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. WachetAuf

    It is very true. Mr. Romney cannot "ARTICULATE" his ideas. Why? Several reasons. First, the GOP is divided into at least thre camps: evangelicals; true "conservatives; and Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Neitzschean "supermen" ideologues. If he moves in anyone direction or another (as evidenced by the current bruhaha) he will offend one camp or another. He must remain a clean slate – Mr. Etch-O-Sketch – so that each constituency can project their own feelings onto him. Second, he really does not have any fundamental beliefs which he can articulate. NONE. He is a business man and that is all. Nothing more. Business men make their own persoanl moral and ethical code. Business men have onyl one objective – nmake money and make it as quickly as you can – before you either get caught or someone else comes along with a better product. Darwin is always the moving force. The only thing which keeps them in check are the laws which we legislate. It is why we need strong regulation of all business. Romney would not know whether he would follow Keynes or Friedman. If asked he will not tell you. HE IS UNABLE TO IDENTIFY HIS GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND THEREFORE CANNOT ARTICULATE THEM. He is a Mormon, right? Mormons do not believe in gambling, yet they are a large part of the gambling industry.

    September 19, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Collin

    The people's who jobs got shipped overseas – they should just start a business. <-sarcasm

    September 19, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Pander Bear

    Oh please. The comment was as articulate as Romney gets about any details of his policies – namely he thinks that poor people are a burden and he wants them to go away.

    September 19, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Kristy

    Bless you, Wes.

    September 19, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. bxgrrl

    "Inarticulate" my Aunt Fanny. President Carter's grandson did American voters a great public service by getting this master dissembler on tape. All we peasants get from Romney is flip flops, generalities and platitudes. He saves the truth for his municifecent donors. He's going to be inarticulate when trolling for cash? I don't think so.

    September 19, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. DLEE

    But facts are, look at GOP state level, the past 2 years they have raised taxes on the poor and given tax cuts to wealthy, those are facts, and exactly what the GOP will do at a national level if they get elected again. So when Romney and Ryan praise the middle class, it's another bold faced lie. Even the GOP said it themselves, Romney won't be in charge, the GOP will.

    September 19, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    bearced - We have too many people dependant on government because of the pay they receive at Dominos and Staples.
    Will you pay $30 for that large pizza so they can pay their employees $15 an hour? Didn't think so...

    September 19, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. SuperD

    What is truly sickening here is the double standard. Romney makes an accurate factual description of the majority of the Democrat base. Yes, the slackers, takers, and lazy butts all 47% of them. The Liberals scream FOUL!!!

    You what? So what? I'm glad the Liberals got offended because Romney called them out. Screw the Liberals, screw anyone who supports Obama, you people are the problem and why everyone is miserable and I don't care what you think is offensive because you live in La La Land.

    September 19, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Tony

    In the private sector, saying your boss is inarticulate is a firing offense. Romney was not inarticulate. He was saying what he and many conservatives believe in private. It was stupid for Romney to say it out loud. Retired and elderly make up 1/5 of the 47% who don't pay income tax. Romney will need help from God if he loses the senior vote.

    September 19, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Every republican president in the last thirty years made sure the wealthy did all right, at the expense of workers, the seniors, the poor, and the middle class. That is the worst form of class division and warfare. While their tax cuts and tax breaks cost more than food stamps, America's wealth was redistributed to those who least needed it.

    September 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Andrew

    the problem here is he is on both sides of EVERY issue, while understanding very little about them. now he is talking about a 12 year old video about redistribution. Obama has been clear all along about his favoriing the middle class. taxes in nature are redistrubutions of wealth. romney is for more tax cuts, but says people shouldnt need government help? completely contradicts itself. he doesnt seem to understand the same 47% not paying income taxes are not the same 47% that vote democrat (in fact much of that is republican voters). he has still offered NO DETAILS of ANY PLAN for ANYTHING and is so quick to jump on every single thing out there that he often messes it up and spends the next week fixing it.

    September 19, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Surfer George

    We got the message LOUD AND CLEAR – Romney/Ryan DON'T CARE ABOUT THE WORKING CLASS

    September 19, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. manhandler1

    "inarticulate?".....I think not!..How about "downright insulting?"

    September 19, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. oman

    Yes Mr. Ryan, whatever you say. There is one thing Mitt Romney and yourself articulate very well. A lie.

    September 19, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. MTATL67

    Oh, Mitt was very articulate and for the first time he actually believed what he was saying.

    September 19, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. godspeedblue

    Did Ryan really call his running mate, the possible future president of the United States, "obviously inarticulate?!" That is laugh-out-loud funny.

    September 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Donna

    Why are we so worried about what Romney says when our president always uses the excuse that he "misspoke". What is the difference????
    I think no matter what Obama does, that same 47% will vote for him.

    September 19, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Flagship, NC

    Romney made a mistake picking Paul Ryan, he does not need a pit bull VP, he needs a wise man VP.

    September 19, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Super D – You are so wrong, but what you say does play well with the 'food stamps and entitlements for billionaires group.' Up until "W" we actually all could share in the American Dream, but have been rapidly losing ground under republican economics and unfunded programs.

    September 19, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    rs - Amen to that. Let's hope the GOP will start funding Education again.
    Education has been funded at ever increasing amounts at ALL levels. Money is not the problem. The way the money is used is the problem as is the ability to fix teacher problems. Teacher unions and good student results are too many times at odds. Teacher unions cannot control our school systems and block reforms that will help students. Look what is happening in Chicago over something as simple as teacher evaluations and the teachers union went on strike over it. Ridiculous.

    September 19, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. KW

    Matt...way to take comments out of context. The "you didn't build that" remark has been explained ad nauseum. Goodness. I'm suprised you didn't mention the "57 states" comment in which the Pres. was referring to states and places like Guam and Puerto Rico.
    On the other hand, Rmoney's comments were *not* taken out of context. He said what he said and there's no excuse for insulting 1/2 the country.

    September 19, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Deb in MT


    "Even though he didn't say it the best, Romney is right. There is no way I can vote for someone that believes it is fair to take more of the money I work really hard for, and give it to someone capable of working, but does not want to work...."

    What a huge assumption there, Wilson, that people who pay no federal income taxes are those that don't want to work.

    So, my late parents–who worked until they were in their 70's–were 'moochers' when they accepted SocSec/Medicare? My son–working full time but making low wages–is a 'moocher' when he gets a tax refund that returns the income taxes that had been taken out of his paycheck? My neighbor–deployed to Afghanistan–is a 'moocher' because he pays no Federal income tax on his combat pay?

    Wow. Just, wow.

    Want to see some real 'mooching'? Look at Romney's 1 tax return that we've been able to see: he paid 13.9% on his capital gains, but paid nothing in income taxes; and, that 13.9% is less than the 15% that working people pay in payroll taxes (there's no refund for that tax, bucko). Oh, and Romney claimed that he could understand those without jobs, because he was 'unemployed', too!

    Seems to me that if you want to look at a real 'moocher', you need look only as far as your GOP standard bearer!

    September 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. steven harnack

    It's so obvious that as soon as the tape aired Republicans say down and said "now this is what you say whenever that subject is brought up" and they all scurry out to do just that. For them, being called calloused liars just means that they need to put some polish in the lies.

    September 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Indie in VA

    Oh, come on. Romney went off-script and said exactly what he thinks, and now that it's public it was just "inelegantly stated." Really?

    September 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. John

    So if Romney wishes he was a Latino so he could get more votes from the 47%, why did he chose Ryan for VP instead of Rubio?.........You can't believe what he says..........

    September 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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