Ryan notes campaign ‘missteps,’ claims media bias
September 30th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
2 years ago

Ryan notes campaign ‘missteps,’ claims media bias

(CNN) - GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan acknowledged the Republican campaign's "missteps" on Sunday, calling Mitt Romney’s now-notorious “47%” comments “inarticulate,” while still defending the crux of his running mate’s argument.

Ryan also took the media to task for what he called bias against conservatives.

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Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Ryan said his running mate’s controversial comments were "an inarticulate way to describe what we’re trying to do to create prosperity and upward mobility, and reduce dependency by getting people off welfare, back to work.”

“We've had some missteps," said Ryan, also noting many conservatives' concerns that the campaign is failing to project a clear message to voters. "But at the end of the day, the choice is really clear, and we're giving people a very clear choice."

Romney made the candid "47%" remarks to a group of wealthy donors at a private fund-raiser caught on a secretly recorded video in May. The video was posted online by a left-leaning news organization earlier in September, sparking a firestorm of criticism from both sides of the aisle. Among other hotly contested remarks, the Republican nominee said nearly half of Americans will automatically vote for the president because they are dependent on government and consider themselves “victims.”

Ryan noted that Romney had conceded the lack of "eloquence" in his choice of words, though Ryan also picked up on the argument, blaming Obama for a sluggish economy and what the GOP campaign bills as policies that foster dependency on government.

Ryan also accused the media of having a liberal disposition.

“I think it kind of goes without saying that there's definitely a media bias. We've - look, I'm a conservative person, I'm used to media bias. We expected media bias going into this,” said Ryan.

Asked to cite a specific example of media bias, Ryan demurred, instead asserting that most people who work in the media have liberal political affiliations and, therefore, would want a president who is a Democrat to win.

“I'm not going to go into a tit-for-tat or litigate this thing,” said Ryan. “But as a conservative, I've long believed and long felt that there is inherent media bias. And I think anybody with objectivity would believe that that's the case.”


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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Sarah Palin without high heels !

    Fox media isn't bias ?

    Romney /Ryan
    KINDA 2012

    September 30, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Anonymous

    “But as a conservative, I've long believed and long felt that there is inherent media bias. And I think anybody with objectivity would believe that that's the case.”

    Oh, grow up, Mr. Ryan. I am sick to death of you and your FOX News talking points. It's beyond stupid to blame everyone but yourself (or Mitt Romney) for the worst run campaign in history. Then again, you've yet to take responsibility for your own yea votes over the years. You know ... all those votes that helped crash our economy, as well as approve two unfunded wars, so anything you say is taken with a grain of salt these days. Including your Conservative talking point nonsense.

    September 30, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Jeetu

    So, now Ryan and Romney are blaming the media for their short-comings and their own statements which discount nearly half of the Americans that they do not wish to care abkut and say that they are not their concern. There is only one answer to their unfounded ctarges. If you can can't stand the heat, get out of kitchen. No one distorted the statements Ryan and Romney made. In fact, Ryan and Romney have taken the statements made by President and other democracts out of the context. They don't have any workable plans of their own and hence Ryan and Romney are just critcizing what is working. Why don't they admit that it requires a long time to recover after the greatest recession in history? They are going to admit this after the elections. So, why don't Romney and Ryan tell the truth right now? Because they know if they say

    September 30, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Jeetu

    So, now Ryan and Romney are blaming the media for their short-comings and their own statements which discount nearly half of the Americans that they do not wish to care abkut and say that they are not their concern. There is only one answer to their unfounded ctarges. If you can can't stand the heat, get out of kitchen. No one distorted the statements Ryan and Romney made. In fact, Ryan and Romney have taken the statements made by President and other democracts out of the context. They don't have any workable plans of their own and hence Ryan and Romney are just critcizing what is working. Why don't they admit that it requires a long time to recover after the greatest recession in history? They are going to admit this after the elections. So, why don't Romney and Ryan tell the truth right now? Because they know if they say this, they will lose the election.

    Let us be sure to vote demiocratic this November and ensure that Romney/Ryan are not in the WH and their republican friends are not in the House or Senate.

    September 30, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Citizen

    Yes Congressman you are giving a clear choice. You and your running mate have clearly articulated that those who are among the "47%" should go to hell and die while you will help pad up the portfolio of the mega rich. If you cannot come out with a cogent argument blame the media. Remember the "great truth teller" Rush and all of Murdoch's Newscorp are also part of the "media". Accept you running mate imbecility and move on.

    September 30, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. librich

    Ryan's right about one thing–he and Romney are giving voters a clear choice. Anyone who feels fiscal responsibility is paramount will vote for Gary Johnson. Johnson is the only candidate with a sane foreign policy, as well.

    September 30, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Hermann Munster

    Yes, the media is biased against psychopaths.

    The Sheriff of Nottingham needs to understand that "nuts to you" is not how to run a country.

    The last time we tried it it was called the French Revolution.

    September 30, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Mark

    Ryan, losers always have excuses. Excuse me Ryan. better dump the Tea Party and join the real Republicans, like Romney.

    September 30, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Doc Rock

    Can you give us any example or proof of this alleged "media bias" Mr. Ryan....Well, ummmm....no, not really. But I believe it!!!

    Much like many conservatives, their beliefs are fact free affairs.

    September 30, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Gary Rath

    He does not watch fox news much I see since it is a well oiled propaganda machine for the Republican Party.

    September 30, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    FOX news is talking about media bias? Or they are whining and crying
    Fox knew Romney is losing now they are ready to blame on other media
    CNN gave very good foreign policy (Libya) talking point to GOP on golden plate Romney screwed that
    2008 all media fall in love with Plain until she screwed her self saying Russia in back yard

    September 30, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Republican who supports President Obama

    Do not claim media bias when thing do not go right.
    Do not claim media bias for the things that come out of your mouth.
    Do not claim media bias when your ideas DO NOT make any sense.
    Do not claim media bias if your ideas are not accepted by the majority of the citizens of this country.

    This guy is clown for saying such a stupid comment. More proof he is not ready for the White House.

    September 30, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Canuck

    "Ryan noted that Romney had conceded the lack of "eloquence" in his choice of words,"

    I think he said "47%" very eloquently, I really don't see how he could improve on it.

    September 30, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Anonymous

    "But at the end of the day, the choice is really clear, and we're giving people a very clear choice."

    Yeah. And that clear choice doesn't include one half of America, does it, Paul Ryan? Fact be told, every time you or Mitt Romney try to brush his 47% comments aside, you continue to highlight just what both of you think of those moochers. Not to forget that many, many, many of them come from your own "grassroots" party. Tens of millions actually.

    September 30, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Twitt Rommell

    I am a sociopath corporate profiteer, and I promise to outsource American jobs to fill mine and my buddies pockets so we can continue to purchase American policy while selling our souls to the highest bidder..... Laissez Faire Capitalism at it's best..... Thank you John Smith and Milton Friedman.... Sincerely Twitt Rommell

    September 30, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. exrepublican

    He's right. There is a media bias. It's called the truth, and it will always be biased toward the facts. Of course if one chooses not to let facts get in the way, well then you've officially become a republican.

    September 30, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Milton K. Wiah

    Well Mr. if your only experience in foreign policy is sending people children senseless wars and going to their
    funeral, then what you expect media to say your fox news which turns blind eyes to the truth.

    September 30, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Crymeariver

    When conservatives put forth unpopular policies, and the candidates are a bunch of buffoons, then that's what the media is going to report. No bias, just the obvious,..so quit your whining.

    September 30, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. 2020

    Ryan the Vampire. What more can you say? It is Halloween time.

    It is a self made nightmare, isn't it? you and Romney have no one to blame except yourself.

    Politics is adult game, you kids don't belong here. Go home!

    September 30, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    At least clowns entertain–this guy is worst than that. Yes–forward, on obama12.

    September 30, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. S.R.K

    The math is simple. 47 percent is less than the majority. If Mitt and Ryan can get the remainig 53 percent, that's all they need for the crown and glory. With Ryan my problem is that he is always fudging the truth, even about things that are minor and irrelevant. Why fasify your timing for the marathon run? This plus the half truths at his convention speech makes u wonder. Is he capable of telling the truth ever?

    September 30, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. 1twinsfan

    Blame – symptom of an imploding campaign.

    September 30, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. TAK

    What? More Republican whining about media bias. How typical ... how boring!

    Common guys, you have virtually unlimited funds from your billionaire donors, can't you come up with something at least a little bit original? Or entertaining?

    September 30, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Reps show their class

    Note that he is speaking to FOX. Note that he says they are presenting a clear choice for the people. Note that even while appearing on FOX he lets everyone know that the choice is clear and Obama is clearly the one with the better messege and the better plan for ALL americans.

    September 30, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Ohio Voter

    >> Ryan said his running mate’s controversial comments were "an inarticulate way to describe what we’re trying to do to create prosperity and upward mobility, and reduce dependency by getting people off welfare, back to work.” <<

    Are they still spewing that the 47% are all dependent on government??? I am part of the 47% who did not pay any federal income taxes last year (it was refunded back to me). I am a single mother of two teenagers. I work hard and have never received welfare, food stamps, etc. My dependence on the government consists of decent roads and public safety.

    The 47% includes people like me, military families, and elderly. We are not victims!

    I believe I read recently that about a third of the population is eligible for means-based assistance, which is the number Republicans should be focusing on, not 47%. I suspect that a large portion of those who do receive assistance would prefer to work if they could. The quality of life when solely dependent on public assistance must be quite low – who would want that if they had a choice?

    September 30, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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