Paul Ryan says Romney comments ‘obviously inarticulate'
September 19th, 2012
07:52 AM ET
10 years ago

Paul Ryan says Romney comments ‘obviously inarticulate'

Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) – Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan said Mitt Romney’s leaked comments were “obviously inarticulate” in an interview Tuesday, but stood by the point that people have become too dependent on government under President Barack Obama.

“He was obviously inarticulate in making this point, and the point we’re trying to make here is under the Obama economy, government dependency is up and economic stagnation is up, and what we’re trying to achieve is getting people off of government dependency and back to a job that pays well and gets them onto a path of prosperity,” Ryan said in the interview with KRNV in Reno, Nevada.

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He echoed that sentiment at two public events Tuesday, though Ryan did not comment directly on Romney’s remarks - recorded at a private fundraiser in May - that were leaked on Monday.

Romney acknowledged his comments were “not elegantly stated,” though he has also stood by the general thrust of his remarks.

Reporter Joe Hart asked Ryan if his running mate regrets what he said.

“Oh I think he would have said it differently, that’s for sure, but the point still stands,” Ryan said. “We have too many people becoming too dependent upon government because of the poor economic policies of the Obama administration.”

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  1. scmom

    Did anyone notice just how articulate he was? No stuttering and bumbling with his words. He was comfortable as hell in that room with donors and like minded people. Everything he says according to the Liar VP choice has been misspoken or taken out of context. When will this so called presidential candidate learn how to speak and tell the truth.

    September 19, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. ja

    romney ryan on taxes, why have an account in the cayman islands, other than to avoid taxes

    September 19, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |

    Now here's a guy you can beleive in. Ryan led the house republicans in every step to not pass any bills that would help the American people to get work...just to make this president look bad. You get what you give.

    September 19, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Bob in Ohio

    Inarticulate? You do realize Mr. Ryan that Mr. Romney is running for the Presidency of the United States of America don't you?

    September 19, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. rs

    This is just like the GOP's "legitimate rape" line a few weeks back. THIS is what they believe, they just don't mean to have it aired to the electorate.

    The GOP is now dangerously delusional believing their own campaign lies.

    September 19, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. roro

    We need a president who IS ARTICULATE and will work for ALL the people. This Romney guy is a clueless panderer, who will say or do anything to get what he wants, and the hell with the American people. I am sorely disappointed in him.

    September 19, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Core republican Values

    I appreciate a rare moment of honesty from Mr. Ryan as he makes his running made look like an idiot.

    The wheels are completely falling off the republicans.

    September 19, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    Of the 47% who don't pay income tax, many are elderly receiving Social Security and are covered by Medicare (including members of the Greatest Generation who survived the Great Depression and won World War II), and the disabled and their families, most of whom work AND care for their loved ones.

    There are also people making less than $20,000 a year: the working poor (note the word "working").

    There are also the families of 5 making $50,000 who work and pay payroll tax, but because of deductions (many proposed and supported by Repubs) don't pay income tax. Earning $50,000 a year – just enough to buy a plate at the fundraiser where Mittens took a dump on them ...

    Obama/Biden 2012 = Working for ALL Americans

    September 19, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. pkrbkr

    I fail to understand how Romney can talk about "who" is or isn't paying taxes when he won't release HIS taxes! What a hypocrite! And lyin' excuse for him and his lies! Obama/Biden

    September 19, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Hey Lyin' Ryan, inarticulate is not the word most would use to describe Romney's comments. Most people would term his remarks sincere, true to his beliefs, and stupid!

    September 19, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Bullspittle. Mittens articulated EXACTLY what he thinks and feels. He'll be eating those words for the rest of his life.

    September 19, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Ann

    The point is not whether one has been on some government support at some point in life.. some people have been there and it doesn't feel good. But if they worked hard and really wanted to get control, they found a way. The point is that too many Americans prefer living their whole lives being dependent on others and waiting for help from the government.. and the tax payers! Maybe Romney didn't use the perfect words, but he is correct. What will America choose? the future that will keep this country the best in the world, or some government-controlled redistributive system? BTW, the proletarian revolutions started with redistribution.. you redistribute first the big wealth but finally you redistribute everything, and you end up by living in government housing because.. why should you be home owner if not everyone can be?

    September 19, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. rs

    It is strangely ironic that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan fear the "dependancy" of the American public on federal programs (while completely forgetting that these programs include Social Security, the VA, Medicare and Medicaid), that Mr. Romney's prior life as a corporate raider shipped jobs overseas, closed American factories and wrecked the retirements of thousands of Americans- thus making them "dependent".

    September 19, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    GOP is totally dead.

    September 19, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. OnlyTheFax

    Lets see now...The US is still recovering from the result of faulty policies inherited by Obama, many of which occured while Ryan was in Congress. So, there are people receiving unemployment benefits who can't find work. Instead of waisting tax payer money bickering over so many things like women's rights, healthcare, debt ceiling, fast and furious, etc..., Congress should be paying more attention to job creation. It is not productive to have the minority leader of the Senate say his job is to insure Obama has no second term. Ryan has a hand in the unproductive Congress and is pointing his finger instead of manning up. Have a great day. =)

    September 19, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. NVa Native

    Why are you ignoring Obama's comments on late night tv that the debt of $16 trillion is nothing to talk about? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Because bleating the right wing propaganda to falsely promote the GOP is Fox media's job.

    September 19, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Wes

    I believe that both GOP candidate's entire thought process is inarticulate. I am paralyzed with a spinal cord injury, a shattered pelvis and leg, considerable internal organ damage and I have had several strokes. I am in that 47% range of people who need government assistance in the use of SSDI. I would LOVE to return to work and I dream of it nearly every night. I also dream of walking as well. I shall enjoy neither among so many pleasures that others do. I would appreciate it if Mr. Romney would not describe me as someone who feels that I am deserving of something. I would by far prefer to earn my living rather than exist in this horrific state of declining health.

    September 19, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. Where are the tough questions!!???!

    Romney/Ryan dishonestly claim that it's Obama policy that creates dependency. Why doesn't the MSM point Romney/Ryan to facts that fly in the face of the dishonest claim???
    Bush promoted his 2001 tax cut to the public in part because it would prevent some people from paying taxes. “People with the smallest incomes will get the highest percentage of reductions,” Bush said in his first speech to Congress on Feb. 27, 2001. “And millions of additional American families will be removed from the income tax rolls entirely.” Bush achieved that also by doubling the child tax credit, creating a 10 percent tax bracket and eliminating capital gains taxes for middle-income earners.

    September 19, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Michael Thompson

    That is just nonsense. Words are only 'inarticulate' if they fail to persuade the intended audience. Obviously, given the laughter and the applause at various points at the fund raiser, Mr. Romney's remarks did well with the audience they were intended to persuade. The word Mr. Ryan is really searching for here is 'inconvenient.' Not all audiences are the same and Mr. Ryan understands that these words will come across as 'monstrous' or 'uncaring' to huge swaths of the electorate, even portions of the electorate that Mr. Romney says he does not does not feel it will be his responsibility to govern, even if elected. His words were very articulate. They were just never meant to be heard by the people who are now hearing them.

    September 19, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. mary meyers

    Does Paul Ryan fully understand the meaning of inarticulate? --------------------------–
    inarticulate [ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt]
    1. unable to express oneself fluently or clearly; incoherent
    2. (of speech, language, etc.) unclear or incomprehensible; unintelligible inarticulate grunts
    3. unable to speak; dumb
    4. unable to be expressed; unvoiced inarticulate suffering
    5. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) Biology having no joints, segments, or articulation
    inarticulately adv
    Incoherent is the best choice for Mr. "I am not ashamed of my success" Romney, since he has no reason to be ashamed; after all, he was handed everything from his Dad. He is a working definition of an Inheritance made man, not the self made man he desperately wants the American people to think he is. Does anyone else get a creepy feeling that Ryan is a real Manchurian Candidate? Something very off there....

    September 19, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Nick-o

    More people were added to welfare under G.W. Bush than any president before or after. Compound that with the fact that Romney-Ryan is pushing the same Bush and Reagan trickle down economic agenda makes they're comments about gov't dependency under Obama's administration quite hypocritical.

    September 19, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. tstorm92

    While Romney is busy denegrating the middle class for not making as much money as he does, Ryan is busy trying to destroy medicare, social security, and our home mortgage tax deduction. What a pair of losers!

    September 19, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. the many faces of Romney

    No matter how great the economic policies are, if your trading partners' economies are going down, what makes you think that America's will keep going up based entirely on policies. The arrogance of Mr. Ryan is overwhelming. Give us a specific policy and a direct relation to slow recovery, make sure it cannot be traced back to the global market down turn...enough political rhetoric please.

    On the other hand, the Dems are not addressing the entitlement issues, yes, it is good to help the less fortunate but also create opportunities to help them get off dole. The longer people stay on dole, the less chances they will likely get off. Yes, the poor should be helped in all aspects, and that should include helping them to become employable. I hope the democrats plan to do just that otherwise that 47% will soon get to 60, then 70, then 99% and then it will be welcome to the third world America!!!!

    September 19, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. somebody

    The problem with Romney's statements is not that it wasn't worded well. The problem with Romney's statements are the core meaning of what he was saying. To say that nearly half the country is dependent on the Government and takes no personal responsibility is shameful. To then go further and say that there is nothing I can say to those people to have them take personal responsibility so I just won't worry about them is even worse.

    I'm an engineer who has worked full time continously my entire adult life. I pay taxes. I pay for health insurance. I take personal responsibility for my life. I will vote for President Obama.

    On the plus side, I'm glad to see Mittens finally say something specific.

    September 19, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Thomas

    Is Ryan campaigning today for VP or Congress ?

    Vote him out of congress !

    September 19, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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