Ryan: Obama needs to 'show us' a budget plan
August 23rd, 2012
05:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan: Obama needs to 'show us' a budget plan

Fayetteville, North Carolina (CNN) – During a visit to the Fort Bragg area Thursday, vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan said President Barack Obama needs to come up with a budget agreement or else North Carolina's defense industry and one of the nation's largest military populations will be threatened.

The House Budget Committee chairman – along with other Republicans – voted for the original debt ceiling deal that led to the current stalemate. The policy came about after a congressional "super committee" failed to reach a deficit-reduction plan last year. Months earlier, Congress had voted to implement the cuts if the super committee didn't ultimately find an agreement.

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"And so the House has already passed, as well as the Senate, which has now been finally signed into law, bipartisan legislation saying put up or shut up. The president needs to show us how he plans on putting this in place, if he is not going to help us pass legislation preventing it in the first place, so we're now waiting for that answer," Ryan said.

Mitt Romney's running mate accused Obama of putting politics before the nation's military.

"It's our duty to preserve this legacy to support our voluntary force of men and women who volunteer to serve our nation and not let them be pawns in a political game because this is messing with jobs and lives," he said.

"[W]hatever happens between now and November, will happen between now and November," said Ryan. "But what Mitt Romney is committed to doing is making sure this doesn't take place, and that means if we have to do it in January, we will do it in January."

Ryan said he will try to "fix it retroactively" between November and January. "Now we believe that we have a procedural way in the Senate to advance that legislation very quickly and get it to the next president of the United States who I believe is going to be Mitt Romney, to pass that into law, and retroactively prevent that sequester from taking place in January."

If Republicans and Democrats fail to come to a budget agreement by the end of the year, significant cuts to the Department of Defense could become a reality. Beginning in 2013, the federal government would undergo a series of budget reductions to defense and non-defense programs that would total $1.2 trillion in cuts over the next decade.

It was during a roundtable discussion at a small defense contracting company in Fayetteville where Ryan said the looming defense cuts could cost 55,000 jobs in North Carolina.

"The president's demanding a massive tax increase on small businesses which will cost us jobs in exchange for these defense sequesters. We don't want to trade small business jobs for military jobs. We want more jobs across the board," Ryan said.

Speaking to about 100 people associated with the military or defense industries, the seven-term congressman from Wisconsin held up a card that was in the pocket of his blazer and shared something he hasn't talked about since he became Romney's running mate on August 11.

"I carry this card in my pocket. I've carried it with me for years. I don't really talk about this often," he said. "It's the men and women who have lost their lives, the men who have lost their lives in Wisconsin. I've talked to these families, been at the funerals. It's the ultimate sacrifice."


Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Debt • Deficit • North Carolina • Paul Ryan
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. codifex

    Ryan makes assertions that do not seem to be logical.

    August 24, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  2. Don

    Seems like a funny request coming from a ticket that won't answer reporters questions or show tax records. Ryan's own budget is a little short on details too. Keep tryin Mini Mitt.

    August 24, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  3. Dumbpolitics

    Little Paul, where did all the love go? I just saw your speech from Valentine's Day 2002 from the House floor.
    In that speech you praised the stimulus plan under Bush the Lesser. You went on to say you have to spend money to help the population get checks. You know pay checks, unemployment checks, money to help Social Security and Medicare. It was a great speech where did that Paul go?

    August 24, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  4. Parker

    Im no democrat, but I swear to god I'm already sick of looking at paul ryan's mug.

    August 24, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  5. sufferingsuckotash

    Yeah Paul, The President would has gotten a lot done, I'd say a heroic amount of things accomplished. And he would have gotten a lot more done if you goons in the GOP didn't try to block his every move and very obviously try to destroy him at every turn. But I'm sure the President is sorry he couldn't clean up the very mess the GOP caused after 8 years of driving the economy into the ground. He tried working with you guys but the grand oompa lumpa Bohner would throw a temper tantrum and take his ball and head back to the chocolate factory and cry himself to sleep in his tanning bed. The thing about Paul Ryan is that he doesn't even believe himself. THis guy has had his whole political life scripted from a very early age. Do and say all the things that will get him elected, curl up all nice and cozy with big money and the special interest groups, Koch Bros, Perkins, Etc... And then all he has to do is read from the script and his life is set. Does Paul Ryan care about anyone but himself and his handlers? No. He only cares about his own big money interests, power and fortune. He sees the middle class as his wage slaves. He will lie to you about religion, About guns, About Gays and About welfare. He will say anything to get power. Its the same supply side economic rubbish and drivel that has been pushed by big money groups for years to raid the middle class and line their own pockets. So go ahead and vote for Paul Ryan, unless you are already privleged to a trust fund, don't expect anything in return but to be a slave to corperate interests.

    August 24, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  6. TommytheT

    Too funny, show us a budget plan...fours years into the administration and no budget yet...too busy spending and campaigning to do the work of POTUS. But of course not his role right, failure of Congress...and on and on goes the excuses and blame.

    August 24, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  7. Slavi

    How can republicans argue they are fiscal conservative when anytime Obama tries to cut government, they attack him for it? Trying to reign in Medicare spending, can't have that! Cut the defense budget, can't have that! All they care about it winning, morals be damned.

    August 24, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  8. Jimm

    Perhaps Mr Ryan can tell us how a 70yr old with a heart condition can get healthcare, when his medicare voucher is used up?

    August 24, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  9. hesea

    There hasn't been a budget for almost 4 years, two of which the Dems had control of both house and senate and Obama couldn't get a budget approved, not likely to do anything about it now.
    There has to be more to Obama's plan than tax the 1 %, don't think that will solve much.

    August 24, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  10. Evrette

    I don't remember romney or ryan showing us ANYTHING so what gives them the idea they could demand something they can't even provide.

    August 24, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  11. bigtbone

    This r n r duo must each go through a lot of food having to feed both of their faces.

    It was easy to put the ryan budget out. No shared sacrifice. I want obamas 4t budget and I want it paid for by massive increases on wealthy, cap gains and large penalties for outsourcing american jobs. Job creators? Put up or shut up.

    August 24, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  12. FORWARD

    Forward comrades! Redistribute the wealth! Destroy the capitalist pigs!

    August 24, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  13. mgc tampa

    Last I checked a vice presidential candidate has no sway, who cares what he says. How about Mitts releases the tax returns he is hiding from the public. Its a job interview dude and you don't get to set the rules if you want the job.

    August 24, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  14. 40acres

    >>>>>And so the House has already passed, as well as the Senate, which has now been finally signed into law, bipartisan legislation saying put up or shut up. The president needs to show us how he plans on putting this in place, if he is not going to help us pass legislation preventing it in the first place, so we're now waiting for that answer,"<<<<<

    Is Ryan insane or does he just think all voters are stupid? The bill he speaks of is the Sequestration bill that was put in place by the Republicans and the Democrats in order to get someone in the congress (repeat CONGRESS) to "put up or shut up" and thanks to the Republican's absolute refusal to raise any taxes any time for any reason the "trigger" has been pulled. Now Ryan believes it is the President's job to catch the bullet and put it back in the gun??????? Sorry Ryan, we know who is blocking ANY movement and it isn't the President.

    August 24, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  15. Jules

    Obama presented a budget early on. Nobody supported it, which means it probably just the kind of budget this country needs.

    August 24, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  16. jonny

    Dimwit liberals had 2 full years unopposed to pass a budget and they couldn't be bothered. That's because when all you do is tax and spend, you don't need to worry about balancing a budget. So for the 4th straight year obama will end up with another trillion dollar deficit

    August 24, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  17. chaz

    Good ol' repubs. Always have to have it both ways.

    They first refuse to compromise because it's 100% their way or sequestration, then when sequestration comes around, they cry a river because they're not getting 100% their way. They are willing to do anything that they think will hurt Obama's chances at reelection, even if it hurts the very Americans they claim to care about.

    If you're an American and not a millionaire, you better give your head a shake if you're thinking about voting for Romney.

    August 24, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  18. tcaros

    Ryan couldn't balance the family checkbook.

    August 24, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  19. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    Romney needs to show us his tax returns and his birth certificate.
    Ryan needs to show some intelligence and common sense.

    Obama? He's gone above and beyond to get this country out of the mess that Bush put us into. He's got my vote.

    August 24, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
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