Paul Ryan: Pressure is on for VP debate
October 8th, 2012
11:07 AM ET
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Paul Ryan: Pressure is on for VP debate

(CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Monday that Mitt Romney's widely-applauded debate performance upped the ante for Ryan's own showdown this week.

"He raised the bar quite high, that's for sure. Mitt definitely put the pressure on from that perspective," Ryan said on Detroit radio station WJR, just days before his match-up against Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.

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A new Gallup poll released Monday indicates Romney experienced a post-debate bounce after last week's event in Denver, and other surveys, including a CNN/ORC International poll, showed debate watchers considered Romney the clear winner.

On Sunday, a number of campaign advisers and surrogates conceded President Barack Obama did not meet expectations and signaled the campaign may make "adjustments," using Biden on Thursday as the first attempt to come back.

But multiple Democratic sources told CNN the campaign does not expect Biden to make up for the president's showing in the first presidential debate.

READ MORE: Biden in Delaware for debate prep

The two vice presidential running mates will face off in their first and only debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Ryan, repeating a line he used this weekend in a separate interview, said he expects the vice president to launch at him "like a cannon ball."

"Because they had such a bad debate, Joe Biden is just going to come flying at us," Ryan said. "It seems pretty clear that their new strategy is just basically to call us liars, to descend down into a mud pit, and hopefully with enough mudslinging back and forth–and distortion–people get demoralized and they can win by default."

The Wisconsin congressman was referring to the Obama campaign's post-debate argument, which used television ads, stump speeches and interview shows to make the case that Romney was dishonest during the first debate, namely on Romney's tax plan. Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod on Sunday phrased Romney's performance as unchecked "brazenness."

"That's something we're going to have to make an adjustment for in these subsequent debates," Axelrod added on CBS.

Playing the expectations game, Ryan continued to raise the bar for Biden, reminding listeners that the former 36-year senator has decades of experience.

"He's been on this national stage more than anyone else in politics," Ryan said, further describing Biden as "gifted," "extremely experienced" and a "proven debater."

But he said Biden has one big problem to overcome.

"He has to defend Barack Obama's record and it's not a very good record to defend," Ryan said.

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates
soundoff (178 Responses)

    If lying through your teeth is raising the bar, then you shouldn't have any problem Paul.

    October 8, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |

    "It seems pretty clear that their new strategy is just basically to call us liars"
    If the shoe fits, wear it.

    October 8, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. AZDem

    Planet Ryan..this is Houston...come in!

    October 8, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. incredulous

    So poor Paul Ryan is worried about lying enough to keep up with his running mate? Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

    October 8, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    I would hope that Joe Biden reminds viewers of the Debate that ryan stood with akin in sponsoring a bill to redefine rape into terms suitable to the (male) right-wing conservatives in the House.

    Remind them of ryan's voting record in Congress, his budget, his voucherized Medicare.

    And also that the first important decision a Presidential Candidate makes is choosing his vice president. The first time we can judge the candidate by his ACTIONS and not just his (lying) WORDS.

    October 8, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Travis M

    I think this debate will be ANOTHER blow out, Biden is a dinosuar and almost always makes a wild comment every time he is on a stage without guidence. Paul Ryan understands things Joe Biden can not, like numbers and math for example. I say Romney/Ryan win this election in a land slide.

    October 8, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. rosco

    @whitie tight
    1st we really dont care what undies u wear
    as far as lies
    Its not terrorism=4 dead???
    ill cut deficet in half or wont run again???
    my stimulis will take unemp to 5.6%
    no solyndra, fisk etc were good investments??
    look ifeel for you, it sucks when you backed the worst pres in history

    October 8, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Ind.

    Just so you liberals can understand.

    Biden is in the Palin class and actually below.

    October 8, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. James C. Samans

    "...their new strategy is just basically to call us liars..."

    Mr. "Fiscal Sensibility" Ryan voted for the unfunded wars, the unfunded Medicare prescription drug benefit, both of the Bush tax cuts, and dozens of other big-spending items while in Congress.

    Now we're to believe that his boss will simultaneously grow the military, prevent changes to entitlements for anyone over 50, preserve all education funding, and balance the budget - all while identifying only ONE thing that he would actually cut besides taxes: funding to PBS (0.014% of the budget).

    So, yes: calling you liars is a sound strategy when most everything you say is a lie. *chuckles*

    October 8, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. wpete

    Hey CNN, how about telling us somewhere in this 'story' when the debate is going to be aired.

    October 8, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Indy

    "He raised the bar quite high, that's for sure. Mitt definitely put the pressure on from that perspective," Ryan said on Detroit radio station WJR, just days before his match-up against Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.

    And Ryan can't have his Mommy on stage to back up his lies,so he will be in big trouble because Romney did set the lie standard pretty high when he changed his position on almost everything he has campaigned on for the past eight years and flip flopped 360 degrees in the debate,but Ryan is no lightweight when it comes to lying so he will do fine in the Republicans eyes

    October 8, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Borderless

    Obama "truths":
    "I will have the most transparent presidency in history."
    "I will close GITMO."
    "I support gay marriage."
    "I will cut unemployment."
    "I will not raise taxes on the middle class."
    "I will work across party lines."
    It just goes on and on and on...

    October 8, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    Joe, rip this animal off–folks, he bans your SS and Medicare leaving all tax deductions to Donald Trump and Rich. Obama12.

    October 8, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Thomas

    It will be un refreshing to hear Ryan talk about the greatness of GW Bush and his policys .

    October 8, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. LegalizeReason

    "He has to defend Barack Obama's record and it's not a very good record to defend," Ryan said.

    As compared to your record, Mr. Ryan, or that of Mr. Romney, whatever record he is claiming it to be today? I can't wait until the GOP gets a cold dose of reality on November 6th.

    October 8, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Borderless

    It will be refreshing to hear Biden talk about the promises kept by Obama and all of his successes as president. Or, more likely, he'll just say something stupid.

    October 8, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. GaryDMN

    A little history on Joe: 1988 – Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr., a U.S. senator from Delaware, was driven from the nomination battle after delivering, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock. A barrage of subsidiary revelations by the press also contributed to Biden's withdrawal: a serious plagiarism incident involving Biden during his law school years; the senator's boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Biden's speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians.

    October 8, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. souptwins

    Obama is trying to say Romney lied about his own tax plan. Is that really the case or did Obama just forget everything he'd been told about Romney's tax plan was spin from his drooling fans within his own campaign? Perhaps it was the "spin masters" who were doing the lying.

    October 8, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Mike Smith

    Before we go all Jihad on one another over our favorite political representatives remember, Red and Blue make Purple...the color of Royalty. There is only one political party in America, the party of power. These debates and the feigned political animosity are as real as pro wrestling. At the end of the day as long as they all get their perks – power, prestige, privilege, pensions and benefits for them and their families (for life!) they are happy to keep the illusion of discord going. Give me a candidate who can deliver a flat tax with a single $36k deduction for all, strong on national security – but realize our role has changed – we don't need to be the world's parent anymore, and pro energy independence. The social issues should be left to the states. If you don't like your states stance on social issues then move to a state that reflects your ideals. Isn't that what the pilgrims did when they sought freedom. Give me a candidate like that and one who really has the balls to lead and we may actually have something.

    October 8, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Independent Man

    Joe Biden is Sarah Palin with a jacket and tie

    October 8, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. fbowman

    All Ryan has to do is let Joe talk. Ryan by a landslide.

    October 8, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Tree

    Don/t mess with grandpa....................................Yes Joe some times let things come out of his mouth. But this man is for the middle class and he comes from his heart. I like him.....................

    October 8, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Deborah

    Dear Mr Ryan,
    You are lucky Mr Obama didn't seem to have the guts to confront Romney on his lies about the so called raiding of Medicare. Carry on duping the people.

    October 8, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Caron Speas

    When someone who cannot put a proper English sentence together and mispells most of the words he uses, and sounds like a beer drinking, in-bred bubba, and says that Obama is "stupid" and the worse president ever, I just have to laugh out loud. I get such a kick out of it!!!

    October 8, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Deborah

    Dear Mr Obama,
    MAN UP!

    October 8, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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