Ryan urged in NH to 'take the gloves off'
September 18th, 2012
06:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan urged in NH to 'take the gloves off'

Dover, New Hampshire (CNN) - On Tuesday Rep. Paul Ryan was encouraged to "take the gloves off" at a New Hampshire town hall that included questions about dependency on government but there was no mention of running mate Mitt Romney's comments about the "47 percent."

The Republican vice presidential nominee focused instead on their opponent President Barack Obama.

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"You see, by going after the root causes of poverty and trying to break the cycle of poverty, you need economic growth, you need job creation, you need higher take-home pay," Ryan said.

With the nation's $16 trillion-plus debt being calculated on a large sign next to him, Paul, a seven-term congressman who serves as House Budget Committee chairman, slammed the Democratic administration for creating what he described a "government-centered society with a government-driven economy."

"This is what Mitt and I are talking about when we are worried about more and more people becoming net dependent on the government than upon themselves. Because by promoting more dependency, by not having jobs and economic growth, people miss their potential," Paul said in Dover.

"We should not be measuring the progress of our social programs – programs like food stamps – based upon how many people receive them. We should be measuring the progress of our social programs by how many people we transition off of them into lives of self-sufficiency and jobs and upward mobility."

A former state party chairman drew thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the more than 400 people in the audience when he urged Mitt Romney's running mate to be more aggressive in the remaining 49 days in the presidential election.

"I think it is time to take the gloves off," said Jack Kimball, a businessman and former New Hampshire GOP chairman. "The country is thirsting for this, believe me. All of the people in here are thirsting for this."

He continued, "In the `Live Free or Die' state and all the prior military men and active duty folks are thirsting for this. You got six or seven weeks. We know you can do it. We have to have the two of you in office. There is no ifs, ands or buts about it."

Ryan's response was brief before he moved onto the next question. "Thank you. We can do this," he said.

Former state party chairman Kimball, who enjoys tea party support but was pressured to resign his post last year by top New Hampshire Republican officials, said he met with the candidate and a few others prior to the Dover town hall.

"The only reason why he moved on quickly was because I had already had the conversation a little earlier with him one on one. It was just reaffirmation," Kimball said in an interview with CNN. "He made sure to let me know that they plan to go on the offensive from now and all the way to Nov. 6 so that was good news."

"I think Barack Obama has provided a lot of ammunition for our candidates to use and I think that they need to come out and stay on the offensive from now until November 6," he said. "I think they can be more aggressive, there's no question, and clearly I feel that's exactly what they're going to do from this point forward."

At his second event of the day, in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, Ryan held a rally before approximately 2,000 people at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. He described what he believes is at stake in November.

"It's more than simply creating jobs and growing the economy. This election is not just an economic election. This is an identity election. It's about the American identity," Ryan said Tuesday evening. "It really kind of comes down to what kind of people do we want to be? What kind of country do we want to have? This is that big of an election."

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Name s kel

    Mitts slave boy said what?

    September 18, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    It's like a sea of diversity in the picture....

    September 18, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Phi Thomas

    Take the Gloves off ? you have got to be kidding me, these guys took the gloves off a long time ago. All the lies, 24/7 Hecklers anytime the president says something they have a comment. Give me a break, look if the right really wanted the presidency they would of picked a candidate worth voting for.

    September 18, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Canuck

    "there was no mention of running mate Mitt Romney's comments about the "47 percent."".

    These people must be content having the evil Republicans leading them around by the nose. Fools.

    September 18, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    ""I think it is time to take the gloves off," said Jack Kimball, a businessman and former New Hampshire GOP chairman. "The country is thirsting for this, believe me. All of the people in here are thirsting for this.""

    Hate's a thirsty business. "All those darkies is stealing my taxes and I'm mad as hell!!!!!" Good to know my neighbors to the north are all voting based on "reality." Soooo, when do we get treated to some throw-back commercials of Reagan's racist "southern strategy" based "welfare queen" theme? Maybe to the Soul Train theme music? Ooooh, I know, maybe Mittens can make us a nice video shownig the kind of thing that's going on int he average Teatrolls' mind....a big dark conga line from the welfare office to Best Buy? Go scerw yourselves, Teatrolls.

    September 18, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    Want "higher take home pay"? Join a union. But you will never hear Paul Ryan say that, at least not outside his district.

    September 18, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. the situation

    Does this goof walking around with that clock that he and his GOP buddies added to. This clown fails to remember when Clinton left the White House he left with a 5.5 Trillion Dollars Surplus. Bush Left the White House with a over 10 Trillion dollar deficit. Do the math! To get to Ole Dubya 10 Trillion Dollar Deficit that would mean the Repubs would of burnt thru Clinton surplus then add the additional $10 Trillion. There for they added back over $15.5 Trillion in spending back to the deficit.

    This is who you want back in charge? Get Lost Lying Ryan

    September 18, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. michael yeboah

    Desperate approach. throw out every kitchen sink and hope it sticks.

    September 18, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. JustAO

    Blah Blah Blah...things are bad...things are bad...blah blah blah...america is crumbling...america is crumbling...blah blah blah...we need to grow our economy...we need to grow our economy...blah blah blah...lets go back to 2003 gop policies...lets go back to 2003 gop policies

    September 18, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    Pathetic idiot–no chance.

    September 18, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Peanut Gallery

    If Ryan doesn't comment on Romney's secret video, that is a vey bad sign. What is going on here? Is this campaighn falling apart? Say it isn't so.

    September 18, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. kayla

    are these people working?

    September 18, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Dan B

    I know Jack. He is friends with my parents

    September 18, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Herb

    "Ryan urged to further propel Romney campaign into outer space."l

    September 18, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Lyan Ryan lips be moving about those socialist programs he is going to fix it, eliminate it, profit off it,

    Listening to your side kick, Mitt is now on the radio. He is lying like you, you elegantly taught him.

    Regardless, been working 35 years paying taxes, not on food stamps, no student loans, no vote for you two liars.

    September 18, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. 2020

    Yes, I am. I take off the glove and punch Ryan in his face.

    He did everything to mess up my social security, dig a deep hole in my medicare, Ryan, shame on you, shame on that you have on our payroll for so long. Sick man.

    September 18, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. OnceGreatNation

    Bravo Vice President Ryan...........Americans are with you!!!

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

    September 18, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Wondering Wanda

    There had to be people in that gathering who have or are currently relying on some sort of assistance. I know that felt like the clowns–smiling on the outside while crying on the inside from the shame they were feeling after those remarks.

    I know many people who acts like thye have so much but thier children are on MC+, use WIC and other programs. A starting teacher's salary in our state is so low, that a person can qualify for Food stamps, WIC, MC+, and housing–plus the student loans to repay

    September 18, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Munster talks about needing job creation, but his policy for doing this is more tax cuts for the rich which does NOT create jobs here in the U.S.

    All I can conclude is that Munster wants the rich to get richer and more Americans to be laid off as their jobs get shipped overseas. Because that's what his policies do.

    September 18, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Dean Wormer

    The gloves are on in the first place to keep Romney/ Ryan from hurting themselves when they keep swinging and connecting with their own faces.

    September 18, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. myviewis

    Definitely don't want to be like Europe...... ""It really kind of comes down to what kind of people do we want to be? What kind of country do we want to have? This is that big of an election."

    Unfortunately many voters hunger for this way of life........ "Democratic administration for creating what he described a "government-centered society with a government-driven economy."

    September 18, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Debbie

    I wonder if this crowd knows Ryan is touting Ayn Rand?

    September 18, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. Harry Kuheim

    Both of these guys should be saying these things at every Campaign stop...dig up Obama's skeletons...he's got them big time.

    September 18, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Lyin Ryan the dunce ,proves his stupidity every day and why did you return that 60,000 dallar campaign donation or bribe for a casino licence in your home state ,maybe because of a federal investagation with your name included ????????please explain before you go to jail .

    September 18, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    If you don't like the government ,why have you been freeloading off it in the house of representatives with your paycheck writen by the tax payers ,time for this gop bum to go ,nothing but a romney stooge !!!

    September 18, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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