Paul Ryan Iowa bus tour about 'choice'
October 2nd, 2012
09:25 AM ET
2 years ago

Paul Ryan Iowa bus tour about 'choice'

Clinton, Iowa (CNN) – Paul Ryan will continue to hone in on the "choice phase" of the campaign when he makes several stops in Iowa while Mitt Romney, his Republican running mate, prepares for Wednesday night's debate against President Barack Obama.

On Tuesday, with family in tow, Ryan will hold a town hall in Clinton, the hometown of his wife Janna's mother. They will also visit Muscatine and Burlington, along the eastern edge of the battleground state. Despite suffering from a head cold, the Wisconsin lawmaker and vice presidential nominee held a spirited rally in Dubuque on Monday.

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"The choice is clear. And here is what we are doing. We are entering the debate phase, the choice phase of this campaign, and this choice is ever so clear," he said at an evening rally at Loras College, a Catholic liberal arts school his grandfather attended.

As he described the differences between the two candidates, Ryan charged Obama of raising taxes through his signature health care legislation known as Obamacare.

"What about taxes? You may not even know this but President Obama has already raised taxes 21 times. He is promising that if he is re-elected, he will raise taxes another $2 trillion dollars," Ryan said, citing a report by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Ryan's campaign stops come after an interview Sunday where Ryan said the campaign, at times, has not clearly presented a choice to voters.

"[H]ere and there we have – we have – we have not been able to frame that choice as clearly," Ryan said on Fox News Sunday.

In the same interview he acknowledged the Republican campaign's "missteps" by pointing Romney's now-notorious "47%" comments, which he admits was "inarticulate" but continues to defend the crux of his running mate's argument.

"We've had some missteps, but the end of the day, the choice is really clear, and we're giving people a very clear choice," he added.

Ryan has been taking the media to task for what he considers bias against conservatives. With just 36 days until Election Day, Ryan provided a rationale for the use of his time on the campaign trail at a fund-raising breakfast in New York City.

"And no offense to some in the media but they're not going to amplify our message so we have to go straight and communicate to voters," Ryan told 45 donors on Monday. "That's why you know I prefer doing town hall meetings now instead of just rallies. That's why we spend more of our time on regional TV, on Cincinnati news, on Dayton news, on Jacksonville news, on Miami News."


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    This electio became a choice election when willard chose YOU Lyin Ryan. Show me the MATH for your tax plan. We're not going anywhere.

    October 2, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Yonni

    Yes Lyin, we know it is about the choice and we choose an honest and trust worthy man in 2008 and we are doing the same this year at least 47% of us.

    October 2, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't ask Ryan any questions because he doesn't have time to answer them or he'll give you an answer later. This guy is a joke and it appears somebody just "gave" him a job that he's not qualified to handle because it requires work but he did manage to sell himself to Republicans as being smart but he can't sell that B.S. to Americans. LOL

    October 2, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Paul Ruin has about a month left until he realizes that his future is very very dim just like his 1%er ideas.

    October 2, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    All the swing states should be going back to red by a wide margin if Obama is so bad. Why aren't they? Look at the alternative. Mr finger in the wind and Eddie Munster. Obama at least 320 electoral votes

    October 2, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Dean

    Obama has proven to be a bad choice.

    October 2, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Mikey

    So, the 47% comments are still just "inarticulate"???? So they stand behind the content itself? That 47% of Americans are just lazy and don't want to contribute to society? That the 47% they are talking about are the people who pay no federal income tax? Retirees who worked their entire lives and are fairly dependant on Social Security are lazy moochers? Poor families working at or near minimum wage with no health or retirement benefits who juggle two or three jobs and raising a family? Our soldiers who's pay is exempt from tax while in combat zones? The disabled, including our wounded heros? Single mothers?

    Romney said he cannot convince them to work hard and care about their lives! Yet they keep doubling down on the comments. Disgusting!!!

    October 2, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    The Center for Tax Policy said the Romney/Ryan budget is "MATHEMATICALLY IMPOSSIBLE." Show me the MATH Mr. Budget Director.

    October 2, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    ........you mean 47% choice. Kick this idiot butt. Yes, on Obama12.

    October 2, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mr. Ryan ought to spend a bit more time in his home District and less time as Mr. Mittens advocate least Ayn Rand Ryan loses his professional government moocher job as well.

    October 2, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Mikey

    @Holy – Ryan doesn't want to bore us with the details. That's because if the public knows the details they will lose in a landslide. No mortgage deduction will devalue real estate by about the % of the average tax deduction due to the impact on affordability. That's probably close to 30%.

    October 2, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. enuff

    Ryan already said this past weekend that they don't "have time" to get details of their budget ideas out before the election. Anotner "just trust us" moment. Mr. Ryan... no details, no vote.

    October 2, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Show me the MATH Mr. Budget Director."

    The Romney/Ryan ticket's new motto:

    "Ask Us No Questions ... We'll Tell You No Lies"

    October 2, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. rosco

    It is clear you people supporting Obam dont have jobs, you cant have this much time to defend the loser if you worked.
    So as America goes broke supporting leeches like you obam people know that it is your fault that America is following Obam and failing. I really didnt think the U.S. had this many stupid people

    October 2, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "@Holy – Ryan doesn't want to bore us with the details. That's because if the public knows the details they will lose in a landslide. No mortgage deduction will devalue real estate by about the % of the average tax deduction due to the impact on affordability. That's probably close to 30%."

    Indeed. And do you know why? Guess who's been buying up all the real estate all over the country that was devalued and/or foreclosed on because of the houseing market crash and recession? Rest assured, they see this as one of the ways of "taking the country back."

    October 2, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. kalo

    Remember everyone, everyone has a choice when its not about your uterus; that belongs to everyone! No that isn't socialism, shut up!

    October 2, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Gerg

    Hah! Ryan and "choice" in the same sentence! The GOP continues to run roughshod over women's healthcare, contraception and abortion, but never acknowledge it in their stumping. This is quite disingenuois to say the least. Say "NO" to the party of "NO" and vote Democratic down the line this November. When the GOP gets back in touch with America - 47%, "legitimate rape", intelligent design, etc, are dropped from their "values" (really, political position less to do with values) - then we can again have a two party system and two parties to choose from.

    October 2, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    Not to mention, town hall meetings are in a smaller venue than rallies and can therefore, hide the small crowds that now come to hear the failed GOP "message".

    October 2, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    Funny how Lyin' Ryan talks about "choice" when he and the GOP want to take away a woman's choice as to what to do with her own body ... want to repeal Obamacare which provides more choices in selecting insurance plans and providers ... want to take even more money away from the poor and middle class and redistribute it upward to the already wealthy, cut education and deregulate industry, all of which results in average Americans having fewer choices and opportunities for their lives and their futures ...

    Obama/Biden 2012 = If you want to keep our country moving forward

    October 2, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Missteps?

    Yep, blame "missteps" and "liberal bias polling" but NEVER suspect that once you baggers step outside the GOP echo chamber of Fox and AM radio, that average Americans think your "message" sucks.

    That will keep you in the wilderness for eons!

    October 2, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    Lyin' Ryan said regarding explaining how his tax plan would work, “I don’t have time. It would take me too long to go through all the math.”

    They won't tell it, because they can't sell it.

    October 2, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. juicelee

    No one lies more than our President

    October 2, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    Lyin' Ryan said regarding explaining how his tax plan would work, “I don’t have time. It would take me too long to go through all the math.”

    Google Ezra Klein to read his column today which explains Munster's plan in four easy steps (hint: it isn't calculus; it's arithmatic).

    October 2, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    Lyin' Ryan said regarding explaining how his tax plan would work, “I don’t have time. It would take me too long to go through all the math.”

    With thanks to Ezra Klein, tt doesn’t take very long at all to go through the math. In fact, it’s only a few steps.

    1) In 2015, the Romney-Ryan rate reduction will reduce tax revenue by $480 billion compared to current policy. That’s the raw number, before you start arguing over behavioral responses or growth.

    2) Of that $480 billion, 39.1 percent, or $187 billion, will go to the top 1 percent.

    3) Since the Romney-Ryan plan isn’t supposed to cut taxes on the rich or increase the deficit, all Romney and Ryan need to do is identify $480 billion in tax breaks they’re going to close, of which at least $187 billion needs to come from the top 1 percent.

    4) If they believe that accelerated economic growth or behavioral responses are going to close some of that gap for them, they need to say how much, and what they’re basing that assumption on.

    That’s it. This isn’t advanced calculus. It’s arithmetic.

    October 2, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Thomas

    @rosco
    It is clear you people supporting Obam dont have jobs, you cant have this much time to defend the loser if you worked.
    So as America goes broke supporting leeches like you obam people know that it is your fault that America is following Obam and failing. I really didnt think the U.S. had this many stupid people
    ---–
    I really didnt think the U.S. had this many stupid people .

    Where were you during the GW Bush years ,

    So as America goes broke supporting leeches ?
    I feel almost sorry for people such as you , You promote hate and division , showing your true ignorance and lack of education.

    Pro Choice

    October 2, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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