Ryan 'very comfortable' as Romney's V.P. candidate
September 22nd, 2012
08:04 AM ET
10 years ago

Ryan 'very comfortable' as Romney's V.P. candidate

Lakeland, Florida (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan told reporters Friday that he is "comfortable" with how Romney's campaign is managing his role as the vice presidential nominee, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker questioned in a radio interview whether the campaign was effectively using the relative newcomer .

Walker, who recently survived a recall election in Wisconsin, praised Mitt Romney for making a "bold" choice in selecting his friend and seven-term congressman from his home state.

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But Walker told radio host Charlie Sykes that the Romney campaign could be using Ryan, 42, more effectively. He suggested Ryan could teach the Republican presidential nominee a thing or two.

“They not only need to use him out on the trail more effectively, they need to have more of him rub off on Mitt, because I think Mitt thinks that way but he’s gotta be able to articulate that. I think he’s got a compelling message, he just has to get out and tell it. I think too many people are restraining him from telling it,” Walker said Friday on WTMJ Newsradio.

On Friday afternoon Ryan flew from New Orleans to Florida with his mother, Betty Ryan Douglas, and together they visited a fruit stand in Lakeland and purchased Florida-grown tangerines. Afterward a reporter asked him to weigh in on the governor’s assessment of his role in the presidential campaign.

Referring to Walker, Ryan said, "Oh he’s just a good backer of mine. I feel very good about it."

He said he was happy with where he was going and the events he was attending, including the contentious speech at the AARP convention.

“Look at what we’re doing; we’re talking to local people, going around the country, talking to local press. I’m excited about my role, and I feel very comfortable with it,” Ryan said.

When pressed on whether the vice presidential hopeful feels the Romney campaign is incorporating his ideas into their overall message. He said, “I do, absolutely.”

During the interview with the conservative radio host, Walker said the Republican presidential campaign could learn from his difficult recall election in Wisconsin.

“What I think people want not only here but in other swing states in the Midwest is they want leadership,” Walker said. “They want bold, aggressive leadership. And for Mitt Romney to have a chance to counter all of the negative attacks he sees from the president’s campaign, he’s got to come out even more forcefully with a strong plan about how he’s going to tackle the economic and fiscal crisis we face today.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    .............but people are not.
    PS: this idiot is worst than my Sarah Palin–McCain. True.

    September 22, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. Skee

    The candidates can be any kind of creepy in this freakshow.

    The central tabulators will determine the outcome.

    The will of the people notwithstanding ...

    September 22, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Why is he then gunning up his re run for the US Senate-does not show any confidence in being VP

    September 22, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. Pedro

    I believe if Romney had any rub off from Ryan his campaign would drastically worse. Ryan comes across as an arrogant idiot.
    If Romney takes any advice from Ryan my only suggestion is DON'T imitate Ryan or you are really done!

    September 22, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Paul Ryan is smart and energetic, now his political career in jeopardy because they way Romney running his campaign

    September 22, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha ha - he hides behind his wealthy mommy that owns two homes. Yep, he's one of "us".

    September 22, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. The Elephant in the Room

    Well of course he is!!

    He knows that Romney is going to lose. He ASLO know that the Republican dogma is, next time, to nominate the next person in line. As VP nominee, that would be him!

    September 22, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Harvey McNeil

    The RNC should have Romney resign, so they can clean up his mess, and pull the Repubican Party up again. He should be replace with Ryan and Cato.

    September 22, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Marie MD

    You realize that Presiden OBama is up 10 points (I believe) in your own state? Keep getting comfortable. Maybe after November if your god punishes you as he should for lying so much and being such a bad catholic boy you will be looking for a real job.
    Maybe McDonald's can hire you back as a manager.

    September 22, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    There you go again Ayn, lying like a Romney.

    September 22, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. kathy/Minnesota

    I don't beleive this for 1 second, he has this look , like I "DID NOT" know when I yelled from the raffters,"WE WILL NOT DODGE THE ISSUES" he would later be told.......don't talk about "ANYTHING"

    September 22, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Pete

    Ryans so comfortable he's campaigning in Wisconsin for his old congressional seat,can republicans say optimistic,can republicans say Pres.Obama four more years!!!

    September 22, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. CBR

    Governor Walker needs to run Wisconsin. After seeing and hearing him at the convention it is clear that is not ready for the national stage. Rep. Ryan should not need the Governor to take up his cause. If he does then he needs to step down from the ticket. The Governor survived his recall but that experience did not change him one bit. Most people learn from their trials and tribulations but not this man

    September 22, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Donkey Party

    What "negative attacks" from the president's campaign? Name one, you little liar. Everything negative about Romney in the news is because of his own doing. Pathetic.

    September 22, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Ken

    Well, at least radical Ryan, AKA the co-captain of the MITTanic, is optimistic.

    September 22, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Nancy

    Where's radical Ryan's mommy?

    September 22, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. judy

    he should be both are big fat liers and neither knows whats going on. Forward. 2012. Paul took healthcare money in 2012 for racine to bulid a care facility . grant was funded by the affordable care act. now he wants to repleal it. What a phoney jerk. Forward 2012

    September 22, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Paul

    Well, what's he supposed to say?!
    "I'm completely ashamed and embarrassed that this clueless idiot chose me and I just want to kill myself." ?

    This is politics. If you speak your minds, you're done for. =)

    September 22, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. judy

    romey altered charitable giving on 2011 taxes to fall in line with his statement of not paying less than 13% don't you find that a little strange. Lier and flip flopper.

    September 22, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Thomas

    I'm sure he will win back his lobbying position in his home state .

    He's playing both races , running for Congress and VP.

    September 22, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Sorensen

    If the lying rubberface thinks that he is next in line when Romney gets kicked out, he has news coming.
    The GOP is going to throw him out immediately. He has cost them more votes than even the GOP can figure out.

    September 22, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. marty

    Ryan and Walker, two peas in a pod. Their day of reckoning is just around the corner.

    September 22, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Looks like a combination of Dumb and Dumber to me! Is this the best the Greedy Old Pigs party can do?

    September 22, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. w l jones

    One word We lllllllllllllllll fffffffffffffff aaaaaa rrrrrrr eeeeeee on the rest of us for the last fourteen years.

    September 22, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Alan

    wow...what a phony. Ryan's tax reform would gut middle America (whats left of it)...dismantle Medicare and Ryan earlier was the first proponent of giving SS to Wall Street...scary. The current Ryan budget is actually the second version. The first was worse and so ridiculous, that even his own party said no. The guy is a phony...I hate phonies

    September 22, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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