What surprised Paul Ryan in VP run?
October 2nd, 2012
11:15 AM ET
2 years ago

What surprised Paul Ryan in VP run?

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan was no stranger to running for office when he was tapped in August to join the GOP presidential ticket.

But the vice presidential candidate said Tuesday morning that he is surprised by one of the differences between this run and his seven previous campaigns for Congress.

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"The security is probably more than I guess I expected," he said in an interview with the Wisconsin radio station WISN. "I never really gave much thought to that but it's a lot more than one would normally expect."

Ryan is accompanied by a Secret Service detail, as is Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The congressman said he finds the presidential campaign trail moves at "a very fast pace."

"If I'm not doing a town hall meeting, a rally or a finance event, I'm doing local TV," he said in the interview, noting that "I'm on an airplane two or three times a day on average and I do about three states a day on average."

On the personal side, Ryan is known for his focus on fitness, and said that despite the hectic campaign schedule, "I make sure I get my workout in."


Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Wisconsin
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. gordyb

    He has learned that just because he says it's doesn't mean it is so! You can't run from your record even if you lie about your marathon time.....you voted 65 times to increase the deficit...but now you want the poor and middle class to pay for your votes because its your political agenda....

    October 2, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. REGinAZ

    Obama raising taxes (for other than the very wealthy) is a hypothetical accusation by Romney-Ryan but ... Romney wanting to cut taxes and cut regulations, again greatly favoring the wealthy, and Ryan's budget advocating cutting costs to the very wealthy and raising costs to the middle-class are real positions that Romney and Ryan have taken. Romney and Ryan are effectively advocating a return to "more of the same", Bush-Cheney style, that can only result in "more of the same", further exploitation by "the money" paid for by the majority.

    October 2, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Hmmm... Don't Republicans know how mute button works in teleconferencing? It mutes the conversation of the receiver, not of the speaker, and keeps conversations taking place on the receiving end from interrupting the speaker. I use it all the time. It allows ALL to HEAR the SPEAKER.

    Quit a bit different than the TV remote mute you all use when you're sicking of hearing Rush. Oh, that's right....

    October 2, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. marco rubio

    I'll be it is especially tough for ryan to keep up his workouts since he is still trying to run a marathon in under 3 hours like he lied about doing before (and no, he wasn't mistaken, he lied and got caught).

    And it is probably also tough for ryan since he is running two campaigns. since he is so NOT confident about his chances of becoming VP, he is still running to keep his seat in congress. That is really sad and if I was romney, I'd be peeved about that.

    October 2, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    not to worry... it's going to be over very very soon....

    October 2, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Ron in Texas

    I have been a fiscal conservative since I was a volunteer in the first Jack Fields campaign. When the Republican party took control of the House, Senate and Presidency they spent like drunken sailors and were not concerned about the deficit then. Now they claim to be but when they state that they would not accept $10 in spenting cuts for $1 in tax raises I wash my hands of them. With the deficit that the nation is faced with the solution is both cuts and revenue increases. I don't thnk either party has the answer. Neither party can get a moderate elected and the party partisian poltics is ruining the country. We need a third choice if we are going to get anything done.

    October 2, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    Let's give them a big surprise and vote for your favorite third party!
    End the DNC-RNC lying strangle hold – I am voting Green this time.

    October 2, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. No Thanks, Romney

    If you think having the Secret Service watching you all the time is disconcerting maybe you are not ready to play in the big sand box.

    October 2, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. blue19

    @ Borderless, you failed to mention a couple of other items:
    Romeny's 1 time in politics saw his state's economic performance ranked at 47 out of the 50 states, stellar indeed
    Romney refuse to release his tax claims because t shows e's either a crook or that the system is stacked so favourably to the benefit of the rich;
    Leads a party that has continually said they are not bound by the truth and their statements are not meant to be factual
    Leads a party that has said from day 1 their goal was to ensure Obama failed and has refused to work with the dems;
    Flip flops on issues like abortion, gun control, gov't heatth care;
    refuses to release details of his econmic plan, he'll release details after he's elected (good luck with that Mitt);

    October 2, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Dave

    I guess even a blind thug like Ryan can find a nut now and again.

    October 2, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Ryan is the poster boy for the new GOP, a career politician who insists that the size of government be reduced while he continues to draw a salary and benefits from very thing he wants to kill. He sends budgets and spending proposals that are based upon ideology, not reality. The reality he has willfully ignored is that his bills have to get past a Democratic Senate and president that he has no intention of talking to: all he ever wanted to do was score political points to ensure his own future. Ryan practices politics as a cynical exericise in manipulation, not as service to his country.

    October 2, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ryan's biggest surprise was being able to sell his crap to the GOP that he's smart but he gets a big fat "F" for failure trying to sell the same crap to Americans because we're smarter.

    October 2, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. charlesName

    Got time for that, but not to tell us your math on our country. We the people are the boss. I say take all the time u need cause I won't vote for u. Math is math 2 2 = 4 romney & Ryan math is 1 1=9 Obama 2012

    October 2, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. WhereIsPalin

    Anyone but Obama

    Vote RYAN / romney.........you get what you ask for.

    October 2, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Truth

    Wow, aren't you great. NOT!

    October 2, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. ted

    if you get to be VP – GOD forbid – you will have to leave your bow and guns in Cheesehead land. Better yet, why don't you stay there?

    October 2, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Ancient Texan

    Blue 19- When will Obama release his records that he spent millions to seal and hide? What is he hiding? Romney released the two years that are required and anything else is strictly a fishing trip by the libs hunting for something to twist into an attack on the candidate.

    October 2, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Ryan told that truth? That would be surprising..

    October 2, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Lisa P

    WhereIsPalin

    Anyone but Obama

    Vote RYAN / romney.........you get what you ask for.
    October 2, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    That's o.k., you can keep Palin, thanks anyway. I'm asking for a Congress that cares about 100% of the American people, not just the 0.01% that make up their major campaign donors or the 0.00001% that come up with their wacky unworkable ideas. And though I would prefer that Paul Ryan, neo-McCarthyite, stay out of Wisconsin (we have enough trouble as it is), I suppose that home is the place that when you go there, they have to take you in. To quote a much better person than either Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin or John McCain could ever hope to be.

    October 2, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    Ryan is the poster boy for the new GOP, a career politician who insists that the size of government be reduced while he continues to draw a salary and benefits from very thing he wants to kill. He sends budgets and spending proposals that are based upon ideology, not reality.
    ------
    Are you saying that the "non-budgets" of $1.4 Trillion annual deficits are "reality"? Okay... so go ahead, raise taxes on the "wealthy" (to the tune of $80 billion a year that Obama wants). Soooo, Tom... where does the other $1.32 Trillion to balance the budget come from? Hint – you can tax the "wealthy" at 90% and it won't even come close. Yeah... we have a spending problem, Tom... even if you won't admit it.

    October 2, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. w l jones

    The more knowledge a person attain the sooner he learnt that the office of the president has not only the weight of three hundred million of fellow citizen on his shoulder but the world. Now the time he spent in Congress were in little leagues it big time now the question can you handle... I think not.

    October 2, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Romney Said Let Them Eat Cake

    Yes it is a suprise when it is nationwide and one is vetted on a national level instead of a congressional district.

    October 2, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Canuck

    @Borderless
    "they absolutely refuse to see that basically all he is is Bush with a bad health care package"

    But, but, how can that be true... the Republicans keep insisting he's a socialist???? Which is it???

    October 2, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Larry L

    @Ancient Texan

    Blue 19- When will Obama release his records that he spent millions to seal and hide? What is he hiding? Romney released the two years that are required and anything else is strictly a fishing trip by the libs hunting for something to twist into an attack on the candidate.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Ahhh... another Fox News conspiracy theorist. President Obama showed his records so many time anybody with a brain could have the data memorized. You're a "birther" and therefore unable to form a thought that isn't guided by hate and bigotry.

    We want to see Romney's tax returns because it's become a routine practice when running for POTUS. Even Romney's father provided his returns. This is especially important since his practices with Bain Capital may let us see how he would treat Americans who depend on pensions and wages. The "conspiracy" is easy to visualize... Romney got caught cheating, his lawyers cut a plea bargain, and he doesn't want Americans to know the details. He would have loved to make Harry Reid look foolish and would have released the returns if he had nothing sinister to hide.

    October 2, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. MG

    This guy is more worried about getting his work out in than the American Public. That right there is a big hint that all he really cares about is himself. The GOP a bunch of self serving filthy rich Pigs!!!!

    October 2, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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