Paul Ryan: Pressure is on for VP debate
October 8th, 2012
11:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Paul Ryan: Pressure is on for VP debate

(CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Monday that Mitt Romney's widely-applauded debate performance upped the ante for Ryan's own showdown this week.

"He raised the bar quite high, that's for sure. Mitt definitely put the pressure on from that perspective," Ryan said on Detroit radio station WJR, just days before his match-up against Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.

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A new Gallup poll released Monday indicates Romney experienced a post-debate bounce after last week's event in Denver, and other surveys, including a CNN/ORC International poll, showed debate watchers considered Romney the clear winner.

On Sunday, a number of campaign advisers and surrogates conceded President Barack Obama did not meet expectations and signaled the campaign may make "adjustments," using Biden on Thursday as the first attempt to come back.

But multiple Democratic sources told CNN the campaign does not expect Biden to make up for the president's showing in the first presidential debate.

READ MORE: Biden in Delaware for debate prep

The two vice presidential running mates will face off in their first and only debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Ryan, repeating a line he used this weekend in a separate interview, said he expects the vice president to launch at him "like a cannon ball."

"Because they had such a bad debate, Joe Biden is just going to come flying at us," Ryan said. "It seems pretty clear that their new strategy is just basically to call us liars, to descend down into a mud pit, and hopefully with enough mudslinging back and forth–and distortion–people get demoralized and they can win by default."

The Wisconsin congressman was referring to the Obama campaign's post-debate argument, which used television ads, stump speeches and interview shows to make the case that Romney was dishonest during the first debate, namely on Romney's tax plan. Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod on Sunday phrased Romney's performance as unchecked "brazenness."

"That's something we're going to have to make an adjustment for in these subsequent debates," Axelrod added on CBS.

Playing the expectations game, Ryan continued to raise the bar for Biden, reminding listeners that the former 36-year senator has decades of experience.

"He's been on this national stage more than anyone else in politics," Ryan said, further describing Biden as "gifted," "extremely experienced" and a "proven debater."

But he said Biden has one big problem to overcome.

"He has to defend Barack Obama's record and it's not a very good record to defend," Ryan said.


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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Franky

    "Because they had such a bad debate, Joe Biden is just going to come flying at us," Ryan said. "It seems pretty clear that their new strategy is just basically to call us liars, to descend down into a mud pit, and hopefully with enough mudslinging back and forth–and distortion–people get demoralized and they can win by default."

    But Mittens is a liar, the guy just totally changed his stance on every issue, moreover, I mean by his own website it didn't coincide with the positions he took.

    October 9, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  2. fernace

    We have a chance to make a statement w/our votes to congress, Republicans & Democrats this election! The debates don't really matter in this equation, since we already know what each candidate stands for! I'm seeing 1 side that stands for sending us way back into the last century, when there were no regulations, no security & people were either rich or poor, no middleclass! That way is great for business, but harsh on the populace! Romney claims to know what will make this nation prosper again, but at what cost? Cutting necessary programs, marginalizing citizens who don't "fit the formula," trippling defense budget (precursor to another war)& allowing religion to influence policy! Ayn Rand was a wealthy woman whose detrimental views of society have reached cult status & Ryan is a Randian! Romney is a multimillionaire who has bought out companies, laying off workers, right & left! I'm afraid the middleclass will be "laid off" under Romney's policies, good for biz, not for people! Obama Nov 6!!

    October 9, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  3. elmar schäfer

    i would advise paul ryan to ask biden if he was serious with what he was saying four years ago.

    October 9, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
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