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. ART

    Democrates need to start thanking the Romney team for Obamas reelection as President. Romney after all is the gift that keeps on giving

    September 20, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Mike

    The only way you can win this election is to be sure that democrats cannot vote. Oh wait, that's exactly what you are trying to do. You see paul, the majority of the people know that your ideas do not resonate with the average American. But if you can surpress enough votes, then maybe.

    September 20, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Dan5404

    Ryan is like a preacher giving a sermon to his own choir. He won't get any controversy or counterpoints to his radical arguments here in the House. It's a different story nationwide. The R&R propaganda is being exposed, along with confirmation of Romney's true-out-of-touch concepts about anyone except rich people.

    September 20, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. John Mann

    "Ryan said. "Here's our commitment: we are going to make this about the big things."

    Going to? At this point, 40 some days before the election, you are "going to" do something? Shouldn't you have already done something to convince the voters? Well, maybe inadvertently you have convinced the voters,,,convinced them to not vote for you. Whoopsies.

    September 20, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. BLKMANinAmerica

    Yea do it booie-Ryan, talk to ALL voters, and he's right "this is a choice election." The good news repuks have and continue to tell total LIES..............................so voters have a choice to follow the LIERS (aka..GOPers/kkkers/teabaggers) or the choice of INCLUSION (aka: the DEMs). Go DEMs in 2012, 2014 & 2016.

    September 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. oz

    if the VP candidate of the congressional majority party has to give a pep talk about their re-election chances 7 weeks into the election night, they know they're doomed.

    September 20, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. AK_steve

    I when the Republicans say things like, "this a choice election". Really? A Republican wants us to have a "choice"?

    Obviously we know they think woman shouldn't have a choice. And their so-called voter fraud laws are trying to prevent the minorities, elderly and poor from choosing too.

    The real choice is between letting the people decide and letting the GOP take control and alienate even more Americans from choosing.

    September 20, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Dan

    What polls have them within 1 pt? Most polls are putting them at 6 pts behind as a national average and 5-7 pts behind in the "swing" states.

    September 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Pep Talk? Mraching orders was probably more like it. Conservatism does not provide for independent ideas or creative thought. Everything must be approved by the powers that be. Everyone is expected to comply and conform.

    September 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    ""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." "

    GOP Rosetta Stone time:

    "Little things": the middle-class and poor, income and wealth inequity and the growing income and wealth divide, creating more economic mibility, health care and education for everyone and protecting the promises and living up to the social contracts underlying Medicare and SS

    "Big things": protecting tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, massive corporate subsidies, destroying Medicare, SS to balance the budget, funnelling money to defense contractors and fossil fuel energy providers, destroying the Dept. of Education to promote conservative indoctrination in order to make up for the GOP's generational problem, and slowing the tide of brown-ness that is allowed to vote

    September 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Sujith, NE

    "They are going to [try to] distract us." from what? saying No?

    September 20, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. anagram_kid

    He ended with. “Now let’s get back to work obfuscating facts, deliberately sabotaging the US economy, and coming up with new ways to tell women when they are allowed to not be pregnant. “

    Obama 2012

    September 20, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Donald in CA

    Whinning ryan need to give romney a pep talk. Romney is the one who cant get it right. Like ryan said, romney needs to be more articulate.

    September 20, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Nick-o

    How hard is it to tell your guys to keep saying "no" to everything on the table?

    September 20, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Newyorker

    Ryan can give as many pep talks as he wants. It will change nothing. This Republican-led Congress is an abomination They have done nothing at all for the American people in the past two years, which is why their approval rating is still in single digits. Romney/Ryan are toast in November, as is this Congress.

    September 20, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Khaleeshi

    Lyin Ryan always looks like he's going to cry – he's so weepy looking.

    September 20, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. i_know_everything

    poor Ryan robbed of possible 2016 nomination

    September 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. ?

    i agree with ayn rand that there are businessmen that just want to take the government handouts.

    September 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Planner922

    Ryan is part of the reason the Country is so dissatisfied with the direction we are headed in. The biggest problem is, Boehner can't see it. He thinks the country agrees with Ryan and the Tea Party.
    IMO he's wrong, and the Election in November will prove it. I'm one of the "You People" Ann Romney insulted early on in the campaign. Nothing I've heard or seen since has changed my mind, and the latest tape from Romney's Fund Raising party just re-inforces my opinion. Sorry, we do not have a Royalty of the Wealthy in this country Romney.

    September 20, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Publius Novus

    Yeah, right. That's why the national co-chairman of the Romney-Ryan Campaign just took another job.

    September 20, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. GOP = madness

    Ryan sure has been absent from Mittle Earth, he is so confident that he will be VP he is spending all his time stumping for his House seat. Ahhh, poetic justice would be Ryan losing the VP and his House seat.

    September 20, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Break the corruption

    I'm voting outside the two parties. Trying to break up the corruption.

    September 20, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. true blue

    "Playoff", Playoff ?what Playoff. This team is a waste of our time and money get rid of the bums RIGHT NOW.

    September 20, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. manhandler

    Excited.....Yeah.....Right. Excited about what your going to do after Obama is elected.

    September 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. WhereIsPalin

    Is it a good sign when you have to pump up your own party members?

    September 20, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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