Ryan gives House GOP a 'pep talk'
September 20th, 2012
12:15 PM ET
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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. Flagship, NC

    How is Ryan and Romney going to make this about the big things when they can't even handle the small things?

    September 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. ConcernedSNCO

    Mr. Ryan, why don't you talk to your fellow Republicans about supporting the veterans? That's right you don't care, because you folks just voted against a bill that would have helped vets get jobs.

    September 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    In other words, the GOP is getting ready to go out and double down on their lies and smears.

    September 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. annieL

    Why didn't he tell his GOP colleagues to stay in Washington and get something done for the American people? Why didn't HE stay and do something to avert the sequester if he now thinks it's so bad, after he supported it? Why don't they stay and come up with a jobs bill to put more Americans to work NOW, not sometime next year, maybe, if tax breaks for the wealthy do finally "trickle down" to the middle and lower classes? He's right to tell them "Don't watch the polls." They should be watching the struggles of many American breadwinners in the "47%" and doing something to help us!

    September 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. ConsiderThis, FL

    Yeah. Right.

    September 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. mlb

    ...and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana told CNN afterwards that he never been to a House GOP meeting where members were more excited..

    God politicians are SUCH liars.

    September 20, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Larry L

    A pep talk from Lyin' Ryan is hardly encouraging. The ridiculous Romney campaign is going down the toilet as independent voters prove too smart for the lies, distortions, and complete lack of specificity of the GOP ticket. They are running on an impossible platform – one designed to retain the under-educated, bigoted right-wing and entice the voters who make decisions based on logic and fact. If Romney would have shown his tax returns he might have won some independent voters – unless they prove him to be a weasel caught breaking tax laws. It's over for Romney.

    September 20, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Joan in MS

    Ryan: "We've taken all the tough votes and led."

    Voter: What is so tough about giving the richest in our society ANOTHER tax cut? That is NOT being a leader ...

    September 20, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Paul Ryan is a seven-term congressman who is described by his colleagues as a bright and talented lawmaker with the experience and know-how to balance the budget, reduce the national debt, promote fiscal leadership, strenghten and grow the economy and create jobs. However, under Paul Ryan's staunt leadership in which the republicans controlled both the House and Senate and the executive branch, the GOP squandered a surplus and the end result wasn't a stable and thriving America but rather an America crippled with high inflation, a housing crisis, record unemployment, a broken financial system and the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression. Hey, Paul Ryan and Mitt Robmoney are not the solution. They're the PROBLEM. Please go away!

    September 20, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. LocalVokal

    It IS a choice election: "You're on your own" or "We're all in this together"

    September 20, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. aalisa31

    Please...... a pep talk? More like a scolding for turning their backs on Mitt the Twitt and his vp sidekick... face it Paul... it's over!

    September 20, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rasmussen daily has Obama up 47-45 on Mittens. Maybe the 47%, (including the Romney households that pay 13% in taxes) don't like being called moochers because they don't pay enough in taxes.

    September 20, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Richard Miller

    Maybe this chicken hawk needs to go over to the Senate and tell his obstructionist buddies that the vets in this country need jobs that will cover their living expenses now that they are home.

    September 20, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. YoYo Mama

    Sometimes you go to a great pep rally, and your team still loses.

    September 20, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. linda

    I hope every American especially those who support our Troops and fly our Flag will vote these bums out of office....They say "Thanks for your Service to our Country, you are Brave young men and women" but the Republicans in the Senate just voted the Veterans Work Bill down 58-40.....the bill was biparticin it was even paid for, the Democrats put into the bill the items that the Republicans wanted in it....but when it came to voting to help the Veterans who so galantly fought for us and our country turned their backs on our Veterans.....these idiots couldn't even give them the helping hand they need to help them find jobs when they come home......So they must think like their canidate Romney that these brave men and women are part of the 47% that is dragging our country down, relying to much on government, their the victims all right the victims of the do nothing Republicans, victims of not being appreciated by the Republican party that claims to be so patiotic.....they want you to fight their Wars and die for our country to protect us and keep us safe ...... but they are saying when you come home "Your On Your Own.........If these Republicans won't fight and defend our veterans when they come home and stand with them in their time of need then what makes you think they are going to stand up for regular citizen of this country.....they only care about themselves, their GOP Party, and the rich who support them.......They did this so OBAMA couldn't have credit this close to election day.....that's pretty sad when they will put their politics before our Military men and women......

    September 20, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Cam Spurgeon

    I hope he is defeated in both races. He is a serial liar,appears a little off balance and a creep to boot with those crazy eyes. If I were to meet him in a dark place, I would run like hell. UGH!

    September 20, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Reginald

    Yeah, right!!!!!!!!!!! They are more excited.

    September 20, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. sarge

    I don' think Obama has done a single thing to derail Romney. He is doing all this to himself. I feel bad for Ryan, his footnote in history will be brief!

    September 20, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Rick Lawson

    Yeah I bet they need a pep talk after the train wreck of a campaign that their "boys" have been leading. Too bad, it won't help. Romney and Ryan have let their true feelings out of the bag. They've already lost, they just haven't realized it yet.

    September 20, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. tony

    No TAX returns, no credibility

    September 20, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Tom from Canonsburg

    Again pouring the koolaid. Stay the course and everything will be fine. Don't worry about jobs and the rest of the country's problems, we'll be ok?

    September 20, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Paul

    "They are going to try to distract us with things like facts...and we will not be bothered with those!"

    September 20, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Wes

    This guy's pep talk is reminiscent of the old saying, "Bad cop... no donut." He is the mouth that does not seem to have a cork and pours out programs that plague the future confidence in an American community. I don't any reason to seek Ryan's privates as a tool to drive our nation, neither should anyone with a desire to rise above pavement level income.

    September 20, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. ED FL

    Lying Ryan is going to be a major cause of why the GOP HOUSE of Reps loses its majority to the Dems in November.It couldn't happen to a more deserving group. They had a lousy leader who stopped evey effort to initiate or pass any legislation that MIGHT HAPPEN to nhelp the public. Only GOP benefits were approved .. Live with it Boehner, you will always have the label as the ABSOLUTE worst Speaker in the Country's History.

    September 20, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Aztec Phil

    They probably need a pep talk. Their candidate commits one gaffe after another; he is within one point in three polls, but is not significantly ahead; he is even trailing behind in his home state; their party is splintering among several factions; they are being blamed for much of the congressional blockage; the previous Republican president is responsible for the nation's fiscal mess; they are being increasingly viewed as the party of the infamously wealthy who have no feeling for the common man; their candidate produces a lot of hot air about how to fix things but no details; and on and on and on.

    September 20, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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