Interviewer plays word association with Ryan
August 23rd, 2012
09:37 PM ET
11 years ago

Interviewer plays word association with Ryan

(CNN) - Want to know what the Republican vice presidential candidate really thinks of President Barack Obama?

Just ask Rep. Paul Ryan to play word association.

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Reporter Orlando Salinas with CNN affiliate WDBJ in Virginia said he had only five minutes - time for about 12 questions in his Wednesday interview with Ryan - so he kept them short.

He asked the candidate, who is Mitt Romney's running mate and chairman of the House Budget Committee, about a fast-food chain that has become a point for both rally and protest after its CEO expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage.

"Chick fil-A," Salinas asked. "Good chicken," Ryan answered, laughing. "Free people exercising their free speech rights.”

Then there were the serious questions.

To "transparency as a politician," Ryan responded, "Fire Barack Obama and hire Mitt Romney."

"Coal energy." Ryan's answer: "We have a lot of it. Let's use it."

"The hardest thing you have ever had to do in your personal life as a man, as a father," Salinas asked.

Ryan said, "The hardest things are sometimes the best things. The hardest things are balancing your life, keeping your faith, keeping your family healthy and strong."

As the interview ended, Salinas told Ryan that he didn't mean the questioning to be of the "gotcha" variety, and Ryan said, "I've never really done anything like that before. It was interesting."

But what does Ryan think of the president?

"He said he would be one thing, and he's a completely different politician than we thought he would be in 2008," Ryan replied to the name "Barack Obama."

- CNN Political Reporter Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Virginia
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    All very true but Democrats want to keep ignoring the main question which is, is Obama the same man voters voted for in 2008? NO!!!! Not even the story of his childhood, his mother, grandmother, his father is the same as he told it in 2008. Obama made himself sound poor, born to a single mother, claiming his father had abandoned him and his mother and now when I read his true story it is completely different from how he was telling it. Turns out his mother always worked hard for banks and held high positions, got her Ph.D., his mother moved to Washington a few weeks after Obama was born to attend school, she and Obama left Obama Sr. His grandmother was the Vice President of the Bank of Hawaii, did very well, made very good money, worked hard and was extremely highly respected, had been an Escrow bank officer in Washington, handled big accounts. Obama went to a prestigious, expensive, beautiful, nice, private school and had a life that most kids could only dream of, very nice clothes, nice tricycle, nice home, never worried about money as a kid. Obama had a very successful mom and grandmother and he made it sound like they were struggling, ignorant women. I was disappointed that he failed to credit his mother's accomplishments and his grandmother's just so he could be appealing to the voters and win them over making them think he was just like them, from the same neighborhoods.

    How much do they pay you to remain in a world of denial ?
    Your one truth is that Romney is GW Bush all over again.

    August 24, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. ghostriter

    Obama isn't the same person he said he was? Well, most folks do change over time. But is still the same guy, just a bit older and alot wiser.

    For instance, I'll bet he's learned that dealing with republicans these days is about as productive as beating your head against a wall. Makes about as much sense as well.

    The fact that these guys recorded a record number of filibusters on the way to blocking just about everything the president and democrats tried to do from job bills (remember the big infrastructure push) to usually routine position appointments, voted for (Paul Ryan included) a debt deal in which John Bohener was quoted as saying republicans "got 985 of what they wanted" and resulted in a lower credit rating and possible crippling cuts and have failed to actually put forth serious job bills that have anything more than tax cuts and de-regulation leaves me to believe that republicans are seriously delusional.

    August 24, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    @ Hahahahahahaha...

    I'll play. My response to you is that there is FAR much more fraud and abuse in the Medicare & Medicaid systems than there is overhead in the private insurance market. Notice I said FRAUD and ABUSE in Medicare & Medicaid, not overhead. I think the numbers bear this out. You say? (and please, enough of the "Hahahahahaha" in your posts... it makes you come across as somewhat juvenile... just saying.)

    August 24, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    Hahahahahaha - @ Truth? – Explain how adding middlemen (insurance companies) to Medicare will "fix" it? Insurance companies waste 10-25% of your health care dollars for no value added to your health care.
    A huge federal bureacracy of millions of people will waste FAR more (not that I believe your contention that that much is "wasted"). The federal government ALREADY admits to $50-70 BILLION a year in waste, fraud and abuse in medicare so you know it has to be much higher. That is over 10% already!

    If insurance companies were the SOLUTION (and they are NOT), we wouldn't have a PROBLEM (and we DO) with health care costs with our current system.
    If government was the solution, then medicare and social security wouldn't be going bankrupt. 85% of the people in this country ARE SATISFIED with their healthcare! The entire system is NOT the problem and you do not need to blow it up to save it. You fix specific problems, not have a bunch of politicians redesign one sixth of our economy behind closed doors with a 2500 page law that nobody read.

    Democrats HAVE NO IDEA of the pending disaster Obamacare will bring to this country and to their party once millions of people start losing their healthcare coverage. The costs have already TRIPLED and the vast majority of Obamacare isn't here yet. Democrats will rue the day they passed Obamacare if it is not repealed.

    August 24, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. liblocked

    Ryan's the man! Vote out Obama in Nov! For the love of "insert deity here!"

    August 24, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. truth hurts

    Lynda/Minnesota - A man that can't even control his own political party
    Huh??? He hasn't even officially been given the party nomination! And no one person doesn't control a party anyways.

    Heck, Obama can't even control Joe Bidens mouth! And he's had over 4 years to do it!! Yet another Obama failure to add to the already long list of failures.

    August 24, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Craig

    The previous republican administration and the current congressional obstructionists have really hurt America; they've weakened us tremendously but we're making some progress & things will get better during the next four years of an Obama administration. Be careful voters, republican administrations always wreak havoc on finances: Reagan's deregulation really had long lasting negative effects & Bush squandered the huge surplus that Clinton created. Be careful.

    August 24, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair


    @Fair – Thank you for clarifying the GOP position!! Let the Poor, Old, Sick people DIE!!!!! Yeeee Haaaw!!! Hahahahahaha
    I did not even state MY position, let alone the entire GOP for which I do not speak. All I did was pose a question to the commentor, which is this – Where is the amount of money equivalent to 17% of GDP going to come from to pay for universal healthcare? You can feel free to answer that question if you'd like...

    August 24, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine wrote:

    Only if you're rich. The rest of us have already been told that we don't count, since we have the gall to ask questions about what the GOP intends to do.
    You can say that again. Romney meets behind closed doors with business leaders discussing his plans, yet refuses to publicly and openly state what his specific plans and actions will be with voters.

    August 24, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Romney didn't raise taxes for his healthcare -– he put in over 1000 fees for the residents of Massachusetts, causing a lot of them to move to neighboring states. He begged for money from taxpayers to get the Olympics on their feet, and so the mormons could profit from the visitors.

    I don't trust him as far as I can throw a bull by the tail.

    And don't get me started on Paul (ayn rand) ryan and his cuts for the wealth and denigration of women all over the country.

    August 24, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "All very true but Democrats want to keep ignoring the main question which is, is Obama the same man voters voted for in 2008?"

    It's pretty sad watching you guys project Mittens' flip-floppery problem onto Obama as a desperate attempt to deflect it. Do you have any real issues and fact-based substantive arguments to make or is "I know you are but what am I" playground politics really the only thing you've got left?

    August 24, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. GaryB

    Word association:
    Mitt Romney = Job Destroyer, Mediocre Liberal Governor
    Paul Ryan = Slammed the stimulus bill while begging for (ad receiving) stimulus funds
    Republicans = Big Government Politicians it comes to regulating our bedrooms, small government only when it comes to regulating big corporations (ie, theri largest donors)
    Tea Party = People who think that everyone else is receiving government handouts while they cash their social security checks and take advantage of the medicare plan they only paid into half their working lives

    August 24, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Michael

    President Obama has done or tried to do much of what he said he'd do during the 2008 campaign. From Iraq to Afghanistan to health care to the economy, he's pushed for his agenda. When he couldn't realize 100% of his agenda, he compromised to realize much of his agenda .... middle class tax cuts, stimulus plan, Bin Laden .... and the beat goes on.

    He's a good man who inherited a horrible situation, domestically and internationally. He and others, including some final acts from President Bush, saved the economy from a possible depression.

    Does it add up to another four years? I think so. Others might not think so. Regardless, Romney is very thin on accomplishments. His business experience is irrelevant, since a chief executive of a business has autonomy over 100% of the business while a President has much autonomy over 1/3 of our government. Romney will find out in Washington what he should have learned in Boston, a chief executive can't order the legislature.

    August 24, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    bring back Dick C. My tax $ for his welfare,including heart transplant. More tax breaks for Mitt and my tax $ for Ryans fitness centre .We need mroe greedy guys in power so that we can have more wars which will creat more contractors and more subcontractors and more jobs

    August 24, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Global bankruptsy was created not by govt but private industry

    August 24, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Andrew

    Vote Team Koch Fluffers 2012! They really care about you, little people!

    August 24, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. TonyK

    THOMAS: Yes, he is pretty much the same, and YOU my freind need to stop listening to FOX tripe–your response is rife with conspiracy buzz, half-truths, total lies and worse.

    In terms of what Obama said he would do he largely has done (ending the war in Iraq, healthcare, gay rights in the military, slowly, slowly turinging the economy around–a job economists say will take 10 years no matter who is in office)–they only things he didn't accomplish were things the GOP blocked with filibuster or misdirection–jobs bills, closing Gitmo, etc

    August 24, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Eddie The Barber

    Wow – what an intereting guy Ryan is huh? He's about as deep as an empty glass of water.

    August 24, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    ...My response to you is that there is FAR much more fraud and abuse in the Medicare & Medicaid systems than there is overhead in the private insurance market. Notice I said FRAUD and ABUSE in Medicare & Medicaid, not overhead. I think the numbers bear this out....
    There is a tremendous amount of FRAUD and ABUSE in the programs. That's where that $716B is coming from.

    August 24, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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