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. p_anaya75

    Good read.

    October 13, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    Amazing that there are people who would vote for a draft-dodging, tax-evading serial liar, it speaks volumes of how stupid the GOP supporters have become. I never agree with Rick Santorum, but he was 100% correct when he recently said the GOP will never attract the smart voters.

    October 13, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  3. Ben

    If the republicans think they are going to go through the remaining few weeks lying their ways to the American people, then the Obama team have no business expecting to win the election.
    The president on Tuesday, must call out Romney on his lies. What is presidential about saying onething to an audience today, by tomorrow saying the exact opposite to another audience. The president need to fight Romney back on these lies he have been putting out. Romney's multiple position on every issue is dishonest, at the very least, and certainly unfit a character for an American president.

    October 13, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  4. Ben

    Breaking news. Bain capital is at it again. We just find out that today, Bain is trying to move an American plant , based in IL to China. Is this the type of people we want to vote for to run our country- an outsourcer in cheif.. The GOP are enemy of the middle class.

    October 13, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  5. Kathy Whitney

    Right on!!!!!,keep it coming

    October 13, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  6. Bernard obryant

    Ryan and romney say one thing in a croud but off camera say something else we dont need two face people .

    October 13, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  7. Thomas

    Middle Class Tax Relief ?

    These guys will say anything to win. Romney last week was rude , this week he praises Ryan for being gentle .

    Good Cop , Bad Cop .

    October 13, 2012 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  8. Marcuscassius

    maybe Ryan should be running instead of Cybil , the Liar? Ryan is an extremist. He would lose cleanly, without all the lies and obfuscation. The tax evasion. The offshore banks. The outsourcing American jobs. He's a trainwreck.

    October 13, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  9. Joe in Seattle

    So you let the Romney campaign write this, right? "Widely praised" His 90 minutes of lying may have gotten the upper hand on a sleepy Obama, but Romney was not "widely praised."

    October 13, 2012 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  10. Bathus

    we are taking back this where it was in 2008 when the republicans literally dumped a country on its last legs onto the democrats and scrammed.

    October 13, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  11. MaryM

    Romney, your boy, Lyin Ryan still could not give details . That is a problem

    October 13, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  12. SafeJourney

    October surprise for Mitt the twit and Lyin Ryan coming soon.

    October 13, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  13. Daniel

    Without even seening the posts I bet there are about 5000 47%ers on here blasting Romney/Ryan for threats your Obma phones and meal tickets. So a word of advice get ready to get off your chairs and go to work because it is time for a REAL change!!!


    October 13, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    Pathetic idiots. If this nation believes these two idiots it is their KARMA. These need to be driven out in next election. These nasty i animals from BAIN-CAPITAL are total disgrace to this nation. Why doesn't Mitt Romney show ten years taxes?????

    October 13, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  15. myway

    A good debate performer doesn't equal a good president. It amazes me that Romney hasn't been good at anything in the final stretch of this campaign, except for showing up. All over sudden, because of a single good campaign performance, he's being hailed like a hero. He's still the same flip flopping candidate who'll say and promise anything, no matter how dishonest, to win over more supporters. That's hardly presidential. It's more like snake oil salesmanship. I guess voters like snake oil salesmen in this country. They vote for them all the time and virtually everywhere.

    October 13, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  16. onlyfacts

    Anyone with half a brain knows 1. Libya is thousands of miles away. 2. We have very few people there. 3. On Sept. 11, we received reports that the embassy was attacked. 4. We later received reports that the ambassoder and others were killed. 5. We did not have any officials there to send by the minute details. 6. The CIA began investigating right away. 7. As reports came in the Administration reported to us what they knew. 8. As more details were uncovered over time, the type of attack was changed. 9. The investigation continous today. 10. We might have all the answers someday, but then maybe never. Romney and Ryans attack on the President about the way they have handled this attack is Malarky! They would not and could not have done it any better if they were in office. So shut the hell up!

    October 13, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  17. Marry

    “Gosh, we got to watch this guy debate and…” Keep dreaming Mitt! There where millions that saw your GOP/TP R+R lies get smashed!
    President Obama, VP Biden 2012!!!!

    October 13, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |

    Biden was right! He didn't know!!
    The only thing he thought he knew was what CNN said over and over., it was a spontanious protest about a YouTube video, that got out of hand, You know, kinda understandable with Lybia being a new democracy and all.., eyes rolling.

    October 13, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  19. GI Joe

    What a crock. RMoney was good when he was pushy, rude, and lying, then Biden got labeled bad when he was honest and would not let Ryan walk all over him with lies. What a crock.

    October 13, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  20. GI Joe

    A neighbor of mine, republican and retired, was seen removing the RMoney sticker from his car after the RMoney debate. I asked him later why he did it and he said he listed to the same thing over and over for 18 months, and then at the debate RMoney flipped 180. My neighbor said at least Obama has been consistent.

    Now he doesn't trust RMoney - he thinks he was lying. SO DO I.

    October 13, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    Paul Ryan sent two letters to Koe Biden asking STIMULUS–now denied–when Joe said he will show them, Paul Ryan corrected–I bet this guy Paul Ryan is lying. Even on Medicare Joe said he is saving 6,400 per elderly–Paul opposed for that savings in elderly. Shame on these two idiots of BAIN-CAPITAL.

    October 13, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    This time........we REALLY need change! We are going backwards, not forwards. 4 more yrs of Obama would be a total disaster!

    October 13, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  23. ExRepublican

    Romney your friend Ryan was awful in the debate he didnt have any ideas and he was nervous kept drinking water.
    Biden stop Ryan for lying I thought Biden was a better debater.
    Ryan was lying about the stimoulas money.
    Who would vote for 2 disgrace people Romney/Ryan a bunch of lies.
    Vote for Obama/Biden so they can move forward.

    October 13, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  24. Marie MD

    I am glad that they are "buoyed" because they will have to hang on tight as their lying no character or ethics race comes to an end on November 6.
    Is that all goober can talk about still? The Lybian embassy?
    Trying to stay away from his stimulus letters why the budget was not passed thanks to him and his rethugs? How he was in secret meetings the day of the inauguration to make sure the President, and the country, failed?
    I hope you lose your seat in congress also. We don't need a lying plate faced nobody telling women what to do with their bodies. You and your twin akin.

    October 13, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  25. Crismn

    Yeah, the top 1% taking back America from the middle class and the poor!

    October 13, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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