Paul Ryan says Romney comments ‘obviously inarticulate'
September 19th, 2012
07:52 AM ET
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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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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Ryan said. “We have too many people becoming too dependent upon government because of the poor economic policies of the Obama administration.”

    So says the guy who has spent his entire adult life dependent upon our government either by receiving Social Security benefits, lucrative government contracts given to his family owned business, or receiving a monthly income from what has been his profession government career of "condemning the 47% of you people" he thinks shouldn't be given the same benefits as he has received. Bain Capital itself has received millions in government aid, thus allowing Mitt Romney to add to his wealth over and over again. Yeah. Mitt Romney wrote off 47% of America. He's betting he'll be able to keep the other half in the dark until after election day when his plans for them will be "revealed" ... to their detriment too.

    September 19, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. ST

    Hey Ryan, can you tell your boss this: "let us take our ball and go home. Things are very tough, we can't make it BUT we have tried".

    September 19, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. w l jones

    If their were not for people there would not be a government or vice verse which every way you wont to take it. HELP HELP we in deep trouble..

    September 19, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Woman In California

    “obviously inarticulate”

    Doesn't even begin to describe how insulting those comments were/are.

    My mother absolutely HATED welfare, as a matter of fact, I've never seen anyone in my lifetime hate government dependency the way she did, but if she were alive, even she would find Willard's comments offensive – because she knew people who worked extremely hard, but were not able to make ends meet.

    As someone running for president, touring all over the country and hearing story after story and his take away is to call people "victims"? It really shows how cold and uncaring he is and that his only interest is getting the job, not tackling the actual problem. He is wounded as a candidate, and should start looking for a job in the corporate world where he obviously belongs.

    September 19, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Yolie Scott

    This is to Wilson, do you really believe that people are just lazy and don't want to work – well you are wrong. There are people out there that have outstanding work skills including people with a Master, Bachelor, AA degrees and they can't find work. Consider yourself lucky and hope it never happens to you. So get real!!!!!

    September 19, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Expat American

    Romney was inarticulate – but this doesn’t alter the FACT that Romney was merely saying exactly how he truly feels.

    That is, Romney cares nothing for those he considers to be ‘lesser, lower caste’ human beings such as the middle class, the poor, the elderly and veterans.

    September 19, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Eddie The Barber

    Hey Mr. Ryan (and Mr. Romney) ARTICULATE THIS:

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The U.S. housing industry - crucial to any recovery in employment and other aspects of the economy - showed more signs of recovery in August, according to two reports issued Wednesday.

    The Census Bureau said housing starts and permits rose substantially in August compared with a year earlier. Separately, sales of previously occupied homes climbed 7.8% on a monthly basis and were up year-over-year as well, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

    Builders started on new homes at an annual rate of 750,000, up 29.1% compared with a year earlier - when only 581,000 homes were started...

    We can't go back! This is hard evidence that the Obama recovery is working. We can't go back – not now!

    September 19, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. truth hurts

    The Democrats and their Great Welfare Society approach to governing have brought the country to the tipping point. Will we become the next bankrupt Greece or pull back from the financial cliff and stop the spending insanity?

    The Democrats worse nightmare is something called arithmetic. None of their insane social programs is built for long term viability. They are sold as X costing Y. They end up being ABCD&E costing 10 times Y. Social security may have been a good idea back when it started but the government has now mucked it up. There are must better private alternatives but the entire US population is being held hostage to an archaic, bankrupt government retirement system.

    September 19, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. boyinboycott

    NOTICE Paul Ryan isn't allowing HIS FAMILY to be used as Romney's team's PROP like McCain did to Sarah Palin's family. NO disgusting discussions of who pays for Ryan's kids clothes...or his clothes.

    September 19, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Is it just me or do the Republicans seem to nominate the person least likely to win over the last eight years.

    Looking at the list that tried out for the nomination, it might be that Mitt was the best choice from the list of faith healers, womanizers, rulebreakers, ner-do-wells and incompetents that started this race. And I am not certain that his staff and Cabinet appointments could possibly be worse than some of the previous Republican Presidents. Far too many of those ended up with phrases like under investigation, resigned in disgrace, convicted, etc attached to their staff and Cabinet members.

    So, maybe he was the best choice available. Which says a lot about the sad state of affairs for the party of the top 1%.

    September 19, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. mike

    When the repulicans aren't lying, they twist the truth to fit thier needs.

    September 19, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. FlDuh

    The onlly groups too dependent on government are the politician and the corporations that bought them.

    September 19, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Larry

    Wonderful. We had an inarticulate president who got us into 2 wars, sad idly by while the country nearly entered a depression, and now wse have a chance to get another one? Easy choice, unless you want an inarticulate president.

    September 19, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney gave us a glimpse into a bubble world of Wall Street wealth. He showed us the "exclusion zone" that they live in. The bubble world of Wall Street wealth is dramatically different from the environments that of other wealthy people who didn't get rich on Wall Street. It is an exclusive, arrogant filled world of cold, heartless people. None of them are the type who should be sitting in the Oval Office. They don't have the right stuff.

    September 19, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. scmom

    Everyone knows who he's talking about and it's not veterans, retiree's or the disabled. He's talking about the president's "base" all the black people who sit at home with their fat lazy butts watching their big screen tv's. That's who he's talking about the big myth of the shiftless, lazy, dependent black people who don't work just sit and wait for the check every month, the money that all good hard working white people pay and all the lazy "blah" people get. The people with common sense can say he's lumping everybody together but the ones that can only hear the dog whistle knows who he is talking about.

    September 19, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. gt

    home starts up..........are you nuts........where........

    September 19, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Larry

    The Romney campaign really believes a 14 year old film clip can be used to negate something said a short while ago. When are republicans going to realize that people change? Do I hear never?

    September 19, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. NameF W Mitchell

    Time to select wardrobe for President Barack Obama's Inaugural ball.

    September 19, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. TY

    Unfir Mitt is the us your FED TAXES

    September 19, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota


    Did anyone notice just how articulate he was?

    I did. It revealed more about Mitt Romney than anything to date has. He absolutely believes everything that he was saying throughout that tape. Now we know why he is so uncomfortable meeting and talking to all the regular folks. Must have weighed heavily on him that in the beginning of the primaries he was forced to pander to all the little people he has such contempt for.

    September 19, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. ccw

    The only candidate the Republican's had that was even remotely qualified to be president was Jon Huntsman. They might remember that in four years.

    September 19, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. rs

    truth hurts-

    How about we end unfunded gross tax cuts to the rich? How about ending "incentives" (like the $40 billion) each year to big, foreign oil, and farm subsidies?.

    September 19, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "We can't go back! This is hard evidence that the Obama recovery is working"

    It's also partly why the GOP/Teatrolls are getting so very very desperate. They could only hamper and delay recovery for so long with the congressional temper tantrums. They absolutely need to take over the WH in 2013 so they can try to take credit for the economy getting markedly better over the next 4 years.

    September 19, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Gotta Be Kiddin

    Would he consider himself one of these people dependent on government since he has drawn a government paycheck and has had his healthcare paid for by the government since he was 28 years old. And let's not forget about the government social security payments his mother received when his father died.

    September 19, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. truth hurts

    mike - When the repulicans aren't lying, they twist the truth to fit thier needs.
    More likely you are twisting reality to suit your needs.

    September 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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