August 13th, 2012
03:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Ryan heckled at Iowa State Fair

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan was met by a small group of hecklers Monday when he tried to deliver a speech during his much-anticipated first solo stop since becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.

Speaking to a crowd from the soap box at the Iowa State Fair, Ryan had his remarks disrupted by activists, one relentlessly shouting "Stop the war on the middle class." Two women tried to climb on the platform next to the congressman, and both were carried off by police and other officials.

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Ryan acknowledged the protesters before continuing on with his stump speech.

"It's funny because Iowans and Wisconsinites like to be respectful. These ladies must not be from Iowa and Wisconsin," Ryan said.

As one woman was being carted out, Ryan added: "Like I said, she might not be from Iowa."

Candidates have been heckled before at the state fair's soap box–where traditionally anyone with a view can speak but is a must-stop for many politicians. From the same spot just over a year ago, Romney also confronted hecklers as he campaigned for the GOP presidential nomination. It was there that he said a line that opponents now use to criticize the candidate as "out of touch."

"Corporations are people, my friend," Romney said, responding in a testy exchange. "Everything a corporation earns ultimately goes to people."

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Paul Ryan
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. wobbles

    the lefties wonder why we hold our gun right so dear, then they show their "shout it down" mob mentality when someone has anything they disagree with. WE hold our gun right so dear because we know that right protects all our other rights you would take away if you didn't agree with us, just like you tried to deny this man his 1st ammendment rights.

    August 13, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. T-bone

    I don't trust a guy with 2 first names

    August 13, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Independent jim

    Heckled is to easy .... he should have been run out of town on a rail ... the elderly are not your typical eliteist group .. We dont want to give up the things We have worked for ..just so the top !% doesnt have to pay taxes ... paying homage to the Top1% is what the Fascist in the tea party do .. not We the Elderly

    August 13, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. stevetall

    Get used to it, Paul. You are doomed to be heckled relentlessly because you have no respect for anything except money. Traditionally, people from Iowa don't like peole who don't like people.

    August 13, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. najie2

    Mike Lupica writing in the NY Daily News, Monday, August 13:
    Think Ryan will fight for the little guy?....

    "Whatever Ryan says...... This all comes from someone who has never had to worry about a job or paycheck or healthcare for a day of his life, someone who read the complete psycho-babble of Ayn Rand as a kid ad never got over it...."

    August 13, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. okc

    Their behavior and point of view make them Dummycrates.

    August 13, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. najie2

    Stanley Crouch writing in the NY Daily News, Monday, August 13:
    "Moderate Mitt Runs Right Off The Cliff"

    "For all of his fumbling attempts to tune red-neck dog whistles, all of his attempts to make voters forget that he was once the moderate governor of a New England state, he has finally discovered a way to get the right to trust him. He has done this by submitting to Tea Party loud-mouths.
    "He does not believe in taxes – and will not show you his own. He will let states ban abortion, he will bomb Iran. He will do anything for that coveted redneck vote."
    You want this guy to be the next president?

    August 13, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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