Paul Ryan makes appeal to military and veterans in Colorado
September 27th, 2012
06:57 AM ET
6 years ago

Paul Ryan makes appeal to military and veterans in Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan appealed to veterans and active military in Colorado at two events on Tuesday in which he assailed President Barack Obama for weakening military with defense cuts and mishandling Arab Spring uprisings.

In the aftermath of the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing four including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, the Republican vice presidential nominee escalated his criticism of the Democratic incumbent president’s handling of the incident, saying it was an example of “how the Obama foreign policy is blowing up in our faces.”

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“Look around the world. It looks like Tehran in 1979 but in about a dozen capitals around the world,” said Ryan, referring to the hostage crisis in Iran where 52 Americans were held hostage at an American embassy for 444 days.

“They are burning our flags at our embassies. They’re climbing our walls at our embassies. They’re taking down our flags and putting up the flags of the Muslim Brotherhood. They just killed four of our diplomats in Benghazi, and Iran is that much closer toward a nuclear weapon,” he continued.

Ryan made those remarks in Fort Collins, his sixth town hall meeting in two weeks, in a county that voted for Obama in 2008.

In the afternoon, he held an outdoor rally in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado Springs, an area home to five military installations that Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain won four years ago.

The GOP candidate said a Romney-Ryan administration would push for a strong military and missile defense program. Just like he made a local connection when he was campaigning in Ohio on Monday, Ryan called out the area bases in Colorado Springs.

“To the soldiers in Fort Carson, to the airmen at Peterson and Schriever Air Force Base, and to those cadets at the Air Force Academy, we respect you, we appreciate you and we will back you because we need you. We need your support. We need what you do,” he told approximately 1,500 people gathered at America the Beautiful Park.

Wisconsin-native Ryan, who has served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, condemned Obama for presiding over Defense Department budget cuts that threaten jobs throughout the defense industry.

“And these defense cuts that he is promising, these devastating defense cuts that he is promising not only undermine our peace, not only undermine our security, they compromise jobs right here,” Ryan said Tuesday evening.

Although Ryan has blamed Obama for what he has calls “devastating defense cuts," during last year's budget negotiations, the House Budget Committee chairman himself helped guide and pass the Budget Control Act through Congress. Many Democrats also voted for the measure, and it was signed by the president.

At his fourth event in Colorado, a critical swing state that voted for Obama in 2008, Ryan described the defense cuts as a threat to national security.

“And please know that when we gut our military as the president is proposing, when we equivocate on speaking up for our values overseas, our freedom, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom for women and women’s rights and individual rights, when we do this, we project weakness abroad,” Ryan said.

He continued, “And when we project weakness abroad, our enemies are more willing to test us, they are more brazen and our allies are less willing to trust us and that will not happen under a Mitt Romney administration because we believe in peace through strength.”

In Fort Collins at a mowing manufacturing company Ryan was asked if presidential nominee Romney was going to be “forceful in those debates and take it to Obama?”

“Of course he will,” Ryan responded. “Look, this is a president, a man who campaigned with all this glorious rhetoric, all this hope and change, promising all these grand things, and he’s yet to deliver on all these big promises.”

“We are not simply asking you to fire Barack Obama because he’s not worth re-hiring,” he continued. “We’re asking you to fire Barack Obama because we are worth hiring because we have better ideas.”

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. n

    Oh what do ya know, it's Lying Ryan, the little wolf boy who can't stop crying wolf. Where is Chicken Hawk Little, The Sky is Falling Romney? Did you bring your cage of lies with you or did you leave them on the top of Mitt the twit clown car?

    September 27, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  2. Good job republicants

    As a combat vet, Ryan is a disgrace saying things he has no clue about, especially with foreign matters. He's talking the last garbage only because he was told by Ronmey LLC. to push the last rants before the big loss.

    September 27, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  3. true blue

    Here we go again, folks in the military wake-up this tea-tot don't care about you and yours they want you body to fight their and your vote to get you to fight their wars. Just last week they kill the bill to put you to work after you fight the wars for them. So a vote for them is cutting off you nose, and you know the rest send him home PLEASE.

    September 27, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  4. mark

    I wouldn't vote for those two oecker woods .If they where the only ones .Yes I am a veteran

    September 27, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  5. Roy

    How in the heck can a clown like Paul Ryan say fire someone else, and hire them because they have better ideas, I have yet to hear just one of those so call better ideas he speaks about. Oh i forgot he and Romey like to fire folk.

    September 27, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  6. George

    Wait, even after Republicans shot down the Veterans job bill a week ago? What hypocrites. Go fight in our wars that earn billions for Haliburton, then come home and get the cold shoulder. Then have Republicans (who by the way never served or their 5 sons) get up and think that a few well crafted words will sway them? Do they think no one's watching? They did what no Republican has ever done before, lost the Veteran's vote.

    September 27, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  7. Marry

    ….Paul Ryan blamed President Barack Obama for insisting on “irresponsible defense cuts” during last year’s budget negotiations…
    A little info on that?
    The 2009 U.S military budget accounts for approximately 40% of global arms spending. The 2012 budget is 6-7 times larger than the $ 106 billion of the military budget of China, and is more than the next twenty largest military spenders combined. The US and its close allies are responsible for two-thirds to three-quarters of the world’s military spending (of which, in turn, the U.S. is responsible for the majority. Military spending in the US makes up over 20% of the US federal spending.
    So how high does Paul Ryan want “defense spending” to go? How much taxpayer’s money has to be spend to satisfy the (GOP sponsoring) defense contractors? Spending the defense department does not even ask for!!! Would it not be nice to have jobs that DO something to benefit the people directly? Like infrastructure? Education? Healthcare? Or perhaps… Never mind!

    Just do not let the GOP and R+R steal the election through voter suppression!
    Are you registered? You got your voter ID? You talked to your family, your friends, your neighbors? Then let’s get out together and not only reelect the President but get rid of those GOP OPSTRUCTUNIST House Republicans AND the GOP filibuster Senators and vote responsible people in!

    September 27, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ryan voted to put our troops in an unnecessary war, and voted against providing them with the armor to protect them. He voted against veteran's benefits, and is running with a moron who is threatening to start more wars.

    September 27, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  9. Klargar

    But the moocher veterans and deployed militaary do not pay taxes they are part of the 47% who is destroying this country we need to make all those worthless parapalegics get a dammed job and start payiing taxes instead of sitting in their wheelchairs wiating for an Obama check.

    September 27, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. linda

    How ever Ryan and Romney want to spin it.......the Republican Party just voted down the Veterans Bill last week that would help Veterans retrain and find jobs when they come home.....the vote was 58-40.....Obama needed 60 votes to pass this Veteran Jobs Bill.....if the GOP won't help you when you come home then what makes you think they are really supporting you now? All they want is for all our young men and women to fight their Wars and they patronize you by telling you how great you are to fight for our country, you get killed and wounded but when you come home they tell you......YOUR ON YOUR OWN.......if they truely appreciate what you do for our country they would have put politics aside and voted for this Bill, but they didn't want Obama to have credit this close to the WHO really HONORS your service.....NOT THE REPUBLICANS.......

    September 27, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  11. Ted van Tol

    For goverining a ruinend country, left by George Bush and fighting against a world wide economic crisis, Obama did more than well.
    Americans must not forget the late Republican President and the mess he has left to this country and the world..

    September 27, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. Jay Dee

    Paul Ryan is right, Mitt and him need the military for their next attacks in Syria, North Korea and Iran. If the military supports these two clowns, it's like signing your own death warrant. Our soldiers are spending way too much time in combat zones with 2, 3, 4 and sometimes 5 tours on the battleground. This is unheard of in our past. Military suicides are at an all time high, and this needs to stop. Starting more wars is not a solution.

    September 27, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  13. Roger

    Lyin Ryan! No real support for our Vets in need. Voted against the Vets assitance program to help them find work when coming home.

    September 27, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  14. Dave

    Most of the veterans I know are unimpressed with Romney. Then again, it's common knowledge that he's a chickenhawk draft-dodger. Do the math.

    September 27, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  15. Candy Taylor

    Now we aren't going to share those better ideas with you. Why because the majority of you vets and military members are part of that 47% who think your entittled to things! Food, housing, jobs and honest answers! Peasants!

    September 27, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  16. Pedro

    Hypocrisy at its best, these candidates could care less about our soldiers.

    September 27, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |

    “And these defense cuts that he is promising, these devastating defense cuts that he is promising not only undermine our peace, not only undermine our security, they compromise jobs right here,”
    Oh! You mean sequestration that you voted YES on.

    September 27, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. DJH

    What brass from a guy, who like his running mate, had the opportunity to serve but never did. He was too busy living on government subsidies, which he now condemns (read: I got mine, screw you!). Obama was too young or too old, and in my opinion, did hard time out in the streets working in soup kitchens and tough neighborhoods, helping people. As a retired Army Colonel who came up through the ranks and served in two wars, it really ticks me off to see these two guys pay lip service to vets...only because they need our votes and believe that only Republicans honor veterans, ergo we OWE them our votes. As for Romney, while other veterans and I were in Vietnam getting shot at, getting wounded (twice in my case), and killed, he was in Paris saving the French (from whom....the Germans?). And don't forget that lovely picture of him drawing hearts on the beach for Ann. Right, he had it really tough. I've been a registered Republican for over 45 years, but will vote for Obama. These two guys are disingenuous empty suits. I'm not voting against them, I'm voting for the better man who obviously cares about making this a better America for everyone. I urge all veterans to look closely at the candidates, get over your prejudices (you know, black/white, Democrat/Republican, whatever they may be), and vote for what is best for the United States of America...just like you did when you served....putting aside your life and needs for a greater good. Whether you served two years or thirty, you know service to our Country doesn't end when you take off your boots. Even a cursory look at the current situation shows that neither Romney/Ryan, or sadly, Republicans in general, are good for America.

    September 27, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |

    Have not heard a plan yet-does gubber actually has one. Does he think we do not remember that his party created these problems with the doom day cuts and that he voted for them- bias over common sense is what they are banking on. How can such a large segment of the population be so stupid. sheep...

    September 27, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    So, the man who has never held a private sector job, never served in the military, and has grown rich while in government service, is addressing his remarks to members of the 47% he and his boss despises. I'll give him this, he does not lack for arrogance. I hope he enjoys the private sector when he enters it for the first time in January.

    September 27, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Hey, Paul, tell us how your "budget" will gut a lot of the services provided by the VA.

    September 27, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  22. Dieter Zerressen

    These Republicans vote against every veteran's issue out there and yet still claim to be "supporting" the troops. hypcrites.

    September 27, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  23. sugar

    Our military doesn't defend us, if they did they'd be here on American soil. They are an invasive force, nothing more than a war machine. The fact of the matter is we aren't fighting soldiers from other nations. We are fighting civilians. That's ten times more dangerous because they are fighting for the ideals they believe in. It's not just about following orders. When it's become personal to this degree no amount of force will staunch the revolt. It will take compromise, namely it will require the United States to stop their militant tactical approach and pull back. It will require America to stop forcing its ideal on the rest of the world. It will mean we have to stop pretending our military works for anyone other than the government and the interests of the rich. We are all being misled. It doesn't take anything more than open eyes to understand that we only see half the truth. The other half requires free thought.

    September 27, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  24. Anonymous

    This is the little boy Wisconsin is so proud of ... ? The national stage isn't doing Paul Ryan any favors except highlighting just how delusional Ryan is at grasping at fairy tales and trying to sell it as facts. Not what I would call a true Catholic by any means. Most Catholics I know aren't pathological liars using their inner soul as a mean boy on the block attitude to further their own political ambitions.

    September 27, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  25. v_mag

    He continued, “And when we project weakness abroad, our enemies are more willing to test us"
    And when we flip flop at every turn, our enemies are more willing to test us, too, Lyin'. Flip flopping is the ultimate weakness, because it projects indecisiveness, and that is paralyzing. How useful is a ship without a rudder? How focused is a flashlight that is sometimes on and sometimes off? W-omney is all over the place on nearly every issue. The only thing you can really count on him to do is to give more money to the rich.

    September 27, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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