Romney calls Ryan with congratulations after debate
October 11th, 2012
11:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney calls Ryan with congratulations after debate

(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called his running mate to congratulate him following Thursday's vice presidential debate, a campaign spokesman said.

Romney campaign traveling press secretary Rick Gorka told reporters that Romney called Rep. Paul Ryan approximately 10 minutes after the debate concluded to offer his congratulations.

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The Republican presidential candidate also told his running mate to say hello to Ryan's wife, Janna, and family, who joined Ryan at the debate. They should be proud of Ryan's debate performance, Romney said on the call, according to Gorka.

While the candidates debated in Kentucky, Romney was campaigning in Asheville, North Carolina

He watched the hotel from his suite there, and was joined by Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, the winner of a campaign fundraising contest (with the prize to join Romney for an event such as this), as well as several staffers.

Reporters were permitted into the candidate's room for approximately three minutes while the candidates handled a foreign policy question.

"I think Paul will do great," Romney told the reporters.

President Barack Obama approached reporters upon landing near Washington on Thursday evening to say that he "could not be prouder" of his own running mate, Vice President Joe Biden.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Rusty

    re: "Ryan got his rear handed to him, and the majority of polling shows it. The sooner conservatives at CNN acknowledge this, the better."

    CNN is conservative!!?? That's pretty delusional.

    October 12, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Yes1fan

    Ryan kept drinking in a feeble attempt to show his ideas "hold water"....good thing they were sitting down.

    October 12, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |

    I thought Ryan did well for his first ever debate.. Biden was ok too but looked like a rabid fool for most of the debate with his interruptions and snarky laughs.

    Ryan certainly looked more presidential and classy. BTW AMERICA!!! Thats what you can use more of... Class.

    October 12, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    no specifics again Ryan? Maybe you can talk about your marathon time to distract the weak-minded

    October 12, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Lafatlibs

    Hey rusty, polls show a tie, where are you getting your facts?

    October 12, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Bob, NY

    We 'right-to-life' people do not believe God will make the correct judgement in the end. We must prevent women from making their own "free-will" choices. Now that's freedom...right? (hey, freedom is for one mentioned it for women) God will surely save a spot for us, since we helped him in this decision ...right?

    October 12, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Nietodarwin

    The GOP is not telling the truth, about anything.

    October 12, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Davyboy

    Our Vice-President is a joke. Obama should have kicked him to the curb and put Hillary in as VP. He would have been a lock for 4 more years.

    October 12, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Talpaiadului

    Ryan did ok, nothing great about his performance, but Biden sucked!

    October 12, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. bobgordonart

    Romney needed to call Paul and tell him that slapping his butt hurt Joe Biden more than him.
    But Joe had to teach the kid some respect.

    October 12, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. julie

    roms said to lil lyin did good son you did NOT give away any clues to our secret budget/taxplan good boy.keep em guessing, and if we get in the WH THEN WE WILL LOWER THE BOOM ON THESE PEOPLE

    O/B 2012

    October 12, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. domhernan

    ryan was lucky he was sitting right side up wile drinking water cause he was drowning in his lies back flushing up his but

    October 12, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. joann

    NO specifics of the "Forward" plan are ever asked of Obama/Biden... I for one would like to hear them.

    October 12, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. domhernan

    where's your sarah palin now?

    October 12, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Joyce

    If you can't get past Biden's smile and grin (I'd say a better reaction to someone lying to his teeth next to him) then you are not focused on the real issues at hand. Biden substantiated with facts every single statement he made. Ryan could not get into any specifics because he has none to offer. Biden completely wiped the floor with Ryan. Send troops at the front lines in Afghanistan? I love how Biden got back to him on that and Ryan's "oopps" reaction.

    October 12, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Romney/Ryan Fan

    The only people who think Biden won are the same people who think Obama won his debate – what a joke and more lies from Biden regarding the death of our ambassador and soldiers. Can't even talk about what a joke he made of himself....

    Romney/Ryan all the way.....

    October 12, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. anonoymous

    Must have been a short convo.....How can you to except this little boy to handle our enemies in other nation when he couldnt keep Joe Bidan's foot out of his own behind? Quite making excuses for that liar. palin all over again. Mitt picked a loser! the republicans picked a bigger loser. retool regroup whatever you call it its the same sack of@ If these clowns win it will be because they cheated. only a fool would for this lying flip flopping duo

    October 12, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Brendan

    This was not a debate nor exchange of ideas, it consisted of Biden throwing out typical red herrings and then interrupting Ryan as he tried to respond. If you think "winning" means distracting Americans from what you are saying by laughing and smiling oddly while discussing serious topics then I would say Biden won. If you consider winning in a debate to be your ideas taking hold as the superior then there was clearly no winner in this debate.

    October 12, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. cathy

    The american people lost in this debate, Biden was rude and condescending, the moderator interrupted every 2 seconds never letting anyone finish a thought, and Ryan did not furnish enough specifics about foreign policy questions.
    I feel I wasted my time. No one told me anything I haven't heard before. A debate should inform the listener about positions each team has this was more like a food fight. With the bully throwing food and the nice kid trying to reason with him.

    October 12, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. nvorr

    So, let me get this straight....Romney won for his behavior, but VP Biden was a bully!!!!!!!!!! Huh?

    October 12, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. mike

    Fours years and all we have is Obama care and Obamas personal loan agent in China!
    Joe made it very clear, Obama and him don't have a clue how to fix the economy!
    I wish they would let go of the Bush Boogyman line! Get over it you wanted the job you failed.
    Dependence on the gov. has overcome this country!
    Honor and intregrety went out the window with Monica!

    October 12, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Fabjan

    "If a wise man has a debate with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no peace and quiet." Proverbs 29:9

    October 12, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. correction

    He watched the debate - not the hotel. It was probably the grove park inn.

    October 12, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Damien

    He watched the Hotel from his suite there??? Who proof reads this stuff?

    October 12, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Whocares

    Ryan " Mr. Vice president you of all people should know words don't always come out the right all the time.
    Biden " Yes but I always say what I mean just like Gov Romney about the 47%
    EPIC!!! love love love

    October 12, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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