Ryan sides with Emanuel on Chicago strike
September 10th, 2012
06:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan sides with Emanuel on Chicago strike

Portland, Oregon (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential candidate, sided with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday in the strike by unionized Chicago teachers and urged President Barack Obama to stand behind his former chief of staff.

"Rahm and I have not agreed on every issue or on a lot of issues, but Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teachers' union strike is unnecessary and wrong," Mitt Romney's running mate said at a campaign fund-raiser in Portland, Oregon.

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"We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel," Ryan continued.

The Chicago Teachers Union, which represents nearly 30,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third-largest school district, called the strike after negotiators failed to reach a contract agreement with school administrators despite eight months of talks.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday that Obama had yet to make an assessment on the walkout, but that the president's chief concern is for students and families affected by the strike.

Ryan urged Obama to take a stance on the labor tumult in his hometown.

"This does not have to divide the two parties," Ryan said. "And so we're going to ask, where does President Obama stand? Does he stand with his former chief of staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with the children and the parents, or does he stand with the union? On issues like this, we need to speak out and be very clear."

Earlier Monday, Romney released a statement expressing disappointment in the union's decision to strike, saying the group was putting self-interest ahead of students and parents. He also implicated Obama, saying the president has long sided with the unions, which are reliable sources of Democratic political donations. Unlike his running mate, Romney did not explicitly state his support for Emanuel.

Emanuel said he did not view Romney's remarks as helpful.

"While I appreciate his lip service, what really counts is what we're doing here and I don't give two hoots about national comments scoring political points or trying to embarrass or whatever the president," Emanuel said at a news conference.

Republicans have gone after public sector unions as a budget-cutting strategy in certain states and have demonized them as part of a broader attack on organized labor.

READ MORE: Political barbs fly amid Chicago teachers' strike


Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. stance porter

    Rahm showed real class to not make a political point to this matter at hand.

    September 11, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Ralph M

    The sticking point seems to be that the teachers dont want performance reviews, let alone have to pay for health insurance. Other workers wont get a raise if their performance is dismal, and have to pay for their health insurance. Why should they be different? I know...everybody is a winner. I saw some of these striking teachers on the tv news, they way they act and speak I wouldn't give them a damn thing either.

    September 11, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Pinkflam

    Ryan really should learn when his comments are irrelavant. Like most politicians, he doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut.

    September 11, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. dave

    Yay, bipartisanship! err... Wait, I spelled that wrong... political opportunism? Ah, yes, that's it.

    September 11, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Alan Hargrave

    I think the teacher should not have been striking that boy that the teacher should be arrested for doing such a thing like.

    September 11, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. t3chn0ph0b3

    A 20% increase in the school day with a raise that doesn't even meet the year-over-year cost of living change? I'd strike, too. It's ridiculous.

    September 11, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. ahmad

    The kids dont derserve these grown folks action

    September 11, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. HOPECHG2012

    I hope we can get a straight answer from the other blue side on who they support on this issue. Labor unions or sensible performance reviews. Tricky

    September 11, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. Nate

    Well you can't spend what you don't have in a city or state level.. So typical democrat spending can not work.

    September 11, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. Pritesh

    As usual Mitt Romney had words but no solution to an issue...

    September 11, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. yolanda

    Obama's silence speaks volumes.....union members vote, but students don't. So much for leadership.

    September 11, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. john

    I saw a report on the strike that stated the average Chicago teacher (not new hires) makes near $76,000/yr plus excellent benefits, yet they are striking and making the kids suffer? They want raises in this economy when most others are trying to keep their jobs? Not surprising more people are less supportive of teachers unions in the past few yrs.

    September 11, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. DC Observer

    Even when Republicans like Romney and Ryan agree with a Democrat like Emmanuel, the Dem also has to show his partisan teeth and scoff at any sense of bi partisan support - such is the way of Dems – demonize the opponent at all costs, and never work with them. Obama and the Dem philosophy is why we continue to have over 8% unemployment and 16 trillion dollar deficits -– and absolutely no bi partisan efforts in DC. Four more years of Obama will plunge this nation into a much deeper recession .... and when teachers, firemen, policemen, and other public union retirees see their benefits cut 20-25% maybe then the Democratic base will wake up

    September 11, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Sacmar

    These two will use anything to get ahead and make Obama look bad.

    September 11, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. popcorn

    Socialist/Communist/Fascist Radicals wanted HIGHER WAGES for UNIONS.

    End of Times.

    September 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. mb72463

    No comments ??? Poor liberals are confused now !!! LOL.. thanks Rahm....tee he he.....

    September 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. TY

    LYIN Ryan, has no merit at all..............he is a liar and no one believes anything he say......

    September 11, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  18. mark s ducharme

    The man just looks dark. I gues even masterful acting abilities can't hide the soul. I am you're father Luke Skywalker dark, if you know what I mean. Greasy, slimy want to take a bath don't look at me kinda stuff. I could go out but I'm trying to get this guy out of my head now. Oh darn, too late.

    September 11, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. lefty avenger

    Of Course Ryan Agrees with Emanuel: Destroy all Organized labor and pay Government employees $7 an hour without benefits. Plus: Destroy Public education so that only people that can pay top dollar for education will receive it and all others be sent straight to the Republican Plantation cotton fields. Sounds like the Oligarchy's plan for the future.

    September 11, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. mark s ducharme

    The man just looks dark, I guess even masterful acting abilities can't hide the soul. "I am you're father Luke Skywalker dark, if you know what I mean. yuk, I need a bath kinda stuff.

    September 11, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  21. Say_NO_to_four_more_years

    Well, well, well....

    Seems the Democratics are getting a taste of their own medicine.

    Apparently, the Teacher Unions are biting the hand that feeds them.

    And, in those famous words from Rev Jeremiah Wright, "the chickens have come home to roost."

    We stand behind the tax paying parents, the well deserving students, and the Mayor of Chicago who has to carefully manage this situation and keep a lid on the spending and balance his budget.

    Don't be surprised if we see more Teacher Unions, Auto Worker Unions, and Government Unions striking before the election in November.

    September 11, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  22. Scott

    From the article: White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday that Obama had yet to make an assessment on the walkout, but that the president's chief concern is for students and families affected by the strike.

    That's about all I'd expect from the empty chair. It's teleprompter is waiting until it can figure out which way will garner more votes. You know, a lot like Governor in the movie Best Little Whоrеhоuѕе in Texas". It waits until the polls come in and the does "The Sidestep" song and dance.

    Scott

    September 11, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. mark s ducharme

    The man justs looks evil. I guess even masterful acting abilities can't hide the soul. "I am you're father Luke Skywalker" kinda evil. I think I need a bath kinda stuff.

    September 11, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. Scott

    From the article: White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday that Obama had yet to make an assessment on the walkout, but that the president's chief concern is for students and families affected by the strike.

    That's about all I'd expect from the empty chair. It's teleprompter is waiting until it can figure out which way will garner more votes. You know, a lot like Governor in the movie Best Little 'house' in Texas". It waits until the polls come in and the does "The Sidestep" song and dance.

    Scott

    September 11, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. Keisha

    I'm a parent and you know what they have the right to strike its not about the union its about the children's future there's more money going towards jails than schools why are administrators making more than the teachers who are the back bone of our children's and our country future dumb kids equals stupid adults give the schools and teachers the resources that's needed to make our children smarter so they can be productive successful adults

    September 11, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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