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. MakesSense

    The day before the 2008 election, Mitt Romney went on Fox on behalf of the McCain campaign and stated flatly that the campaign strongly believed that they would win most, if not all of the eight battleground states. They lost all eight. So, what Ryan smells is more likely an upcoming vacation, according to the 538 poll...

    November 3, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Willow

    Giuliani...What a stupid statement. Who was the one who got Osama. You soon forget!

    November 3, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. jane

    Really? Then why has he dumped 2million in his attempt to keep his House Seat? This is one rat that knows a sinking ship when he sees it.

    November 3, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Steve Smith

    Right. That is jsut anohthr way for a politician to save face when they know they are loosing. He didn't predict victory, so the words can't be used agasnt in in 2016. Cleaver use of words but it all means the same–he knows he and Mitt are loosers. Don't give George Bush a thrd term.

    November 3, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Georges

    The word "fail" and its derivatives are used by the Republicans to characterize any and every thing done by the present administration. The fact that even before this administration settled in office, they were conspiring to inject this
    term into their narrative, suggests that what they are attempting has nothing to do with the state of the economy. They continue to minimize and discount the many obvious improvements that have taken place in the economy over the last four years. They question the validity of numbers that do not further their cause, but accept the authenticity of those
    that do.
    In terms of job creation, my question is this, which must come first, "the chicken or the egg?". Jobs are not created in a vacuum. The demand for goods and services determines the number of jobs that will be created. Businesses big or small are not altruistic. It's the bottom line that counts. If there is not demand, supplies are stockpiled and jobs are lost and job creation suspended. At the moment , the demand for goods and srevices is slowly coming back, but there is a time lag for jobs to catch up. There is where government has to come in, if demand/ job creation is to accelerate. But Mitt Romney has come out vigorously against stimulus. How then can we believe in his promises to do better than what's happening now? It's all words and not much sense.

    November 3, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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