Paul Ryan meets with troops, first responders
September 11th, 2012
03:38 PM ET
10 years ago

Paul Ryan meets with troops, first responders

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CNN) - On the anniversary of 9/11 Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan came to Wisconsin to meet with first responders and troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The seven-term congressman returned to his home state Tuesday after a five-day West Coast campaign swing. Shortly after he landed in Milwaukee Ryan met with members of the 128th Air Refueling Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, many whom have served a number of tours in the Middle East since the Sept. 11 attacks occurred 11 years ago.

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"I have been flying into this airport for a long time back and forth from Washington to see my family but when we hit the ground today flying home, this day meant a bit more because this is the anniversary of 9/11," Ryan told about 100 airmen and women with a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker behind them.

He continued, "And I just wanted to come with my associates and thank each and every one of you for what you do everyday, for what you do to make us safe, for what you do to make us proud, for what you do to remember what it all counts."

Ryan and his Wisconsin-based chief of staff, Andy Speth, posed for photos with several airmen who Speth said were some of his wingmen. Speth is a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing and has served twice in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, once in 2005-2006 and again in 2009.

"This is a day we should be thinking about people who give their lives and today what we are really thankful for are those who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe, for making our military, our Air Force, the unrivaled best in the world. It is because of your efforts, because of your bravery, because of what you do that has made us safer since that day," he said.

Mitt Romney's running mate also visited Oak Creek Fire Station and ate lunch in the firehouse with first responders.

Standing with Ryan before a long table, Fire Chief Tom Rosandich said, "We have a saying before we eat: 'Good food, good meat, good God let's eat,'"

Ryan spoke briefly before they dug into platters of lasagna and salad.

"This is a day where we as Americans need to think and remember the people who lost their lives and be thankful for those of you who put your lives on the line for us every day. So we are here simply to bring notoriety and a gift of thanks for what you do for us on a daily basis," he said.

On the morning flight from Seattle to Milwaukee, Ryan received a foreign policy briefing from Jamie Fly, executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Filed under: 2012 • 9/11 • Paul Ryan • Wisconsin
soundoff (14 Responses)

    What lie is he going to make up this time? That once upon a time he wanted to join the military. Please go away!!!

    September 11, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    Yawn, not a very big crowd, and likely included everyone on duty who couldn't find an excuse to NOT be there.

    September 11, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. max

    What's with this bubble eyed lying freak?

    September 11, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    Who? Oh that Paul Ryan that voted against the 9/11 first responders' bill.
    That Lyin' , he's such a patriot

    September 11, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    On the morning flight from Seattle to Milwaukee, Ryan received a foreign policy briefing from Jamie Fly, executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

    "no Mr's not Amurka. It's pronounced America. It's the big country in the middle of the map. No, that country is called Iraq. not Mooslim-land"

    September 11, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. alien

    RYAN VOTED AGAINST FIRST RESPONDERS BILL,this weasel will do or say anything for a vote. Is this ROMNEY II

    September 11, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. @GuileOfTheGods

    Umm. I always assumed "First Responders" referred to the people who were FIRST RESPONDERS during the 9/11 attacks in NEW YORK CITY, not in Wisconsin... But I guess in Paul Ryan's world, you can go anywhere and call anyone anything you want!

    September 11, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Rookie mistake. Paul Ryan had to get it out of his system. He had to do his "9-11" thing. He eats lunch with some of our men and women in our military. This day is supposed to be about the lost lives, not wars.

    September 11, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. cali girl

    Wisconsin... Just like Reno, have NOTHING TO DO with 9/11. My heartfelt wishes and prayers go out to the Military whose job it is to keep us all safe, so thank you.
    Robmey and RAyn, pandering to the crowd that serves in the military, but they did not repsond to 9/11. You both got Hammered because there was no mention of the current war America is waging in the Middle East. Robmey said he spoke to the American Legion. Wow, he only mentioned he respects the Veterans who have served in times of peace and war.
    Backpedaling, my bet is the military has no love for either of you.
    I wonder how the firefighters felt with Eddie Munster at lunch. RAyn voted to deny healthcare benefits to cover illness and cancers related to the First Responders at Ground Zero. And his mate Sheriff of Nothingham has no love for teachers, fire, police and plans massive cuts to those funds. Joy.

    September 11, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Maybe the troops know that neither he nor his twit cared to mention Afghanistan once during the rnc klan convention in Tampa.
    Could it be that maybe, just maybe, members of the National Guard have been deployed various times and they might not feel so warmly towards these two clowns?
    Did he mentioned that he voted against health care for first responders not once but various times? No, I guess that wouldn't be patriotic on such a sacred sad day in our country's history but this is his background.

    September 11, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Mark

    OMG, Ryan really knows we have a war there? Guess the Democrats got Ryan and Romney thinking they better start changing their campaign messages. Obama continues the climb on the polls. The American voters know who the real leader is. Knowing that Republicans have done nothing, except try to defeat Obama. Now Boehner is saying he will do nothing about the new spending bill.

    September 11, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Joi Gibson

    Now he cares – after voting no on the 911 responder bill. This guy has no class.


    September 11, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. CB

    Someone that repeatedly voted against the First Responders bill should think twice about speaking to people that he obviously does not care about. Actions speak louder than words.

    September 11, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Th e same troops he wants to lower the benefits for? The same first responders they want to fire?

    WOW – that takes a lot of "brass" (to quote Bubba).

    September 11, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |