tea Patsies–get the gubmint out of my Medicare. You people are so ignorant it gives me shivers.

    August 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. American People

    The American People want to see your tax returns for the past 20 years. We want to see your "Real" tax rate. We also want to know how many jobs you off-shored and how much money you have in off-shore accounts evading taxes. Put up or shut up Mitt!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Luke,AZ

    These guys are not presidential material. They want to send women back to the dark ages. Vote NO against the Vulture/Voucher candidates.

    August 20, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. WiredweirdinSF

    Time once again for the drug addled lefties to demean and degrade the Republican team. You have to love the hypocrisy they demonstrate.They live in their own little world of marijuana addiction and welfare fraud and are told by the corrupt union bosses and the DNC that everything is okay. They do not know that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Harry Reid have not released their own tax returns while they are publicly condemning Romney for not doing so. The hypocritical faces of the liberal left.

    August 20, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. nash

    IIt's so frustrating to hear this guy lie day in and day out. Everything this guy says is a lie or a flip-flop. Amazing that he is able to look people in the eyes and blatantly lie.

    August 20, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    "Republican running mates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan fielded economic and foreign policy questions from a friendly audience at their first joint town hall in New Hampshire Monday."

    What? Afraid of being heckled? Again? Lol. What a couple of wimps.

    August 20, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    "The first victim is truth" Where did Romney get that line from. His comments ring with insincerity and covered in hypocrisy. More and more he reminds me of some sleazy used car salesman.

    August 20, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @WiredweirdinSF
    *****************************************************************************

    Get help. Seriously.

    August 20, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Amused

    I really think as this campaign goes on, Paul Ryan will prove to be Romney's Sarah Palin. Granted, he's got a vocabulary and isn't going to shop at Nieman Marcus, but the more Paul Ryan talks about what he really stands for, and the more people see what he's really about, (as in bordering on Aristocratically Anarchist) he will prove to be more of a burden than he's worth.

    August 20, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. incredulous

    Ryan got caught lying just last week about stimulus money. Don't any of these people in New Hampshire read newspapers?

    August 20, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. American People

    The GOP plan for the American People: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Unemployed, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Employed, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military.

    August 20, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. kayla

    debbie wasserman schultz, and harry reid are not running for president of the united states of america. show your damn taxes robme.

    August 20, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. rla

    How about how many jobs Obama has lost, why women and blacks are much worse off than four years ago. Why we are being taxed ten years for six years of benifits in Obama care, why we are 5 trillion in debt more after four years and last- The relation between projected income vs expendature is 221 TRILLION I think these are things that really need discussion not the taxes of someone who hires the best companies to prepare his returns

    August 20, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Three thousand. That's all? Could it be that nobody likes them? Always a friendly audience because they are afraid they might have to answer the real questions after throwing all their crapola at these fools! Lies, half truths, no solutions or plans.
    WHERE ARE THE BISHOP'S TAXRS?????? LETS SEE THE BIY TOY PLANS TO DESTROY MEDICARE AND SEND SOCIAL SECURUTY TO WALL STREET!!!

    August 20, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. rla

    My My the liberal and progressive are still trying to make small things big– How vapid they are

    August 20, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Howard

    @American People ... The American People want to see Obama's college records ... you know, the records he has spent over a million dollars to hide. Obama has lied and misrepresented himself so many times (that we know of) ... try to imagine what he'd pay a million bucks to hide. Is Saudi or Venezuelan oil money behind his college tuition ? ... or, was it the Chinese, who, along with Obama, ar devaluing our dollar ? ... or, was he a foreign exchange student ? ... did he get caught cheating ? The answer to this question, is much, much more important than the obvious diversion of Mitt's taxes.

    August 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Bootstomper

    Howdy doody and Elmer fudd in New Hampshire.

    August 20, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. TY

    Ryan also lie about a plant closing in OH, saying is was Obama deal, how ever he was not in office. What clowns do we have. Let the side show stop, sick of seeing them. Everything the comes out of their mouth are LIE and all will catch up with them.

    August 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Howard

    Why has Obama paid over a MILLION DOLLARS to seal his College records ??? What's he hiding ???

    August 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. 1twinswin

    Ryan's plan for Medicare? A Groupon!

    August 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. ohio

    romney/ryan
    bad for our country! Haven't we all had enough of the GOP/GOT?
    How much will be enough before people wake up to this party that is going too far?
    Ryan and Akin are not all that much different–Ryan is just more quiet. Romney is right
    there with them–where was he when Fluke was heckled? Where was he when Trump
    was acting crazy? Even if you are not a democrat come on people you have to see this!
    These two are in no way any shape to lead this country.

    August 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Paulie "personhood" Rand. . If he was willing to lie about stimulus money, you know he's going to lie about medicare. Fits right in with Willard who has elevated lying to a way of life for himself.
    I like how they have to campaign together to make sure they're not contradicting each other while separate. They hide behind each other when not hiding behind mommy's skirt or Ann's skirt.

    August 20, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    ""You mean that guy that wants to raise taxes?""

    Pretty accurate description for Mittens. At least someone in NH is paying attention.

    August 20, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    Anybody could stand up in front of a crowd of "friendlies" and answer puff-ball questions. How about these guys answer some cross examination style questions on a witness stand, in court, put to them by a trainer prosecutor? They wouldn't last two minutes, would instantly purger themselves and would be exposed for the frauds they are.

    August 20, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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