Ryan claims win for Romney in debate
While in Ohio, Paul Ryan stopped by the National Football League Cleveland Browns' practice field.
October 17th, 2012
02:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan claims win for Romney in debate

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's running mate declared their ticket scored a win at Tuesday night's debate while campaigning in the battleground of Ohio on Wednesday.

Campaigning with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio in Berea, a suburb of Cleveland, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Romney "had a fantastic first debate... and last night – same thing."

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A CNN/ORC International poll of debate watchers found Romney overwhelmingly won the October 3 face off, while a Tuesday night survey found debate watchers were divided 46% for President Barack Obama, 39% Romney. The difference was within the sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 points.

Both sides claimed victory.

Ryan said that Obama had brought little substance to the debate.

"We saw a president offering not a single new idea on how to turn things around," he said at Baldwin Wallace University. "We saw a president not offer a single idea or a lesson learned from the failures of the last four years."

He asserted the Democratic president "basically has one new idea: raise taxes even more."

Romney's showing, he said, stood in contrast to Obama.

"But what we saw in Governor Mitt Romney was a leader who has the solutions, who has the ideas of how to turn this economy around, how to get people back to work and how to get America back on the right track," Ryan said.

He did not specifically refer to Romney's response to a debate question on gender inequality – a response which sparked conversation in social media – but did say there was "a discussion about how women are faring in this economy last night."

"Five and a half million women are still struggling for work in this economy," he said. "A half million women more are unemployed today than when President Obama was sworn in. Twenty-six million women are trapped in poverty today. That is the highest rate in 17 years. We need to get people back to work."

In 2008, Obama claimed victory in Ohio with 51.2% of the vote but he won an even larger margin - 69% - in Cuyahoga County, where this rally was held.

On Wednesday, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that more than 1.4 million Ohioans have either cast or requested an absentee ballot for this year's election.

Obama held an evening campaign event in Ohio and earlier rallied in Iowa. Romney, meanwhile, held events in Virginia.

Ryan, who was also scheduled to attend a fundraiser and roundtable discussion in the Columbus area Wednesday evening, said Obama's tactic in the election has been to "speak to our darker emotions of fear and of envy and anxiety."

Rice introduced Ryan to the audience of more than 1,800 people in Berea and drew applause when she shared stories about her upbringing and the nation being at a crossroads.

When Ryan came on stage, he said the former secretary of state was a "tough act to follow" for the second time - they had appeared on the same night at the Republican National Convention – and he joked that it was "a little intimidating."

Rice, who served as President George W. Bush's secretary of state in his second term and as National Security adviser in the first term, did not comment specifically on Tuesday's debate or weigh in on Romney's response to a question about how he would differentiate himself from her former boss.

During the debate, Romney noted he and Bush are "different people" and said he would "champion" small businesses and focus on jobs.

"President Bush has a very different path for a very different time. My path is designed in getting small businesses to grow and hire people," said Romney at the debate, which was moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

The GOP presidential nominee criticized the last Republican president for not balancing the budget and not cracking down on China on unfair trade practices.

Instead, Rice focused on a local connection. A football fanatic and lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, Rice joined Portman and Ryan for a visit to her favorite team's training complex nearby.

The three pols talked up new owner Jimmy Haslam and head coach Pat Shurmur. The seven-term congressman from Wisconsin met number 73 and University of Wisconsin alum Jay Thomas. The offensive tackle and the vice presidential hopeful swapped stories about hunting in their home state.

When Ryan addressed the team, he acknowledged Thomas and said he is a "big Badger fan" but made no mention of his National Football League team of choice, the Green Bay Packers.

The players gathered near the end zone, many of them kneeling on one knee as they listened to him. Ryan told them, "I went to Miami of Ohio, so half my friends are from Cleveland, half my friends are from Cincinnati, and all my friends from Cincinnati are pretty ticked off today."


Filed under: 2012 • Debate Analysis • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Yonni

    He is known pathological liar no surprise

    October 17, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Paul " Look at ME!!! I'm working in a soup kitchen!!" Ryan

    Sure Ryan. Willard won. Uh huh. Now how about we see Willard's tax returns for the last 20 years?

    October 17, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Sane in Maine

    Well what else can you expect the jerk (Ryan) to say about the lier (Romney). At least the dems and Obama himself admited that he lost round one (viz – sitting on the canvas against the ropes in a daze with butterflys flying around his head). But last night he was bobbing and weaving around the ring, landed some good shots and took just a few stray jabs. Can't wait for the bell for the third and final round – the liar will be a bundle of nerves.

    October 17, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. zedolom

    everyone knows that the president did not call Bengazi the terrorist attack and that's why Ms. Crawley must be expeled from CNN for supporting Obama's lie.

    October 17, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. anonoymous

    What else could he say? Besides Romney did the same for him when Biden put his foot in his.....Obama 2012

    October 17, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    I'm suprised he can get all those words out with all the Mittens he's got in his mouth.

    I suppose that tells us all we need to know about why Mittens needs binders full of women....

    October 17, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. California Gary

    I guess it's commendable that you come out and support your boss Mr. Ryan.......but the fact is that President Obama beat Romney up, took his lunch money, and sent him home crying to his mommy last night. Romney is a bully, and it was time for someone to stand up to him. He was even trying to tell the moderator what the rules were, and telling the president when he could speak and when he couldn't.......unfortunately for him, both stood up to him and we all know how it turns out for the bully once people stand up to him. He has been exposed.......

    October 17, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    Of course Romney won. Obama didn't have one new or original idea about what he wants to do with 4 more years. He just wants more of the same, throw billions of our tax dollars away on green energy companies that go bankrupt, more debt, more deficits, no budgets, high unemployment (unless they just say everybody stopped looking for jobs). And Obamacare that will take down our healthcare system and millions will lose their healthcare.

    October 17, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Guest

    The Democrats can lie all they want and it wont change the facts one bit! The administrations record stands in stark contrast to their proclamations of success and it isnt fooling anyone anymore!

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

    October 17, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Lemone

    You Wish!!!!!

    October 17, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Whats Ryan been drinking ?

    Romney is still licking his winds from John McCain .

    October 17, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Core republican Values

    Ryan tells the best fairy tales!

    "Once upon a time, I, Paul Ryan, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay in The Workplace bill. I don't agree that women are worthy of equal pay. But come November, they'll all vote for me!"

    October 17, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Ancient Texan

    CNN poll finds Obama won the debate? When 90% of CNN's viewers are lefties, what do you expect?

    October 17, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. kayla

    another fake photo op?

    October 17, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. MrBeenThere

    At least Ryan's a Dreamer.......

    Obama 2012

    October 17, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Another Lie??? Don't this nation with computers know who won. Idiot. Drive this animal away. Lies lies of GOP thugs.

    October 17, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Chuck

    Romney's "plan" is nothing more than a handful of general goals that he hopes might turn the economy around. We know what he'd like to do, but he hasn't told us how he'd do it or what happens when it doesn't work like he hopes.

    Take his tax policy. Romney is certain that he can find $5 trillion in loopholes to close so that the rich pay the same amount and the middle class pay less. Except that he's leaving determining what loopholes to be cut to Congress.

    CONGRESS!

    And when asked what happens if he can't get enough loopholes, Romney flat out refused even acknowledge that possibility.

    October 17, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Buckeye

    LOL!!! Paulie either ingested too much dish soap or is still woozy from the beating Biden gave him last Thursday. Instead of drinking the water, maybe Paulie should pour it over his head to shake off the cobwebs.
    GOP is delusional. Last two debates have been all Obama/Biden. Not. Even. Close.

    October 17, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    I saw a clip of ryan last Friday, getting off a plane, with mitts waiting on the ramp. Mitts was congratulating ryan; great job, atta boy, etc.; ryan starts to comment and mitts points to a hanging 'boom' mike, as in: " Watch what you say; cameras and mike around!"

    Only scripted comments for the public. We ( the public) aren't allowed to know how they really feel. And very little of what they really think, unless a hidden camera is around.

    So, yeah, ryan thinks mitts as 'a leader who has the solutions, who has the ideas ' Yeah, right.

    October 17, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. V

    First word = Delusional.
    Second word = Desperate.
    Last word = Defeated.

    October 17, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. wjmccartan

    Ryan said that Romney had all the right answers last night,considering he never answered any questions except with double talk, that's quite a thing to say, so what question did he answer Paul.... Yeah I didn't think you'd answer that either.

    Paul Ryan professional politician, hasn't held a real job in his life, he went right from university to hanging out with the republican party learning the tricks of the trade, then went back and ran for office, at 28, he still in the same business and never wants to leave, its a sad state of affairs when someone can say I'm never going to work for a living, just sit back and let the people pay me. (Not much different than welfare just pays better) the system has to be changed so that a life in politics last no longer than 8 years, just like the president.

    As for his concern about the nation, his concern is for himself and those that will sponsor his career and that's it, he doesn't know what its like to go home from a back breaking day at work, or spending 10 hours running of your feet to scratch by. Its because he really doesn't understand the people he wants to represent, but if he fools enough Americans one day you'll see this guy running the most powerful nation on the planet, and that won't be a good day for America.

    Lucid One

    October 17, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    How's your marathon training going, Mr. Ryan? Any other worthless tidbits you want to throw out to the mouth-breathers who actually think you're something wonderful?

    October 17, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. rs

    Mr. Romney did at least as well as Mr. Ryan, i.e. he lost- big time.

    The GOP still seems to be fueled by lies and delusions.

    October 17, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    This from a guy who can't even tell that dishes are already clean and don't need to be washed? And he doesn't even know that you should first be invited before showing up for a photo-op in the first place?

    October 17, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. d

    "Trust me, the math checks out" is not a solution, Paul. You guys have run your entire campaign around the idea that people are too stupid to realize you're not telling us what you're selling. That strategy may pay off in the end, but don't act for a second like you guys have won the ideas war. You have none.

    October 17, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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