Ryan stumps in New Hampshire
September 29th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan stumps in New Hampshire

Derry, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan held a rally in New Hampshire on Saturday, marking the second visit to the Granite State in two weeks by the Republican vice presidential nominee.

He held a rally in Derry, 15 miles from the border of Massachusetts, which was governed by his running mate, Mitt Romney, from 2003 to 2007.

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Considered a toss-up state by CNN, the Romney campaign is making a push for the four electoral votes in New Hampshire, where the GOP nominee owns a home and launched his presidential bid last year.

Ryan acknowledged the importance of the first-in-the-nation primary state when he laid out what’s at stake in this election.

“You've had presidential candidates in your kitchens. You're used to this, but that's why you know the responsibility you have,” Ryan told roughly 700 people at Pinkerton Academy.

“You have a responsibility to talk to your fellow citizens, to get those people that liked the promise of hope and change four years ago but are demoralized now, to show them we have a better path, we have better ideas, because we are going to reapply our founding principles,” he said.

The seven-term congressman criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy and blamed him for the nation’s credit downgrade.

“Look at what President Obama did on the budget. Nothing except borrow and spend," Ryan said. "And as a result of the president's abdication of leadership, as a result of seeing the most predictable economic crisis in our country's history and not fixing it, our credit rating was downgraded for the first time in our history. When Mitt Romney was governor, the credit rating on his state was upgraded. That's the kind of change we'll get with a Mitt Romney presidency.”

He praised his running mate for being able to govern Massachusetts, which he pointed out is “not a ruby red Republican state,” and work with a state legislature, which was 87% Democrat.

A native of Wisconsin, Ryan appeared on stage with his wife Janna. Joining him on the campaign trail for the first time was his sister, Janet, and his brother-in-law who live in Boston.

He relished in his New England connection.

“They live right over the border in Boston. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing to everybody here,” Ryan said. “But my sister lives in Boston, and she works for Dunkin Brands, and that is good coffee, isn’t it?”

Ryan was last in New Hampshire a week and a half ago. On that visit, former state GOP chairman Jack Kimball called on Ryan to "take the gloves off" in the fight against Obama, while Ryan hammered the Obama administration for creating a "government-centered society with a government-driven economy."

The most recent poll of likely voters in New Hampshire showed Obama with a slight lead just outside of the poll's sampling error. He led Romney 51% to 44% in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll conducted this past week that had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 points.

Ryan was scheduled to campaign in Ohio on Saturday afternoon, while Romney spent the day off the trail.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Paul Ryan
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Lyin' Ryan will need his best lies to explain healthcare. Romneycare is essentially identical to Obamacare and the right-wing is opposed to the comprehensive healthcare provided in the current law. He'll need to explain the paradox of Romney bragging about healthcare coverage when he was governor while promising to repeal Obamacare – the same thing Mitt's claiming as a great achievement.

    Ryan will also need to explain how his plans for Medicare will "improve" the system. Economists all agree his plan will drastically increase premiums for seniors and could ultimately trash the entire program. Maybe Lyin' Ryan will simply entertain the voters with another recollection of his "under three hours" marathon...

    September 29, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. CBR

    The candidates seem to be skipping Massachusetts which Romney is calling home. However, when he left MA after he left office he spoke as if NH would be his permanent home. Unfortunately his support during the last two years of his governorship did wane. He chose to serve one year and his Lt. Governor did not win her race. Many of us wondered why he did not give her more support publicly but I guess his run for the presidency took precedent.

    September 29, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Marry

    I watched Ryan’s „stump“ on C-Span. It was nothing but blah, blah, blah… Telling the old lies, and actually seem to get tired of them himself – as did the crowd!

    "You know we really would shock people if early in the evening of Nov. 6…” Romney said at the Union League Club. “That could happen. That could happen."

    Do not let that happen! Do not let them steal the election! The GOP/TP party of “NO” has done enough damage! They have not done ANYTHING for you in the last 4 years just to go against the President. And since he was elected – they went also against OUR vote! Blaming the president for not fixing THEIR mess fast enough but standing ready to mess up again!
    Please, get registered, get your voter ID ready, talk to your family, your friends, help others and let’s go out and vote! Vote for the President, vote for a DEM Congress; vote for a filibuster prove DEM Senate!

    September 29, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Jeetu

    Romney/Ryan can say whatever he likes. Everyone knows that they have no clue about the foriegn policy and showed their ignorance and lack of care when he visited aboard. Romney/Ryan criticism of Obama's accomplishments in foriegn policy are way of the mark and leads to an obvious conclusion that Romney is not ready or fit to be POTUS. His domestic experience also shows a lack of concern for the oridinary American and his lack of experience in dealing with the issues of government. Private business experience where you can fire anyone at will, send jobs abroad and can be concerned about just your company that you control does not translate to government. POTUS does not control Congress, the US citizens or the Supreme Court. Yet, POTUS needs to work with all these. In the private sector where Romney sent jobs to China and other places it is possible to control his/her business.

    Thus, let us re-elect Obama in Novmeber and other democrats in the House and Senate to ensure progress in our country and stick to the American values.

    September 29, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Proud American

    Mitt Romeny 2012
    Real Solution for America.
    A man with exprience and real leadership to run this country.

    September 29, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Griff.

    "Mitt Romney's 'Slugger' , Anticipating the bell of every round!"

    September 29, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Nametimothy

    Ryan's tell reason for the visit was to supply for a job at Duncan brands. He's going to lose both his Congressional seat and Romney's going to lose.

    September 29, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |