Ryan gives House GOP a 'pep talk'
September 20th, 2012
12:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Ryan gives House GOP a 'pep talk'

(CNN) - GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan gave House Republicans a pep talk on Thursday morning, telling members these final weeks leading to Election Day would see "an up and down race."

"Three polls came out that have us within one point," Ryan said of the ticket he shares with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a GOP aide who attended the meeting. "They are going to [try to] distract us."

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The Wisconsin congressman and House Budget Committee chairman spoke at the final House Republican conference meeting prior to the November election, but took no questions from his colleagues. His remarks in the closed door meeting were described by the GOP aide, as well as several Republican members who attended the meeting.

Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho described the remarks as a "pep talk," and told members "not to get distracted by the day to day polls." Ryan prodded members to get out and talk to voters, Labrador recounted, saying he was feeling energized by his trips to battleground states.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said Ryan encouraged members to "stay positive" and told members "this is a choice election."

The GOP aide said Ryan contrasted the Republican presidential ticket's message with his description of President Barack Obama's campaign tactics.

"They will try to make this about little things. We have taken all the tough votes and led," Ryan said. "Here's our commitment: we are going to make this about the big things. We need to go on offense and we need to give our constituents the choice of two futures."

House Republicans have repeatedly criticized the Democratic-led Senate and the Obama administration for, in the GOP's view, inaction on the federal budget, upcoming sequester, and measures to boost the economy.

He did not comment directly on the clips of Mitt Romney speaking at a fundraiser last spring which was posted online by a left-leaning magazine earlier this week.

Members described Ryan's message as positive, and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana told CNN afterwards that he never been to a House GOP meeting where members were more excited.

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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. LegalizeReason

    Just keep whistling while walking past the graveyard, Mr. Ryan. And don't forget to update that resume for after the election when you become a lobbyist. Maybe Tim can get you an interview.

    September 20, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. myviewis

    I can see why Ryan gave the GOP a pep talk, it is not easy to be up against MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Huffington Post, New York Times, Univision, Telemundo. GOP are a small group against the huge group of Democrats and their allies.

    September 20, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. NYVeteran

    This is just red meat for the withering base. They know the "redesitribution" talk is trash as is his "no apology" stance. They wrote off the 47% and are now nervous that their base wont turn out because they all know what a pair of boobs these two are. If the base stays home it will be an embarasing electoral landslide. What I dont undersatnd is why the Dems dont reply to the new 1998 standard when Mitt was pro choice.

    September 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. BigTBone

    The only way this loser gets near the white house is on the tour.

    This election is an embarrassment to the republican party, clearly grasping at any straw to demoralize or discredit Obama, with no concrete ideas on how to remedy the issues that are relevant.

    I'm taking these _bags to the woodshed daily on every site I can, including my own. I may have family and friends that may never speak to me again, but in no way can I support this sickening display of misguided indecency.

    Used to vote for the best candidate for the job. Straight D ticket this time. Sending a message loud and clear.

    September 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Facts don't LIE

    you ever notice that the group that always trails in the polls is the one that says don't worry about the polls?

    September 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Romney has been lying to us for 6 years - he won't change with less than 50 days to go.

    Less than 2 weeks for early voting in some places (yes, even BEFORE the debates).

    I'm tired of the lying duo.

    Obama/Biden 2012.

    September 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. scmom

    I love your reply "Sniffit" you are really on the mark today. Always love to read your opinions.

    September 20, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. kim

    Republicans know they are going to lose, the stench of desperation is in the air and in their voices. My big worry is that they will revert to their past practice of rigging the election by using voter suppression and the Supreme Court to overturn the electoral college and the popular vote. These people are mean, unscrupulous, and wallowing in "dark money" from their special interest backers. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that this election will be stolen if they can't win fair and square. The Republican defeat of the Veterans Jobs Bill is a prime example of just how callous and cold hearted these people are.

    September 20, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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