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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  1. v_mag

    Lyin' Ryan fondly looks forward to the day when he retires and takes his very generous government pension and platinum-plated free health care benefits and becomes at the same time a 1%er and a 47%er.

    September 19, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Coney Hatch

    The underlying point he was trying to make is a true one.

    He has insulted seniors, vets, disabled people
    and people who are in fact on welfare because thier jobs went overseas.

    You dont ship somebodys job overseas, and then call them lazy because they cant find a job.
    Romney has been putting his foot in his mouth on almost every topic,
    but this one......No room left in his mouth.
    Stop blaming the victims.

    September 19, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. truth hurts

    Joan in MS - Romney is one of the ones in the 47%. He paid ZERO federal income tax in 2008 and 2009. He will not show you his returns because he didn't pay any taxes
    Of course you have absolutely no proof of ANY of this but our Constitution allows you to lie in a public forum without paying any sort of penalty for smearing somebody.

    But out of curiousity, if Romney DID invest all of his money in TAX FREE Municipal bonds that go to fund local government projects, would THAT be acceptable to you? They pay a lower interest rate and government get the money they need for their projects. Is that not a GOOD THING?

    September 19, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Pete

    Isn't it funny coming from the mouth of babes,one who stole from SocialSecurity at a young age for college,one who's worked his whole adult life on the governments payroll,how's that for government dependency..Now back in Wisconsin campaigning for his old congressional seat,even rats know when to bail from a sinking ship don't they,real optimist hey!!!Romney inarticulate,that's an understatement,that's his whole campaign,say something and send in the damage control unit to clean it up.Is this how he ran his government in Massachusetts or at Bain,the corporation he supposidly created,tell Bill Bain that,he'd like to hear that if he were alive...Now he's so arrogent,so insensitive that he's not backing down on these comments even republicans are condemning.He's just a politically inept moron that's never been held to a standard as Mormon bishop,business leader at Bain and Massachusetts governor,it was his rules or no rules at all,never apologizing,never sincere in anything..Even trying to take Mormon woman's children away threatening excommunication as bishop,he was blunt then as is now,he didn't like single Mormon parents,he doesn't like dependant people no matter the circumstances and he'll never change his attitude that's apparent...We definitly don't need his attitude as a president for the people,he'd impose Marshall law and round up the government dependants no matter who they were,he doesn't like the 47% because they're not the millionaires that back his causes,the wealthy get wealthier on the middleclass and poor,he's goin down after the debates,just watch !!!

    September 19, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Dave

    Romney wasn't "inarticulate," he was saying what he really felt. Now these clowns are trying to dance their way around it and, once again, dodge any responsibility for their actions. Funny, but this is exactly the behavior they are accusing 47% of the country of exhibiting. Pretty hypocritical, don't you think?

    September 19, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. luke,az

    The Republican ship is on fire. Captain Thurston Howell Robme IV has ordered all the life boats lowered into the water. The Republican Party is about to explode. Is Captain Robme going to go down with the ship or not? Stay tuned until next weeks episode of GOP's Island.

    September 19, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Cindy Cavanaugh

    If you are a student, stay at home mom, senior with little income, the working poor, many working middle class with college and mortgage deductions, that allow them to pay no income taxes, even some millionaires fall into this category, you are of NO Value to Romney and you EXPECT the government to take care of you, according to him. This is because he judges your worth by the amount of income tax you doesn't matter if you pay social security taxes, medicare taxes, property taxes, local taxes, state taxes, sales taxes etc...It doesn't even matter if you've ever taken one dime of government money or not. Is this the kind of president you want?

    September 19, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Scott

    Trying to get people off public dependecy?? Mitt didn't say that. What he said is he doesn't worry about "those" people.

    It is so obvious what he really believes, I think he needs some horse therapy or bet $10,000 on the Patriots this weekend to really help him forget about the 47%.

    September 19, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. truth hurts

    Rudy NYC - Barack Obama was speaking about correcting the *growth imbalance* of wealth, not the assets that people have amassed. But, hey. This is typical right wing tactics, misrepresenting the facts. It is perhaps the one thing that they are actually good at nowadays.
    oh come on Rudy! "growth imbalance of wealth"??? So now you expect the government to restrict how much people can make and how fast they can make it?! And juts how is this going to be accomplished? With a 100% tax rate after they make their first $10 million?

    September 19, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Keep us all on our heels...

    These two are like tag team pro wrestlers.. say something stupid, tag your partner and let him step in the ring to make the next stupid statement.

    September 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Obviously, someone put Ryan up to it, and made him say this stuff. It is a stupid remark and I will give Ryan credit for having enough brains not to something like that. The remark has the "mark of Romney" written all over it.

    [I gave Ryan creidt for having enough brains not to say that, but he did it anyway. Oh, well,]

    September 19, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. clarke

    Anyone who is running for President, has to have the smarts and leadership for NOT being inarticulate. Anyone running for VP can not be the mouth piece for the person running for President and explain what he is trying to say. Being inarticulate is not a leadership skill, nor is being someone mouth piece.

    September 19, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. lou

    Are you going to let them know that out of the top 10 states taking the most in federal handouts, 8 are solidly republican? If you're going to be honest with the americans about their dependency, start with your own people.

    September 19, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. MJD

    Oh great! an inarticulate possible president! OOPs! Did I say that?! Urkel Romney strikes again!

    September 19, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Michelle

    OK, so Mitt's dad lived on welfare for years according to Mitt's mom. Ryan's mom accepted SS survivor benefits that she obviously did not need (as PR saved them to pay for college). We have 2 "entitlement" products telling us the REST of the country should not be getting government help. Yet another case of the rich saying "I got mine, screw you". These two could be poster boys for hypocrisy.

    September 19, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Phil

    So, where are these good paying jobs, Mr Ryan?

    September 19, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Steve

    Personally, I love the use of the word inarticulate from his own running mate who is supposed to be defending him. From Webter's – inarticulate: incapable of giving coherent, clear, or effective expression to one's ideas or feelings.

    That's who I want as my President.

    September 19, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Bob

    People have become more dependent on government safety nets due to the economy, not due to Obama's policies. Those safety nets could be gutted as per the Romney/Ryan plan, and that would certainly lower the numbers, but it wouldn't reduce the need. It would tremendously increase the human suffering. But since Romney has stated he doesn't care about "those people" anyway...

    September 19, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Coney Hatch

    The Democrats worse nightmare is something called arithmetic......

    I have paid into SS my whole life.
    SS is going broke.
    Why ?
    Ask Ronald Reagan who decided to raid it for other purposes.

    You Republicans steal from the bank, and blame the Dems for setting up the bank.

    September 19, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Mike

    Nice try, radical Ryan, but even the GOP elites are telling alexithymic Mitt that 2012 is OVER for him.

    September 19, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Keeping it Real

    Inarticulate? Perhaps. Accurate? Not exactly. It's true that around 47% of Americans pay no income tax. However, not all of those people want the government to support them. Yes, A large majority do, and those people overwhelmingly support Obama's socialistic ideals of wealth distribution and government dependency. Obama has stated both of these ideals, yet liberals dont seem to be alarmed by either. Romney's mistake was to make this a generalization. However; The fact remains that a great number of Obama supporters do play the victim and believe that they are entitled to be taken care of. Democrats have been quick to point out percentage point analysis, etc, but have failed in challenging this concept.

    September 19, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. JDinHouston

    I can see a scary future if Romney wins – sorry, Romney was inarticulate, he didn't really say launch the missiles at London. He meant to say he was missing lunch in London.

    We don't need inarticulate, we don't need Romney.

    September 19, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. sethe

    During Romney's time at Bain, the company was close to bankruptcy and leveraged (or extorted?) the FDIC–a government agency–to bail him out of tens of millions. Now who is depending too much on government?

    September 19, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. bearced

    We have too many people dependant on government because of the pay they receive at Dominos and Staples.

    September 19, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. rs

    Truth Hurts-
    One thing that we should consider is REQUIRING all kids to stay in high school and get their diploma. If they don't want to do that then a trade school might suit them. Why do we let these kids drop out and wreck their future? It might also help lower the cost of our court and jail system not to mention the welfare system.
    Amen to that. Let's hope the GOP will start funding Education again.

    September 19, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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