Romney, Ryan buoyed by debates
October 13th, 2012
01:49 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney, Ryan buoyed by debates

Lancaster, Ohio (CNN) – Buoyed by his widely-praised debate performance, Mitt Romney cheered Paul Ryan’s handling of his only showdown with Vice President Joe Biden at a large rally in Ohio Friday evening.

“Gosh, we got to watch this guy debate and there was one person on the stage with thoughtfulness, who was respectful, who was steady and poised. There is one person on that stage you’d want to be with if there were a crisis – it is this man right here,” Romney said at a rally with his running mate that drew an audience of nearly 8,000 to a town square.

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The Republican duo, last together one week ago, reunited in Lancaster the day after the vice presidential candidates debated in Danville, Kentucky.

Romney did not call out Biden directly but the GOP presidential nominee criticized the Democrat for not proposing any solutions.

“And when the moderator asked how you’d get the economy going, one person on the stage just attacked. But this guy stood up – well it was sitting down, I guess, but metaphorically he stood up – and he went through all the things he’d do to get this economy going,” he said.

Earlier in the day at a late breakfast with his wife Janna and three kids in Lexington, Kentucky Ryan said he felt “great” about the debate but refused to weigh in on whether he felt knocked around by the Biden.

But Ryan made a point to lambaste the vice president for comments he made about the Benghazi attacks in Libya, which resulted in post-debate questions and monopolized much of Friday’s White House briefing with reporters.

“You know, we had a little chat about Libya and Benghazi,” said Ryan. “We mourn the cost of these four brave Americans, but talking about blaming, first they blame a YouTube video in a nonexistent riot, then when the country is getting upset about it they blame Romney and Ryan for getting people upset about it. They keep changing their story.”

The vice presidential hopeful continued, “This is not what leadership looks like. We need clarity, not confusion. We need accountability, and no more excuses. This tragedy would be troubling in and of itself and tragic in and of itself but unfortunately what we are witnessing when we turn our TVs on a daily basis is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy.”

Romney also seized on Biden’s statements. It was the second time in as many days that Romney sharply criticized the Obama administration for its posture in the aftermath of the attack.

At an outdoor rally in Richmond, Romney said Biden had raised more questions about the administration's handling of the deadly incident when he "directly contradicted the testimony of State Department officials," during the vice presidential debate Thursday night.

Back in battleground state Ohio, where Romney and Ryan will spend their Saturday at separate events, the presidential nominee tried to capture the momentum he feels is building ahead of the second presidential debate on Tuesday in New York.

“I've had the fun of going back and forth across Ohio and this week I was also in Florida and Iowa, I was in North Carolina, in Virginia and you know what there is a growing crescendo of enthusiasm people recognize that this is not an ordinary campaign this is a critical time for the country,” Romney said. “There is more energy and passion, people are getting behind this campaign. We're taking back this country!"

- CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Jay

    Romney and Ryan represent exactly what prompted the Pilgrims to leave England and ultimately spur the Revolutionary War....oppress those who aren't rich.

    October 13, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. j kane .fort myers sfl.

    lyin ryan clearly lost the debate .i guess the two lyin gop goofballs even lie to themselves and i hope lyin ryan loses his house seat as well when he goes down the tiolet with romney the lieing tax cheat in about three week. the gop and fox news, the gop idiots channel will be flushed down the tiolet till the next election.

    October 13, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Gosh Mittens, it was also good to see that Ryan has no understanding of foreign policy, admitted you two will change social security and medicare, admitted the stimulus created jobs, Ryan's congressional votes for all of Bush's unfunded mandates, his adding to our national debt in order to give more tax cuts to the wealthy, and that you will continue your war on women. It was good to see Biden point out that Lyin Ryan is the problem in Washington, not the solution.

    October 13, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. 200 TON HAMMER

    wow these two jokers are kidding right,people who can read and do basic math,understand that these two boo boo the fooling themselfitis running for office are not will share their real they dont have a common sense streamlined plan too deal with createing jobs the $5,000,000,000,000 trillion dallor scam wont work

    October 13, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. jess sayin

    Gosh, who puts our country at risk during a foreign policy crisis for political gain? Keep America strong, before petty party gains, you traitors.

    October 13, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Indy

    Gosh, it's too bad Paul Ryan is so full of lies and he voted for everything that has caused the economy to crash and now wants to bring back all of the policies that helped create the financial disaster

    October 13, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. just for rand

    Fact 1 – Ryan said nothing and avoided answering any questions. I am not sure which debate Romney was watching but Ryan failed misearbly.

    Fact 2 – do you know what the Romney tax cuts are for the Middle Class? Eliminating taxes on dividends, interest and investments. Like anyone in the middle class has any of those.

    The big lie continues.

    October 13, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. re

    romney is the man he´s going to win by 321-156

    October 13, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Marty, FL

    " person on the stage with thoughtfulness, who was respectful, who was steady and poised."

    That was President Obama, definitely not flip-flop Romney.

    October 13, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. DJS

    Ryan was excited about get beat up in front of 50 million people? Well, to each his own I suppose.

    October 13, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Tom

    What the debates have highlighted ever so clearly. Is that after all the lofty speeches and trying to create a class warfare, Obama and Biden never had a real workable plan to get us moving again.

    I'm one who voted enthusiastically for Obama four years ago but this time I'm going for Romney and Ryan (not scared of them anymore;)

    October 13, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Lyla M

    Oh, isn't that sweet? Old Mittens is having a love fest with his prodigy. Funny it's called "steady, poised, respectful" when the GOP does it, but when Obama does the same thing is labeled as weak. I hope Obama gets tough this time around....enough Mr. Nice Guy from the Dems. Joe did the right thing by calling out Lyin' Ryan and I hope Obama follows suit. The GOP plays dirty politics, they are the poster children for those tactics; yet when same tactics are used to call them out, they whine and cry all the way home. Anyone voting for the GOP deserves exactly what they get; just wish the rest of us didn't have to be dragged backwards as well.

    October 13, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Ken

    Which debate did Romney watch?

    October 13, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Newtonslaw

    Putting that sign up of "Middle class tax relief" on their podium is the height of hypocracy. It's like when Romney tried to say Obamas policy was trickle down in the first debate. They know what they will be criticized for and come out and say it's the other guy. If Team Romney wins this thing I will finally understand the premise of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". The monkeys have taken over the zoo.

    October 13, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Mighty Mighty Mittens

    Yes. There was only one person on the stage who looked presidential. One who told the truth. One who, like a kind hearted father indulged some of the silliness of the little boy sitting next to him spouting nonsense. You are right mittens, Joe biden did look very presidential, especially compared with the naughty little liar you sent to debate with him.

    October 13, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Sassafras tea

    And BTW, since they are forever bemoaning the inadequacies they perceive of current efforts on our behalf, they then give credit for the accomplishments that occur on Big O's watch,too, like privization of space travel, right?

    October 13, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Everette

    Romney is toast in NC come next Thursday .

    October 13, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. lance

    obama is only good at racking up debt – 4 more years !

    October 13, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Wanderer

    The R – R ticket is lying and self-flattering as usual. Do we people of America want to be around with such personality?

    October 13, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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