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. ray

    ARE THESE TOW PATHETIC HUMAN BEING FROM EARTH? I DONT THINK SO. YALK ABOUT FAMILY VALUES FROM THE RIGHT, HAHAHAH HAHAH HOW PATHETIC

    September 14, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Ryan vouches for Romney's character , and what a character he is !

    September 14, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. The Unsub

    Its too late lyin ryan, the jury already has a verdict and has decided to give President Obama FOUR MORE YEARS!

    September 14, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "If Obama could run on his accomplishments, he would."

    If Mittens could run on the truth, he would.

    FIFY

    But he can't, so he doesn't.

    September 14, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Marry

    …testimonial Paul Ryan delivered on Romney's behalf Friday at the Values Voter Summit (what crazy group is that?) that reveal a man's heart and his character.
    Just show your tax returns! We will be able to see your character then for ourselves!
    It is so important to get out and VOTE a strait blue ticket in November to end this GOP/TP madness!!!

    September 14, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yep.. we should trust mr. stimulus failed- the guy who takes stimulus money
    mr. catholic, who's budget is decried by catholic bishops
    mr sequestration who says he didn't vote for it when he did,
    mr. marathon man, mr foreign policy (a continuing debacle..)
    Even Conservatives aren't THAT stupid!!

    September 14, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Amnesia 101

    Paul Ryan is now known as a liar. So if he says Romney is a good guy, I have to assume he's lying again. That's too bad.

    September 14, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    One pathological liar endorsing another.....oh sure lyin Ryan, we believe you....NOT!

    These two are something else and this would be funny if so much weren't at stake. How can anyone with half a brain support these liars???

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 14, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. zp

    The current president is bringing this country down – if you can't see it domestically with our economy, can't you see the attacks across the world against America today? What will it take? Americans have been murdered. Too many have fought for our freedoms and our strength as a nation to let one man destroy it all. There must be a change in November.

    September 14, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. TAK

    It's Ryan's character that is of concern. The man is a notorious liar, hell he even lied about his marathon time. No place in government for such a bounder.

    September 14, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    Isn't lyin' just preaching to the choir when he talks to conservatives?

    September 14, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    "It wouldn't hurt if voters knew more of those little things that reveal a man's heart and his character."

    For once, I agree with you. A nice starting place would be "Mitt" revealing HIS TAX RETURNS for the past 20 years. That sir, would be ALL most of us need to know.

    September 14, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Ferret out the BS

    If he had such a big heart he would be inclusive of diversity in the society instead of trying to exclude people he doesn't agree with. And he wouldn't be using devisiveness in his campagn. He is a ruthless businessman that has no room for anyone that doesn't think, feel or has the same station in life that he has.

    September 14, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Correction: I meant 10 years of tax returns.

    September 14, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. A Kickin` Donkey

    But isn`t Romney the guy who lied about something as simple as his time for running a race? Sounds like a PATHELOGICAL LIAR to me. Americans, don`t trust Ryan OR Romney.

    September 14, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Kizito

    A man who lies about his marathon time has no credibility to vouch for Romney unless he is vouching for his deceitfulness in tax returns etc. I still remember lies Romney told in the primaries.

    September 14, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Travis

    @ Marry
    "Just show your tax returns!"

    Showing his tax returns is not a requirement when running for President of the United States. Tax returns doesn't show a person's character.

    September 14, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. saul Alvarez

    Ryan and Rommey are what rick said– the worts candidate the republican can put. although it may not matter because all of them have the same prescription for the country- tax cut for the very wealthy and make wars so their friend make more money. They do not want government in their business but they think the goverment shoud make decision with regard women body. They are so concerned about the unborn but do not care about the children already born- it is also a human life. there is nothing for the middle class and poor in the republican party

    September 14, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. MrBeenThere

    What Character.....

    September 14, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. The Situation

    This guy is nothing more than a used cars salesmen. All he does is lie.

    September 14, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You know, sometimes I stop to wonder:
    Who funded this movie that has so upset the Arab world?
    Why and how did it make it's way to the Arab world right around this time of year?
    Who funded the artillery used in the attack on our embassies?
    Why were they attacked right before our elections?
    Who would stand to benefit from the destabilization of what up to hitherto was a country that was friendly and beholden to us?
    Who would stand to benefit in trying to make our nation,indeed, our President appear off-balance, threatened, and weak?

    You gotta wonder about these things.....

    September 14, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. W.G.

    i´m sure Adolf Hitler was loved by his staff .

    September 14, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Amnesia 101

    @ zp - I work in a very popular small-business restaurant. We have broken records this summer EVERY day. Big time. We still have tourists all over the place. I see new cars all over the (government built) roads. I have a lot more money in the bank....

    September 14, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Angiolieri

    Compulsive liar.

    September 14, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. cali girl

    Travis, for the vetting process the VP candidates release their tax returns. This time around for Robmeys picks they released 10 years. If there is no issue with Robmey in his character, then why does he continue to run from this issue?
    There have been a couple of news reports that have found some very questionable issues with Robmeys 2010 returns. Things he left out about his Cayman accounts.
    Even Chris Christy passed on being VP, saying he had issue with the offshore accounts.

    September 14, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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