Ryan for Congress ad: Safety goggles for safety campaign
September 19th, 2012
11:25 AM ET
2 years ago

Ryan for Congress ad: Safety goggles for safety campaign

(CNN) – One of the first ads for Rep. Paul Ryan's congressional campaign debuted online Wednesday, though the spot's staged conversation with factory workers stands in sharp contrast to the slickly produced ads produced for the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP presidential ticket.

The ad, which CNN reported last week would air in Milwaukee and Madison, features Ryan speaking to a group of factory workers. One asks, "What can be done to create good jobs?"

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"First, we need to end the growing government control over the economy, and when we put higher tax rates on American job creators than our foreign competitors do, we push jobs overseas," Ryan, wearing plastic safety goggles, tell her. "We need to fix that and make our tax code fair, simple, and more competitive. We should balance the budget and eliminate ridiculous regulations that cost you money. With the right solutions, we can get this economy growing."

Still in his goggles, Ryan gives his legally mandated disclosure: "I'm Paul Ryan and I approve this message."

Ryan has represented Wisconsin's first congressional district, which is located in the southeast part of the state, for seven terms. He won 68% of the vote in his 2010 re-election.

Wisconsin law allows Ryan to run for vice president and his House seat at the same time, but if he wins both contests he can only serve one office.

Then-Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware was in a similar situation in 2008. He was on the Democratic ticket as then Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, and he also ran for re-election to a seventh term in the Senate. Biden won both races, and resigned his Senate seat to serve as vice president.

Biden did run one commercial as he cruised to re-election. It was a minute long spot that went up in late October 2008, just before the election.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Shawna Shepherd and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: House • Paul Ryan • Wisconsin
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    keeping a "safety net" there Eddie Munster? You're smart because you and the "inarticulate one" are gonna lose worse than Old Man McCain and Simple Sarah.

    September 19, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    VOTE the TEA PARTY OUT! LAZY house of NO!

    September 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "What can be done to create good jobs." According to Mitt Romney, he's "created over 100,000 good middle class jobs while AT Bain": for example, Staples. That is what Mitt Romney thinks of the middle class. And then he turns around and complains about the people working those types of jobs offered at Staples don't pay much in federal income taxes.

    September 19, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    These guys are "pathetic patents of USA". Never win this election. Democrats will sweep with thumping majority. Obama12.

    September 19, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    The reality is........the Democrats have seized dictatorial control of this country, by seizing control of the media.

    America is no longer a free country.

    September 19, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Paul, you may be in the unemployment line come 11/7/12.

    September 19, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Throw the googles away, we do not need any government OHSA safety regulations.

    September 19, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Desmond, a Canadian

    Translation: Everything will be perfect if only you get rid of Obama. RYAN IS TRAGIC.

    September 19, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    Trickle-down economics is a failed plan. The Romney / Ryan plan is exactly like the Bush plan, but far worse.

    September 19, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mullah Mittens' Fox foreign owned media republican party really is in damage control with their talking points today. Hard to believe that a right wingnut would think that the president is a dictator, when their own party mirrors the Taliban.

    September 19, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "though the spot's staged conversation with factory workers stands in sharp contrast to the slickly produced ads produced for the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP presidential ticket."

    Staged, huh? Talking to the little people, was he?

    September 19, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. gt

    gop mistake...should of been rubio and ryan....

    September 19, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. SafeJourney

    Rick, you are your buddy are losing so you blame the media. So because lyin Ryan is running for congress again means he does not think he will be VP of the U.S. you betcha

    September 19, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Jesus

    I agree – Rubio/Ryan would have had a better shot maybe.

    Republicans – stand up and take your party back! Its a lost case for this election but you still have time to save the party as we do need at least 2 strong parties for all this to work.

    September 19, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Jan

    THIS GUY NEEDS TO BE OUSTED!!! That there is a great chance he and Romney will not win the presidency and vice presidency, he's trying to ensure a place in Washington by HOLDING ON TO HIS OLD SEAT...a seat that he's proven he never deserved in the first place. He's been nothing but a WASHINGTON OBSTRUCTIONIST...and President Obama needs an OBSTRUCTIONIST FREE Washington...a WASHINGTON THAT IS FREE AND CLEAR OF THE PAUL RYANS OF THE WORLD.

    September 19, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lyin Ryan is the reason that women's rights are under attack, seniors are under attack, the uninsured are under attack, the environment is under attack, that our national debt was at $12 trillion after Bush's failed policies, that veterans are under attack.

    September 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Thomas

    @gt
    gop mistake...should of been rubio and ryan....

    --–

    More like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, girls just wana have fun tour !

    September 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. myviewis

    And why did Biden run for re-election of his Senate seat when he was running for Vice President, did he do it in case Senator Obama didn't win the presidency??????

    Isn't this the same criticizim Democrats have made of Ryan running for both his House Seat and Vice Presidency?????

    "Then-Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware was in a similar situation in 2008. He was on the Democratic ticket as then Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, and he also ran for re-election to a seventh term in the Senate. Biden won both races, and resigned his Senate seat to serve as vice president.

    September 19, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. robert jay1

    Romney says he created Ks of jobs at Bain – right – overseas jobs / not American jobs- Moron Ryan says lower taxes on businesses and rich create jobs -Again -right overseas jobs (think Haliburton / EXXon etc) and of course we have all seen the jobs created here with the Bush tax cuts haven't we – the GOA showed yesterday that more jobs have been created under our President than under Bush – wonder why thats not up for discussion!

    September 19, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Pete

    Ryan,at a factory talking job creation,how hypocritical from the leader of the party of NO!!Pres.Obama cutting taxes on small business,giving small business breaks that republicans balked at,how insincere,how obstructive but that's republicans ,you can't take that away from them,they're unique aren't they!!Their candidate lies constantly than proclaims the president is a liar,this from a pathelogical liar at that ,the Mormon bishop,the Bain creator,the supposid great governor of Massachusetts,the savior of the Olympics,can't get any better than that,he'll part the Atlantic ocean this week to walk to Europe,its easier than flying and cheaper too!!And now the 47% solution,give everyone jobs,a chicken in every pot,a car in every driveway,everyone a two story house,no taxes and it rains money that's the crap republicans been feeding their minions for years,it'll come to be someday,just not in ours right.!!!

    September 19, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. truth hurts

    Donkey Party - Trickle-down economics is a failed plan.
    ===========================================
    So the system that created the richest country on the planet with the biggest economy is the result of "a failed plan"??!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!

    Obama's government run economy is the failed plan. Just ask the old commies from the now extinct Soviet Union how well that worked out! Democrats have been pushing the USA more and more towards that failed model. Time to end that insanity.

    September 19, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    "....Democrats have seized dictatorial control over this country, by seizing control over the media".
    ****
    Faux News has seized dictatorial control over parts of this country, by brainwashing the non-thinkers.
    Limbaugh has seized dictatorial control over the Republicans by spewing hate and nonsense.
    Norquist has seized dictatorial control over the Republican House by threats and pledges.
    If you have no mind of your own, you are easily pursuaded.
    The legitimate "media" has nothing to do with it.

    September 19, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Indie in VA

    Trickle-down economics didn't create the richest country on the planet. Millions of hard-working people looking for better ways of doing things created the richest country on the planet. The wealthy then got rich off of that. And now the right wing is caterwauling that we're broke, so how does that square with your claim that we're the richest country on the planet, truth?

    September 19, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    @truth hurts: The greatest economy in the world was a result of FDR's Democratic policies. Ever since Reagan and trickle-down, middle class wages have stagnated and the income gap is at the widest since the 1920s. Under Bush's policies (which are Mittens 'n' Munster's policies) job loss skyrocketed and our nation plunged into debt.

    Only a FOOL will vote for Mittens and this return to FAILURE.

    Obama/Biden = The only sane choice.

    September 19, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Clue to how the Romney/Ryan campaign is going: an increase in the number of re-elect Ryan for Congress ads.

    September 19, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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