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.


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. the Situation

    This guy is amazing. Not only is he a pathetic liar you agreeed with every major foreign policy that Bush & Cheney pass thru congress. What a twit!

    September 12, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. cleareye1

    These guys don't pay any attention to 'facts.' They are politicians that are behind in the polls and will do ANYTHING, including exploiting the deaths of our heroes, to gain a vote. I'll admit I didn't think that either of them would sink that low.

    September 12, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Izzy

    Failure is all Barack Obama has to offer. From the Annenberg Challenge to the "recovery" to the Arab Spring to the GM recovery that saw the Volt factory shut down, tell us one thing that Obama really succeeded at? Obama only knows how to provide failure and his bots are on this site to protect this sorry record.

    September 12, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. tepeters

    He did soften Romney's outragerously stupid comment earlier on events in Libya but he is still part of the dumb team running for the highest offices in the land

    September 12, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Foreign Policy..vs..Home-Policy...

    Right on Paul...all Dems have to offer is sarcastic attacks...

    September 12, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. ep

    Does anybody know where Ryan’s lips have gone? Creeeeepy….

    September 12, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. bucman

    God help us if these bozos get elected. Bad news bears would be better.

    September 12, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. just sayin

    aren't these arabs the same arabs that used to be our allies under bush? they weren't attacking us then. i guess this is the arab spring naive obama has brought us. arab dictators were bad but at least we weren't getting americans killed and embassies stormed. it appears obama has now given them the freedom they've always wanted, the freedom to attack and kill us at will. just wonderful.

    September 12, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. mary

    Look who's talking? What experience has he gained in foreign policy to speak – oh that's right he & his boss are new in that area and all areas of governing.

    September 12, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. jondavis

    Ryan says " our allies are worried about trusting us"

    Perhaps first he should worry whether the voters trust him. Lying every time he opens his mouth, would seem to be a poor start.

    September 12, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. mary_saff

    a newbee to politics just talked out of place. Here we go again, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan jump on the opportunity to make a political point and twisting it, without having all the details, without respecting those who are dead, and even before hearing the president of United States or Lybia or Secretary of States clarify what happened. This is just a desperate attempt. People are not fool to realize to what length you are willing to go just to be a president.

    We are not fool Mr. Ryan.

    September 12, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. John

    Paul Ryan's idea of strong foreign policy is saying, "Go Packers, beat the Bears".

    September 12, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Advice to Romney and Ryan
    Now there is Only one way to beat Obama , both take a vacation come back on November 6th 2012

    September 12, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. PTNY

    Divine intervention...

    I thank GOD for Romney's Leadership in bringing down the entire Republican Party!

    September 12, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. alien

    He has succeeded at making Romney look like a mental midget. Oh wait, I guess you are right Mitt did that all by himself.

    September 12, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Khaleeshi

    Mitt Witt and Lyin Ryan at it again. Why can't these 2 just tell the truth about anything. No one can trust a word that comes out of their mouths at this point. Stop Lying!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 12, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Joan

    Paul Ryan is creepy. no other word!!! I think 'Used Car Salesman' when I see/hear him!!!! Or the worst Infomercial !!!

    September 12, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Gene

    I initially thought Ryan might bring something to the Romney campaign. Gee, was I wrong! He has brought zero and really can't seem to be coherent on any of a number of issues.

    September 12, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Wolverines

    Both obama and romney are paid by goldman sachs~this is a two horse race from the same owner. Same as WWE wrestling except its to sit at the glorious throne of our country. A nations soap opera played out for all the zombies so we can be entertained while our country turns into a pile of rubble.......

    September 12, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Marc

    There goes Lyin' Ryan.

    September 12, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. zp

    Paul Ryan is articulate and brilliant. "Important to speak in a singular voice representing our principles and values." He will make a wonderful Vice President.

    September 12, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Munster, please explain to me how President Obama is responsible for the video made by Israeli-American, Sam Bacile, and promoted by American pastor, Terry Jones? If President Obama had taken action to stop them, you would have accused President Obama of inhibiting free speech and waging a war on Christianity.

    You, Mittens and the rest of you knee-jerk anti-Obama types are truly pieces of ....

    September 12, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. realitybites

    Lashing out in post DNC bounce polls desparation I see. What a feckless twirp. I hope he no only loses his run as VP but, waste of House seat as well. I'm ashsmed to admit that this moron actually came from my generation. I think even Gennings Bryant may have had more sense over a hundred yrs ago.

    September 12, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Marie

    oh SHUP UP ryan.... shupt up!!!

    September 12, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. John

    These Obama supporters are so idiotic that no matter what stupidity Obama does that they still support this muslim in the white house. Wake up, you are being fooled and taken for a ride by a poser in the white house!

    September 12, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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