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. ValarMorghulis

    The Republicans are largely to blame for Obama having to resort to survival politics.

    August 24, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  2. Logic N LA

    Obama has chnaged- like all Presidents. the difference between him and some others his he did not lie. He said healthcare reform was a priority. He did that. He said we would be out of Iraq and add more troops to Afghanistan. He did that. Yes, he said unemployment woudl go down, but at the time the full extent of the problems were not known. He did however propose plans that were shot down by Congress and therefore cannot be held responsible for the lack of progress in certian areas.

    August 24, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  3. word association: Paul Ryan . . .

    ANother voice for the unborn

    August 24, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  4. guest

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

    Seriously???!!! They do nothing but hide and avoid answer questions. They are the most secretive and conniving peopole out there. They will never tell the American People what they truy will do in office or what they have done in the past- why? Either one would gaurantee they would not get elected.

    They entire lan ios to sack this country and take all the money they can. Objective one: Destroy the middle class. Do this by preventing them from getting educated. 2: Destroy unions that ensure workers are working in a safe enviornment and recieve a fair wage for a fair days work. 3) implement religous law in order to deny the masses thier right to make decisions how they wish to live- out law everything that does not agree with their religious views. Out all those who disagree into internment camps and re-educate them. If not just throw them in jail as a 'terrorist' threat.

    Welcom to the new Facist Regime. Brought to you by Romnay and Ryan.

    August 24, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  5. mack

    Play word association.
    keeping your faith Not Ryan
    , keeping your family healthy and strong. Not Ryan

    August 24, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  6. chedar888

    Without Romney's Income Tax of 10 years, this guy is being dishonest and treat American voters as stupid.

    August 24, 2012 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  7. transparency as a politician

    Oh.........Poor, poor Paul Ryan!!!! Lets try this one AGAIN:

    Transparency; Mitt Romney- TAX RETURNS, Swiss Bank Accounts, Off-shore Accounts...........and so on!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2012 04:03 am at 4:03 am |

    Republican trash needs to be swept out of the house of representatives starting with this Gop teaparty extremest. atkins Ryan mothers should have gotten abortions!!!!

    August 24, 2012 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  9. Iamnotfooled

    "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 that right? They did not obstruct, filibuster, block, or have a private meeting on day one about making him a one term President right? Uh Huh. Sure. What else from the Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Party of NO.

    August 24, 2012 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  10. 7faces of a liar Romney

    "He said he would be one thing, and he's a completely different politician than we thought he would be in 2008,"
    Anyone who is familiar with Romney's 2008 run for Republican candidate would know the correct answer immediately:
    Mitt Romney. His platform today is 180 degrees from his 2008 platform.
    Mr Play Doh!

    August 24, 2012 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  11. James Klimaski

    What Ryan did not say, because there was no follow up, was what kind of a President did he actually expect Obama to be. Especially when faced with a Republican congress that voted no to anything he suggested.

    August 24, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |

    Alfalfa Ryan is a liar. Mitt the twit is a liar too. Americans reject their lies just like they didn't fall for the lies of Snooki Palin and McDoofus in 2008. Akin and Ryan are joined at the hip.

    August 24, 2012 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  13. SCAtheist

    Barack Obama is exactly what I thought he would be. He inherited a total mess and the Republicans were largely successful in blocking his agenda.

    August 24, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  14. Wes

    Just as soon as I become obscenely wealthy and hold a narcissistic view of my fellow citizens then I shall vote for the GOP with Romney & Co. Otherwise I remain sequestered in my supplication for the few bits of social benefits that I can gather for support, as the opulent few walk gracefully over my back on their way to the first tee, ignorant of my needs and loss.

    August 24, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  15. gdouglaso

    Ok...according to the story, the reporter told the potential VP that he only had five minutes...must have been a busy day for this reporter...or a completely contrived story idea. I am going to go with completely contrived.

    August 24, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  16. Jimm

    He should have asked him about a woman's righ tio chose or medicare vouchers.

    August 24, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  17. Manish Gupte, PhD

    "transparency as a politician", TAXES? sources of income? bain? how is "Obama out romney in" right?

    August 24, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  18. Gurgyl

    Do we need these clowns of GOP in USA???

    August 24, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  19. Mr.Aware

    How about some other word association?

    Rand – Ryan

    Sound good?

    The Wary Lemming took this guy to task for Rand by using his own words and nothing else. Search for

    Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand, The Budget And Objectivity


    August 24, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  20. Anita

    This young lad talks like a parrot who repeats what has been said before. I don't see anything on him as a leader. What is going on on this country??? Is this the way how losing America should be??? It is so sad to see the nation once was regarded as the greatest nation on earth, can not be led by great leaders!

    August 24, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  21. The Other Dale

    The last statement doesn't make sense unless Ryan thought Obama was going to be a wonderful president in 2008 and therefore must have voted for him back in 2008, which is doubtful. If he thought he was going to be terrible, then the statement "he's a completely different politician than we thought he would be" means that Obama has turned out to be a wonderful president and should be reelected. Either way, his "slam" against Obama is anything but that. Yet that's just the rhetorical thinking at work for the GOP – use a lot of catchphrases, even if they don't make sense in the conversation.

    August 24, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  22. Af

    Who Paul Ryan thinks he is? Please help me, give me an answer. Ryan said my mon is already passed 55 year old noe me can kill medicare for people less than 55

    August 24, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  23. Oy


    August 24, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  24. Soulphoenix

    Ryan hit the nail on the head – Obama promised to be one thing, and is in reality something COMPLETELY different. Transparency in government? Nope. No more secrets? A fabrication for fools. Unity, bipartisanship, and honest, civil debate? Never intended. Jobs? He never had a clue how jobs are created in the first place, so he had no hope of getting it done. Accountability? Not for him – only for others.

    He's the same Obama he used to be – the difference is that we've figured it out.

    August 24, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  25. EddyL

    I guess Ryan doesn't know how to play word association. All he did was spiel a bunch of political crap.

    August 24, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
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