Ryan adds his criticism for Obama's 'secretary of business'
November 1st, 2012
05:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan adds his criticism for Obama's 'secretary of business'

Greeley, Colorado (CNN) - In Colorado Paul Ryan added to the chorus of criticism against President Barack Obama for suggesting a "secretary of business" cabinet-level position be created.

Obama floated the idea during an MSNBC interview on Monday, before Superstorm Sandy made landfall, so the Republican presidential campaign waited days to go after their Democratic challenger.

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On Thursday they pounced with an ad, and Mitt Romney and his running mate mocked the proposal at separate events.

"You know, we already have a secretary of business. It's actually called secretary of commerce," Ryan said at a rally in Greeley, Colorado. "Let me ask you a question: can anybody name our current secretary of commerce? You know why? We don't have one! It's been vacant for over four months and the president hasn't even proposed to put somebody in the job."

During his interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," the president said he wanted to "consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies" that deal with various types of American businesses.

"We should have one secretary of business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like getting loans to SBA [the Small Business Administration] or helping companies with exports," Obama said Monday. "There should be a one-stop shop."

The Romney-Ryan campaign framed the remark as another attempt at big government from the Democratic incumbent.

"We don't need another bureaucrat or another bureaucracy, we need another president," Ryan said, who spoke in Northern Colorado after Romney weighed in at a rally in Virginia.

In Roanoke the Republican presidential nominee renewed his attacks on Obama for not offering an agenda. "We don't need a secretary of business to understand business. We need a president who understands business, and I do," Romney said.

During Ryan's visit to Colorado's Weld County, which GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain carried with 53% of the vote in 2008, he said, "President Obama is going to be running around just this week and for the next five days explaining why he just needs four more years to get it all right."

CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Allen

    Romney doesn't know business .... unless it is the business of dismantling successful companies to give China the trade edge. Don't let Willard Romney dismantle America! Let your conscience guide you vote Obama 2012.

    November 1, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. DP

    Romney-Ryan – a perfect pair of deception, deceit and the GOP platform – trying to woo and misguide the innocent and gullible people of our great nation.

    November 1, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Iamnotfooled

    President Obama wants to consolidate 9 government agencies. That does not sound like growing government to me. Sounds like eliminating a lot of red tape which is needed. It will make it more efficient. What Romney and Ryan plan to do by repealing everything will throw the whole system into turmoil.

    November 1, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. clarke

    If you are going to campaign, tell me what you will do, how, when and where. How much will it cost and how much will it save. Tell me why i should vote for you. Don't tell how bad the other person is, I want plans and details how you will deal with the issues. So far I hear about a 5 point plan, no details. Any good business man knows you need details.

    November 1, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Ryan would say that.

    It's a very good idea , it would help cut through red tape , expedite the needs for longterm growth and planing for a prosperous future. And it would take big special interest out of the US Chamber of Commerce. We are the only democratic country in the world who's corporations don't work at times in the best interest of our own Nation.

    I's like to ask Ryan about deregulation and big pharma, and what he thinks of the menigitis deaths do to deregulation and bad standards ?

    Deregulations both Romney and Ryan supports !

    November 1, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    Oh Good -appoint another ignoramus that doesn't have the foggiest clue how a business operates or how to navigate through the burden of government red tape and regulations, but creates more uncertainty and more regulation.

    November 1, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. Ex-GOP Con

    English must not be Ryan and Romney's strong point. President Obama suggested consolidating the different bureaus.

    November 1, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. beevee

    Alright Pinochio Ryan, Stop lying

    November 1, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. John

    Republicans need to learn that an idea isn't bad just because the President proposes it; their knee jerk negativity is simply absurd and not constructive at all. As is their unwillingness to compromise. This is an idea that would save money, reduce bureaucracy and has been endorsed by the chamber of commerce. Obama has a good plan; Romney and Ryan don't even have enough good ideas to qualify as idealogues.

    November 1, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. Dan5404

    And who really cares about your opinion?

    November 1, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Jack

    Do you know why, Paul Ryan won't say is' the Republican have reject the people he has put forth.

    November 1, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. pjoe

    Obama needs a Czar of Business. He needs a Czar of Youtube Apologies. He needs a Czar of Global Warming. He needs a Czar of Global Cooling. He needs a Czar of Climate Change. He needs a Czar of Blame.

    November 1, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Charlotte

    Gov. Mitt Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called “blind” trust.

    The Romneys’ gigantic windfall was hidden inside an offshore corporation inside a limited partnership inside a trust which both concealed the gain and reduces taxes on it.

    According to ethics law expert Dan Curry who drafted the ethics complaint, Ann Romney does not have a federally-approved blind trust. An approved “blind” trust may not be used to hide a major investment which could be affected by Romney if he were to be elected President. Other groups joining the UAW and CREW include Public Citizen, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Public Campaign, People for the American Way and The Social Equity Group.

    November 1, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. Observer

    After the last two years of getting the business from the republicans in Washington every day, I'm sure he has a great understanding of business, that would include republican business. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb should just find some where to twiddle their thumbs for the next few days, because its all over but the crying for R&R.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 1, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. James Bond

    Its better to have accurate math then to have a plan that does not add up.

    November 1, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  16. Ann Coulter is a blonde having a blonde experience

    Major Endorsements this week (for your consideration)
    Ticket #1 Bloomberg, The Economist, and Colin Powell have endorsed Obama.
    Ticket #2 Meatloaf and Lindsey Lohan have endorsed Romney.
    Obama/Biden2012 and forward.

    November 1, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. Jean

    None of the most successful Presidents were successful businessmen. A country is not a business, can not be run like a business. What do you do with states or citizens who don't give good returns? A citizen is not an employee or a customer. A president is not a CEO, but a leader and a servant of the people.

    November 2, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. Jeff

    First, Congressman Ryan, of the body with an 11% approval rating is being disingenuous when he blames President Obama for not putting forth a nominee for Commerce secretary. He knows full well that with four months to go before an election, the Senate has no plans to confirm such a nominee. So on that fact, President Obama could say he's just saving taxpayer time and money.

    Second, no Republican can complain about increasing the simple of the cabinet. George W. Bush and his administration created the Dept. of Homeland Security, and their accompanying agency administration.

    Third, and finally, when Ryan has been on the House for as long as he has, why should he receive a term as VP? So he can have four years with Mitt Romney to finally get something right? He keeps saying, "when you don't have a record to run on . . .," well Mr. Ryan, name a significant piece of legislation you've proposed besides a budget that affects all but the wealthiest Americans?

    November 2, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. aaron

    It's apparently better to take the Repub practice of appointing cabinet members who are savvy in business and then use their positions to enrich their businesses. Cheney did a bang up job enriching Haliburton with lies to justify the invasion of Iraq.

    November 2, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  20. Old Guy

    Obama's answer for growing business? More government....

    Priceless.

    November 2, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  21. conservatives are anti-america

    Romney why did you show a campaign video at your non-campaign Sandy relief rally and why didn't you know exactly where all the supplies were going to? Doesn't sound like you care too much about the victims. AND you held the "relief rally" in Ohio!!! Last time I checked that state doesn't have a coastline!!!

    November 2, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  22. W.G.

    There goes "LYIN RYAN" again . It´s hard to appoint a Sec. of Comm. When republican congressmen refuse to work .
    Republicans afe trying to hold this country hostsage to get their way . Lets vote all the republicans out .
    Romney and Ryan are nothing more than Clones of George"W" Bush and Chenney . With an agenda to
    bring this country to it´s knees and creat a !800´s pay scale that is equal to China .

    November 2, 2012 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  23. GI Joe

    Bush (W) is in the Caymen's giving a lecture on how to "offshore" to "beat paying taxes" - quite the patriot, isn't he? NOT

    November 2, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
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