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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  1. Grinning Libber

    Ryan = Mitt's fellow loser

    September 20, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Alina77

    HERE IS SOMETHING FOR ALL OF US TO BE ASHAMED ABOUT ::

    "A bill that would provide job training for military veterans failed Wednesday thanks to a Republican filibuster.

    Supporters of the plan, which President Obama has endorsed, are ripping the right, insisting they're playing politics to avoid giving Obama any sort of legislative victory before Election Day. The GOP's opposition to the bill comes not long after the last jobs report showed unemployment among vets at a whopping 11%.

    Democrats wrote the bill with a large amount of bipartisan support. In fact, as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow noted, four Republican senators—John Boozman of Arkansas, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania— all wrote parts of the bill, then voted against it."

    September 20, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. jeansees

    Ryan will be a 2 times looser!!!! November 6,2012... Wisconsins are done with him and the TRUE Americans know to Vote OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!

    September 20, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. John

    Lying Ryan even telling his own party a bunch of LIES.

    September 20, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. truth hurts

    Rudy NYC - They don't do the math.
    ============================
    How much math have the Democrats been doing over the last 3 years with NO BUDGET and out of control spending?! They need to remember their grade school arithmetic...

    Like addition, with the debt going up $3.5 BILLION every day and now over $16 TRILLION.

    And there is subtraction, as in MILLIONS of workers leaving the workforce because they can't find a job.

    And there is division, please see Obama about that as he has a PHD in division.

    And finally multiplication, as in the millions more Americans on food stamps.

    September 20, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Grinning Libber

    Ryan = Mitt's fellow lose mate.

    September 20, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Hillcrester

    Ryan is whistling through the [GOP's] cemetery. His selection and the abysmal GOP convention did nothing to help Romney, and the Romney/Ryan campaign is flailing and failing. If Romney doesn't pick up his game, the GOP may lose its House majority. A few short months ago that would have seemed impossible.

    In a related story, when a Senate jobs-for-veterans bill was blocked by the GOP (it got only 58 votes) two GOP Senators in tough re-election fights voted with the Dems.

    September 20, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. GovtReform

    Funny how Ryan isn't featured much in the media. I guess the Repukes have learned to keep the VP quiet ever since the Palin fiasco. Unfortunately for them, this time around, the Presidential candidate himself outshines the VP candidate on the stupidity front!

    September 20, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. rs

    Yes, give them a pep talk, maybe they can pass ANOTHER anti-birth control, or anti-abortion bill between now and the election.

    September 20, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    "Pep talk" my behind, it's not my fault talk coming from Ryan but he won't say it's Romney's fault so that's right blame it all on Obama. Well that's OK to blame it on Obama but the polls don't lie, it's Romney'Ryan who have been caught in their own sack of lies. As the saying goes liar, liar, pants on fire and Romney/Ryan don't know how to put out the fire, they just keep fanning the flames.

    September 20, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Keep us all on our heels...

    I have a novel idea for republicans in congress. Do something.. yeah, I know, sounds weird, but what the american people want is a congress that works for them.. passes legislation that helps us.. doesn't obstruct progress and growth. Yeah.. I guess Ryan is against that right now.

    September 20, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. true blue

    Ryan said "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." WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP. we show in the hell don't want their Future we got a taste of their future eight years ago, look what happen. 11 trillion

    September 20, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Joan

    Ryan shouldn't be giving the House GOP a "pep talk", he should be telling them to get to work and try to help the American people for a change. He should tell them to tell that unelected lobbyist Grover Norquist to take a hike and take his uncompromising pledge along with him. He should tell them to finally pass President Obama's jobs bill which they have had for a year but won't act on. Oh wait, that might have caused job creation which might have made Pres. Obama look good so they couldn't do that. He could tell people like Michelle Bachmann and her buddies to stop the anit-Muslim hate speech bacause everyone can see how that has been working out. He could tell them to not prevent Speaker Boehner from coming to some sort of compromise with the Democrats on deficit reduction as they did last summer which led to the downgrading of the credit rating to AA and to the possible fiscal cliff at the end of the year. The best thing for America would be if all of these obstructionists were given their walking papers and only politicans are elected from both sides who promise to listen, compromise when needed and work for the best for the country.

    September 20, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Saboth

    I can imagine a Ryan pep talk."Times are hard, but you have to persevere. I know, I've been there. When I was scaling Mt. Everest, did I stop when I ran out of hot cocoa? NO! When I won my 2nd Tour De France, did I stop fighting when the French accused me of never entering the Tour De France? NO! When a doctor told me it was impossible to have negative three percent body fat, did I stop imploding into another dimension? No!"

    September 20, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. cali girl

    Just like yesterday, the huge Veterans Jobs Bills. Did it pass? No. Who didn't pass it? The GOP House.
    It is election year, nothing like giving nothing to the American Vets who give their lives to protect this country and everyone who lives in it. Looks like the GOP holds their middle finger up in the air for everyone, including the group that deserves the Jobs bills the most.

    September 20, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Siara

    Hopefully, House Republicans will think for a minute and realize that the Tea Party is part of what got them into this mess and it's not going to get them out.

    September 20, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. B.

    Good luck with that Mr. Ryan... You are toast along with your Boss who is delusional.

    September 20, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Fidgit

    There is 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter and your team is down 35-6.
    The coach lines you up and tells you, we get a touchdown and we win.
    Good luck with that.

    September 20, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Facts don't LIE

    when you tell the truth you don't need to give groups pep talks because the facts are already there. You need to get everyone on the same page when a non-fact is being told so they all can be sure to say the same thing. The Romney campaign so far has not been very truthful in many aspects.

    September 20, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. izza rollin

    His next "pep talk" will be how they're going to sabotage Obama's second term at the expense of the country. Pathetic.

    September 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Paul Ryan and Eric Ivan Cantor need to go !

    Do nothing Lobbyist should not govern .

    September 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Fourleaf Tayback

    Romney and Ryan..plus the Senate and House will all win...and then the country will be fixed from the mess that Obama has created.

    September 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts – wrote:

    How much math have the Democrats been doing over the last 3 years with NO BUDGET and out of control spending?! They need to remember their grade school arithmetic...

    Like addition, with the debt going up $3.5 BILLION every day and now over $16 TRILLION.
    --------------------------------
    Give it a rest with that "no budget" nonesense. Want to know why there has been no budget? Because the Congress has been passing CRs, Continuing Resolutions, since 2009. Republicans blocked the initial budget from the Obama administration and every budget since, JUST so they can make the misleading claim of "no budget".

    I don't like the debt either. Despite right wing claims, spending has significantly increased. It has only grown by 1.4% since 2009. Under Bush it grew by 7-8% per year. Most of the "over-spending" conservatives like to whine about is legislated and mandated spending from the Bush years. We have a revenue problem that Bush did not forsee or more likely chose to ignore.

    September 20, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Boo

    "We're going to go on the offense".......yeah Ryan and Robme are offensive. I'll give them that.

    September 20, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Quiet Please

    WOW – Ryan said the Obama campaign is about little things. I guess they don't consider the 47% they dismissed as a big thing. I guess they also don't consider that a person who talks about people NOT paying their taxes while refusing to let the public see theirs is considered a little thing.

    Chutzpah.

    September 20, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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