#homestretch: Romney lowers debate expectations for Ryan
October 9th, 2012
09:34 PM ET
2 years ago

#homestretch: Romney lowers debate expectations for Ryan

Editor's note: Part of an occasional series on the #homestretch to Election Day with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (CNN) - During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, GOP nominee Mitt Romney suggested his running mate, Paul Ryan is an inexperienced debater.

"Obviously, the vice president has done, I don't know, 15 or 20 debates during his lifetime, experienced debater. This is, I think, Paul's first debate. I may be wrong. He may have done something in high school, I don't know," Romney said.

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But a spokesman for the vice presidential candidate confirmed to CNN that Ryan has performed in a number of debates over the course of his congressional career.

"He's done several over the years," Ryan spokesman Michael Steel said. Steel said he does not have a specific number.

"Nothing like this though," Brendan Buck, another Ryan spokesman, added.

In his first congressional debate, the then-28-year-old Ryan defended his young career in Washington as a congressional aide and staffer for a think thank led by Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett.

"I learned how Washington does and does not work," he said, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "You"ve got to go to Congress and stand up for your principles," he added.

– CNN's Dan Simon contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Homestretch • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. works4me

    He may have done something in high school, I don't know," Romney said.

    The only thing this guy seems to know is what he's told to know... and speak

    October 9, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. jpmichigan

    Mr. Biden, if he reliies on the Obama's policies and inactions, then he will loose. There are no new ideas or plans for the comeing 4 yrs., Obama is using the same paybook and pegging for 4 more year to fulfill his quest to truely flush the USA down the commode.

    October 9, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. SugarKube

    Ryan will trounce gaffy Joe.

    October 9, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Jake

    That Romney is a worm, reduces his own running mate to "might have done a debate in High School". So sad that so many people don't see Romney for the phony he is.

    October 9, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Thomas

    This is there way of saying , we are hitting bellow the belt in the first round.

    Did anybody find any truth in what Romney said in the debate ?

    October 9, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Jeetu

    Romney is again at his lies. This time about Ryan's debating experience. That is how they fool the public; first lower their expectations and then lie during the debates and show that they are aggressive. Winning these debates, however,is not the same as leading the country. Romney has no idea exept to lie and say whatever is needed to win the debate. We cannot let him win. Vote for Obama for POTUS in the November elections and also the democrats for the House and Senate.

    October 9, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. nina

    really? romney's lowering expectations...and obviously neither of them got their stories straight as Romney is indicating Ryan has not really debated except for maybe in high school & Ryan's spokesperson indicates he has. So who's telling the truth? Another falsehood or deception? Well America, if you choose the Romney/Ryan ticket your likely not going to know who or what ur dealing with – unless of course your rich – and then everyone's gonna be complaining for their poor choice, like buyer's remorse. Again, do ur homework b4 you vote.....especially women, seniors, blue collar workers, and young people....oh & minorities – wow did i just cover like 75% of the country...oh well better than completely disregarding 47%!

    October 9, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Apparently not well enough because it should have been made clear that people need to cooperate. Ryan like others in the House Republican leadership have failed to show that.

    October 9, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. Terrance Kozak

    No matter what experience Biden has, what exactly can he and Obama say they've done to help the average American? Utter failure. How about saving the auto industry? Obama did exactly what Romey had suggested but did it whereby it left the taxpayer on the hook for $25 billio for part ownership. It wasn't saving the industry, it was Obama being a dictator and wanting control.

    October 9, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. billNY

    This guy Ryan is going to be great for this country, starting as a VP, then hopefully more later, when they get the economy back on track from the failed policies of Obama.

    October 9, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. SpenderH

    Lamb meet slaughter? I think Ryan will hold his own. He seems like a bright guy who knows the facts, but hopefully he can eloquently defend his proposals to the audience's satisfaction. He needs to avoid obvious traps and wait for Biden to say something stupid. Based on historical evidence he shouldn't have to wait long.

    October 9, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  12. william3559

    Ryan will do fine; remember he'll be debating a man with a reputation of putting his foot or worse in his mouth, Biden.
    Romney/Ryan, 2012

    October 9, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  13. GIUK

    Biden should go easy on him. Not

    October 10, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  14. fire0bama

    Go Rep. Ryan and Go America!

    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    October 10, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  15. Hutterite

    I'm getting tired of this game. Sell the boy, mitt. Get behind him and own it up front. Leadership isn't chicken, but you seem to be.

    October 10, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  16. California

    Biden the Buffoon himself automatically lowers democrats expectations.

    October 10, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  17. Beverly Nyc

    So we can expect another evening of lies, thanks for the heads up

    October 10, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  18. i12bphil

    I don't know. The way some of the hyper-ventilating liberal/democrats are responding in the other comments sections (before CNN seems to be shutting them down) is there seems to be a lot of boot trembling. That's a pretty good barometer for me. When democrats unleash their typical vehemence (aka peace love and tolerance) and they start getting ugly (venom seething between the fangs and slewing name calling, logical fallacies and straw man arguments) you can pretty much bet the farm they are worried beyond belief. Many examples will follow this post shortly.

    October 10, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  19. The Left Wing

    ROMNEY UNDERCUTS RYAN'S POLICY POSITIONS FOR DEBATE.
    Ryan's position: Tax cuts will stimulate the economy.
    Romney's new position: Tax rate decreases will be offset by closing loopholes. If Ryan accepts Romney's statements then his plans loses its stimulus. If Ryan challenges Romney's ability to find the loopholes, he undercuts Romney.

    October 10, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  20. dsangiovanni

    Would you be sorprise if this guy start looking for WMD in Iran...History repeat itself, again... The wholw world in a mess, again. Probably worse....

    October 10, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |