Interviewer plays word association with Ryan
August 23rd, 2012
09:37 PM ET
10 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. T'sah From Virginia

    One word for Ryan – LYAN
    One word for Romney – HOOD!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    August 23, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. The GOP Medicare Voucher plan will contain a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun for suicide

    The seniors will need it when they run out of health care money.

    August 23, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. marty

    I'd love to hear what Ryan says in the confessional.

    August 23, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Sue

    Who cares what Paul Ryan thinks!?

    August 23, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This arrogant, little punk will lose his seat in the house as well as his bid for VP!

    August 23, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. Pete

    Boy is this guy full of himself and how he answered questions,leaving the interviewer knowing less about him than before,that's transparency right.Just ask these liars,their extreme agenda says everything,help make the wealthy ,wealthier at the middleclass and poors expense,enough said....

    August 23, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Lisa P

    "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."
    Sure - in 2008 they thought Barack Obama would be a push-over, Mr. Nice, afraid to offend, and that they could therefore force him into any compromise on any subject that suited them. They were wrong, and, worse for them, they underestimated his strategic abilities. He's now positioned the Tea Party to fall off a fiscal cliff of its own making. I can hardly wait to see how the Party of No trips itself up during President Obama's second term.

    August 23, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  8. ron

    Ryan's a clown. The best of his foolishness is yet to come!

    August 23, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. myviewis

    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.

    August 23, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Nothing but towing the party line. In this case he is making and not thinking about it.

    August 23, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. beevee

    A meaningless 5 min interview with Ryan in my opinion. For some reason when I look at Ryan's picture I get the impression that nothing he says is trustable.

    August 23, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Lyin' Ryan has down cold that old Repub tactic of accusing the other of your defects.

    Transparency? Where are your tax returns, Mittens?

    Changed politician? Mittens has flip-flopped on so many issues, all on tape, it's enough to make your head spin.

    Hardest thing in your personal life? For you, Lyin', is how you sleep at night, knowing that your budget plan harms the most vulnerable among us to give even more money to the rich.

    There. That was less than 5 minutes worth of TRUTHFUL answers Lyin' Ryan should have provided ...

    August 23, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. Gordyb

    The President has stopped trying to work with these obstructionists and they don't like playing hardball with him.

    August 23, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    I can play at this, too:
    "Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney." - "Dangerous right-wingers who would take us back at least a century."
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    August 23, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. craig

    Correction: The President said he would do things, and the GOP House worked hard to ensure he couldn't. The GOP has proposed over 1100 pieces of legislation in the House and State legislatures dealing with women's health issues and abortion. They have proposed almost none dealing with jobs. Their actions speak volumes about what they consider important, isn't the American People nor the American Economy.

    August 23, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  16. Indy

    "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."

    And the Republicans had nothing to do with making the number one goal in life for the economy and Obama to fail at any cost.Liar liar pants on fire in Ryanhood

    August 23, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  17. Independent from New Hampshire

    You do not have this independent's vote Mr. Ryan. Or many other independents I know.

    August 23, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  18. harold

    Ryan forgets that Obama agenda was stalled in the house, by Ryan, mostly.
    It seems hypocritical to then complain that Obama hasn't been effective.

    August 23, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  19. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Here's another one:
    "Faith." - "Delusion."

    August 24, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  20. Larry L

    Ryan is a lap-dog for the rich. He plans to trash Medicare and Social Security because his billionaire masters think that's a good idea. He is a career politician trying to be a folksy, down-to-earth family man. What a pile of crap.

    August 24, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. Patrick

    google "Mitt Romney worst presidential candidate of all time"...His numbers are breaking records. I especially like the daily kos's humorous take on Mitt. How can anyone Republican, Democrat or Independant justify voting for this guy...He represents everything that is wrong, not only with America, but with humanity.

    August 24, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  22. Desmond, a Canadian

    Not terribly different from the Texas judge, Head, who is out of his head. They are lining up as reps of the GOP: Failin' Palin, Limbaugh, Akin to all other GOPers, Out of his head Head, Sanctum Santorum, the Newt, Weatherwane Rawmoney, Sad Ryan

    August 24, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  23. Larry L

    Kill Medicare – Ryan
    Kill Social Security – Ryan
    Right-wing radical – Ryan
    Anti-women – Ryan
    Spoiled preppy – Ryan
    Lap-dog for the rich – Ryan
    Career political weasel – Ryan

    August 24, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  24. rude

    NO Abortions, even if it costs the mother her LIFE or a vegtable is born.

    August 24, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  25. MikeH

    I'll play a word association game too. Paul Ryan =Bald Faced Liar, Paul Ryan = Sociopathic Sycophant for Oligarchs, Paul Ryan = Ignorant Anti-Woman Kleptocrat.

    Now onward; Willard Romney = Tax-Evading Felon, Willard Romney = Pathological Liar, Willard Romney = Border-line Psycopath.

    How am I doing so far?

    August 24, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
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