Ryan notes campaign ‘missteps,’ claims media bias
September 30th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
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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. marty

    One thing about words.....you can't take them back.

    September 30, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. ST

    Ryan should stop whining. When he was picked as VP and the media were talking about him that he might be a good choice then, he didn't complain. Now he is blaming the media because of their failure to run a good campaign!!! It is ridiculous.

    September 30, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Chris

    Typical Republican, esp with "conservatives"... they mess up, the media (even Fox) reports it, and they blame the messenger – if these people had their way, the media would be censured from reporting their self serving comments. Palin was the queen, and the men are all following as Palins in Pants. It all boils down to trying to elevate themselves because they have no plan that is better – if they did, Mitt would tell us where he wants to cut fed spending and which tax deductions/loopholes he'll end.

    September 30, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Jay

    What Ryan/Romney and the majority of the GOP don't realise is that they have now gone so far to the right that the polar opposite of their position would be Marxism which would rightly be denounced by all level headed thinking media. To suggest that Fox is in anyway balanced in the way that CNN and other news broadcasters aren't is disingenuous and scarily naive. If their judgment on this issue is do blinkered, God help America what there judgment on matters of Government would be.....

    September 30, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. WhereIsPalin

    "But at the end of the day, the choice is really clear, and we're giving people a very clear choice." HOWEVER, "I think it kind of goes without saying that there's definitely a media bias."

    Vote RYAN / romney..............Clear, concise

    September 30, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Whether good or bad, I will like him to talk about his accomplishment(s) as a chairman of GOP budget committee, and as a 14 year veteran of GOVT HANDOUT,,,as GOP called people that work for govt:).

    September 30, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Jersey Girl

    you must be kidding, right? After Romney/Ryan lose the election, then Ryan will turn on Romney and blame him for their loss. Too funny, they are both to blame when they go down!

    September 30, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. ColoradoJoe

    as McCain said " Americans probably feel better than they did before about jobs and the economy,". Remember, Obama was given a 9M job lost economy to dig out of. Remember, It was (and still is) the republican house's main goal to make Obama fail (by not letting him do anything). The republican's goal was not help the country. Got to give the guy a chance to fail, but the republicans stalled even that. By the way, bot Romney and Ryan are still plagiarizing info. The 12M new jobs he projects came from Moody's analysts, which he has not given credit to. Ryan still has not given Obama's health care team credit fo the ideas that Ryan put in his plan (and a lot of it is the same).

    September 30, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. rcsdinthehills

    Ryan built that; but he blames Obama for not fixing that; and he blames media bias for the ruination of that.

    September 30, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Sueb

    It's the media's fault....once again! At least he didn't say 'lame stream media'...so he's Palinesque only not quite as bad....So I guess the new Romney/Ryan slogan should be: Romney–not quite as good as GW Bush; Ryan–not quite as bad as Sarah Palin.

    September 30, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Peter Grenader

    RT: EXACTLY! This all reminds me of Palin's whining when the press started ribbing her about how much she spent on clothes. IF they don't like center stage, they should stay out of the ring. When they're there, they should learn when to shut their mouths.

    September 30, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Jersey Girl

    Romney was stupid in even mentioning the 47% to his rich followers, camera or no camera. I say he loses this 47% PLUS l/2 of the remaining 53%. That would indeed be karma....

    September 30, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Tom

    The problem with videotape is people can watch it for themselves and draw conclusions about the intentions of the presenter. Most people are forgiving when people make mistakes in speeches. Thinking and talking at the same time is difficult - anyone who has ever given a speech knows how easy it is to make a mistake. But Romney's 47% remark wasn't just "being inarticulate." That video shows a clear contempt and disregard for people who aren't wealthy. If Romney just stumbled over his words, this wouldn't still be an issue. Throughout this entire campaign Mitt Romney has made it clear all he cares about is money - his own wealth and the wealth of his rich friends. The 47% video was damaging because it made that point crystal clear.

    September 30, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. hammerschlag

    The only debate Americans must have now is: how to get rid of 100+ incapable, useless, selfish and greedy Senators and 500+ useless, selfish and greedy Congressmen and women. Mc Caine do you hear me: We the American people do not need you bunch of imbiciles.

    September 30, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    When the media reports something bad about Obama it is fair and balanced. When the media reports the statements made by the Republican Candidates it is biased and unfair.

    I know why the Republicans feel that the media is unfair. Romney and Ryan are doing their absolute best to outdo each other in embarassing and unpopular statements. Unfortunately, while doing so they are exposing the actual truth and feelings of the candidates. Neither cares at all about anyone without enough money to peovide trust funds for all of their families. They don't even really care about the middle class, which starts at $200,000 – $250,000 a year and goes up. It ain't real money until you hit nine figures a year.

    September 30, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Melissa

    I really think there's something mentally unbalanced about Republicans.

    September 30, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. InVt

    Fact checking is not 'bias'. It is simply calling out those who lie.
    Like Ryan and Mitt.

    September 30, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. hammerschlag

    What a choice we have? One candidate who failed to deliver and talks a good story and one candidate who lies from the start, claims to be a God fearing man yet lies like a horse thief to the America people. So, the choice Americans have is between two rotten apples. That is it. Neither of them knows what to do next, knows how to create well paying jobs , not 9 $ /hr jobs. China is laughing at the USA.

    September 30, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. ImWEBSPY

    I will vote for Romney, because he says "we have to attack Iran, Syria, Egypt, Libya and put Putin in his place at the same time.
    With Iraq and Afghanistan on going we need to cut Obama care, medic for seniors, and increase defense budget. When Romney was asked why he didn't mention the troops he said :::
    "I did I told them where I will put them, but to thank them for political gain is not favorable, their a securtiy investment, it would be like me thanking my cow"
    Romney 2012/2016

    September 30, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. I hate Election Years

    Regardless of the candidate or party, the whining over stupid statements, actions, changes of position on policies so I can get elected, blah blah blah ... the big complaint is that "It's ALL the media's fault."

    September 30, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. B.

    Nothing new here,the Republicans do not have a plan, policies, or a good past so fall back on, so always blame the messenger –

    September 30, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Norma Vessels

    Clear? Concise? Yes, it's definitely clear that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are not good for this country ... yes, it's clear that we don't want those two in the White House .. and if that's media bias, well, sorry about your luck. The truth has no bearing on what Mitt Romney says from one day to the next .. he cannot stay with one thing for long .... and that is not what we need to guide our foreign affairs. He would undoubtedly start World War 3, then step back, scratch his head, and wonder how that happened! Then, Paul Ryan would confess that he took the reins, saying, "well, they made me mad." NO! again, NO ... again NO!

    September 30, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. HNBC

    Poor conservatives! Everybody's always pickin' on 'em. And, it's the media's fault for sharing their message.

    Not once do the conservatives consider it might be their message and their messengers!

    It's past time for both. Romney and Ryan to stop blaming the media. The media reports all the craziness they support.

    Obama 2012!

    September 30, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. jan

    media bias for sure, journalism is dead

    September 30, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. DIna

    Eloquent or not, there was no mistaking the meaning in Romney's 47% chat... Ryan calling the media biased is unfortunately true, most news sources are running biased to one side or another, but there's no beating the out and out campaigning that Fox does for Romney.

    September 30, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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