September 25th, 2012
04:47 PM ET
10 years ago

Ryan outfits daughter with deer-hunting gear

Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) – Gearing up for deer-hunting season, Rep. Paul Ryan bought hunting clothes for his daughter to go with the rifle the Republican vice presidential nominee gave her for Christmas.

"She's hunted with me but this is the first time she gets to do the hunting herself," Ryan said of daughter Liza. "She's 10 years old and you can hunt starting at 10. I got her a rifle for Christmas last year and so I'm getting her ready."

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

- Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

On Tuesday in Ohio, between a town hall in Cincinnati and a rally with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Vandalia, Ryan stopped at Bass Pro Shops in the Forrest Park neighborhood to get his daughter outfitted for hunting season.

The outdoorsman went directly to the "Women's Camo" area to check out their assortment of camouflage items. He purchased his daughter gloves, a beanie and a bib and paid for the $101.14 bill in cash. With a couple items in hand, he explained to reporters the hat and gloves include carbon which helps block a human's scent.

The Wisconsin-native, tapped to be Romney's running mate in August, often mentions his love of hunting on the campaign trail. Ryan tries to cast their Democratic opponent, President Barack Obama, as out of touch because of a comment he made in the 2008 campaign in which he said, "People like to cling to their guns and their religion."

"Hey, I'm a Catholic deer-hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion," Ryan first said in Carnegie, Pennsylvania on Aug. 21.

Liza, the oldest of Ryan's three children, received her first rifle for Christmas last year. "I got her a Remington 700 243 junior model – 243 is a caliber – it's a good gun," Ryan, an avid bowhunter, explained to reporters at the store.

According to an ">interview with Deer & Deer Hunting magazine, Ryan "shoots a Mathews Z7 Xtreme compound and loves the thrill of bowhunting, but also enjoys firearms."

"My daughter she's been hunting with me for years, watching me, but she's old enough this year to hunt on her own," he said. "She's really looking forward to it."

Ryan said he hopes to go hunting this fall in his home state and in Oklahoma, where his wife Janna grew up.

The vice presidential hopeful may not have as much time to hunt as he has in previous years, juggling his role as congressman and now vice presidential nominee, but soon he'll be able to mix a little work and pleasure. Ryan is expected to do an event with sportsmen in Columbus, Ohio this weekend.

Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • Paul Ryan
soundoff (449 Responses)
  1. Private Ryan

    Don't bring this man out west!

    It is atrocious a father buys a gun for a 9 yr old!

    Just do't get it.

    This should make the N RA happy!

    Never would buy my little girl a gun.
    And this man is running for V P !
    He doesn't get my vote.

    September 25, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. jane

    Well now, I'm sure, living in the wilds of a gated community in a wealthy suburb in Wisconsin (or one of those dangerous Washington townhouses) it's necessary to put a rifle in a 10 year old's hands. And I'm sure he only teaches her to kill poor, unemployed deer. Disgusting.

    September 26, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  3. joohn

    Who takes a 10 year old hunting?
    He should be taking her to a safari to learn how beautiful nature is and how it must to be respected

    I bet after killing an innocent deer, they will go to church

    September 26, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. Dave

    Is this guy crazy.... hunting gear for a 10 year old.? And we're supposed to trust his judgement in the White House? Next thing he'll be taking the local kindergarten class on a hunting trip.

    September 26, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  5. Ryan

    If you have ever fired a rifle against a living animal you will understand what a sin it is against life. Or you should.

    September 26, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    I think MR Ryan should CLING ON as close an hard as he wants to to His catholic bible/ religion and his guns.
    However, I find it appalling that he buys his daughter a rifle for XMAS. I am having trouble even believing his 9 year old said to daddy or mom please ask father Xmas to bring me a huntin rifle or even daddy daddy buy me a huntin' rifle for christmas so that when I'm 10 I can hunt an shoot deer myself!!
    This is all astunt so he can keep mentioning an ols comment of Obama's as he campaigns.
    By the way I hope he has told his daughter hunting can be extremely dangerous. I have been an outdoor type all my like in the wilderness climbing mountains, and I have many unexpected and dangerous encounters with wild life including Bears Lions Snakes etc even rats, beavers and birds can give you a nasty turn/injury you would not want to repeat. I hope his 10 year old has had this explained to her.

    September 26, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  7. Tiki-Honu

    Let's hope she's a better shot than Mr. MORMONey. He's been shooting himself in the foot every week.

    September 26, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  8. Mo

    Some people talking in this feed don't have much faith in their children, I plan to teach all my children proper gun safety and maintenance asap. Also, people talking about Bambi's mom just need to chill out. How do you think that cow, chicken or pig got on your plate? The magical meat fairy? Nope...someone had to murder it. Get over it please. Oh and you should know...I'm a huge raging democrat lol

    September 26, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  9. Advokat2B

    Mr. Romney’s given up on just lipsticking his pig. He’s now peddling trichinosis pork medallions sautéed in a rich gravy — and hoping “53%” will chow down. Caveat emptor.

    September 26, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  10. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Had to feed some meat to the base after speaking out in favor of the refs union earlier today. Hopefully this is enough to satisfy.

    September 26, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  11. James Price

    Sounds like a good Dad to me. I am proud of him.
    He will make and Excellent VP.

    September 26, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  12. dina

    If a person needs to hunt to fee his family, I find no problem with that. If a person hunts just to kill an animal,I find that disgusting, but it fits Paul Ryan's personality. How can anyone feel they should kill an animal just t do it.People who need food can, but a rich congressman should not and especially should not teach his daughter to kill.Disgusting.

    September 26, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  13. beth

    SICK SICK SICK! Teaching your young child to kill a "life". The Creator created all species. Not very ethical or moral but brutal and disturbing.

    September 26, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  14. Anonymous

    this is news? Really? The old adage about man bites dog should be applied here! this is so common it is not news ,what would be news is a NRA member that didn't put a handgun in his newborns fist in the delivery room!

    September 26, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  15. slickone

    Will any sane person vote for a person that will allow his ten year old in the woods with a high powered rifle or shotgun by her self?

    September 26, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  16. Steve

    Excellent. It'll be nice to have somebody in office who understands how life actually works. All you teary eyed bambi lovers must be vegetarians and walk to visit your family for christmas or maybe you really believe that food comes from grocery stores. I love all g0d's creatures, with potatoes and gravy.

    September 26, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  17. Steve

    Nice! I'm about to start teaching my children proper firearm handling as well. Not much of a hunter myself, but it's something everybody should know. The meat and potatoes don't come from grocery stores people, get over it.

    September 26, 2012 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  18. Chuck Jones

    These politicians, how stupid can they be and some of the stupid things they do to impress voters. Instead of teaching his daughter to be loving and passionate he teaches her to kill animals. How sick and stupid can they get. I understand its normal maybe in the USA, but to use it to attract voters, wow!!!

    September 26, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  19. MrManhattan

    Is he going to get Dick Cheney to teach her how to shoot?

    September 26, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  20. garwin1

    This guy is a skinny Rush Limbaugh.

    September 26, 2012 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  21. Elizabeth

    Really? Seriously? This is so sad to me, and quite honestly leaves me shaking my head.

    September 26, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  22. Mark/California

    This has to be the saddest news I've read in a while, something inside me died a little as I read.

    September 26, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  23. 2buttercups

    Hunting and Republicans appear to be a deadly mix. Remember what happened when Dick Cheney went "hunting"........
    The poor gentleman who was injured during the hunt to this day, appears to blames himself! In fact, we haven't heard a word about or from anybody else who was present during that time since!
    Bambi beware!

    September 26, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  24. Craig

    What a perverted, sick man. Who KILLS FOR FUN? And even worse, train their children to enjoy taking a life away not for food or in defense, but because it is apparently fun for some people to injure another living creature with a mother and father, and watch its life fade away from its eyes as it suffers mortal agony while spending its last moments in terror as its killers descend upon it, and as it tries, but cannot run, while its child stands by and watches its mother, caregiver, and sole source of solace die in front of its eyes. Only a really sick, perverted being would enjoy this. It is only half a step from mass murder. Sick, just sick.

    September 26, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  25. NSL

    I learned to shoot when I was 8 years old. It was a lot of fun then, and it still is. I'm a former NRA small bore rifle champion as a junior at 15. I've also shot skeet and trap, which was more fun because you were trying to hit a moving target. I won skeet and trap championships too, but I've never hunted. It's just not for me, but as a conservative Democrat who will be voting for the President, I've got nothing against the vast majority of hunters as long as they eat what they kill, or donate the meat to a food bank for poor and disadvantaged people to eat.

    On the other hand I've come to realize that teaching youngsters under 15-16 to shoot and hunt in today's society is a major mistake. It takes until then to be able to teach youngsters to hunt to understand fully about gun safety, and the appropriate use of firearms. I know the NRA members out there say I'm all wet, that you can teach a 10 year old, and even younger kids all that, and right from wrong, but their understanding of that is far too simplistic to be realistic and productive. And parental understanding of their child's psyche is far too often wrong.

    For many years I was a loyal NRA member. I participated in their shooting championships and as a young adult taught shooting to teens, including teaching the hunter safety courses available then. I dropped out of NRA when I was 25. I came to see their rigid stance on gun control, believing in none whatsoever, including not banning assault weapons from the general public, and not banning cop killer ammunition too, and not registering guns, nor limiting the number of guns people could purchase in a month, nor limiting the purchasing of guns to sane individuals, nor requiring gun owners report thefts of their guns to be essential insane. I came to understand that teaching children under the age of 15-16 to shoot and hunt made no sense today, even though years ago when people actually needed to hunt to feed their families it did make sense due to need, because younger kids just don't generally have the capacity to understand the true consequences of what they are doing, nor do they have the capacity to understand the true implications of gun misuse.

    That Paul Ryan has already taught his child to hunt clearly shows me an immense lack of judgment and being president or vice president requires enormous judgment this man just doesn't possess.

    September 26, 2012 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18