Paul Ryan says Romney comments ‘obviously inarticulate'
September 19th, 2012
07:52 AM ET
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Paul Ryan says Romney comments ‘obviously inarticulate'

Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) – Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan said Mitt Romney’s leaked comments were “obviously inarticulate” in an interview Tuesday, but stood by the point that people have become too dependent on government under President Barack Obama.

“He was obviously inarticulate in making this point, and the point we’re trying to make here is under the Obama economy, government dependency is up and economic stagnation is up, and what we’re trying to achieve is getting people off of government dependency and back to a job that pays well and gets them onto a path of prosperity,” Ryan said in the interview with KRNV in Reno, Nevada.

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He echoed that sentiment at two public events Tuesday, though Ryan did not comment directly on Romney’s remarks - recorded at a private fundraiser in May - that were leaked on Monday.

Romney acknowledged his comments were “not elegantly stated,” though he has also stood by the general thrust of his remarks.

Reporter Joe Hart asked Ryan if his running mate regrets what he said.

“Oh I think he would have said it differently, that’s for sure, but the point still stands,” Ryan said. “We have too many people becoming too dependent upon government because of the poor economic policies of the Obama administration.”


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  1. Lilli

    Ryan is full of you know what!!! He is Romny's right hand man and I'm not surprised that he stands by him!! I am part of that 47% he spoke off and yep, I'M VERY ANGRY!! This man is running for the PRESIDENT OF OUR COUNTRY and has insulted more than 47% of the nation! I Yes, am the beneficiary of a government check and as someone who served 25 years in the military. I've EARNED IT!! And I'm not one of ROMNEY/RYANS smoochers/leaches/victims or whatever they chose to refer to hardworking americans and especially our SENIORS and CHILDREN! Why do these folk complain about tax dollars going to poor folk and never complain about CORPORATE WELFARE!! Its our largest form of welfare in the country.....ROMNEY/RYAN's insensitivty to the poor/poverty and middle class is disgraceful!
    BTW I am an OBAMA/BIDEN supporter but not a victim!! More importantly, why isn't Romney's sons serving our country???? Nope...not one of them! And neither did Romney or Ryan....these ftwo talk patriotism but have not walked the walk! To my knowledge, Ryan is receiving a government check too!

    September 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. afHo

    In times of difficulty, the people are supposed to be able to count on the support of their government. That's why democary is termed a gorvernment of the people, by the people AND for the people, not some people, but all people.

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

    scmom-
    You are ill-informed, and very likely in for a big surprise if Mr. Romney wins.

    September 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. truth

    Clearly the Republicans made a calculation that Obama would get re-elected, because Romney is not the best candidate they could have put out there. No doubt that in 2016 there will be better Republican candidates. I'm an independent.

    The thing about Ryan's comments that irk me are how he tries to act as if before Obama no one was dependent upon government. Like it all started with Obama. Yes, perhaps the numbers are up during Obama's time, but it's not like Obama inherited a booming economy, low unemployment and a strong housing market, he inherited a mess. The number of government dependents will go up in tough times and that's exactly the situation Obama inherited.

    This is why I hate politics and loathe both parties. They lie in order to promote their agenda. Both sides do it. However, I don't see Obama in that light. And settle down Republicans... I'm an independent that voted for Bush, because he was better than the Democratic candidates at the time. Obama blows away the Republican candidates this time around.

    September 19, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Doreen

    I would also like to add that even IF these words were just "inarticulate"... don't you want a president that can articulate himself correctly especially since he will have to engage in unscripted discussions with all kinds of leaders around the world? That's nearly as bis a flaw as what he said in my opinion!

    September 19, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Hillcrester

    Inarticulate
    Misspoke
    Misquoted
    Misunderestimated

    Where have we seen this before?

    September 19, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. truth hurts

    Sniffit - They absolutely need to take over the WH in 2013 so they can try to take credit for the economy getting markedly better over the next 4 years
    =================================================================================================
    Talk about living in an alternate universe!! Obama Taxmagoddon and the onslaught of Obamacare and all its taxes has everybody pretty much in agreement the economy is heading down. Did you see the latest jobs numbers??? Did the see the declining GDP??? Oi vay, put the kool aide down please.

    September 19, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Joan in MS

    Everyone is so tired of these hateful, arrogant GOP white house wannabes. Romney and Ryan are so depressing, so disdainful, and do nothing but lie, lie, and more lies. They do NOT want our great country to succeed. Enough is enough!

    September 19, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Matt

    Everyone commenting sits on their high horse acting like they say things perfectly right the first time, every time. That's not true and it would be wise if you would see that fault in yourselves.

    Let's take a look at some Obama quotes..

    "You didn't build that." Any entrepreneurs out there who find this offensive?
    "The private sector is doing fine." How does everyone not take offense to this sound bite?

    Now Biden..

    “Look at what (Republicans) value, and look at their budget. And look what they’re proposing. (Romney) said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

    “I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you.” Regarding foreign policy. Seriously.

    Vote for Obama. Vote for Romney. I don't care. Just quit taking such offense to a mistatement. The underlying point he was trying to make is a true one.

    September 19, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Tabeth

    why is he running to be president, only for the rich? Come on...instead of apologizing, he is trying to cover a lie with another lie
    My God!

    September 19, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Joan in MS

    Romney is one of the ones in the 47%. He paid ZERO federal income tax in 2008 and 2009. He will not show you his returns because he didn't pay any taxes. I guess that makes him a moocher and loser as well.

    September 19, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. rs

    Actually aside from the dependency lies- what about those other gems on the Romney tape? I loved the "Palestinian and Israeli peace deal is too tough, so we'll kick it down the field and hope for the best" line- talk about throwing Israel under the bus! The directions for how terrorists could bomb Chicago was also outrageously funny (and showed that Mr. Romney doesn't know the difference between a "dirty" radiologic bomb, and a nuclear one. That Mr. Romney, he's a laugh riot!

    September 19, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Pro-Romney super PAC launches ad offensive in Wisconsin and Michigan"

    Pro-Romney super PAC launches offensive ad in Wisconsin and Michigan

    FIFY.

    September 19, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Realist

    I guess inarticulate is a common term for showing your true colors.

    September 19, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Wilson

    @Yolie Scott

    This is to Wilson, do you really believe that people are just lazy and don't want to work – well you are wrong. There are people out there that have outstanding work skills including people with a Master, Bachelor, AA degrees and they can't find work. Consider yourself lucky and hope it never happens to you. So get real!!!!!
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    typical lib, lacking in reading and comprehension skills, or just plain choosing to take something out of context.

    September 19, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. NameF W Mitchell

    And you thought Cain was crazy. You thought Gingrich was crazy. You thought Santorum was crazy We know now that Mitt Romney is way past crazy.

    September 19, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. twophad

    Somehow I think a person who aspires to represent this country in negotiations with foreign heads of state–who can indeed expect to have to explain his domestic policies to our nation–had damned well better be "articulate." This man has SPEECHWRITERS, for heaven's sake!

    September 19, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Mike from KC

    If Ryan is going stand up there and say that too many people have become dependent on government during the Obama administration, then he and the House Republicans need to accept their share of the blame for blocking legislation that would put those people back to work.

    They have done nothing in the 2 years since they took control of the House to increase jobs, which they pledged to do.
    Instead, they block every potential bill and sabatoge the economy to 'keep Obama to a one-term presidency'!

    September 19, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. truth hurts

    rs
    truth hurts-
    How about we end unfunded gross tax cuts to the rich? How about ending "incentives" (like the $40 billion) each year to big, foreign oil, and farm subsidies?.
    ==============================================================================================
    I'd have to see which each one of these was before agreeing to cutting them. If they are incentives to push for more oil or energy development and exploration, I don't think I would. All of that is jobs and lower energy costs in the long run and hopefully less dependence on foreign oil.

    Subsidies to increase food production in a world with a large and growing population also might be in all of our best interests. Sure bets food riots doncha think?

    People need to stop screaming for blind cuts to everything without thinking through the consequences.

    One thing that we should consider is REQUIRING all kids to stay in high school and get their diploma. If they don't want to do that then a trade school might suit them. Why do we let these kids drop out and wreck their future? It might also help lower the cost of our court and jail system not to mention the welfare system.

    September 19, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Sean

    I can admit there are people taking advantage of the social programs paid for by all tax payers. Do I know what the actual percentage is, no! I can agree with smaller more efficent government, I can agree with amending the tax code, fixing immigration etc etc. But the question is, which methodology do you want applied. One that's humane and counts the human repercussions, or one that uses a blunt instrument on the majority? When the pit is deep it takes longer to crawl out. I don't think the current administration is making decisions in a vacuum. Onward, no going back.

    September 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. gaunt

    There is a difference between a misstatement or slip of the tongue (saying 57 states when you meant 47), and being caught actually speaking your opinion. Romney has STOOD BY his statement, so its wasnt a misspeak.

    He genuinely believes that 47% of the country who dont pay taxes are all poor and lazy (as opposed to the elderly and retired, students, the physically and mentally handicapped, wounded war veterans and the working poor, not to mention tens of thousands of millionaires who pay no income tax). he also believes all these supposedly poor, lazy people vote democrats (despite the facts that 7 of the 10 poorest, most government handout0taking states in the Union are solidly red states).

    And on top of BOTH these fallacies, he claimed its 'not his responsibility to take care of these people'.

    This isnt a slip of the tongue, this is a repulsive man revealing how repulsive he is.

    September 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. w l jones

    The RE-publican do not live in a hole they know which candidate is best to safe guard theirs monies and that the one in office. Said what right.

    September 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. gaunt

    There is a difference between a misstatement or slip of the tongue (saying 57 states when you meant 47), and being caught actually speaking your opinion. Romney has STOOD BY his statement, so its wasnt a misspeak.

    He genuinely believes that 47% of the country who dont pay taxes are all poor and lazy (as opposed to the elderly and retired, students, the physically and mentally handicapped, wounded war veterans and the working poor, not to mention tens of thousands of millionaires who pay no income tax). he also believes all these supposedly poor, lazy people vote democrats (despite the facts that 7 of the 10 poorest, most government handout0taking states in the Union are solidly red states).

    And on top of BOTH these fallacies, he claimed its 'not his responsibility to take care of these people'.

    This isnt a slip of the tongue, this is an awful man revealing how awful he is.

    September 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Brad

    Truth hurts. Wish people would take an honest look at what the US has become instead of pointing fingers at candidates. We need to pull together

    September 19, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Steve in CT

    The Real Reason Romney will not show his 2009 tax Return. In 2009, a Swiss banker turned states evidence to avoid prosecution for hiding American Deposits in numbered bank accounts. He turned over the names of 25,000 Americans who were hiding money to prevent taxes being paid. The government granted amnesty to these people if they paid their back taxes. Romney's 2009 return would have should a very large sum of money paid in taxes, as his name was on the list.

    September 19, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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