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. HEHE

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

    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL how did he say that with a straight face?

    August 24, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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."
    That's the new story line that the GOP is selling....and we'r not buying.
    The President has done a remarkably STELLAR job against a completely unexpected, and unpatriotic solid steel wall of obstruction.
    So, yes, you're right, he's not the same man that you all used to call an empty suit, weak, pushover, too much of a compromiser. It took him a while but he's accepted the fact that the GOP would offer him absolutely no assistance in keeping the country from going over the cliff, so he had to do it all himself.
    And he has, which is why we'll re-elect him in November. He's earned it, and he's the best man for the job. Still.
    Obama 2012. Seriously my fellow Americans.

    August 24, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    That wasn't word association. That was a reporter giving a candidate platform time by feeding him softball questions. Luckily, Ryan was experienced enough to know how to play the game, unlike the last Republican VP hopeful.

    August 24, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. Maria

    Ryan is a lying piece of crap like Romney

    August 24, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    from another article:

    "...Rep. Paul Ryan said President Barack Obama needs to come up with a budget agreement or else North Carolina's defense industry and one of the nation's largest military populations will be threatened."
    Paul Ryan seems to have forgotten that Pres. Obama and Ryan's boss, House Speaker Boehner, worked out a deal, which Ryan and the Tea Party rejected. If you think about it, Ryan is blaming Pres. Obama for the fact that he and Tea Party rejected their own House leader. That's crazy.

    August 24, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. Craig

    Defacto true leader of the GOP norquist said "We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. "

    August 24, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Norm

    Well now this is surprising.
    I would have expected Ryan to say how wonderful Obama is and endorse him for a second term.

    August 24, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. mommytwice

    except that that's not true, is it, Mr. Ryan? The president has kept nearly 200 of the promises he madein '08, and I cannot think of any president EVER that could say that and not be lying. So, now let's see if Mr. Romney has been honest with the public. Well, he's hiding his tax returns, and with those returns he hides his assets, how he made his money, when he made his money, and where he stores it. Actually, I think I can stop there. A man who refuses to show the citizens of his country whether or not he even pays his taxes will never have my vote. And no, Mr. Romney, I will NOT take your word that you pay your taxes. Prove it.

    August 24, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  9. gord

    do these guys have computer chips in there heads do they ever answer a question

    August 24, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. coy4one

    Why even interview Ryan? These answers are not new...are not interesting....and say nothing!

    August 24, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. quinLee

    Candidate Obama made many promises. Some were fulfilled, some weren't. Some he abandoned, many were blocked. Let's face it; a lot of it was pie in the sky. Many are now disappointed and rightly so.

    But when I look at candidate Romney, I see someone who has taken every effort to shroud his agenda and past in lies and misinformation. Ironically, Romney better lives up to the inaccurate charges constantly levied against Obama of being a fake, deceptive, and unqualified candidate. Yet the yahoos will still line up to vote against their own interests. Romney, Rove, Ryan, Adelson, Koch et al don’t give a number 2 about the average American.

    August 24, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Matt

    "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."

    You can say this about literally every person who has campaigned and won the

    August 24, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  13. Yuri

    Holier-than-thou hubris continues to dominate this guy's message. Rotteney has lied, whoppered, dissembled and prevaricated gazillion times and obviously Ryan will be oblivious of them. Else, he will be "fired" by Rottney. BHO has his own load of troubles w/ solindra and the GAO, squandering tax payer's money. The POTUS also should reduce his pay from 400k to 200k., in additon to freezing feds. pays.

    August 24, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Puddin

    Ahhhh, Ryan is Romney's "yes" man; anyone would expect him to repeat Romney's distortions of the truth. Besides, he's as ugly as a mud fence, inside and out.

    August 24, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Ed1

    Lot of truth here people Obama is not the person who he said he was just look at his record and unless you have been in another world you should have a problem finding out Obama is not what he said he would be.

    August 24, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. Eric

    Said he would increase number of insured. Check. Said he would get is out of Iraq. Check. Said he would kill bin Laden. Check. Said we needed to save the auto industry and would do so. Check. Said he would bring regulatory reform to financial service industry, which had brought us the the brink of economic ruin. Check. Avoided a second great depression, which likely would have happened under McCain. Check.

    August 24, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |

    Romney: Crook

    August 24, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Canadian Jim

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

    So where are the tax returns?

    August 24, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. Tony

    Debt reduction: weight loss.
    Tax cuts: ice cream.
    spending cuts: exercise.
    Romney/Ryan budget, which aims to reduce the debt, while giving 20% tax cuts to everyone, including rich people like Romney, and refusing to name specific spending cuts: wanting to lose weight, while eating more ice cream, and refusing to commit to meaningful exercise.
    Romney/Ryan budget: mathematically impossible.

    August 24, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  20. JDD

    Seems about right.

    August 24, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Sandra

    The President had no idea when he said he would change the political exchange in Washington that Republicans only wanted to make it more vitrolic not better...that is unless Obama totally agreed with them on everything. Blame goes to every Republican out there. I continue to be amazed at the nastiness of these people. But what goes around comes around. They will get their day.

    August 24, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. GJGVT

    To "transparency as a politician," Ryan responded, "Fire Barack Obama and hire Mitt Romney." <<– okay, so hire the guy hiding his tax returns?

    August 24, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. Chumlee

    Romney and Ryan sicken me to look at them. Must be their aura as cheats, frauds, election thieves who will do anything to win. Of course, these two clowns could not win anything legally.

    Wake up voters – see the reality of these two wingnuts

    August 24, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Shawn

    you guys are being played by Romney-Ryan campaign. you all go ga-ga . learn to look under the hood. wait that is journalism and people in this business are good looking ladies for tv viewers

    August 24, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Feed the greed

    Seems to be the new theme, featuring dissatisfied Obama supporters and claiming the President is differrant then he said he would be. I don't believe he has been different than I expected, he has done a great job! His list of accomplishments is quite long, just look! Once again Ryan/Romney are projecting their weaknesses on to the President. They can't even go a day without changing positions or trying to hide positions. How anybody could support Ryan/Romney ticket is beyond me.

    August 24, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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