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. Reggie from LA

    Yes, Ryan is correct. I know that when Romney talked about me being dependent on government and intellectually unable to grasp that I am a burden and need to pick myself up, that wasn't the message I received. Relying on Veterans benefits and such after all those years of service. Duh, paying into Soc Sec and expecting a return in my golden years. I apparently wasn't paying attention or too lazy and expectant of benefits to get it. I thought he was talking to me. I'm glad that Ryan cleared that up for me by saying that what Romney "inarticulated" was that Obama is a terrible choice. Gosh that guy is either smart or a ridiculous liar.

    September 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Romney said nothing that the other 53% didn't already know; Obama is persuading people to get on foodstamps, apply for disability and unemployment but vote for him to keep it going. The same approach that Lyndon Johnson used with his "Great Society".

    September 19, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. ThatGuy

    "Obviously inarticulate" are the words used by Ryan.

    Definition of "inarticualte": 1) Unable to speak distinctly or express oneself clearly, or 2) Not clearly expressed or pronounced.

    Clearly Ryan doesn't understand the meaning of the word. Romney sure sounded as though he was able to clearly express what he was trying to say...

    September 19, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Scott O' Canada

    How is this race even close? Mitt needs a third foot just so he has enough to stick in his mouth. This guy wouldn't have been elected to the PTA up here because he's so transparent that most thinking people can easily see right through him. This is like deja vu all over again. George W. – the sequel. Both inadequate sons of self-made men who are a mere shadow of their fathers. Only in America.

    September 19, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Marty, FL

    Romney divisively insulted nearly half of America in a dishonest manner, and his campaign's excuse is not being elegant, articulate, or whatever other politically correct term they use.

    In reality, Romney's comments were wrong and not presidential material.

    September 19, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. truth

    The jobs are not in this country like they used to be. The manufacturing jobs are overseas. What is made in this country? Not everyone can sell insurance or real estate. Rich people don't create jobs, they layoff, and outsource. I worked for two rich companies over the last 20 yrs. And both have less employees than they had 15 yrs. ago. Turn off the hate news and pick up a newspaper, keep an open mind (very hard for some) and if you were fresh out of school look and see if you can find a job for yourself. Good luck.

    September 19, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. jakibros

    Oh I think Mitt was plenty articulate. In fact he was clear as a bell. Anyone who gets government assistance is a government moocher and he doesn't care about them. So all you farmers who are suffering thru a drought, fisherman who are struggling, disabled veterans, disabled workers, mentally or medically ill, 9/11 responders who are sick, hurricane/tornado/fire/blizzard disaster victims, elderly, college students and every other American who needed a helping hand from their own government should consider yourselves on "Mitt's List". And since investing in foreign job markets is how he makes his millions, you will be able to add all the future unemployed workers that will occupy our nation when his corporate raider billionaire mentality leads this county. I work for a living AND pay my taxes... but Romney's plan to dominate America and create class division is no way to lead our country into the future.

    September 19, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Saboth

    Ryan went on to explain he was very articulate in the 57 New York Times Best Selling novels he's written. @ "Sheryl" above me: so, you are stating dependency is the cause or effect? It's like saying "Doctors are treating 50% more cases of cancer every year." Did doctors cause the cancer? No, they are simply taking care of the people affected by it, much like Obama is taking care of the people affected by the economy that melted down under *Republican* leadership.

    September 19, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Peter


    Just what we need.

    Another inarticulate Republican president.

    September 19, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. NFL

    The big PROBLEM with a candidate who tends to be a "serial" gaffe/inarticulate speaker...what if he's this inarticulate with Al-Queda? Iranians? Libyans? Chinese? or others? He's shown to be "inarticulate" with our allies...if with our foes, that could be the end of America!! Obama has his faults, but he has taken many actions to eliminate threats, and the economy is moving, albeit slowly, in the right direction! Even Clinton, a great President, needed a 2nd term to finish the job and bring us to a level of prosperity with jobs and government surplus!! (which was eradicated by Bush, and NOT just because of 9/11...that huge tax cut that continues is killing US).

    September 19, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Pankaj

    What the dependency we are talking about. after 9/11 romoney or ryan did not go and fight in afganistan, they depended on troops, yes government troops. did Romey build that army himself? when romney had children did he teach them everrything, no he depended on the teachers. yes he can say he paid the teachers but did he pay for that teacher's college fees that made her teacher. who pays to keep that firestations open when there is no fire, or romney expects fireman to ask for deposit before the start putting off fire. how many times has this guy mowed his lawn, he depends on gardner. yes he pays to mow the lawn but who pays to keep that gardener alive when he has a medical emergency with no health insurance. you call it dependency but we call it community. and all the church you talk about who keeps the god happy monday to saturday so you can pray on sunday. or do u have ur personal god that u build it. people who talked about romeny's helpful nature at convention , are they freeloaders, why didnt they build that themselves. I cannot be doctor, nurse, teacher, contractor, policeman, fireman, baker, banker at same time, I have to depend on someone.

    September 19, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. kennyrosenyc

    I'm sorry but the multi trillion dollar welfare check handed to Wall Street easily trumps Romney's mythical '47%'.

    September 19, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Romney's own father needed the public dole to help him get his bootstraps on to then go on and compete for a good job and life. Obama's policies to expand education and keep people from falling into poverty are the same ones George Romney relied on to ease the first years of his young adult life. Romney is a selfish POS who can't even respect his own family's legacy, let alone anyone else's.

    September 19, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. NameRamone

    Is it me or isn't the republicans trying to do the same thing the President wants and that is to put people back to work! It's amazing how they wordplay. If a republican would have won the white house instead of Obama, I wonder what they would have done differently that would have created jobs and balanced the budget. Oh don't forget at the time we were losing tens of thousands of jobs a week. People are going to need help when so many lose their job. Be happy that it's not you if you fall into this category!

    September 19, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. freidamurray

    Inarticulate? I think he expressed HIS views perfectly. He is an elitist who cares nothing for anyone making $250,000 or less per year. Oops, I misspoke, that's middle class to Mitt.

    September 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Drew

    I registered as a republican when I turned 18 because being a moderate I felt that my views aligned more at that base. 19 years later, how sad have things changed. What was once a pround and honorable party has now resorted to the shameless tactics they do today. I would love to re-register as a republican but sadly I never see them ever becomming the good party they once were. Which is why I am proud I consider myself an Independent today...and most likely will stay that way until I die......

    September 19, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. ghostriter


    Obama wants to redistribute the money earned by those "who didn't built that" to those who really didn't build that.

    Government dependency is up 23% under Obama, 23%!! That is the wrong direction. When even Sweden is realizing the welfare state is unsustainable (been there, done that) and this idiot in the White House doesn't America's future isn't a bright one under Obama.
    Also, Obama hasn't only failed on the economic front, Obama is an utter failure on foreign policy. Look around people, over 30 countries are protesting America all over the globe. We are more hated now under Obama than ever before.

    Unemployment was 7.8% and rising when Obama took office. To assume that the numbers of those in need would grow is not exactly bright. To blame the guy who came into the mess right when it started getting worse is not very bright. And I guess no one ever protested against the US before last week. Or even before 2009. Bush got a shoe thrown at him. Guess that was a sign of love.

    September 19, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Smitty

    I don't want an inarticulate president! If Romney cannot express himself clearly, he is not presidential material. What happens during delicate negotiations with difficult governemnts. He slips up and just says "Oh, I didn't articulate that very well"?

    September 19, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Joan in MS

    There is no way for Romney to 'spin' this. He cannot point to 'shiny objects over there' to take the attention away from his insult to half of America, including senior citizens and students.

    He is the worst candidate to ever run for national office. He has even outpaced Palin as the worst candidate ever to seek the Presidency or Vice-Presidency. The truth hurts.

    September 19, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. ghostriter

    Jon Stewart had it right. George Romney was on welfare. He should renounce him as part of the 47% on the govt dole.

    September 19, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Ann

    Both Romney and Ryan do not care for us folks that are trying to make a living, our president does have a vision


    Vision? Marx and Lenin had some visions too!

    September 19, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. needNewGov

    Every time Mit opens his mouth he seems to blow it. Face it, the man might be rich but that's about it. To blame Obama for the unemployment is stupid, ignorant and just plain wrong. How is it Obama's fault when Hershey opens a brand new plant and adds tons of technology and lays off 300? Come on GOP, tell the truth for once.

    September 19, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. George D

    What good ole Paul Ryan is saying is that saying the little people are not worth the effort is better said with more eloquent verbiage is easily digested by the voting masses. Kind of like this: "If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, then you can baffle them with cow dung".....This is what he and Mitt really think about us as a people!

    September 19, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. B.

    Both Ryan and Romney are both inarticulate to a point of being incompetent.

    Why would we want two incompetent people running the country and making fools of themselves here,and around the World?

    Romney made it very clear that he has no interest in about half of the country’s population !!

    Unbelievable arrogance..

    September 19, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. ART

    Romney Talking about people and their taxes is an insult especially since we don't know anything about his tax record.

    September 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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