Back on the stump, Ryan focuses on 'different direction'
October 31st, 2012
12:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Back on the stump, Ryan focuses on 'different direction'

Eau Claire, Wisconsin (CNN) - In the wake of Superstorm Sandy devastating the northeast Paul Ryan toned down his criticism of President Barack Obama when Mitt Romney's running mate resumed campaigning on Wednesday.

When the Wisconsin lawmaker and vice presidential nominee kicked off the first of three rallies in his home state he focused less on their Democratic opponent – who will spend the day surveying Sandy-ravaged areas of New Jersey with Republican Gov. Chris Christie – and more on what the Republican ticket would do if they were elected in six days.

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"I tell you what, Wisconsinites we're problem solvers. We don't care who gets credit, we just want to fix things," he said before an audience of 1,000 people in Eau Claire. "And so when you take a look at the challenges on our horizon one of the reasons why our businesses aren't hiring, one of the reasons why we have 23 million people struggling for work, one of the biggest reasons we have 15 percent of Americans in poverty today is because our economy is not growing, because there's a massive amount of government-imposed uncertainty plaguing our economy. On day one we're going to fix that. On day one we're going to go in a different direction."

Ryan, who has served in Congress 14 years and is chairman of the House Budget Committee, faulted both political parties for making "lots of empty promises for years to get re-elected," resulting in an increasing federal debt that is hurting the nation's economy.

He said, "Problems have been building and mounting in Congress and in Washington and they need to be solved. What we need is somebody who gets out of bed every morning thinking about how do I solve these problems, who do I talk to, how do I bring people together. How do I break the Gordian knot of gridlock in Washington, how do I run at our country's problems instead of running away from them?"

On Tuesday, the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate set aside their usual stump speeches and instead welcomed donations of storm-relief supplies from supporters. In Wisconsin, Ryan thanked volunteers at victory centers in La Crosse and Hudson who collected supplies that were headed to a Red Cross center in New Jersey.

Ryan held one rally in Florida instead of three that were scheduled on Monday before the storm made landfall.

With less than a week to go until Election Day, Ryan encouraged voters in his native Wisconsin to take advantage of early voting and absentee in person so they can "spend the weekend talking to friends, talking to relatives, talking to neighbors, making sure people go to the polls."

"But being that we're here near the banks of the Mississippi, not too far from there, we've had our share of natural disasters, but we don't have hurricanes. We've turned on the TV and we've seen the devastation. Let's keep the people of the Northeast in our prayers today," he said.

Ryan will hold rallies in Green Bay and Racine before he goes home to go trick-or-treating with his three kids in Janesville.


Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Wisconsin
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Indeed. BACKWARDS is a "different direction" than FORWARDS.

    October 31, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. nvorr

    So, how does Ryan's budget proposal provide for FEMA assistance to states in the event of disasters such as Sandy?

    October 31, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Canuck

    " How do I break the Gordian knot of gridlock in Washington?"

    You work with the President and don't reject everything he suggests you disingenuous jerk.

    October 31, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. rs

    Romney and Ryan and the politics of division- the same Birther nonsense and the scare talk that we're not a "Christian nation".
    The GOP: what's wrong with America.

    October 31, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. UBS, WILLARD & 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    Lyin' Ryan, you're part of the obstruction in Washington. You should take a long hard look in the mirror.

    October 31, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. jkane 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???

    They would start with cutting fema disasters federal disasters aid and tell you to call your momma ,cut soc sec and Medicare and tell you your on your own while Ryan continues to leach of the taxpayers for his free healthcare while he votes against yours and veterans benifits .the gop ticket with the failed govenor and the teaparty extremest is totally incompetent and unelectable .

    October 31, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    A little too late for toning down the rhetoric. You told lie after lie about President Obama and you meant it. Stick a fork in team mittens/lyin' – you're done!

    October 31, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. grimbal

    TOO Little TOO Late

    October 31, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Darrell

    We have been there, Paul You voted for the economic policies that got this country in economic trouble. 2000-2008 is the past and the wrong direction. We are making progress under Obama. Obama-Biden 2012! Forward!

    October 31, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Democrat now Ind.

    FORWARD off the cliff isn't an option at all.

    October 31, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    George W. Economics ! George W. Foreign Policy ! Watch Out Iran, we're coming after you; with a short stop in Syria on our way !!!

    October 31, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Democrat now Ind.

    ROMNEY / RYAN 2012

    Because we can't have 4 more years without a budget.

    October 31, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    Sniffit - Indeed. BACKWARDS is a "different direction" than FORWARDS
    =======================================================
    Obama has brought the country to the fiscal cliff and you and he want to go FORWARD??? Yes, prudent and sane judgement says move BACK from the cliff and the bankruptcy that Obama wants to bring to this country.

    October 31, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Priceless coming frm the biggest bump on the road to get anything done for the good of the country!!
    "how do I break the Gordian knot of gridlock in Washington? Why don't you ask Christie then look at yourself in the mirror (wuicky before it breaks or is there even an image of yourselfnyou can see) you are one of the worst screwballs in congress. You and that norauist pledge against your own country. TRAITOR!
    You are here you are there you are everywhere playing to small crowds. No pictures of you at a soup kitchen or pretending you care distributing canned goods like the twit?

    October 31, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Bob

    "Problems have been building and mounting in Congress and in Washington and they need to be solved. What we need is somebody who gets out of bed every morning thinking about how do I solve these problems, who do I talk to, how do I bring people together. How do I break the Gordian knot of gridlock in Washington, how do I run at our country's problems instead of running away from them?"

    STEP 1 – Oust the teabagging economic terrorists in Congress.
    STEP 2 – dump the obstructionist Repukes in Congress.

    PROBLEM SOLVED!

    Next?

    October 31, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden - Thelma & Louise, pedal to the metal and FORWARD over the cliff

    FORWARD to $20 TRILLION debt and endless $1 TRILLION yearly deficits is NOT an option.
    Obama must go and go fast if the country is to survive the next 4 years.

    October 31, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Critical Thinking

    It will be nice to have a vice president that knows what state he is in and what century it is and what our current deficit is. Lets be frank, it will be nice to have a vice president who knows what day it is.

    October 31, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. cali girl

    Different Direction? Is that equal to a U turn, right back to the 1950's?

    October 31, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Austin

    Oh yea , we are problem solvers and the first way we will fix your problem if you are in a disaster is to cut FEMA by 40%. Next??????

    October 31, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. snakebite201

    If our government had been responsible ove the past 2 decades, there would not be an issue concerning FEMA or our ability to handle these disasters that show up unannounced. More stimulus and big government spending creates uncertainty inthese emergency funds. Our President is doing his job, but that is what he is suppose to do. It is a shame that he waited until one week before the election to start.

    October 31, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Dave Jaipersaud

    Do not fall for the nonsense Romney and the Republicans are selling. They will lie, cheat and steal to get into the White House. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. I am sure they would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out most Americans life savings. Basically that is what the Republicans are proposing. They are saying lets fire the guy that stabilized your investments and grow it to almost what it was prior to 2007 and let’s rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. Do they think most Americans are stupid?

    Here is the real hoax. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. Here is something to think about. Republicans would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out their life savings. Basically that is what they are proposing. Republicans are telling us to fire the guy that stabilized and grow our investments to almost what it was worth prior to 2007 and rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. We have to be really stupid to listen to them and rehire a guy whose policies wiped out investment in the first place. I would hope that Americans are smarter than that.

    Here is a simple way of looking at who is best for the economy. Would you invest with a guy whose investment policies wiped out your investment portfolio or would you invest with a guy whose investment policies stabilized your investment portfolio and is currently growing your portfolio. Even Romney wouldn't invest his own money with the guy whose policies wiped out everyone’s investment and now he wants us to do it. So why would anyone even consider voting for any Republican.

    How can any Americans think that Romney/Ryan policies would be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. Have people forgotten what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. Are we that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    October 31, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. DaveC

    Democrat now Ind.:

    If you want to find who is at fault for that just look at the picture above. He is one of them.

    October 31, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Democrat now Ind.

    Compromise is a two way street. It's a shame democrats don't know that.

    October 31, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. needNewGov

    I wish I could run for President. It seems all you have to constantly say is "I'm a wonderful person.", "I will save everybody.", I will create jobs for everybody and I'll bring peace to the universe." without telling anyone how you will do this. I'm surprised they haven't promised a chicken in every pot. Romney/Ryan, liars of the world.

    October 31, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Joyce

    I don't understand how anyone could vote for the same party that almost destoryed this country. George W Bush had 8 years & put us into 2 wars that weren't paid for, and almost bankrupted this country, yet people are mad at the President because he wasn't able to fix it in 3 years. Our President has nothing but our interest at heart. He is not working for the big corporations, he is working for the little people. Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan are liars and they will destory this country.

    October 31, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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