Ryan notes campaign ‘missteps,’ claims media bias
September 30th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
10 years ago

Ryan notes campaign ‘missteps,’ claims media bias

(CNN) – GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan acknowledged the Republican campaign's "missteps" on Sunday, calling Mitt Romney’s now-notorious “47%” comments “inarticulate,” while still defending the crux of his running mate’s argument.

Ryan also took the media to task for what he called bias against conservatives.

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Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Ryan said his running mate’s controversial comments were "an inarticulate way to describe what we’re trying to do to create prosperity and upward mobility, and reduce dependency by getting people off welfare, back to work.”

“We've had some missteps," said Ryan, also noting many conservatives' concerns that the campaign is failing to project a clear message to voters. "But at the end of the day, the choice is really clear, and we're giving people a very clear choice."

Romney made the candid "47%" remarks to a group of wealthy donors at a private fund-raiser caught on a secretly recorded video in May. The video was posted online by a left-leaning news organization earlier in September, sparking a firestorm of criticism from both sides of the aisle. Among other hotly contested remarks, the Republican nominee said nearly half of Americans will automatically vote for the president because they are dependent on government and consider themselves “victims.”

Ryan noted that Romney had conceded the lack of "eloquence" in his choice of words, though Ryan also picked up on the argument, blaming Obama for a sluggish economy and what the GOP campaign bills as policies that foster dependency on government.

Ryan also accused the media of having a liberal disposition.

“I think it kind of goes without saying that there's definitely a media bias. We've - look, I'm a conservative person, I'm used to media bias. We expected media bias going into this,” said Ryan.

Asked to cite a specific example of media bias, Ryan demurred, instead asserting that most people who work in the media have liberal political affiliations and, therefore, would want a president who is a Democrat to win.

“I'm not going to go into a tit-for-tat or litigate this thing,” said Ryan. “But as a conservative, I've long believed and long felt that there is inherent media bias. And I think anybody with objectivity would believe that that's the case.”

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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Russell

    The GOP needs to come up with a new excuse really badly...This media bias crap is getting old to us independent voters.

    September 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. michael

    word are cheap but he doesnt back it up. He feels, he knows, if your objective yada yada yada. the same old bs about your with us or against us bully mentality. he thinks that oif he says it then it must be true. the problem is the only ones believing that are just as thick as him

    September 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Paul

    I would call it republican dysfunction....it is beholden to a very small group of neo-conservatives pulling the strings. Mitt is not a stupid man, however, he is not a good politician. He decided long ago to keep his mouth shut on the where he would cut federal spending and specifically which loopholes they will cut. The silence is remarkable because it is also the campaign cornerstone. Speaking candidly would jeopardize his run for office both in terms of his support in financially backing his campaign and those voters believing you can have an across the board tax deduction, keep spending up with inflation for the military budget and meet all the financial obligations of the federal govt while at the same time reducing the deficit. It really is a fantastic plan.....wait a minute....oh i see, we will hear the plan and the details after the election.

    September 30, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. michael

    and of course we want a president who as they say misspeaks { got caught being honest). romney would be perfect selling cars or tools at sears but no way as president. thank god it wont happen

    September 30, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. martin

    baloney; romney said exactly what he was thinking and what that crowd came to hear. he didn't say he wanted to bring "those people" up; he said there was no hope for them and he doesn't care about them.

    September 30, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. charles bowen

    Next time the Republicans should choose a candidate with an IQ above 90 and maybe a little more intelligence will help them win an election.....These Two clowns are just another Bush .... I can remember when the republican stood for something more than Religion ..... Go Big "O" Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    September 30, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. allens

    big time whining. he says ignorent things and lkies, then blames the liberal media. is this how the gop handles their lies that were found out, blamimng the press? whimps, not fit for office.

    September 30, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. judith

    With their campaign going down the tubes, it's time to blame the media! Obama will win handily. Obama/Biden 2012.

    September 30, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. concerned citizen

    He is right – look how many times MSNBC run edited versions of videos of Romney, attempting to distort the reality of what happened. I would like to support President, but this has been the nastiest campaign I have ever seen. He should be ashamed.

    September 30, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. fernace

    If it wasn't for the media & regular citizens searching for the truth, we may all be buying what the 2 R's are shovelling, right now! It sounds good don't it: we're gonna lower taxes, increase salaries, education,liberty & small businesses for every1! And we'll also eliminate the deficit! Like a utopian ideal! In this day & age media relies on info from bloggers as much as we rely on the media to inform us in a (mostly) unbiased fashion! That's why we ask: how can y'all possibly pull that off, & so much of it on Day1! It's obviously last gasping efforts: "I love 100% of Americans"-mmh, minus 47%, Bain was "saving jobs" when they "consulted" struggling companies, not "setting up" for "harvest"! It's all lies w/these dudes; we heard what they said & did before, can't spin or doctor that w/lip service paid now!! Obama, Next 4!

    September 30, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. reaperfearer

    Why is Ryan so down in the mouth?

    September 30, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Billy Pilgrim

    Every loser blames the "media."

    September 30, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Hollowpoint503

    Facts are known to have a Liberal bias

    September 30, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Paul

    Please pass the following talking points around to all republicans for interviews and press releases:
    1. Obama is a socialist.
    2. We believe in upward mobility and job creation as a path to prosperity.
    3. when asked for specifics on budgets and recovery, first claim it is all in the Ryan budget. Didn't you read it? then, on any follow-up questions, claim media bias against all forward thinking patriotic conservative Americans.
    4. Also, nobody asked Romney for a birth certificate!

    September 30, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Bob Ramos

    Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Ryan said his running mate’s controversial comments were "an inarticulate way to describe what we’re trying to do to create prosperity and upward mobility, and reduce dependency by getting people off welfare, back to work.”

    Several comments:
    1. There is no way that Ryan can spin the comments involving the words, "Those people...." Milt was speaking from the heart and has stated flatly that he intends to represent only 53% of the population. Milt did not even try to take back his comment when given the chance.
    2. When Fox is the only outlet that will half way relay Romney/Ryan's viewpoints, the ticket is in big trouble.
    3. When asked to give an example of media bias, Ryan was at a loss. He knows of none. He just wants to whine.

    September 30, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. NinjaGirl

    So, yet AGAIN, the party of "individual responsibility" points fingers in every direction except it's own. Let me help any of you who are confused about how absurd this is: Fox News is THE BIGGEST, most-watched news channel in America. MILLIONS more people watch Fox news than any other network. So if most of the people who watch the news watch Fox news, and most of the people polled support President Obama, the problem isn't bias, Mr. Ryan, the problem is YOU. Your campaign and your so-called ideas are TERRIBLE.

    September 30, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. strangerq

    Ryan should stop whining.

    ^ He's 40 something going on 14.

    What a little child.

    September 30, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. strangerq

    Romney to Ryan: I'll be the crocodile, you supply the tears.

    September 30, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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