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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wow ryan they ask you too take off rnc hot pink gloves wow yeah I guess its hard too
write down your real plans too the middle class familes about tax breaks huh lug head
They don't call him Lyin Ryan for nothing. Just about everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie – it's unbelievable!. A liar cannot be trusted – ever.
I don't think we all want our country run by romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan the crook bribe taking hot dog car driver ,your both done and Ryan might lose his seat in the house too ,seven terms living off the tax payers is enough .
LOL. I hope none of the people attending his event are the deadbeats Willard disowned.
I see old people on the picture most of them seem from the 47% pool, they defiantly haven’t received the news how Romney thinks about them. Too bad these are the people he doesn’t care about.
Mr. Ryan, you have been in the House since 1999 and you voted for unnecesaary wars and tax cuts. Now you are the self designated genius of budget balancing. Do you think that Americans do not understand that you are a hypocrite of the worst sort. You will be lucky to hold onto your seat.
Go ahead, take the gloves off. Take your shirt sleeves and roll them up, as if you plan on doing hard labor. Regardless, you're going to get your asses handed to you in November. Go ahead. Make the biggest mistakes you can. You are doing so out of desperation, nothing else.
Ryan is a compulsive liar.
spread the wealth and stay in bed while you do it!
Whats the difference if Ryan takes his gloves off to lie verses lying with his gloves on ? If all you have is lies,all you have is lies. Next to the 16 trillion dollar debt sign Ryan should have pointed out every single vote he cast yes that led to the economic downfall,it would fill every conservatives heart with joy to know just how phony this so called deficit hawk really is.
YES! Get agressive ! Following McCain's and Dole's Mr Nice Guy Passive speak no evil approach to campaigning is not effective.
"focused instead on their opponent President Barack Obama." Yes, yes, we all know you Republicans believe he's done an awful job cleaning up the Republican economy while you actively filibuster and vote down any measures to fix it. Now, what are your plans to do better? Please include precise details with numbers that actually balance out. Until you provide that instead of whimsical "we'll make things better...somehow", you won't get my vote.
Pau; Ryman....How many jobs have you created?
The reality is Ryan has already been as nasty as he could be. The gloves are already off, they are doing all they can and still losing. That is because their ideas are bankrupt, old and outdated. If you have to lie and misrepresent what your opponents record – you deserve to lose.
Pathetic. Same plan they used in '08 with McCain and Palin. Sarah shot her mouth off while McCain kept himself safe. "Take the gloves off"? Ryan is a political lightweight and has already compromised his integrity by being exposed as a liar from his comments at the RNC.
So, come out a swingin' Paul, but be careful not to knock yourself out of the ring ... Your teammate Mitt has already put himself on the ropes ...
I want to hear what Romney/Ryan WILL do, not what Obama/Biden will not do or haven't done with a do-nothing Congress. Romney/Ryan don't say what they will do because they don't know!!
It doesn't matter if Romney "takes the gloves off" or coats it with sugar. People aren't buying what he's selling.
Ironic that Ryan gave a speech in a building that received stimulus money. Money that New Hampshire says will save the citizens millions over the next decade. Far more than they received.
Another sign the stimulus worked.
It has already gone way past taking the gloves off.. Romney took his clothes off for everyone to see the real Romney.
He and Ryan are exposed for who they really are now to everyone. It was not a huge surprise to hear what Romney said at his private party to most as his true feelings about people were already understood.
It makes one wonder why he really wants to be the President when he has so much contempt for most Americans.
I think that he just wants to be CEO of America and support his 1% to the fullest.
He is going to find out that America is not for Sale at any price.
Paul Ryan and the 112th Congressional Republicans have introduced: 46 Bills on Abortion,113 Bills on Religion, 73 bills on family relationships, 36 bills on marriage,72 bills on firearms, 604 bills on taxation, and 467 bills on government investigations, but BLOCKED the American Jobs Act. Not a bad deal for those who only work 9 days a month for full pay and benefits! Lucky for us, they've made repealing Obamacare a priority for the 31st time recently! Repuglicans are the liars! They cry for 4 years where are the jobs Mr President! But, voted against or fillibusterd or cried against every jobs bill President Obama presented them! These repuglicans extemist obstructionist, who are king of the fillibuster and "DOING NOTHING," for 4 years, but trying to make sure President Obama is a one term President! This despite of our countries woes economically, joblessness, housing, long and short term fiscal deficits! If this is "patriotism and love of country give me socialism!" Repuglicans are like a terror extremist group who goes after the weak, defenseless, using religion as a incendiary prop for its platform justification and ideology! American people and the media is at fault for this malarchy!
Romney and Ryan have nothing to offer.
Tell us more about your admiration for Ayn Rand, we really want to hear more about this meshes with your Christian beliefs.
and mitt and i are proof a higher take home is possible , but hey the rest of you ....well....
look at all those white folks. I am white.........
lets get those people off food stamps......40% of people on food stamps are white.....lets cut education funding, healthcare, womens choices for healthcare, cut taxes for the upper 2% (they are job creators....14 years of tax cuts ) rich got richer, cut medicare, medicade (did you know alarge portion of seniors are on medicade. Start another war with Iran.....With these policies, we will have an uneducated, sick and tired country. Except the upper 2 percent.....wake up America