Ryan pushes country not revenge in Ohio
November 3rd, 2012
01:04 PM ET
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Ryan pushes country not revenge in Ohio

Marietta, Ohio (CNN) - In Ohio Saturday morning Paul Ryan said President Barack Obama's comment about voting being the "best revenge" showed how the Democratic incumbent is "appealing to our lowest fears."

With just three days left in the race the GOP presidential campaign is seizing on the remark to illustrate how Obama's message differs from their own, which they say is a more positive message of change.

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"And in 2008 he appealed to our highest aspirations, now he's appealing to our lowest fears. You know, just yesterday he was asking his supporters at a rally to vote out of revenge. Mitt Romney and I are asking you to vote out of love of country," the vice presidential nominee said. "We don't believe in revenge. We believe in change and hope. We actually do."

Obama was campaigning in Springfield, Ohio when he altered a usual refrain from his stump speech that caught the attention of his opponents.

"No, no, no – don't boo, vote," Obama said Friday. "Vote. Voting is the best revenge."

That evening, in West Chester, Romney responded, "Our big dreams will not be satisfied by his small agenda that already failed us. Today, did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for revenge – for revenge. Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country."

And that became the subject of a new television ad released Saturday by the Romney-Ryan team.

At a rally in southeastern Ohio, in a county that voted for GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain in 2008, Ryan said the president has not delivered on promises he ran on four years ago.

"He said he'd cut the deficit in half, that he'd get people working again, and he'd create jobs. You see all those jobs here in Marietta?"

Ryan continued, "Look, it sounded good and when he got elected people naturally expected him to deliver those results but it didn't happen and look what we got. Washington is more divided than it ever has been before. And the deficit, it double from what he said it would be."

After Ohio the vice presidential hopeful will speak at campaign events in Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. aaron

    This is a beat all tactic. Ryan uses poisonous speeches filled with lies and half-truths, then says it's a positive message. The only things positive those 2 nuts will do is that they'll positively dismantle medicare and social security to pay for even more tax cuts for the rich.

    November 3, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. jayross495

    Mr. Romney, stop using´╗┐ sound bites to twist the President's words.The President told the American people that for all the intransigent GOP has done to stop the progress of the middle class, they have a civil opportunity for revenge by VOTING. We love the honesty and decency of the President. Your fake love = Greed; widening in-equality, disregard for climate change and women's rights and the list goes on! Please tell your followers how you would help them and try honesty for a change!

    November 3, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. 2012liberal

    Unlike all jeep jobs r going 2 china

    November 3, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. I Voted Early In NC

    Romney/Ryan still waiting at the back door like a dog wanting leftovers. Still reacting instead of having a plan the same old tired game.

    November 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Ryan the Hypocrite

    Why does Lyin' Ryan criticize the President for saying this, yet didn't say a word against the rethuglicans for voting for revenge on the uppity black guy for having the nerve to be elected by voting as a block against every initiative set forth by the President?

    November 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Tish

    This is so desperate and pathetic. Romnot and Lynin Ryan is over.

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    November 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. kmp

    Oh please Ryan I have seen plenty of signs and bumper stickers here in VA that states get revenge vote Republican. Me think your skin is a little to thin.

    November 3, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. thanksPaulRyan

    Thanks Senator Ryan, for attempting to shed light on the real issue – of this election, the depraved, foul – uncivilized nature of this person called a president. For anyone watching this is nothing new – destroy america to bolster our agenda that's Obama and the socialists are about.

    November 3, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. enuff

    If threatening employees with their jobs if they vote Obama isn't revenge voting, what is? Check out the brothers who own Subway franchises in Colorado and Wyoming.

    November 3, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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