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. rs

    The trick for both Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama is how to debate people who will not tell the truth, and in a setting where neither the moderators (or the Press) don't hold Mr. Ryan or Mr. Romney accountable for their outlandish lies. Debating people so delusional is like nailing Jello to a wall. Unfortunately to their supportes the lies don't matter. Probably just more proof that the GOP is as a party, deeply sick.

    October 8, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. DEMOCRATS ARE IN FACT THE BIGGEST TAX CHEATS AROUND. Timothy Geithner THE PERFECT EXAMPLE.

    This very well will probably be the nail in Hussein Obama's Campaign.

    October 8, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Jack in Florida

    Yes, the pressure is on Eddie Munster, to tell bigger and better lies, than Thurston Howell III. Romney/Ryan, can't stop lyin!!!!

    October 8, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. jj

    Is it still mud slinging if it's true?

    October 8, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. BigTBone

    The beauty is that those who adore Paul Ryan also think Biden is a bumbling clown.

    Ryan lives in the bubble and anyone who thinks he's some kind of budget genius will be sorely mistaken.

    Joe proved at the DNC that he can speak effectively and from experience. R and R have armed Obama/Biden with enough lies to carry through til the 2016 election.

    October 8, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    The proven gop liers will lose big in,Nov and leave the national stage with their forked tails between their legs and Ryan will lose his house seat as well ,liers never win and voters aren't stupid . Obama landslide coming and gop train wreck in,Nov.

    October 8, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. DEMOCRATS ARE IN FACT THE BIGGEST TAX CHEATS AROUND. Timothy Geithner THE PERFECT EXAMPLE.

    4 more years of the same failed policies and blame game of Hussein Obama? Not for me.

    ROMNEY / RYAN 2012

    October 8, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Michael

    All of you portraying MItt and Rayan as liars while Obama is a FAKE, who does not know if he is Black or white, Muslim or Christian, Communist or Capitalist, legal or illegal... He chooses which ever bring him VOTES.

    October 8, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. UrAverageJoe

    Ryan had a budget passed in which he turns Medicare into a voucher system. Romney supports the voucher system because he sees seniors on Social Security as "victims" who "will never take responsibility for their own lives." That's all ya need to know.

    October 8, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. DocHollywood

    Their strategy is to "call you liars"? That's not a strategy, that's a fact. Mitt's a salesman, he changes any fact to suit the situation because he's selling you himself. He has no core principles. In the republican primary debates he was so far to the right of Gingrich he made Perry look like a liberal. And in the presidential debates he was so far to the left of Obama he made Pelosi look like a conservative. Just change the "Where's Waldo" to "Where's Mitt".

    October 8, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Victoria

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 8, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. DEMOCRATS ARE IN FACT THE BIGGEST TAX CHEATS AROUND. Timothy Geithner THE PERFECT EXAMPLE.

    Obama (I admit a very good speaker) FAILS to make the sale on not only Obamacare but his economic plans.

    The debate was proof of those fact.

    October 8, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Pat in IL

    Ryan is just anidiot. Instead of wasting words that are just borrowing trouble and being paranoid, he should e studying up on foreign policy and economics.....heretofore lacking.

    October 8, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. showstopper1469

    go ryan wipe up the floor with biden. mr.biden (aka) mr.Gaff machine lies so much he starting to belive them

    October 8, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Russell, NC ,

    Biden looks ancient.

    October 8, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Annierae

    Well, Romney/Ryan are liars – why shouldn't they be called what they are?

    October 8, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. MommaG

    For me it's about their record. Romney/Ryan don't have a clean record and have not given me policy to decide for myself if they get my vote. On the other hand, President Obama has proven himself to be a good leader in most regards. I don't beleive that anyone taking office of POTUS in Jan. 2009 could have done any better and many could have done much, much worse.

    In asking myself am I better today than 4 years ago. Yes I am!

    The company I work for allowed the employees to vote on whether to take additional days off with no pay or lay off employees. We voted to keep everyone working. Today we no longer feel obligated to keep the practice, but it's that policy has been left for those employees who need additional time to care for family members. My employer has also restarted our 401K match program and they are putting money in our pention fund again.

    My 401K has returned to pre 2008 size, the equity in my home is back up to 40% more than I paid for it (I don't use the 2006 as a base as it was a false number to begin with), the last foreclosed on home sold last month in our neighborhood. In addition to the financial return to health, I don't have to worry about my children losing their health care due to having Epilepsy. This alone use to keep me awake at night – not any more.

    So, I am better off and President Obama will again get my vote. I did vote for Hope and Change and I got what I expected – especailly given the condition of our nation when he took office. I don't have long term memory loss of what we had gotten to in Sept. 2008 like many seem to.

    October 8, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Russell, NC ,

    Ryan will run circles around Biden.

    October 8, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Dadster

    Do you think maybe they're going to call you liars because you lie so much? How about "20% across the board tax cuts" to "I'm not going to lower taxes on the wealthy." How about "You can't be denied healthcare coverage for pre-existing conditions" to That's only if you ALREADY HAVE healthcare coverage. If you don't, then you can be denied. I guess all of the federal workers are supposed to believe that the "federal workforce will only be reduced through attrition". You have to be really stupid to believe that a guy who ran Bain Capital, where the first course of action is to eliminate costs by laying off workers, would do it any differently then he has in his whole career there . I wonder how many federal workers who vote republican will unknowingly be pulling the lever that terminates their own job. Well, I guess it's like Rick Santorum once said. "Sometimes ya gotta take one for the team". Try telling that to your bill collectors.

    October 8, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. snowdogg

    "and other surveys, including a CNN/ORC International poll, showed debate watchers considered Romney the clear winner."

    Romney is a liar and flip-flopper and really good at it too.

    October 8, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. CryBabies

    Ly'in, Liar, Lying....I'd venture to say that most if not all of the bloggers on this site have no clue as to what Romney/Ryan are "lying" about. Thats what the democrats are pushing.....If you say it loud enough and repeat it over and over it might stick. You even have Paul "crazybrain" Krugman following in the parade. Hell of a strategy, but thats "Chicago politics". The blind leading the blind.

    October 8, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. CryBabies

    MommaG.....Good luck passing the debt onto your kids.... I'm sure they won't be able to lift that load.

    October 8, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. wyominguy

    Im wondering if our VP will set another great example and use the F word at least once in the debates! America can be so proud of such a fine man....sure he slips with the profanity once in a while but hey thats ok in a Democratic administration with ZERO moral values!

    October 8, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Benbuttons

    What a bunch of freaking whiners! Are you equally as upset over Obama's lies and flip-flopping. Slaves to the party, each and every one of you.

    October 8, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. zach

    nonsense... all of you

    October 8, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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