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. Rags

    R$R have to go away. Not just away but far, far away. Loser whiners! GObama!!!

    September 30, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. cashmeremafia

    Bush vetoed the New Gi Bill – his rationale was if soldiers finished their education earlier, it would discourage them from re-enlisting. Doesn't that translate into fostering a dependence on govt?? To me, that's basically what he's saying – education/self improvement = bad, ignorant grunts who do the President's bidding = good

    September 30, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Bob

    The right-wing foolishness continues.

    September 30, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Benjamin

    They are not missteps Lyin Ryan. Romney's finger was caught in his mouth and no amount of explanation will satisfy the public who listened intently on his criticism against the 47%. You blame the main media but heaps praises on Fox News who distorts real news. Stop lying and flip flopping and maybe people might believe you.

    September 30, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Rags

    ?WhereIsPalin? Same place you should be, hiding in the Bronx!

    September 30, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. eavesdrop

    Paul Ryan made a blatant charge against the Media and when asked to prove it he could not even support his own argument ! How are people supposed to trust someone like that?
    I would like to accuse the GOP of a Fox bias .. everything they have to say they say to Fox

    September 30, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Craig

    I've used to the Republican bias toward the wealthy. Whatever the wealthy wants, the wealthy gets from the Republicans. So, if you're not wealthy and you vote Republican, the rest of us don't want to hear your crying when YOU end up paying for tax cuts for the rich.

    September 30, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Marry

    Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Ryan said… Well, somehow, he looks more and more like Sarah P.!
    By the way, it is not only Ryan and Romney – it is the majority of the GOP – TP! All those truly disgusting “Akin-types”! The GOP has lost most it’s marbles and it is really time to send them packing!!

    I do hope you all got registered, got your voter ID, talked to your family and friends and then let’s all go and VOTE!!! Do not let the GOP steal the election!

    September 30, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. GOP=Make Believe

    One is left wondering, how much does this child truly understand? He is the architect of his own undoing because he's making the mistake of believeing his own propaganda.

    September 30, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. madrktscntst

    Of course there is some bias. It goes back to before we were a country. One should see wat they said about Jefferson, Adams, et. al. Fox is the Republican netowrk, MSNBC is the Democratic netowrk. Let's just admit it and move on. Ther is bias bth for and against all across the media. If it seems all onesided, then lok at the actors on the political stage that are making hte gaffs that are being pointed at, not the one's doing the pointing. They are only doing their jobs and doing it well.

    September 30, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. John M

    You know you're a Republican in an election year when you have to postulate a world-wide media conspiracy in order to explain why nobody other than the super-wealthy, the xenophobic, and the military supports your ideas.

    September 30, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. OhBrother


    September 30, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. SafeJourney

    Holy crap!! Ann Romney thinks Mitt's a few bricks short of a full load and the GOP/TPs still wants him to be president? Romeny/Lying Ryan are done.

    September 30, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. ga.democrat

    Lyin Ryan blaming the media for the imploding of the Romney/Ryan ticket is laughable. Look in the mirror boys and come out from behind the skirts of Fox News.

    Obama/Biden 2012.......the only way forward for America!

    September 30, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Halkes

    “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."

    That's the problem, people who buy into the "liberal media" conspiracy are unable to take a step back and look at things objectively. Most elements considered to be extreme left by US conservatives are really center in the rest of the modern world. As such, most media outlets in the modern world would appear to be radically liberal to conservatives, far worse than any in the US. They would come away with that impression because media outlets around the world speak about climate change as a certainty, for example. Many US conservatives (those on the very extreme right) live in a bubble, wherein they believe the reality in which they choose to believe. Anybody who doesn't believe in the things they believe in are simply wrong, which is most of the world, including their own country.

    September 30, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. CitznUnited

    You can tell everything about a man by what he says when he feels he is among friends and no one else is listening. That is not a mistake or a gaffe. It is how you honeslty feel. This team refuses to give "We the people" any information on how they will govern, no specifics on programs or taxes. They have told their friends behind closed doors, but not "we the people." The rest of us just have to wait and "trust them" when they are elected. We the people will say no to this team on election day

    September 30, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. guest 47 percent

    “Ryan noted that Romney had conceded the lack of "eloquence" in his choice of words” He can also say his words were not “elegant” but at the end of the day, it is not the words, it is how they made people feel.

    They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them fell.
    Carl W. Buechner

    September 30, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Gravy

    Media bias didn't stop GWB from getting elected twice, or the Republicans from taking the House. Reagan and GHWB both got elected despite "media' bias". This isn't an issue to anyone except conservatives who are looking for an excuse for their man Romney's terrible performance on the campaign trail.

    September 30, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Jules

    Of course it is media bias because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should not be responsible for the words that fly out of their mouths. So they lie, so they tell what they believe to be the truth behind closed doors, so they flippity flop – it's all the media's fault. Real men accept responsibility for what they say and do and do not blame others.

    September 30, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Frustrated in America

    I never realized that Fox media was biased to the liberal side. Good thing they're not pro right wing, it would be very nasty.

    September 30, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Jules

    I most definately think that Fox News is biased.

    September 30, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Yeah media bias

    Yeah sure the liberal media, that is how George Bush won twice because of the liberal media LOL LOL LOL

    September 30, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Karenjay

    I think the clear choice is those who rejoice and vote for someone who gives them an "obama-phone" verses those who want a good paying job. Look at how Obama pays his staff compared to Romney. Obviously, Romney believes in a decent wage and then you can buy your own phone.

    September 30, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Nodack

    Liberal media bias? Let's be honest.. The only source of media RepubIicans don't consider biased is FOX News, the most biased media there is on the planet. They consider everything else liberal bised. I guess compaired to FOX all other media is liberal since they are so far right winged now.

    September 30, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Joe

    I'm a life long Republican voted for Republicans every election but this will be the first year I vote for a Democrat!!!!!!!!!

    Would someone please tell Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney most Republicans cannot stand them as candidates and it has nothing to do with anything else.


    Is that good enough so we can all move on? It has nothing to do with the press, no one has ever liked Mitt Romney and he knows it. Paul Ryan has absolutely no credentials to be on the Presidential stage at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    September 30, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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