Ryan ramps up foreign policy attack on Obama
September 12th, 2012
01:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan ramps up foreign policy attack on Obama

De Pere, Wisconsin (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan, speaking at a campaign event in Wisconsin, condemned the deadly attacks on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya on Tuesday while also accusing President Barack Obama of projecting weakness abroad.

The Republican opened his De Pere town hall on Wednesday with a mention of the "disturbing" news out of the Middle East. It was his first solo question-and-answer session with voters since becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.

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He said Americans are "shocked and saddened" by the killing of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, at the U.S. mission in Libya.

Ryan called for a moment of silence, and then issued an oblique criticism of the Obama administration.

"In the face of such a tragedy, we are reminded that the world needs American leadership," he said. "And the best guarantee of peace is American strength."

It was a noticeably softer statement than the one released by the Romney campaign late Tuesday, which accused the President of sympathizing with the Cairo and Benghazi mobs who have taken to the streets to protest a crude film mocking the prophet Mohammed.

Ryan also avoided mentioning Obama by name.

Moments later, though, Ryan spoke with a sharper tone when asked how a Romney-Ryan administration would differ from Obama's in the foreign policy arena.

Ryan said it's "important that a president speak with a singular voice representing our principles and our values. We don't want people around the world wondering what our values are."

He added, "If you show weakness, if you show moral equivocation then foreign policy adventurism among our adversaries will increase. We do not want a world climate where our adversaries are so tempted to test us and our allies are worried about trusting us and that is unfortunately the path that we are on right now, and I'm really worried about that."

Ryan also went out of his way to condemn the "devastating" sequestration cuts to the defense budget.

He was referring the $500 billion in Pentagon cuts that would be triggered if a Congressional committee fails to come up with a deficit reduction deal by Jan. 2.

The Wisconsin congressman did not mention that he voted for the 2011 budget deal that put those automatic cuts in motion.


Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Paul Ryan
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    Paul Ryan need not make the situation any worse for his ticket...but he's going to.

    September 12, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Ryan, just stop with the word salad. That's Sarah Palin's forte.

    September 12, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    They're doubling down on theis disgusting LIE because the MSM is helping them.

    Chronology:

    1. Embassy statement condemning disgusting islamaphobe movie.

    2. Attacks.

    3. Mittens violates unwritten rule of not going political on 9/11 by lifting the "embargo" on his press releases and claiming that Obama, through the embassy's statement, responded to the attacks by sympathizing with the attackers.

    4. CNN and MSM help Mittens rewrite the chronology by failing to point out the chronology or the demonstrably false nature of Mittens' attacks.

    D.I.S.G.U.S.T.I.N.G.

    September 12, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Sandy

    Hammer away, amateur boy!

    September 12, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Someone in TeamRomney needs to tell pipsqueak to shut up and sit down.

    September 12, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This guy is a complete joke! He hasn't a clue about foreign affairs and yet can take time away from stirring up trouble between the teachers and school officials in Chicago, to criticize the President because he didn't react without a plan. Reacting without a well thought out strategy is how the republicans botched the war in Afganistan and then Iraq. The only person in this election with as little foreign policy experience as Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney

    September 12, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    And here comes Eddie Munster to double down on the stupidity of trying to polticize the deaths of American officials.

    I am almost inclined to believe that the RMoney Lyin ticket are deliberately trying to lose this election. They really are that stupid.

    September 12, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    The "devastating" sequestration cuts that he voted for. Don't give me this leadership bs. Currently Marine Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team(FAST) has been to deployed to Libya to secure our consulate. We will get the answers we want and justice will be served as the President stated.

    September 12, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    What does a hotdog car driver know about foreign policy,about the same as romney the tax cheat protecting the Massachusetts boarder againest the connatcaddos !!!!!

    September 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. TIm

    I'm truly disgusted by the Romney team's feebile attempts to politicize this tragedy. Mr. Romney is not ready for president. He's not even ready to be a real candidate. What an embarrassment to the Republican party.

    September 12, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Hey, plate face, we can't go to war against the whole world. For somebody whose "foreign experience" consists in voting for two wars and necer once mentioning Affpghanistsn during your Klan convention you just might want to keep your trap shut
    We don't need another wa r and while it's tragic (for feel this time) that there are deaths involved we need tomuse any and every means to a peaceful solution. Why don't yiu and those five non serving sons take up arms and go fight in lybia?

    September 12, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Ryan also went out of his way to condemn the "devastating" sequestration cuts to the defense budget. "

    Step 1. Vote for it.

    Step 2. Condemn it.

    Step 3. Enjoy watching ignorant Teatroll sheep forgive your blatant, self-serving hypocrisy.

    Step 4. Underwear gnomes.

    September 12, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Ohio man

    You know what cracks me up.. 1st they say Obama is bad for the economy when Obama has been adding jobs every month with NO help from the Repubs.. then they say Obama is terrible when it comes to foreign policies, when Obama has eliminated more terrorist then any other POTUS that I can think of in just 4yrs.. I mean gezzzz where are they getting this info that Obama is bad from because I don't see it.. but at the same time the Repubs won't say what good things they have done for America in the last 4 year....

    September 12, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. cali girl

    Rayn only said his Foreign Policy experience was, "I voted to send men and women to war"
    Wow

    September 12, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Ryan also went out of his way to condemn the "devastating" sequestration cuts to the defense budget.

    He was referring the $500 billion in Pentagon cuts that would be triggered if a Congressional committee fails to come up with a deficit reduction deal by Jan. 2.

    The Wisconsin congressman did not mention that he voted for the 2011 budget deal that put those automatic cuts in motion.

    Was he running for VP or Congress or another marathon today ?

    September 12, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Swing State

    What did Ryan/Romney want? The president send Navy Seals to take out civilian protesters? This wasn't Bin laden or the Taliban. This callousness will start another war.

    September 12, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Pete

    This is simple arithmetics,Romney Ryan = O.O in foriegn affairs experience ,O experience in any security affairs either.And you can tell after his misstatement last night and having to backstep today not only to lie but bring this up as a political poke at the president as well,that the way Romney does business,no regards for anyone,anytime and it'll come back in time to destroy his campaign...He deserves everything negetive he gets,he now knows the WH isn't going to be a cake walk either,Romney it ain't for sale!!

    September 12, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. y

    Obama "projects weakness abroad"?
    search: "attacks, drones"

    September 12, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Russ

    Yet another foreign policy novice trying to make us think he knows all about foreign policy. Yep blame Obama. There absolutely no connection between this violence and Obama, but just like his marathon time, facts don't matter. Same goes for Mittens.

    September 12, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. LegalizeReason

    Mr. Ryan, when the US is attacked, we should all stand together. Criticizing the President as weak, in an attempt to gain some political advantage from this situation, projects disunity to the world and encourages more violence. It is ironic that you make such comments a day after 9/11 when youmad remarkd purportedly honored our fighting men and women who put themselves at risk. Why, today, do you choose to put them more at risk?

    September 12, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Marian

    As someone famous once said "Here we go again"..........Congressman should take a course in world affairs not, condemming the President of the United States,should be number one especially if not all fact known or understood, to do otherwise is "un-American" in these times true American stand united.....;

    September 12, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    How come they didn't get this upset when the same pastor's actions appeared to cause acts of violence against our troops in Afghanistan? Could it be because: the pastor is a good ole boy; he's one of us; he's Limbaugh's high school classmate; they couldn't find a way to blame Pres. Obama; or all of the above?

    September 12, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Is Romney an idiot or a willful idiot. President Obama did not even come close to an apology. Did he even listen to his remarks?????

    September 12, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    He is so smug in his stupidity!

    September 12, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    what has lyin ryan lied about today? i need a good laugh!

    September 12, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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