Ryan smells 'success' in battleground swing
November 2nd, 2012
09:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Ryan smells 'success' in battleground swing

Cedar Falls, Iowa (CNN) - Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan painted a bleak picture of the economy at rallies in Colorado and Iowa on Friday despite a fairly strong jobs report released four days before Election Day.

On Friday, the Labor Department announced the nation's jobless rate inched up to 7.9% in October, from 7.8% in September, but 171,000 jobs were added last month.

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Even though the U.S. economy now has more jobs than it did when President Barack Obama took office in January of 2009, the Republican vice presidential nominee blamed sluggish growth on the Democratic incumbent's failed policies.

"The economy is growing at less than half the rate that the president said it would be growing at if only he could borrow a bunch of money and spend it on his cronies and stimulus package," he said in western Colorado. "We are 9 million jobs short than what he said he would accomplish. Look, in the president's campaign for another term, he has offered nothing different and if he is re-elected, nothing different is exactly what we would get."

The rally drew nearly 1,000 people to an airport hangar in Montrose, a county that GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain won handily in 2008.

"He knows firsthand because he's helped create tens of thousands of jobs," Ryan said, referring to Romney's experience in the private sector as a Bain Capital executive.

The Midwesterner recognized the smell of manure in the air – a nod to the area's agriculture hub. "I can smell success right now," said Ryan, after he took an audible whiff. "We live in dairy, corn and bean country in southern Wisconsin. That's the smell of success isn't it? That's the smell of progress. I love that smell, it makes me feel at home."

The seven-term congressman and House Budget Committee chairman also touted the background of the Republican ticket in governing.

"We can come together, Republicans and Democrats can come together to solve this country's problems. And we have a proven record for actually doing that. Mitt Romney did that that as governor, and I have been doing that in the House. We know that Americans love America and it doesn't matter what party you come from. We can fix this country's problems," he said.

Later in the day in another crucial battleground, Ryan held a rally at the University of Northern Iowa, located in one of the state's 52 counties that voted for Obama in 2008 and helped him claim six electoral votes over McCain by almost 10 percentage points.

"Right here in Big 10 country we can make the difference. Our two states right here – Wisconsin and Iowa – we can tip it over. We can make the difference right here in Iowa," Ryan told another crowd of nearly 1,000 people in Cedar Falls.

"We're asking you to talk to those people who thought hope and change sounded good in 2008 who now know better. The whole thing is up for grabs," he said. "We cannot afford as a nation to wait four more years for real change, lets make sure we only wait four more days."

On Friday evening the vice presidential hopeful reunited with his running mate for a joint rally in West Chester, Ohio.

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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. RogueRobots

    If it looks and smells like manure and leaves a bad taste in your mouth, then it is manure and not success. That's failure you're smelling. Upon hearing Ryan's audible whiff, Dubya asked who has the coke and why isn't he sharing? Romney looks annoyed and asks if Seamus has poopied on top of the campaign bus again. Guess it is time to hose these GOP losers down.

    November 3, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  2. the situation

    Can't you for once tell the truth Lying Ryan. You Smell success? I see dismal failure of epic portions. You guys are trailing in Ohio, your homestate of Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Penn. Some polls are showing Obama up in Florida and Virginia. The path to 270 is closing shut!

    November 3, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. cameron whitton

    I need ryan to email me and tell me what place thay r in if he has time

    November 3, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  4. RogueRobots

    Two reasons why self-employed farmers who buy individual policies should support Obamacare: 1. Your kids who want to stay on the farm will be able to stay on your policy to age 26. 2. If you have to drop coverage during financial hardships such as a drought, you will later be able to pick up coverage again without being denied for pre-existing conditions or because you're too fat. I've worked in health insurance for over 18 years and have seen many denied for being slightly overweight even if otherwise healthy. Think about the direct impact that Obamacare has on you and your family and remember that Romney wants to repeal it on day one. Romney supports the interests of the insurance lobby, not your interests. Lastly, who would Jesus deny healthcare to?

    November 3, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  5. Ballyup

    Yeah maybe Ryan can get his dead forefathers converted to Mormonism too. Just ask Romney. He knows the procedures. Perhaps it can get tax deductions from the IRS

    November 3, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  6. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    If Obama does win, I will waiting for the shock, when his actions destroy America.

    People can be so foolish.

    "The best predictor, of future behavior, is past behavior." .........Dr. Phil.

    Dr. Phil was referring to GW Bush as past behavior . I think he also said , stay tuned , will be right back .

    November 3, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  7. RogueRobots

    As Ryan whiffs the manure in Iowa, Romney works malevolently on his plan to defund NPR which I believe has a program called Fresh Air and the EPA which has tried to provide all of us with fresh air for decades. Smell the GOP lies and deceit in the air people.

    November 3, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  8. indie 52

    I guess failure smells like success.

    November 3, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  9. Harry From Pa

    I guess Ryan is smelling success for Obama, glad he finally jumped on board.

    November 3, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  10. Thomas

    Paul Ryan,
    That's the smell of success isn't it? That's the smell of progress. I love that smell, it makes me feel at home."

    "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like victory."

    November 3, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |

    Hey Ryan! You're losing in your home state. The Nuns don't like you. Your "economic plan" has been torn to shreds.........Must suck to be you

    November 3, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  12. fernace

    No, Ryan is right! It's not Hope & Change anymore! It's Protect Us From the Extreme T-Party! They don't care about American people, Only how they can use us to their advantage! We are pawns in a much bigger game than we know!! Romney says he'll spring a surprise on us if he's elected! Not looking forward to that! We have a choice to continue Democracy or start a new vision of the RR's Corporate Plutocracy! What road will be in the best interest of All Americans!? Forward w/Obama, Next 4!!

    November 3, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  13. maria Bryan

    Poor Ryan I have news for you this job belong to president Obama for the next for years

    November 3, 2012 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  14. Simonzee

    America deserves a president that dies more than wing-it. It needs a president and a wingman that can do more than smile like a school girl when put under pressure. Also a president deserves the protection of secret service agents but can someone tell those lefty's in the media that it is not a requirement for them to protect him. Even Facebook took down a page of army veterans who criticized Obama over Benghazi. Must have been quite a backlash because they put the site back up.

    November 3, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  15. Eddie

    Vote "YES" to Marriage Amendment!!!

    With respect to Katy Perry and what really troubles me is why is Mitt Romney changes his mind like a girl changes her clothes, he's in then he's out, he's yes and he's no to basically all the topics I listed above.

    The guy is a brilliant business man and probably would make a great commander-in-chief if he has the unbending backbones as he does when it comes to his tax returns.

    I remember Hannity/Limbaugh constantly bashed Hillary Clinton with the senseless “Stop the Hillary Express” and as a result, we get President Obama. Indirectly, many of the Hillary supporters voted for then Presidential Candidate Obama.

    Thank you Mr. Hannity and Mr. Limbaugh for helping President Obama get elected!!!!

    Mr Romney is still white the last time I check, if he claims he's black, I am so done with him...


    November 3, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  16. Cam Spurgeon

    Ryan is the worst of the ticket, Romney will ne questioning his choice of a vp just like McCain with Sarah. Instead of all those red jackets they should all be wearing brown jackets. UGH!

    November 3, 2012 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  17. eveman

    4 year wasn't enough to correct the mess of forma republican president, therefore forward to obama/biden

    November 3, 2012 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  18. Matt

    Sorry Mr.Ryan. The people of Iowa knows better, that's why we are all voting President Obama for another 4years. I vote Senator McCain 4 years ago but this year, I will be voting for a Democrat. I just don't understand why Gov. Romney won't take a stand on all his positions when running for Republican Presidential candidate. He has changed his positions so much that he couldn't defend it anytime the President calls him out. That's heartbreaking. I might not even vote for anyone because President Obama is not better off either but at least he has been consistent with his positions on important issues.

    November 3, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |

    The economy got better again. The desperate unhinged GOBP tea potty have nothing.

    November 3, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  20. Dadedi

    Paul Ryan, ditch the losing side and come join us to help re-elect BO and Joe. One word, FORWARD!

    November 3, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  21. shipdog7

    Paul Ryan: "I can smell success right now." And it ain't pretty.
    That is roadkill. The GOP carcass!

    November 3, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  22. Jay Dee

    “I have never seen a guy — and I’ve run in a lot of elections, supported a lot of people, opposed them — never seen a guy change his positions on so many things, so fast, on a dime,” Rudy Giuliani said on Morning Joe today, via ABC News.

    Giuliani accused Romney of changing positions on abortion, cap-and-trade, gun control, and the individual health-care mandate. “What Barack Obama will do to that is: ‘This is a man without a core, this is a man without substance, this is a man that will say anything to become president of the United States.’ I think that is a great vulnerability,” Giuliani warned.

    Giuliani praised Newt Gingrich for having “a much more consistent position as a conservative, with some real exceptions, like Ronald Reagan had.”

    Now make up my mind for me. Is Romney a liar or not?

    November 3, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  23. Aden Medina

    Ryan needs to have his nose checked.

    November 3, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  24. Marry

    Ryan at it again!
    Well, it is easy to smell his dismal record in the House and Gov. Romney’s fantastic record as a corporate raider! Gov. Romney was run out of town (Massachusetts) because of his non existing "bi-partisan" behavior with a dismal record as Governor! The only thing he ever did that was of use was "Romney-Care" health reform and look how he is running from that – into the wrong direction! The GOP and both of these men have NOTHING to offer that helps the Country + ME + YOU! And don't miss the other GOP candidates that are running with their strange ideas. The all got some nerve to ask for out vote!
    Do get out the vote. Do go and VOTE – strait "D" ticket on Tuesday!

    November 3, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    For the sake of the country, let's hope that is true.

    November 3, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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