Ryan vouches for Romney's character in speech to conservatives
September 14th, 2012
12:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan vouches for Romney's character in speech to conservatives

Washington (CNN) – Beneath his stiff and sometimes impersonable exterior, Mitt Romney has a heart of gold.

That's according to the testimonial Paul Ryan delivered on Romney's behalf Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, an annual gathering of social conservatives and faith leaders organized by the Family Research Council.

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"I'm not the only one who has told Mitt that maybe he needs to talk more about himself and his life," Ryan said, acknowledging a recurring complaint among Republicans that Romney does a poor job of highlighting his personal side. "It wouldn't hurt if voters knew more of those little things that reveal a man's heart and his character."

Ryan spoke about the time Romney suspended operations at Bain Capital in 1996 to marshal support for a search and rescue operation for the missing daughter of an employee.

Romney is "one of those guys who doesn't just exhort and oversee good works, but shows up and does the work," Ryan said.

"Mitt Romney is the type we've all run into in our own communities, the man who's there right away when there's need, but never first in line when praise and credit are being handed out," he said. "He's a modest man with a charitable heart, a doer and a promise-keeper."

"He's the kind of person every community could use more of, and he'll be the kind of president who brings out the best in our country."

The remarks came at the conclusion of an otherwise pointed speech that criticized a litany of President Obama's actions over the last four years.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Values Voter Summit • Washington D.C.
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Altar boy tells choire to trust the priest. Story at 11.

    September 14, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. wgf

    It's just one liar vouching for another.

    September 14, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    If Obama could run on his accomplishments, he would. But since he has none he wants to remind the American people of (like Obamacare), his entire campaign strategy is to lie about his opponent. As lying comes very easy to Obama and the leftists, they are very good at it with the help of the left leaning press. Lies and the system to spread them. Obama 2012 in a nutshell.

    September 14, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Ha ha ha.... Paul "Lyan" Ryan as a character witness... Ha ha ah.... That's rich! Mr. Brown-noser himself... You Pubs are too funny!

    September 14, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    We already know all we need to know about the tax evader who wants to be President. He claims he loves America so much, but he just doesn't invest his money here. Such a patriot that Willard is. The only community he's accustomed to is the 1% community. Have you ever seen him in your neck of the woods? I sure haven't. I'm not too sure if I would want his pompous, arrogant self within 30 feet of me.

    September 14, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. cali girl

    What Character? That Robmey is a Character?
    Did the Robmey camp advise you what to say? Just like your answers every time the press asks you a question, you don't answer the question. Found out from the vetting process for VP, Robmey asked all of the candidates to supply 10 years of tax returns. Rayn lied in an interview after he was announced, saying that he released the same amount that Robmey did, 2 years, and while he answered it he kept looking at Robmey for confirmation on what he was answering.

    September 14, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Mikey

    That's great. Get the guy who broke the speed limit for lies during a convention speech to vouch for the guy who's attempting to set the record for most lies in a single presidential campaign.

    Where are the tax returns, Mitt. You insisted all your VP candidates give you 10 years, but you won't give the American public even two complete years. Give us 10!!!!

    September 14, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Julie

    I watched this speech and what struck me was Ryan saying he was not apart of the government,(in reference to Obamas speech where he reminded everyone of the one thing we are all a member of, the U.S.) and that he did not recall pledging himself to it. Well I find it hard to believe that growing up in Janesville WI he never said the pledge of allegiance and I seem to recall a piece of paper in the capital that starts off with We the People..

    September 14, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...And who vouches for Lyin' Ryan?
    Wait, let me guess....Romney.
    Circular reasoning.
    We could do this ALL DAY LONG......

    September 14, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. BillSD33

    Fine, I get it. He is a great guy. The fact that they need to keep reminding people is what worries me. His actions (overseas accounts, $100M 401k, Bain, 1 year actual taxes) and comments are what make people not sure about him. If you want someone to vouch for his character, choose someone other than Ryan.

    September 14, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mitt Romney has had a decade to brush up on his character traits. That America isn't buying the BS is his fault, not mine.

    I'm going to give Ryan a fail on his "he's the kind of person every community could use more of, and he'll be the kind of president who brings out the best in our country" talking points. These past few days suggest otherwise.

    September 14, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Heart of gold, to be sold, to the republican fold.

    Lyan Ryan, Lying Republicans, lyin for the lord, lyin for lyin cause it is the Dick Nixon way.

    Lie on Lyan Ryan, your boot licking suits you and your bankrupt friends.

    Pathological liars, the whole pack.

    September 14, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Ryan has also been known to speak the liar's paradox, "This statement is false."

    September 14, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Jeeri Carlos

    Romney's campaign is over because just pointing out what is wrong with this country but not how to fix and bringing future vision both domestic issue and foreign policy.

    September 14, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    What was it that Pres. Obama called it when these guys speak? Shoot first, aim later, and make sure you have no facts.

    September 14, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. ray

    hhahhahah another pathological vouching for another pathological liar. these two liar s are so pathetic. the sad thing here is that the right and the rest of the white people who hates this african american president so much that they will go against there values just to get him out the white house. what a sad day in america. these people on the right talks about values, YEA RIGHT, pack of hypocrites

    September 14, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Pete

    How can one liar vouch for another liar,especially when just yesterday Romney made a statement accusing Pres.Obama as being a liar,what hypocracy,what delushionment.Romney hasn't stop lying,he's a pathelogical one at that even believing in his own lies himself.And you want a man who hasn't known him but for like 60 days and he'll vouch for him,how hilarious,is this an SNL stunt or is he insane.Ryan is so sure of winning in November he's campaigning in Wisconsin for his congressional seat again,does he know something we don't!!It's a republican clown circus,come one come all,see Romney and his talking boy dog Ryan,lies a minute,if ya don't believe me just see, their lips are moving aren't they!!

    September 14, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Cade

    Romney is an incredible man. I only hope the rest of Americans see past the countless lies that come out of the mouths of dishonest people.

    September 14, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Karl Jonas

    Well, I'm not sure I'd want a know liar vouching for my character.

    September 14, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. PaulCat

    Well, Ryan vouches for Romney,, say no more.
    "Obama/Biden 2012"

    September 14, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Lohocla

    Thats like Dillinger vouching for Capone

    September 14, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let's see what's on the Romney/Ryan agenda today; talk about President Obama, maybe talk about Romney and his life, talk about President Obama, talk about President Obama. That's all Folks, nothing new here.

    September 14, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Mitt has a heart of Fools Gold! He's a liar with no conscience! Wake up people.
    OBAMA 2012

    September 14, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. B.

    One untrustworthy person attempting to "vouch" for another untrustworthy person...

    These two are definitely a Team!

    I would not trust either one to walk my dog.

    September 14, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Emily

    Right...why would anyone take Paul Ryan's word about anything at all?!

    September 14, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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