Ryan campaigns, virtually
September 8th, 2012
03:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Ryan campaigns, virtually

(CNN) - GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was in California on Saturday, but managed to talk with supporters in not one but four battleground states.

He participated in an online video chat with people who his campaign said were at “victory centers” - or GOP campaign offices - in the battlegrounds of Florida, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin, Ryan’s home state.

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As Ryan spoke, his running mate Mitt Romney was rallying voters in Virginia, and earlier Saturday, President Barack Obama was campaigning in Florida.

Those two states were represented in Ryan's chat, which was conducted using Google's social networking site, Google+. The Romney-Ryan campaign said he joined from Google's offices in Mountain View, California.

Ryan is to be in Oregon on Saturday for his first all-day session preparing for the October vice presidential debate.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • California • Paul Ryan
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Romney cares less

    He is so creepy!

    September 8, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. MaryM

    Do NOT believe anything Lyin Ryan says. Ryan is a proven(fact-checked) big fat LIAR

    September 8, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    It doesn't matter ,nobody is listening !!!!! Hay lyin Ryan ,maybe you can explain to the American people and to me why you returned 60,000 dallar campaign donation to the casino business man who was trying to get another licence with your help ???is it because of a federal probe with your name on it .?????? CNN should look into this ,the new York times and wo has.

    September 8, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lyin' Ryan is a 14 year veteran of the worthless republicans in congress. He never voted against a unfunded Bush program, unfunded wars, TARP, drug programs, tax cuts, and a republican national debt of over $12 trillion.

    September 8, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Does it matter whether he is there or not. He is always "virtually" lying. He can do that from anywhere in the world.

    September 8, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Thomas

    That makes the deception so much easier !

    Romney / Ryan
    Bush / Cheney

    A blast from the past 2012

    September 8, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Practicing that Lyin.

    September 8, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I've never been afraid of a presidential ticket before as I am of the Romney / Ryan ticket. Neither one of these men are grounded in reality. One wants to recreate the cold war and the other wants to strip America of all it's glory ... turning America into some sort of survivor of the fittest regime.

    I'm sticking with the guy we already have.

    September 8, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Michael

    I wish Lyin Ryan would campaign invisibly! Paul Ryan and the 112th Congressional Republicans have introduced: 46 Bills on Abortion,113 Bills on Religion, 73 bills on family relationships, 36 bills on marriage,72 bills on firearms, 604 bills on taxation, and 467 bills on government investigations, but BLOCKED the American Jobs Act. Not a bad deal for those who only work 9 days a month for full pay and benefits! Lucky for us, they've made repealing Obamacare a priority for the 31st time recently.

    September 8, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. thesandpiper

    "Paul Ryan was in California on Saturday, but managed to talk with supporters in not one but four battleground states." – CNN. If Romney wins, it'll be because of Ryan. He's smart, young and likable.

    September 8, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Cam Spurgeon

    Liar, Liar..Pants on fire..Eddie Haskell and I didn't like him either with the sneaky eyes.

    September 8, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. R

    What senior citizen in their right mind would want to vote Republican this year? This young VP nominee has it all, and is another out-of-touch smooth speaker, that would be better off doing door-to-door brush selling, but not be in a place like Washington where he will really hurt older or for that matter young promising future. I am not about to lose or have my medicare minimized to a vochure, and privatize social security. Look what happened to our banking system and our investment. Another elderly Republican lady in tears had just seen a Republican PAC video on the President and asked how could the Republican nominee Mitt Romney not denounce such lies about President Obama? I know they have twisted the truths around."

    September 8, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. namryan

    So he would be a virtual VP too? A couple of tech gadgets won't make you win... so now you don't even have to look in the eyes of the people you're lying to! It's "we're all in this together" that we'll make Mr. Ryan lose!

    September 8, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Nancy


    September 8, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Squigman

    Is there any way he could be enticed to jump off a pier, really.

    September 8, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    I heard Ryan's going ROGUE.

    September 8, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Seattle11

    I know Ryan talks out of both sides of his mouth,but now he is also talking out of the top and the bottom also.

    September 8, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. marty

    I'm still waiting for Ryan to include Congress in his cutbacks.....like the pensions, health care, perquisites and salaries.
    Isn't everything 'on the table'?

    September 8, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  19. ColoradoJoe

    all I know is :
    the republicans had mass control of congress from 1997-2007 and did not even attempt to fix SS, Medicare, tax systems. How do you have control for 10 years and get nothing done. At least Hillary & Obama tried, one didn't succeed the other did.. What kind of leaders are the republicans? The republicans passed the NCLB mandate without even asking the states. And look at the number of states trying to get waivers. An expensive failed republican mandate.

    You really think the GOP house will allow Romney to do anything regarding health care other than repeals it? The GOP house has already publically stated they will take their sweet old time to come up with a replacement IF THEY COME UP WITH ANYTHING. Boehner already stated this as much.

    What I want to know is what/how Romney is going to guarantee that the banks/hedge funds never cause another meltdown like in 2007/2008? If that happens again it'll destroy the economy this time vs just putting us into a major recession. What's he going to do? If all out savings are in the bank or invested in 401K/IRAs and our SS is sitting in some mutual fund, we cannot afford another financial crisis. The 1% can handle it, we cannot. If I want to vote for R&R, I want to know what THEY WILL DO. The democrats want to try to restrict the thieves/gamblers from doing it (the Dodd-Frank bill). At least the democrats are trying, what are the republicans doing?

    With a voucher program, there is no medicare. The government will issue a voucher to people to help (loose term here) people pay for premiums. It does nothing to say that people can find affordable health insurance. It says nothing about insurances accepting people with pre-existing conditions. What do you think you will have by the time you do get to 65? More than likely you will have some sort of pre-existing conditions. And last but not least, the voucher does nothing to reduce the actual cost of health care services.

    Remember it was House Republican Majority Eric Cantor that purposely changed the Stock Act (the one about inside trader knowledge) so politicians can still make trades on insider knowledge (just via family members). It was in the original bill, he changed it. Congress had to vote twice to get it done right!!! Who's looking out for whom???

    Note Ryan plagiarized the health care cuts from Obama's ACA committee. Romney plagiarized the 12million job creation number from Moody's analysts. Neither giving credit to their sources. Also, Romney will take credit of the 12million jobs that Moody’s analysts have already stated that will occur regardless which person is in the WH.

    And all of this not even discussing things like women’s rights, etc.

    September 8, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. Marry

    GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan managed to talk with supporters in not one but four battleground states.
    And what distorting stuff did he talk about?
    Obama/Biden 2012!!! Get out the vote despite GOP voter suppression!

    September 9, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  21. Wayne

    Even if radical Ryan campaigned virtually in all 50 states, it won't put him and alexithymic Mitt in the White House.

    September 9, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  22. GI Joe

    He's a pathological liar. No help for him. It got him in the House of Representatives, but he's been exposed ALL OVER THE COUNTRY NOW. He ain't so darn smart.

    September 9, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  23. Conspiracies R-us

    Lyan Ryan, electronically trolling from the Republican homeland.

    In Republistan they love technology, but hate science and those pesky immutable facts.

    September 9, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  24. ronb

    How many lies did he tell??

    September 9, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. Sorensen

    The more rubberface speaks, the worse it gets. He is so fundamentally stupid, it hurts.

    September 9, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |