Ryan: 'I'm not counting on a gaffe' from Biden
September 30th, 2012
09:54 AM ET
6 years ago

Ryan: 'I'm not counting on a gaffe' from Biden

(CNN) – GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Sunday he's not counting on gaffes from Vice President Joe Biden when they debate on October 11.

"I don't think he will. You know he doesn't do that in debates. The gaffes - he's kind of legendary for this - that's not in these kind of situations," Ryan said on "Fox News Sunday." "He's a very disciplined person when he speaks in these kinds of situations. He doesn't produce gaffes in these moments. Those are when he's off the cuff."

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As for his own debate preparation, Ryan said he's not worrying about coming up with creative lines - he's just going to be himself.

"I'm not really a line guy. I'm more of a gut guy," Ryan said. "I believe in what I believe. I do what I do. And I really believe in the policies we're providing, that we're pursuing. And at the end of the day, I'm just going to go in there and be me."

Ryan has been preparing with former Solicitor General Ted Olson, who is playing the part of Biden in mock debates.

Ryan said Biden has excellent debate skills, so his plan is not to try to rattle Biden, but to simply lay out the Romney-Ryan vision for America.

"What I hope to achieve is to give people an alternative - a very different governing philosophy, different policies. And Joe is very good on the attack. Joe is very good at trying to confuse the issues so that the person leaves the debate confused about who stands for what. My job is to make sure that they're not confused about what we stand for and what they stand for," said Ryan.

The vice-presidential debate will be held at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Chris

    And obama's also a millonaire and pays alot less than romney

    September 30, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    I'm not worried about a gaffe from VP Biden; his genuine concern and support for President Obama's policies prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that not only does he (and President Obama, along with the Democrats) have our nation's best interest at heart, he knows what to do to create long-term, sustainable prosperity for 100% of Americans.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 30, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. man4earth

    Let Gary Johnson debate, they won't because they know he will win.

    September 30, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Jersey Girl

    I agree with Vic of Nashville,
    Romney is the one that Ryan should be shaking about regarding gaffes! The Obama campaign is not afraid of any gaffes from Biden, they will happily let Joe be Joe. And just like Palin brought down McCain, Ryan will bring down Romney, with 50% help from Romney himself. This is certainly the worst GOP campaign in 100 years, as many TV people has said.

    September 30, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Jersey Girl

    sorry, as many TV people HAVE said.

    September 30, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. fletc3her

    So Paul Ryan to go into the debate and simply recite his canned answers. That's depressing.

    September 30, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. JpGard

    Seriously. Why bother watching at all. McCain said it...."well scripted". That's the problem with these debates now. They're completely scripted and rehearsed. There's nothing new that hasn't been discussed already. Its just going to be these guys flaming each other about what the other guy did wrong.
    A real debat, imho, would be an open forum with the crowd providing the questions. It would be a great way to really challenge each candidate's knowledge of policy and current events. This is pathetic.

    September 30, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @Ray E. (Georgia): You looking for adults? How about President Obama, who had the stones to stop lying to our country and put the cost of two wars and Medicare Part D on the books, instead of hiding the costs like GW Bush and Company did?

    How about the adult (Obama) on whose order eliminated not only Osama bin Laden, but the top al Qaeda leadership (something Mittens has said he wouldn't waste time or money on)?

    Or how about the adult who went to the private sector, including Bain Capital and other companies like it, asking if they would participate in helping to save the American auto industry and the 1+ million supply chain jobs? And when those companies said no (too risky for their panty-waist fannies), invested American taxpayer money and saved the industry, along with those 1+ million jobs. GM is the top auto maker in the world, and the majority of those loans have been repaid with interest.

    Mittens 'n' Munster are proposing the same-old, same-old economic, military and foreign policies that are PROVEN FAILURES.

    Why in the WORLD would you want that?!?

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 30, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. DG

    The question really should be, "Will Ryan continue to be caught in his lies." After all, Ryan was caught with documentary evidence in a multitude of lies that he began tell right after he came out of the gate as Romney's Veep, and he continues to be caught in lies to this day with documentary evidence.

    September 30, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Pander Bear

    Biden is a strong debater. Ryan is a terrible liar. This will definitely be interesting.

    September 30, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. ObaWendon

    I hope Biden wipes the floor with Ryan. I hope he is able to expose the untruthful things that Ryan has said and show how bad the ideas Ryan has are for this country's future.

    September 30, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    One thing you count on with Biden is he is a long-serving People-focused public servant who is honest and speaks from his heart. Ryan is a proven liar and he is nothing he pretends to be. All you have to do is read the Ryan budget passed by the House Republicans to see the lack of values of his character. Kill Medicare, Medicare and Social Security. Kill public education funding. Kill veteran benefits and pensions. Kill all regulations on our food, medicine, environment, and even de-regulate the banks again. Kill food stamps, job training for work programs for those on welfare, and even kill hot lunches for poor school children. The Catholic Church has even come out against the Ryan budget calling it "immoral" and "against the teachings of Jesus". Ryan is the one betraying the People and the most basic values of human decency and Christianity. I'll stand up for Biden and his true honor and integrity and work for the People any day. NO Republicans in office after Nov!

    September 30, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. joshua

    Without the main stream media to tell us what the democrats meant to say instead of what they actually said will mean Obama and Biden won't stand a chance. 4 more years of the last 4 years, no thanks. We can do better with a couple of bubbas from arkansas.

    September 30, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Thomas

    I look forward to Joe Biden and his propaganda..

    Let me me give you something to think about while your looking forward .

    Biden , two sons ,one served in Iraq .

    Romney 5 sons , none served !

    Ryan gives his 10 year old a deer rifle for Christmas .

    Obama gave the orders to go into Pakistan to retreave Osama bin Laden.

    Facts not propaganda !

    September 30, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Hill Country Oldie

    I wonder if we can hope for Mr. Ryan to tell the truth - As a Catholic, if he is knowingly lying, he should be confessing and making a commitment not to repeat the sin. If he does not follow that doctrine, then he is not entitled to receive communion as he is not truly repentant and continues to sin. The Catholic Bishops and multiple clerics in the Catholic Church have denounced Mr. Ryan's views as against the Catholic faith. As Catholics, we believe Jesus to be the Son of God, and we are supposed to live our life in his image. Would Jesus lie and abandon the poor, the elderly, and the sick? Would Jesus rub elbows with mulgti-millionaires who paid $50,000 a plate. No, he would tell them to use that money to help those in need. Mr. Ryan, I am ashamed you are a member of my faith.

    September 30, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. The Other Dale

    It's funny how the presidential debate is such a foregone conclusion by Republicans, Democrats, the media and the public alike that we're now hanging our hats on the VP debate instead. "Oh, yeah, we KNOW Romney is going to screw up bad ... but maybe Ryan will be able to pull it out of the fire." That's pretty sad commentary for the Romney/Ryan ticket.

    September 30, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Time for Change

    Biden has proven himself over the past years to be an absolute disaster. He was added to the ticket to bolster Obama's obvious lack of foreign relations skills. Laughably, Obama could not have chosen a worse VP. I love to see the responses here from liberals. No facts at all, because even they know that Obama cannot run on his own pitiful record. Obama/Biden has failed in every area. This administration has already gone down in history of being the worst ever.

    September 30, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. anonoymous

    We see what happens when Romney or Ryan speaks off the cuff....I guess those mock debates arent going well.

    September 30, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Squigman

    Just checked a few facts, and stats from several sources. Seems the republican candidates are depending on public incompetence to win the upcoming face. Their biggest hope is to play on emotion, as opposed to fact. Forewarned is forearmed.

    September 30, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. incredulous

    Biden has a long and honorable history of public service as well as a very good record on foreign policy. Ryan is no match for him and never will be.

    September 30, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. imsickofitall

    Biden and Obama could just show up at these debates to just pass gas and the major media outlets would swoon about the fragrance and substance of their remarks. As sick as that sounds looking back on the past year of coverage, there is no doubt in my mind that characterization is dead on.

    September 30, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney/Ryan ticket is one of the biggest "Republican Gaffes" other than McCain/Palin.

    September 30, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. twophad

    One thing though– the "gaffes," if they happen will be simple ones, and not prolonged policy and philosophy statements that he then tries to portray as something other than what they are. Paul Ryan's record of non-performance in the Senate speaks for itself. His proposed policies are scary. Oh well–at least Hannity thinks he's sexy.

    September 30, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Marry

    Ryan and Romney are just showing off what the GOP/TP is today (Senate and House!). Not good for America, not good for the world! So much greed, so much despise for (not rich) people, so much demagoguery, it is so sad! But, the voter has the choice now – hopefully they know by now where the parties stand!

    September 30, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. ruth

    Well if you vote for Obama again ...I can not fix stupid!....even the blacks said we gave him the highest office ,and he failed

    September 30, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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