Ryan appears in ad–for his other campaign
October 24th, 2012
09:16 AM ET
10 years ago

Ryan appears in ad–for his other campaign

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan is once again donning a pair of safety goggles in a new television ad released Wednesday for his House re-election campaign.

Similar to his first television ad, Ryan is seen standing in a factory talking to voters about the economy.

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One person asks the seven-term congressman from Wisconsin how he would fix the tax code. "It's a mess," the voter adds.

The House Budget Committee chairman responds in an answer that takes up the remaining time of the commercial.

"Hardworking taxpayers like you deserve a common sense tax code," he says. "Simple, fairer, and lower tax rates to make America more competitive. Fairer means eliminating loopholes and handouts that go to high income earners and the politically connected. Every American deserves the opportunity to achieve and succeed. America should be a place where if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead. I'm Paul Ryan and I approve this message"

Ryan represents Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, which is located in the southeastern part the state near Lake Michigan and includes parts of Milwaukee County.

The congressman is defending his seat against Democrat Rob Zerban, who argues Ryan has been largely absent from his district as he campaigns with Romney.

"I've been in this race for 19 months and since Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney's running mate he's been an absentee candidate. He's not been in the district. He barely comes into the state," Zerban told CNN nearly two weeks ago when the candidate came to the site of the vice presidential debate in Kentucky.

Wisconsin law allows Ryan to serve as his party's vice presidential nominee and also run at the same time for an eighth term in the House. If he wins both contests, he'll have to give up his House seat.

It was a similar situation four years ago when then Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware won re-election to his Senate seat and was part of the Democrats' winning ticket. Biden gave up his Senate seat to become vice president.

Ryan is set to deliver a policy speech on Wednesday at Cleveland State University in Ohio.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. November 6 is near

    At least Ryan has a backup plan. While some vote for Obama/Romney, everybody votes for Ryan as a consolation.

    October 24, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Loopholes that will cut the home interest deduction for middle class folks. so much for the American dream and the last loophole for the little guy.
    Wouldn't it be funny if his own district after seeing him for the lying cheater he is throw him out? What is he going to do? Go back McDonald's? Maybe he can work in the soup kitchen for real and not just a photo op.

    October 24, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. cbr

    The only glasses Mr. Ryan really wears are for hunting. HE has never worked in a factory. In fact he has never worked outside of Washington DC, Government work has been good to him as he is now part of that upper 2% and we all paid his salary.

    October 24, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Ken

    Obviopusly, he sees the writing on the wall and he has to cover his butt.

    October 24, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |

    that's right people!
    Paul "LOOK AT MEE! I'M WORKIN' IN A SOUP KITCHEN!!!" Ryan has a new ad out
    I wonder if it will show him working in a soup kitchen?

    October 24, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Borderless

    Here's where Obama supporters forget that Biden did the same in 2008. Not very newsworthy.

    October 24, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    I trust the Romney/Ryan ticket on their "we've got the momentum" meme as much as I trust the Romney/Ryan ticket on their campaign promises meme. Once a liar, always a liar. As it stands today, we have two Republican candidates that have lied their way into the primaries, lied their way into the national, lied in every debate, lied in every interview, and lied not only to their voters, but themselves as well. Often times, their lies are only hours old before they lie again to get around their hour old - sometimes minutes old - lie.

    We have a mainstream media now interested in lying right along with this ticket and it's daily spin. Doesn't bode well for America when a Republican candidate not only lies, but the media then perpetuates the lies. How Americans can think they will be able to trust either the media or this Republican candidate as a "potential" president is beyond comprehension and a real disservice to not only America, but the world. At this point, neither the mainstream media nor this Republican candidate is believable. Sad.

    October 24, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. chupacabra

    Has he ever had a real job ?????........as in " non govermant " ??

    October 24, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Peter Clarke

    So, a lobbyist walks into a congressman's office. Pulls out an addition to the federal tax code, lays the folder on his desk with a fat campaign contribution check on top...Done. Thats why we have such a large tax code...Done.

    October 24, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Kirk in michigan

    The only question is what excuse will he use to explain after the election, why he had to raise tax on the middle class, and lower his own. do you really think he will cut taxes for the middle class?. he had plenty of opportunity to do so already, but refused to. now that its election time, he has changed his tune, utterly shocking!

    October 24, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. incredulous

    We don't seem to hear much from Ryan lately on the VP front. Could it be that the Romney campaign realizes their mistake in picking him and wants to keep him in the background? Escpecially now that "severely conservative" Romney has morphed into Moderate Mitt.

    October 24, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. zapper

    Ryan knows how the presidential race is going to end, and he doesn't want to be unemployed for five years like Romney.

    October 24, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Republican supporter of President Obama

    I am sorry but I think he should not be on 2 ballots. He wants a shot and the White House he should not be seeking another office. Give up the seat.

    October 24, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Dani

    Ryan to Romney: "I'm sorry boss, but in case you haven't noticed, we are going to lose, so if you don't mind too much, I'm going to do a little bit of self-promoting to make sure that come that Wednesday, I will still have a job,"
    Romney to Ryan: "You little bug-eyed 5lb dumbbell curling twerp! cant you tell you are going to lose that job as well? I told you many times, I can get you a job in China where you wont have to pay any taxes."

    October 24, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Not too confident about winning a new job. Internal polls must be bad.

    October 24, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Don

    If Mini Mitt runs for enough stuff he might actually win one.

    October 24, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. jinx88

    Maybe he should wash more clean pots and pans to get re-lected.

    October 24, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Natalie

    This is as genuine as those clean pots he "washed" for a pathetic photo opp at that soup kitchen. This guy is a liar to the core. NO on Team Pinocchio! Ryan has a back-up plan alright; he'll need to find a new job in Nov.

    October 24, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. BobR

    Don't quit you day job !! It has great pay, full benefits, almost unlimited vacation and travel ... and ... and ... you get paid while you are actively out trying to get a better job!! What a country!! No wonder the numbers don't add up.

    October 24, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Willie Floyd

    He isn't known as "Lyin Ryan" for no reason. Only Robme could possibly out-lie him!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 24, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    I don't blame him b/c they know that they are going to lose to President Obama BUT.......if he despises the government so much, why can't Ryan get a real job and stop relying on the government (like he has all his life) for work? HYPOCRIT!!


    October 24, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. BLKMANinAmerica

    Ok, so where is the conflict of interest here? I mean really, your running for VP of U.S. and a House seat also? What the heck??????????????????????????????????

    October 24, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is called cover his options. Others have done that as well. I just hope that if he loses the VP slot that he doesn't have a House seat to come back to. That would be great.

    October 24, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Thomas

    Parents of children with special needs are demanding an apology from conservative political pundit Ann Coulter for tweeting after Tuesday's foreign policy debate that she approved of "Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard."

    Coulter: 'Paul Ryan is the perfect pick'. Published August 13, 2012 | Hannity | Sean Hannity. Special Guests: Ann Coulter.
    . Ann Coulter says Ryan pick presidential contest 'into a 1980 election about ideas'

    October 24, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. g

    He knows that the Romney/Ryan is a ticket to nowhere and he is covering his butt.

    October 24, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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