Ryan zeroes in on energy jobs in Pennsylvania
October 20th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
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Ryan zeroes in on energy jobs in Pennsylvania

Moon Township, Pennsylvania (CNN) - GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan zeroed in on energy jobs and waved a Terrible Towel when he visited Steelers country on Saturday.

In an appeal for Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes, Mitt Romney's running mate warned of another four years of President Barack Obama's energy policies and pointed to a major pocketbook issue to make his point.

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"Look, gas prices are more than double what they were four years ago. Who knows what they're going to be if he got four more years," Ryan said.

Ryan, a seven-term congressman from Wisconsin who also serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee, said the Democratic president will "dust off his national energy tax, which is designed to raise the price and tax on all of our energy."

"Not only are these policies wrong, not only do these policies cost us jobs, not only do they mean that American energy dollars go to the Middle East - they are keeping us from having a boon. They are keeping us from having jobs. They are keeping us from making our pay checks stretch farther," he said.

In September, Obama showed a comfortable lead in Pennsylvania, but two non-partisan polls released this month show the race tightening. Quinnipiac University and Muhlenberg College conducted recent surveys that put the president at 50% and 49%, with Romney trailing four points behind at 46% and 45% respectively.


Ryan campaigned later on Saturday in Ohio.

At a rally with 800 people in a hangar at Pittsburgh International Airport, the vice presidential hopeful also accused the president of engaging in a war on coal.

He warned that Obama will "keep his war on coal going. Over a hundred coal plants are scheduled to close costing us thousands of jobs. Just a month ago we lost 1200 coal jobs in states like Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia."

This was Ryan's third event in Pennsylvania since he joined the Republican ticket on August 11. Following Saturday's Pennsylvania rally, Ryan also campaigned in neighboring battleground state Ohio.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    How many 30 and 40 year-olds can afford to pay their 65 year old parents' medical bills.

    One two day visit to the hospital can cost upward of $25,000. If you add in surgery for a new hip or heart surgery, it will top $100,000. I'd like to see those 35-40 year old coal miners do that AND pay their own rising health care under Romey/Ryan.

    October 20, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. What does "Mitt" Stand For? (Get it?)

    Ryan doesn't care about jobs for women. He voted against the Lily Ledbetter Act supporting equal pay for women in the workplace. Ryan is a hypocrite. At more than a little creepy.

    October 20, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    Ryan, who is still a Congressman, should consider looking into the fact that Oil is trading in the low 90 dollar (per barrel) range while gas is within 10% of its all time high. The last time gas was near this price, oil was trading around $140 per barrel. Are the (government subsidized) oil companies guilty of price gouging?

    Of course, it's all Obama's fault, somehow.

    October 20, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    And yes, romney could easily bring the price of energy down, by wrecking the economy like W and the republican Congress did, just before Obama took over and turned it around.

    October 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Thomas

    "Look, gas prices are more than double what they were four years ago. Who knows what they're going to be if he got four more years," Ryan said.

    Ryan needs to tell the truth why Big Oil is keeping prices high !

    Dose anybody remember Enron's close ties with GW Bush ?
    Ryan was a lap dog for special interest then and his is Today .

    October 20, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Wondering Wanda

    Ryan should talk about his budget and stop being bullied by Romney–go rogue–I want to see that fire in his eyes and passion in his voice–stop being a puppet–flex some muscle-yeah

    Romney has messed up the coal angle anyway–plan to see the ad–this factory is a killer

    October 20, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    The oil that is produced in the Heartland of the USA and Canada is not viable at a lower cost. If OPEC increases production and drops the price of oil below $80 per barrel (possible if/when Iraq comes online at full capacity), the midwest oil boom will collapse. It can not be extracted and refined profitably to compete with Arab oil.

    October 20, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    Mitts was against Coal before he was for it!

    It Kills!!. mitts said, truthfully ( I seldom get to use 'mitts' and 'truthfully' in the same phrase).

    October 20, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    Mitts and his boy, ryan, want to build the pipeline on Day 1. It will create a million jobs. And lower the price of Gas.

    Except that the problem is not a shortage of oil. Last spring the storage facilities (tank farm) in Oklahoma had to raise monthly storage fees to slow down the glut of crude oil stored there.

    With no extra refineries on the Gulf to process this crude, our price for gasoline will not be affected by the Canadian oil. And it will mostly go to China.

    And, BTW, oil companies in the USA have no interest in building a new refinery. They will blame it on Environmental laws, but it is really a matter of economics: They can raise prices whenever there is a reduced supply of gasoline.

    Maybe the Federal Government should build a refinery. It has built dams for electricity, and subsidized Nuclear power plants.

    Delta airlines recently bought a refinery, just to get out from under the greedy oil companies.

    October 20, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    What on earth is Ryan doing in PA? Perhaps his time would be better spent in say CO or NV or FL or NC? What a wasted opportunity reminiscent of McCain pretending he "had a shot at it" too. If anything, Ryan is being hid. Wonder why.

    October 20, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Lar5

    and Ryan will keep his diabolic religious zealot war on women going strong. Go back to the kitchen girls and then to the bedroom. Keep your man happy. That’s the Ryan idea of God’s will toward women excuse me “girls”.

    October 20, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Raj

    Traditional coal does not have future while clean coal does. Obama know this. He has new vision for energy unlike GOP who know only to drill. Be smart GOP to win the future not just to win election.

    October 20, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Willie Floyd

    It's hard to believe there could be 2 bold face liars on the same ticket. But then they are Repukes!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 20, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Squigman

    Zero in on this, you are not now, nor were you ever vice presidential, or for that matter congressional material. You are where you are at, because you have lied and cheated your way to this position. If you ever want to see the earth change direction of spin, it will be after this pin head, starts telling the truth. Another thing, he's someday going to find it advantageous to think of others before always thinking of himself first and always. How the likes of this cretin, is thought of as a leader is testimonial to the ignorance of the American people.

    October 20, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. deleereus

    When will these candidates provide meaning with their talking points? Coal burning for electrical generation is, today, one of the dirtiest air polluting industry anywhere. Just look to photographs from space of the air in China and remember scenes from the Olympics. Closing plants is the answer we get from corporates unwilling to modernize these facilities.

    October 20, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Pete

    Ryan just how many followers of yours were bused in for the big pic op..And how Murray employees at the coal mine being told to be at the Romney pic op or else as well,they didn't get paid and told reporters how their boss is making them contribute to Romneys campaign fund also!!Why don't you explain how come a company in Honeywell Electronics of Freeport,Illinois that made profits of 560 million last quarter was sold thru Bain to the Chinese firm Sensata and how the firm threatened the American workers with losing their benefits if they didn't train Chinese workers to replace them,but screwed them anyway closing the factory days earlier without a word,Romney also made 8 million on that sale that also went overseas..Romney can't speak bad about someone he sleeps with in Chinese corporations that make him money even now,he'd talk bad about his wife first because she doesn't make him the money the Chinese do and that's fact!!And Romney quit lying about how sucessful corporations you take over are being profittable 80% of the time,more like 5% before you sell them out right after stripping them bare and you know it republicans,these facts don't hide,your lies do!!

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

    A true Green Bay Packers fan would never wave a Pittsburgh Terrible Towel. Just goes to show you that the Romney/Ryan ticket will say or do anything to be elected. Even throw away their allegaince to their team. Obama proclaims he is a Bears fan and doesn't change to a different team to get elected.

    Even though I can't stand the Bears, there's something to be said for a person who doesn't say or do anything to get your vote.

    October 20, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Let's Be Reasonable

    But is anyone going to take Eddie Munster seriously about anything after the beat-down Uncle Joe gave him last week?

    October 20, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    There were 17 attacks on embassies/consulates during Bush II, 15 during Clinton, 4 during Bush I, 11 during Reagan.

    This happens. It's terrible, but it happens. Not sure who made the point first, but embassies/consulates have to be secure, yes, but also be open enough to be approachable. It's located in a foreign land, with some aspects of security out of our control. There are going to be incidents. You investigate them, you don't jump the gun and make it into political theater. You learn from them and you work to improve conditions and reduce the risk for a next time.

    I'd rather have a president who's winding down wars, keeping us out of new ones and showing a balanced, reasoned approach than another chicken hawk who will make things worse.

    Also worth mentioning is the fact that the Republican House (in the last 18 months) has cut funding for Embassy security around the world by $549 Billion Dollars.

    Chew on those facts awhile. Romney is politicizing this dreadful incident, and I believe it makes him a horrible person.

    October 20, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Steve

    Guess he is going to import energy from China.

    October 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. anonoymous

    I look at these small crowds and noticed not a lot of supporters.....so how can the polls show a tight race? Cant believe how much these two have lied and the people still believe. Just wonder if these clowns do get elected what excuse will they give for sticking it to us? dont be fooled swing state voters Romney on cares about the rich. Why else would the top one percent invest so much in a man nobody likes but is forced to back? Think about it. Obama 2012 they only sane choice!

    October 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. fernace

    It's really sad that the hash tag "Obamas failed policies" has so many people fooled! Per the debate the President layed out everything he has accomplished in the last 4 years, largely despite obstruction & filibustering by the GOTP! He also explained what his plans are! Romney, however is giving us the same plan that took us to the brink & kicked it up a few notches! He kept shouting over the President "Government doesn't create jobs" an then claimed that he'll create 12 million of them & repeated that he knows how create work because of his business record! Huh?? The GOTP ran on a" job's, job's, job's" platform, then promptly went to work to block/ban abortion & gay civil rights! Not to mention Laying Off thousands of teachers & government workers across the nation! Bain "harvested" businesses, i.e. stripped them of everything, including jobs & pension plans! Massachusets was #47 in the nation, in economic solvency when he left! A vote for Romney is a vote against Democracy & for Plutocracy! Obama Nov 6!!

    October 20, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. 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???

    All this from a guy who has been spongeing off the taxpayers for seven terms and voted against the veterans jobs bill and equipment pay for woman and who gets free healthcare and votes against yours and who's only real job was driving a hotdog car ,and also signed rover nitwitqueste pledge to not tax millionaires and billionaire like his tax cheat lyin partner ,gop romney the clown. Signed the 47%!!!!!

    October 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Oh come on Ryan... just more lies. Can't wait to see you out of a job come Nov.6!
    OBAMA 2012 Forward not back to the 50's!

    October 20, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Josylad

    The story of the 2012 US presidential elections is akin to the story of a great mother with 2 kids. This mother took great care of her kids and made huge sacrifices for them. Every 4 years, the 2 kids 'campaign' for the privilege to host and care for mother for the next 4years – with the extended family voting

    The first son R had the mother for 8 years and during that period she aged, became sic
    k due to lack of proper care and R's disposition to be cater to his elite friends rather than spend time with mother. D – the other son campaigned that if he gets the chance to host and care for mother, he will take better care of her – build her a grandma chalet, buy her a chauffeur driven car, get her the best doctor to care for her, make sure she sees the world and have a great life. D campaigned and made these promises over a 2 year period because he loved his mother and aspired to give her the best.

    A few days before the election, mother went into a cardiac arrest induced coma. D won the election and got her in this terrible state. Of course, D spent his all his time, energy, resources and emotions to save mother's life; while R – still smarting from an election loss refused to help D care for mother despite the fact that mama was in a coma. After 2 years mama came out of a coma and with the help of rehab got stronger gradually over the next 2 years

    As the next election approached, R began to slam D. R argued that mother doesn't have a new house and car yet, has not seen the world and was not better than what she was 10 years ago. R said D broke his promises. R conveniently forgot he handed over a comatose mother and never helped to care for her. R loves to quote stats on mother's blood pressure, bank balance and other indicators of health and well being without referencing the state in which mother was handed over to D – almost dead

    R is Republican Romney, D is the Democratic Obama and Mother is the United States. The question is : Does D deserve credit for getting mother back on her feet, even if she is not in her best condition yet? Does R have a right to attack D when he was responsible for mother's coma and never helped to care for her when she was in a coma? Does R deserve to have mother back when he didn't help and when he intends to feed her the same food and introduce her to the lifestyle that got her sick in the first instance? R complained that D squandered the family savings and incurred debt to save her life, when he was using the savings to entertain his elite friend and live the good life.

    You decide. Who should have mother for the next four years?

    October 20, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |