Ryan smells 'success' in battleground swing
November 2nd, 2012
09:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan smells 'success' in battleground swing

Cedar Falls, Iowa (CNN) - Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan painted a bleak picture of the economy at rallies in Colorado and Iowa on Friday despite a fairly strong jobs report released four days before Election Day.

On Friday, the Labor Department announced the nation's jobless rate inched up to 7.9% in October, from 7.8% in September, but 171,000 jobs were added last month.

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Even though the U.S. economy now has more jobs than it did when President Barack Obama took office in January of 2009, the Republican vice presidential nominee blamed sluggish growth on the Democratic incumbent's failed policies.

"The economy is growing at less than half the rate that the president said it would be growing at if only he could borrow a bunch of money and spend it on his cronies and stimulus package," he said in western Colorado. "We are 9 million jobs short than what he said he would accomplish. Look, in the president's campaign for another term, he has offered nothing different and if he is re-elected, nothing different is exactly what we would get."

The rally drew nearly 1,000 people to an airport hangar in Montrose, a county that GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain won handily in 2008.

"He knows firsthand because he's helped create tens of thousands of jobs," Ryan said, referring to Romney's experience in the private sector as a Bain Capital executive.

The Midwesterner recognized the smell of manure in the air – a nod to the area's agriculture hub. "I can smell success right now," said Ryan, after he took an audible whiff. "We live in dairy, corn and bean country in southern Wisconsin. That's the smell of success isn't it? That's the smell of progress. I love that smell, it makes me feel at home."

The seven-term congressman and House Budget Committee chairman also touted the background of the Republican ticket in governing.

"We can come together, Republicans and Democrats can come together to solve this country's problems. And we have a proven record for actually doing that. Mitt Romney did that that as governor, and I have been doing that in the House. We know that Americans love America and it doesn't matter what party you come from. We can fix this country's problems," he said.

Later in the day in another crucial battleground, Ryan held a rally at the University of Northern Iowa, located in one of the state's 52 counties that voted for Obama in 2008 and helped him claim six electoral votes over McCain by almost 10 percentage points.

"Right here in Big 10 country we can make the difference. Our two states right here – Wisconsin and Iowa – we can tip it over. We can make the difference right here in Iowa," Ryan told another crowd of nearly 1,000 people in Cedar Falls.

"We're asking you to talk to those people who thought hope and change sounded good in 2008 who now know better. The whole thing is up for grabs," he said. "We cannot afford as a nation to wait four more years for real change, lets make sure we only wait four more days."

On Friday evening the vice presidential hopeful reunited with his running mate for a joint rally in West Chester, Ohio.


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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Full disclosure- At the same time, the number of unemployed grew by 170,000,

    love your misleading language to frame the report to bolster the current administration.

    November 2, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. MaryM

    Some Supporters of Ryan say if he losses as VP he should quit the congress becasue he will be targeted because of his loss. lol are they projecting much.

    November 2, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Dan

    How many times did Romney reach across the aisle and work with Democrats. I believe he attempted to veto 800 times and had to be over ruled over 700 times. Not exactly the team player he remembers himself to have been.

    November 2, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. incredulous

    Right, Ryan's so sure of success he's been running ads trying to hold onto his other job. I hope and pray that he'll lose both races next week.

    November 2, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Ryan sacrificed integrity and character for political expeidency. He could have elevated the political debate by detailing his plans for the budget, deficit, medicare, and Social Security. Instead he produced generalities and smoke without substance.

    November 2, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. Dallin

    Go Romney!

    November 2, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. 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???

    It's pretty fun to hear lyin Ryan blame the dems and Obama when the gop caused the worst economic melt down in the USA in 90 years and Ryan the sponge of the taxpayers money for seven terms is largely responsible for blocking all jobs programs,but he will be history by next week in the gop train wreck !!!!!

    November 2, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. JG-Texas

    A crowd of 1,000 hmm I smell failure coming your way Ryan.

    November 2, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. John

    If Paul Ryan been working with Democrat ,than why has Congress got the worst approval rating It ever had. It because every Bill that when though Congress the Republican for the last two years flat out and said No to It. Republican Mitch McConnell said four years a go his only job Is to make the President a one term President , Now I ask you does this sound like the Republican wanted to work with the Democrats. You can't listen two Mitt Romney and lying Ryan because they are both doing nothing but lying. What I read on this page Is nothing but a bunch of lying CRAP coming from Paul Ryan.

    November 2, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    Most people have forgotten by now who Michael Ryan is.

    November 2, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. vet4america

    My family and I voted early. We proudly cast our votes for Romney!

    November 2, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. VGott

    1. President Obama created more jobs than what was lost. He is a net job creator. Period. All other statistics of slow or how good it would have been – are all speculations. In an ideal world, we should not even have any recession, but why did it happen under Republican watch?

    2. We were losing 700,000 jobs per month when Obama took office. Now, we are gaining more than 150,000 jobs per month on average. That is close to 850,000 jobs per month NET GAIN. Period. If nothing was done, or if things were done badly, then we would have lost atleast 700,000 jobs per month (in fact, it would have accelerated pretty easily to millions of jobs every month if nothing was done – remember, the job loss of was accelerating when Obama took office).
    So, if you take that into account, Obama's actions saved more than 1 million jobs every month, compared to Bush (and Romney policies)

    November 2, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    That "smell of success" belongs to Team Obama/Biden! You, Lyin Ryan, have been a disappointment....

    November 2, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  14. Mike in Texas

    The smell is the stench of your dirty campaign Paul. Maybe after November 6 you will need to look for a job. I hear Fox News needs expert pundits.

    November 2, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. Mike in Texas

    If you are so confident Mr. Ryan why are you looking into other options after the election. You know, maybe teaching or writing a book or making a run in 2016. Also, why is being discussed that if you are elected back to the House but lose the Vice Presidential election you will resign because if you want to make a run in 2016 you don't want your hands dirty the next 4 years.

    November 2, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. VGott

    1. Imagine a baseball game under perfect weather. Then suddenly imagine yourself playing under hurricane Sandy !!
    If a player in a game in Hurricane Sandy scores the same number of runs as another player in the perfect weather game, then who do you think has Played better??? Is the batter in Hurricane Sandy game, or the batter in perfect weather game?
    Most of Bush's 8 years were when the world economy was doing well, and there is housing and wall street growth. There was no regulation to reign in the bad and greedy practices of companies.
    Obama did not have this luxury. In spite of all the troubles that Republicans gave, Obama's administration was able to show net gain in jobs and we came out of the dreaded recession.

    November 2, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. Blessed

    Do you really trust ROMNEY? Ref the BIBLE about Lairs–You'll be surprised at the what happens to people who lie

    November 2, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  18. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    With the Benghazi coverup crashing down around the uhbama, and the horrible jobs report, Romney and Ryan have reason to smell success.

    November 2, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. WHY??

    Ryan was okay and could have been the president in his own right–now he is tainted with the lie telling Romney–Where is RON PAUL??? he has good sense and is honest–For the first time I am voting Obama/Biden because Romney was against the Auto-bail out but made 15.3 million dollars from it-- What is it called when you make the right choice when no one's watching–Romney does not have wahtevet it's called

    November 2, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. M

    Is he behind trump?

    November 2, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. VGott

    It is very funny how people believe that something that was tried and failed earlier, will give a different result now if implemented again.
    Romney wants to give tax cuts to wealthy – and hope that they will create jobs using the additional money they have on hand. This is tried before and failed. Business does not add jobs just because they have more money, they will add jobs when there is demand.

    You can ask why the demand would not increase sufficiently when Romney is giving tax cuts for everyone – good question. Here is why. This was tried for almost 10 years (Obama had to extend Bush tax cuts under pressure), and we do not see Businesses hiring more than they did before the tax cuts were put in place. In fact, hiring went down in spite of tax cuts, and stimulus checks sent to everyone.

    November 2, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. Dan5404

    Actually, the first two words in this headline fits your policies perfectly. Mr. Ryan. Nothing you say really matters.

    November 2, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Out of touch !

    November 2, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. Mia

    That success he smelled was Clinton, as they were both in Eau Claire on Wednesday.

    November 2, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  25. tammyk tammy

    Lyin' Ryan keeps spreading his aromatic manure of lies right up to the bitter end. He better hope that Wisconsin comes through with a seat in the House for him, otherwise he might have to get a real job. Hey there Paul, I got some leaves in PA that need to be raked. Swing by my house if you're needing a job because that is the only swinging you're going to do in this state. PA will go BLUE for OBAMA/BIDEN 2012.

    November 2, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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