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.


Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. CBR

    Hype and more hype again for a debate. Mr. Ryan will defend his budget plan even while Mr. Romney states that it is not his plan. Nevertheless, Mr. Ryan does want to change Social Security and change the way Medicare works. He would do away with the health care proposals. He would cut back spending in many areas and does wish to close down certain departments of the government. They always mention health, human services, housing, etc. They would be the onus on the states to help people. States which are more wealthy might have the funds to be able to cover these areas. More than likely the states do not have the funds and would not be able to do anything with governmental help. Once again the Congress will force folks to reassess their assets and see what money could be used for meds, for food, for doctor appts,, etc. As is always the case Congress will continue to have the best health care available and will receive their salary whether they do anything or not.

    We are the fools because we pay for the members of Congress to have offices, staff, franking privileges, goodies to give to constituents. They have a subsidized dining room. They get two trips home paid for by you and me. Most of those who seem to be committee heads, are outspoken critics of everything, and can create headlines are millionaires. They find it more difficult to relate to the very people they should be helping. Their low ratings is all the proof we need.

    October 8, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. n222s

    Independents, think about it. President Obama can be pals with bomber Bill Ayers, sit in the pew of Wright's church and be mentored by a self-avowed communist Frank Marshall Davis (all of which is true) and not be tainted by the somewhat distasteful beliefs of those people. Paul Ryan, however, cannot talk of Ayn Rand at all without being all in with every aspect of her philosophy.

    Think, Independents. Everything Rand believed, Ryan has to believe. Of course, this contrary to this is Rand being an atheist and Ryan being a practicing Catholic. I am also religious and still admire much about Rand's philosophy. It is akin to being a friend of Bill Ayers and then believing everything he stood for. Or sitting in the pew of Jeremiah Wright's church and believing everything Wright has said. Or being mentored by Frank Marshall Davis and being a communist.

    Progressives share a collective cognitive dissonance. Progressives are capable of taking bits of philosophies from different sources and discarding what is dictatorial or crazy. However, Conservatives are held to a different standard. If they have admiration for even on component of a philosophy they own every bit of it.

    October 8, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Ozzie

    Grow up little boy. Just rant, rave, and lie like Mitt did. You'll be fine. No matter what you say, most of us know where your heart is. You simply dislike most Americans.

    October 8, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Miki thinks

    Well Ryan does not like being called a liar. Easy fix stop lying. The truth was told in the 47% talk that Romney gave to the $50K a plate donors. It took days for the Republicans to wake up and realize that for once Romney came off as a snob who does not care about the less fortunate. Well, no amount of chest pounding that Romney does care, care, care for the 100%, will make up for earlier disregard.. What these two say when they have been coached for hours on every possible question does not make up for one frank remark. Lights, Action, Camera, Hot Air.

    October 8, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. freidamurray

    He raised the bar quite high? For lying and misstating figures!

    October 8, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Lisa in Ga

    Anyone notice how Romney and Ryan tries to amke the American people think the other opponent is lying. Generally, that's b/c Ryan knows he has already been branded and proven to be a liar....honestly we don't need Biden to confirm something we already know.

    October 8, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Robert

    Blowhard liberal bafoon vs Reasoned fiscal conservative. No contest.
    ***********************************
    Reasoned? A man who can't add, and who sang the virtues of a atheist who claimed to hate government while collecting social security in her husband's name until he got caught praising her repeatedly and making her books required reading amongst his staff? Please. My congressional seat flipped from GOP to Democrat because of Ryan and his so called "fiscal conservatism". The so-called "blowhard liberal buffoon" has shown more spine in any given year of his public service than Ryan has in his entire career: by the way, can you tell me about Ryan's experience with the private sector beyond his summer jobs in college? Nope, none exists. Rightie parasite vs principled family man: its no contest.

    October 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. PA Independent

    Ryan and Romney have to continue to state how they have no intent on making the rich richer with disregard for the poor and middle class. Also, Romney/Ryan needs to ask Obama/Biden why the next 4 years would be better when there is no chance the Dems will control the House. Obama did not run on Hope and Change (unless the Dems don't control White and all of Congress). Time to lead and build concensus Mr. Prez and stop blaming the other side more than any President in history. Romney has plenty of money and has no history of screwing the little guy when he was Governor yet the media and Obama paint him as Ebeneezer Scrooge who just wants to favor the rich. He has no history of that people!!!! He has demonstrated that he wants to help America create jobs. Why is that so hard to believe?

    October 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. valjon

    I hope Biden slams Ryan for his hypocrisy in over spending in the Bush years..In this debate I have a very good feeling that Biden is going to show Romney/Ryan the frauds and liars that they are..

    October 8, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Ryan is trying to downplay his debating skills. Liars like him and his running mate are always good at debates because they are not hindered by facts!

    October 8, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -n222s

    Independents, think about it. President Obama can be pals with bomber Bill Ayers, sit in the pew of Wright's church and be mentored by a self-avowed communist Frank Marshall Davis (all of which is true) and not be tainted by the somewhat distasteful beliefs of those people. Paul Ryan, however, cannot talk of Ayn Rand at all without being all in with every aspect of her philosophy.

    Think, Independents. Everything Rand believed, Ryan has to believe. Of course, this contrary to this is Rand being an atheist and Ryan being a practicing Catholic. I am also religious and still admire much about Rand's philosophy. It is akin to being a friend of Bill Ayers and then believing everything he stood for. Or sitting in the pew of Jeremiah Wright's church and believing everything Wright has said. Or being mentored by Frank Marshall Davis and being a communist.

    Progressives share a collective cognitive dissonance. Progressives are capable of taking bits of philosophies from different sources and discarding what is dictatorial or crazy. However, Conservatives are held to a different standard. If they have admiration for even on component of a philosophy they own every bit of it.
    *********************************
    Going on record at a conference for Rand and stating that it was required amonst his staff, then claiming he dropped the single greatest intellectual influence in his life is not being held to a double standard. Is there anything in legislation that Obama sponsored that shows a direct, causal link to Ayers, Wright, or anyone else you listed? Nope. Only in the deluded minds of right-wing sycophants is there a connection. The cognitive dissonance of the Right has always been there: don't bother trying to shield Ryan from repurcuissions of his decision to build his whole career around greed. BTW, the Catholic Bishops have been firm in the4ir stand that you cannot be a Catholic and be a follower of Rand. Whom do you follow?

    October 8, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Jeetu

    Mr. Ryan, you and Rom ney are liers and no one is telling any lies about you. That is a fact proven by all the details and all the fact checkers. Ryan and Romney will lie about their mothers as well if they could to win the elections. Obama and Biden do not have to say so. The fact that Rommney abondoned all his positions before the debate and the ones he professed during his primaries is a clear proof that he has no honor and convictions or any stable beliefs. Same is true of Ryan.

    We know we cannot have Romney in the WH and the republicans in the House and Senate. We are working hard to get this message out and will ensure that Novmeber elections prove this. The public has and continues to see through the lies of Ryan and Romney no matter what happens in debates.

    October 8, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. SeeThruIt2

    My opponent is telling the "Big Lie"! (I just tell numerous little lies and change my story to fit the polls.)

    October 8, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. PA Independent

    Somehow everyobody thinks that Bill Clinton was this economic whiz kid as President which is a crock. The reason that inflation was low and the economy soared during the 90s was not bill Clinton... it was Bill Gates. Technology allowed us to be much more productive in everyting we did. It was a revolution in how business transformed itself. Now Bill Clinton didn't get in the way and his bipartisan efforts on many issues including education and welfare reform were remarkable but please.... stop calling Bill Clinton responsible for the economy and surpluses of the 90's. Also, the economy and the Dot Com bubble was bursting when Bush took office and then 9/11 hit and we really went into the tank for a few more years. Stop revising history!

    October 8, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. mike electrician

    Lyin Ryan already admitted that all the while he was denouncing the stimulus (to play to the nut tea base) he was secretly asking for stimulus cash for his district. How many spending bills did he veto before 2008? Can't wait!!!!

    October 8, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. GOP = Madness

    Ryan, you have a record too, of a do nothing Representative with an affinity for the Teaparty and a prediliction for lying.

    October 8, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Pete

    I wonder how Ryan feels about his mentor Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged book being made a movie,interesting time to come out don't you think and is the producer democrate or what!!Will Ryan give Biden his policies since Romney the moron can't make up his own mind,you know he has changed on several policies many times right!!Biden is the big dog with a big bite and not like the president,he's not as polished and he'll say what he has to nomatter who they are,Romney,Ryan included.So be ready for a brawl people because with Biden all gloves are off !!

    October 8, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Don

    If Mini Mitt can spread the bullmitt like the real Mitt he will do just fine.

    October 8, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. riptin

    Forget the debates concentrate on Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia and maybe Florida. Any three guarantees four more years.

    October 8, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Thinking Texan

    cannon ball? LOL

    How about nut ball? you're a nutball.
    Why not space alien ray beam?
    Or a voodoo chant or exploding Tea bags; etch a sketch earthquake?

    Next lie, Lyan Ryan. Make it juicy like Goebbels'.

    October 8, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Patogas

    What's the point of the debate when people lie in your face? Romney and Ryan are political psychopaths that lie, have no remorse and only care about their own benefit.

    October 8, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. dahdit

    How do you debate someone like Rom n Ry who throw out more lies per minute than an infomercial? Do you take precious time to refute each one, only one? A belligerent and brazen tactic only possible when your base has no other goal but winning. Scary to think of these people wielding power.

    October 8, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. MikeB

    Wow!
    The excuse given for Obama's poor showing is that he was caught off guard and buckled under pressure. Which explains his insistence to lead from behind; behind the oligarchs that pull his strings. Obama was very much alone on the debate stage since the moderator wasn't carrying his water for him and that pressure was something he couldn't respond to.

    October 8, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Hammerer

    Think uncle joe can explain the latest jobs number?
    He is very creative, but to say that 114,000 jobs were fliied by 873,000 workers will take more than creativity.

    October 8, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Tree

    Lyin Ryan is toxic.........no one believe him.......

    October 8, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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