September 12th, 2012
08:29 PM ET
8 years ago

Ryan sharpens Obama foreign policy attack in Ohio

Owensville, Ohio (CNN) - In the second of his two campaign appearances Wednesday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan sharpened his critique of President Obama’s handling of the unfolding crises in Egypt and Libya.

“The administration sent mixed signals to those who attacked our embassy in Egypt, and mixed signals to the world,” Ryan told an outdoor crowd in Owensville, Ohio, in the heart of deep red Clermont County. “I want to be clear; it is never too early for the United States to condemn attacks on Americans, on our properties, and to defend our values. That’s what leadership is all about.”

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Ryan, reading off notes, said the administration’s policies “project weakness abroad” and segued to a broader offensive against Obama’s foreign policy record.

“Undercutting allies like Israel, outreach to enemies like Iran, national security leaks and devastating defense cuts,” he said. “A weak America breeds insecurity and chaos around the world. The best guarantee of peace is American strength. And peace through strength will be the Romney/Ryan foreign policy of this country.”

Those were tougher words than the ones he delivered in Green Bay earlier in the day, when he referenced the president indirectly.

“It’s important that a president speak with a singular voice representing our principles and our values. We don't want people around the world wondering what our values are,” he said in Wisconsin.

Ryan’s GOP ticket mate, presidential nominee Mitt Romney, harshly criticized the president for not taking a harder line against the mobs that attacked the diplomatic missions in Cairo and Benghazi. In Libya, the violence left four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens dead.

Other Republicans have been reluctant to embrace Romney’s line of attack – and some in the party have even chided Romney for using such heated language against the commander-in-chief in a moment of crisis.

But Ryan’s tough talk Wednesday is yet another sign that the campaign is not backing down from its blunt message.

Ryan was speaking on an outdoor stage surrounded by American flags and nearly 3,000 supporters who showed up to see Romney’s running mate campaign in southwest Ohio – and catch a free concert by country singer John Michael Montgomery.

That’s more than double the number of people who came to see Romney campaign in northeast Ohio on Monday.

Ryan was introduced by the state’s Republican governor, John Kasich, who touted the state’s job gains since 2009 and exclaimed: “Ohio is rocking!”

Kasich also had some words of praise for the political spouses who came to the rally-the wives of Kasich, Ryan and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. He extolled their domestic skills.

“You know, Jane Portman, Karen Kasich, and Janna Ryan, they operate an awful lot of the time in the shadows,” he said. “It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official. You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting applause, right? They don’t often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and to have to be at home taking care of the kids. And where is the politician? Out on the road.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Libya • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Paul Ryan
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. James L.

    Under the cover of protests, against the TV trailer ( from virulent, right wing, American ,bigoted movie makers and promoters)using every nasty and disgusting behavior thrown at their beloved religious founder, Terrorists attacked the embassy. Obama, calling for calmer heads before the attack even happened, is attacked by Romney/Ryan and the right wing. The irony of terrorists exploiting a disruption as cover for an attack, cannot be lost on Romney/Ryan exploiting the dust up as a cover for attacking president Obama. Disgusting and not becoming of those wishing to become a president and vice president.

    September 12, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Get ready for another war, brought to you by Robme and Ryan! Nothing better than a good war to use of the tax dollars!

    September 12, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Funk Hue

    How many more wars do these jokers think we can afford? At this rate they will just reinstate the draft.

    September 12, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Boy, when these guys LIE, they LIE! Are hey stupid, or is it they simply can't read?

    September 12, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. Namewanderinfool

    You have to admit, those 4 people lost their lives as a DIRECT result of mr. Obama's poor policies (incidentally... Mr. Carter got the last ambassador assinated... Coincidence??)
    It looks like mr. Obama's "Arab spring" is turning into a very cold and desolate "Muslim winter"

    September 12, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I'm beginning to think maybe we should elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to run the country after all. They want to act tough, let them make the tough decisions. What the heck. Having just got out of Iraq, America might just as well go after Iran, China, and Russia. That's what Netanyahu wants. That's what Romney wants. That's what FOX News, Limbaugh, Ingram, and Palin want. And Wonder-Boy can show us his Ayn Rand up close and personal in your face philosophy. Yep, just what America needs.

    September 12, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Looks like Romney and Lyin Ryan tripped on their own tongues again. They will pay the price for their crass, opportunistic, and craven remarks at the voting booth in November. The American people have been paying attention, and they see Romney and Lyin Ryan for what they are, and they will reject them.

    September 12, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Our US Embassy in Libya is under attack by the Romney/Ryan Campaign. Talk about domestic terrorists.

    September 12, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Darrell

    To Romney and Ryan: Ameutures need not apply for the highest office in the Land. You guys are jokes.

    September 12, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Joe

    As an independent, I appreciate what the Republican Party is doing for me in these last few months prior to the election. I'm more than confidant I'm making the right choice this November. Thank you Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan for an entertaining show, but please don't make any more mess for our real leader to clean up when your joke of a campaign finishes. And if you could try to find what happened to the old Republican Party. We miss them.

    September 12, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Mark in CT

    Where is our President when Americans are being killed? Did anyone catch how "baffled" the Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was? Hello, THEY put these terrorists in power! I think Romney and Ryan need to show some justified outrage tonight, and they too have not gone far enough. Not as weak as Obama, but we need leaders to call for action now! This unanswered attack on America requires greater decisiveness, something democrats, republicans and independents should unite on.

    September 12, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Arkansas Greg

    Message to R & R:
    Actually this is a very common condition among male GOP politicians your age. It's called "premature declaration". It's embarrassing, but maybe you can see a doctor about it on November 7th when your schedules clear up some..
    Get some facts first......

    September 12, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. ManTex

    We have all seen that lame look before. The one that betrays .... I scuttled the US credit rating ... jeopardized national defense but preserved my Norquestian pledge to keep the Bush 2 tax cuts given on the basis of a lie told in a state of the union address.

    September 12, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. beevee

    How does this Pinochio Ryan know any thing about foreign policy eventhough he is in the US congress? The best for these two morons is to shut up and let the the president of the USA handle it with the others who are qualified and have the authority. You can open your stinking mouths when, if at all, you get elected.

    September 12, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. blucorsair

    Not since 1979 has there been an attack on a U.S. embassy resulting in loss of american lives and our half wit president is no where to be found! Obama even makes Jimmy Carter look good! much for Obama's foriegn policy that supported these dregs (muslim brotherhood) that did this!

    September 12, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. Jonathan O

    Having seen what is moving on the U.S.A now,I think Sir Romney is the man needed in solving the catastrophy taking place in the U.S.A.Both in the internal and external affairs."Thanks".

    September 12, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. cgire

    I'll have to disagree with Mr. Ryan's statement that "this administration’s policies project weakness abroad." Instead, I believe Mr. Ryan and Mr. Romney project weakness abroad.

    The U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt were under attack. One would think an approach showing solidarity would be in order. For example, a candidate for the Presidency could state the ultimate goal of all Americans to demand and fight for the protection of our overseas personnel. That would "project strength."

    Instead, Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan chose to immediately attack Mr. Obama and his entire foreign policy. They claim (unjustly, I believe) that the Egyptian embassy "apologized" by stating the U.S. position that no one should denigrate another's religion. Isn't that indeed our position?

    So, rather than back up the President and our country while our personnel were under attack, we got ill-considered outbursts. How can those statements not weaken our position?

    I don't see Mr. Obama or Ms. Clinton making those sorts of statements. They're coming only from Romney and Ryan.

    September 12, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  18. Georgia Halloran

    Obama has no foreign policy extcep appeasement. Hillary is just as bad. Roney was right ad I give him an A+. Obama out campaigning tonight is sickeing-we had 4 Americans murdered and one dragged throuh the streets for gods sake. What a terrible man he is

    September 12, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. GaryB

    First off, anyone with first grade reading skills who actually bothered to read the embassy statement (that was released a full six hours ahead of the attack) can see that it was not an apology for being American, but rather, an appeal for calm and reason in the face of building tensions. That's what diplomats do... it's called diplomacy. either Ryan is too dumb to realize this, or he was too lazy to read the release, or he's intentionally lying about its contents. No matter which, these are not qualities I want in a Vice President.

    September 12, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. googleit

    Four americans including an ambassador got killed and Lyin_Ryan attacked the president of the United States without even knowing the details of the event. How un-american can you get? No wonder you're campaign is losing. Unbelievable!

    September 12, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. B.

    Romney and Ryan are way out of bounds on these untimely attacks on the President and reinforce the outrage of the attacks even buy other Republicans.

    These two are definitely not ready to be in control of this country as they are not even in control of themselves!

    September 12, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  22. sosume

    These stiffs have no shame. An American Ambassador and three others were killed, and Romney and Ryan couldn't wait to politicize it. What a couple of flannel brained losers.

    September 12, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. DMS

    Paul Ryan needs to stick to driving the "Oscar Meyer Weiner" truck!

    September 12, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. BeverlyNC

    Does Ryan understand that "foreign policy" relates to critical issues outside his Washington insider world? Rommey and Ryan are both extremely dangerous to the safety of the American People, to the relationships we have built with other natiions, and to our national security. These 2 men should never be let near the White House or decisions that require intelligence, the scope of "ramifications", and that war is the last resort, thr failure option, not a game or the first choice when a conflicr t arises. Romney and Ryan are not qualified for any leadership position..

    September 12, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. mikithinks

    Well, Ryan's speech mentioned the hardship of his wife and two other political wives. They had to travel and listen to hard things about their husbands. How sad for his wife. I did not read any mention, much less sympathy for, the Ambasador's familiy or of the three othe men killed in Lybia. Even in this time a danger, and sorrow the Romney/Ryan team does not speak for the true values and feelings of the people, but only bash the President for political gain. They do not know what real hardship or pain is.

    September 12, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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