Ryan gives House GOP a 'pep talk'
September 20th, 2012
12:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan gives House GOP a 'pep talk'

(CNN) - GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan gave House Republicans a pep talk on Thursday morning, telling members these final weeks leading to Election Day would see "an up and down race."

"Three polls came out that have us within one point," Ryan said of the ticket he shares with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a GOP aide who attended the meeting. "They are going to [try to] distract us."

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The Wisconsin congressman and House Budget Committee chairman spoke at the final House Republican conference meeting prior to the November election, but took no questions from his colleagues. His remarks in the closed door meeting were described by the GOP aide, as well as several Republican members who attended the meeting.

Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho described the remarks as a "pep talk," and told members "not to get distracted by the day to day polls." Ryan prodded members to get out and talk to voters, Labrador recounted, saying he was feeling energized by his trips to battleground states.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said Ryan encouraged members to "stay positive" and told members "this is a choice election."

The GOP aide said Ryan contrasted the Republican presidential ticket's message with his description of President Barack Obama's campaign tactics.

"They will try to make this about little things. We have taken all the tough votes and led," Ryan said. "Here's our commitment: we are going to make this about the big things. We need to go on offense and we need to give our constituents the choice of two futures."

House Republicans have repeatedly criticized the Democratic-led Senate and the Obama administration for, in the GOP's view, inaction on the federal budget, upcoming sequester, and measures to boost the economy.

He did not comment directly on the clips of Mitt Romney speaking at a fundraiser last spring which was posted online by a left-leaning magazine earlier this week.

Members described Ryan's message as positive, and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana told CNN afterwards that he never been to a House GOP meeting where members were more excited.


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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Maxx

    Paul, don't look now but your Rep seat might be in danger.

    September 20, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Bill

    Too bad for you Ryan is that iis all down. Wisconsin stays blue and you may well for the firist time in your like have to get a real job.

    September 20, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Lyin Ryan better worry about his Wisconsin democrat opponent challenging him for his seat. By the way Rep. Labrador, you and the rest of your witch hunting colleagues owe the Attorney General an apology.

    September 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. ExRepublican

    Ryan/Romney I want to know why your friends in stop the veteran job bills.
    The republican hate middle class, poor, veterans it no reason they should had stop the veteran job bills.

    September 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    This guy is a total nonsense–I do not know as to who elected to this two year job. Pathetic idiot. Shame for America.

    September 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. ghostriter

    Yes, let's not worry about the guy who wants to revamp the tax code, won't release his tax records and calls the folks not paying INCOME tax worthless and blaming it all on the guy who had nothing to do with it as opposed to Ryan himself who voted on all these tax breaks.

    September 20, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Romney cares less about Americans. He is just focused on himself and his riches! Wake up people!

    September 20, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Rob Zerban will be the next Congressman from Wisconsin and will put Lyin Ryan in the unemployment line. I'm sure Lyin Ryan can find a lobbyist gig like little Timmy.

    September 20, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Frank G in Deerfield IL

    If
    " Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana told CNN afterwards that he never been to a House GOP meeting where members were more excited."
    kind of pathetic (either Pence or the House GOP).

    September 20, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Yokel

    "We have taken all the tough votes and led," Does he really believe the GOP narrative? That is terrifying.

    September 20, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    So lying and distorting any and all truths are "little things" now? You realize that you two slime balls are behind in both of your home states and a lot of rethugs running for office don't want anything to do with your twit and they are running from him like the plague he is?

    September 20, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Don

    Do nothing – Do nothing Yea Team!!!!!

    September 20, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican supporters are really excited and giddy about the joy of receiving a medicare voucher, more wars, more debt, obstruction of government, and tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Senile McCain voted against the veterans' jobs bill yesterday, but had no problem sending our troops into harm's way.

    September 20, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    I see Pawlenty has finally accepted that Romney won't be elected, and that he (Pawlenty) won't be getting that coveted Romney Cabinet position he spent so much effort "spinning" Romney's lies for.

    Ah, well. Bidding Mr. Pawlenty a very heart felt Minnesota "good-bye".

    September 20, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ayn Ryan must have dressed up with pom pons, because he acts like a middle school cheerleader.

    September 20, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    "They will try to make this about little things. We have taken all the tough votes and led," Ryan said.
    ------------------------–
    They had over thirty votes to repeal the ACA. Paul Ryan was asked by CBS when will his "Plan" achieve a balanced annual budget. He replied, "I haven't run the numbers, yet." This is the GOP's best? No wonder they crash economies. They don't do the math.

    September 20, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Other than tax evasion and lies, what does the Romney/Ryan ticket offer? Oh yeah, class warfare.

    September 20, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. kevin

    within 1 point? which poll was this? Even Faux has him down by 5.

    September 20, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. truth hurts

    Good job Ryan! Get everybody revved up for that final push to victory. Our country's future is at stake. Four more years of Obama and the Democrats and we will ALL be on food stamps and in the unemployment line.

    September 20, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. teej

    You all are your own distraction. "I'll never be able to get them to take responsibility and care for themselves" Wow! Talk about being out of touch with reality. People aren't waiting for Mitt Romney to teach us how to be in the world. Such Nonsense!

    September 20, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Can't wait for Paul's farewell speech in November!

    September 20, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. levi

    House Republicans have repeatedly criticized the Democratic-led Senate and the Obama administration for, in the GOP's view, inaction on the federal budget, upcoming sequester, and measures to boost the economy.
    Look at yourselves you idiots. YOU are the reason there are NO measures to boost the economy,.

    September 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. chilly g

    they were pretending to be excited to keep from crying because they know the president will win.

    September 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. TheVoice2

    Insanity Hannity and Faux News said last night that the top 10% pay 70% of the income tax. However other statistics show they pay about 50% of total income tax but they also have 90% of the nation's wealth.

    Top 10% = 50% of income tax, own 90% of American's wealth. Who's really winning here?!

    September 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    "rah rah".....you're still gonna lose big time Eddie Munster. Face reality

    September 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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