Paul Ryan to slam Obama for 'politics of division'
October 25th, 2011
08:05 PM ET
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Paul Ryan to slam Obama for 'politics of division'

Washington (CNN) - As President Obama continues a swing out West on Wednesday to push his economic proposals, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan plans to launch a blistering response in a speech in Washington.

Ryan will argue the president is practicing "the politics of division" and will say Obama needs to reverse course from a "path of debt, doubt, and decline," according to a Ryan aide familiar with the remarks.

In excerpts obtained by CNN, Ryan's speech includes strong pushback to the president's criticism of the GOP on Capitol Hill during his recent bus tour and West Coast swing.

"He is going from town to town, impugning the motives of Republicans, setting up straw men and scapegoats, and engaging in intellectually lazy arguments, as he tries to build support for punitive tax hikes on job creators," Ryan plans to say of the president at his speech at the Heritage Foundation.

Obama has repeatedly blamed congressional Republicans for blocking his jobs bill, which he unveiled in a joint address to Congress last month. Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the measure, and during his bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia last week the president vowed to continue pressing the plan piece by piece and keep the pressure on the GOP.

Referring to GOP members of Congress, Obama said last week, "If they vote against these proposals again ... then they're not going to have to answer to me. They're going to have to answer to you."

Republicans oppose the president's proposal to increase taxes on wealthier Americans to pay for new investments to rebuild roads and schools.

But Ryan plans to contrast Obama's message that the GOP is more concerned about protecting the rich, with then-candidate Obama's 2008 message that stressed the need to put aside partisan politics to work on solutions.

"Instead of appealing to the hope and optimism that were hallmarks of his first campaign, he has launched his second campaign by preying on the emotions of fear, envy, and resentment," Ryan plans to say according to excerpts of his remarks.

The Wisconsin Republican's speech at the Heritage Foundation follows an address last month in California in which he defended his policy to overhaul the Medicare program and pushed for a renewed effort to replace Obama's health care law.

Ryan, who turned down repeated calls to run for president in 2012 over the summer, is popular among conservatives for his work on fiscal issues and for pushing a major overhaul of entitlement programs like Medicare as part of his 2012 budget that passed the House earlier this spring without any Democratic votes.

Earlier this month former Godfather's pizza CEO and GOP 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain cited Ryan as someone he'd consider as his running mate.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    politics of division? the way I see it, Obama has bent over backwards and gone out of his way to work with republicans and he has had nothing but negative responses and destructive criticism. Even when Obama takes the advice of republicans, they turn on him. For example, republicans were insistent on enforcing a no fly zone, and when Obama finally does so, they go around screaming of an unconstitutional act and accusing Obama of getting us into a third warfront. That's unacceptable. Obama has realized that absolutely nothing will come from working with republicans hence the divisive politics. Ryan, you are the pot calling the kettle black here.

    October 25, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. w l jones

    This country were built on IOU. Where we all would be without debt so employment what we should be consergration on at this time.

    October 25, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Yeah, how could he be so divisive, especially after how supportive the GOP have been since the first day of his presidency!

    October 25, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Ron

    Hmmmm. Maybe, you should re-think that plan Paul. You are pretty much ending your political career. So, give that idea a little more thought before you step up to the mic.

    October 25, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    And if he can say it with a straight face he should get an Oscar for best actor!

    What a 2-faced double-talking hypocrite!

    October 25, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Jake

    nice try, buddy! that's all you and the Grand Ole' Party!

    October 25, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |

    Little snot nose,disresectful, anti-american little smuck. His plan is to cut the legs out from under the elderly. Do any and everything to discredit the President, block any legislation that will possibly creat jobs. Ryan, I predict your polictical demise.
    in 2012. Goodbye Dr.Evil.

    October 25, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    So the Republicans can dish it out but they can't take it. They must be feeling some heat. The more their agenda is
    exposed, the meaner and louder they get. Why doesn't he join Cain and Gingrich in Houston for the Texas Tea
    Party Patriots "debate". Seems they are basing this sideshow on the Ryan Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security
    Plan. He should go help them out. Talk all you want Ryan, I can't hear you.

    October 25, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Chrisg510

    LOL really? Sounds like the GOP/TP are running scared. They know they will be voted out of office this next election and are just throwing out anything they can think of.

    October 25, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. Tish

    This guy can't be for real pot calling the kettle black... hilarious!!!

    October 25, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Bill

    If I were you Congressman Ryan, I would worried about holding on to my seat, rather than trying to cover for the obstructionist people in your party. You are the poster child for the party that wants to do away with Medicare. By the way, I sent a five figure check to Rob Zerban today and I live 1000 miles from Wisconsin and have never set foot in your state. Sir, you should be campaigning, instead of bashing the president, becasue there are a lot of pepole like me out there who support your opponent.

    October 25, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. AK_steve

    The president divides???

    Who walked away from the debt talks. YOU! The GOP. In fact, who created the whole debt "crisis" in the first place. YOU – the GOP!

    America is tired of your blame games. You create the problems and blame in the DEMS. You vote against creating jobs for teachers and construction workers and then blame the president for the economy.

    You would rather the country fail than Obama success.

    So go ahead and keep protecting your millionaire friends. The middle class, the working class, the ones who BUILT america are smarter than you think. We see your votes... and see through your lies.

    October 25, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. MaryM

    Take a good look at that obstructionist face. That is the face of the GOP/TP that will destroy America to make President Obama a one term president. Vote these GOP/TPers out this next election.

    October 25, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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