It was an exciting day when we learned Mitt Romney had chosen Congressman Paul Ryan to be his Vice Presidential running mate. Serving as the House Budget Committee Chairman, we knew of Paul’s reputation for hard work, excellence, and leadership. We knew he was serious about getting government spending under control.
It was a true pleasure getting to know Paul and his wonderful family better as they accepted the call to help Governor Romney restore America.
GOP V.P. candidate Congressman Paul Ryan gestures while speaking of the war on poverty during a speech at the Walter B. Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Oct 24, 2012 (Photo – Tony Dejak/AP)
A packed auditorium awaited him…
Congressman Paul Ryan today was very warmly received today as he walked on stage at the University of Cleveland in Ohio. With his unique, clear capacity to speak succinctly on the enriching principles of our free enterprise system, Ryan delivered a powerhouse speech on upward mobility and the economy.
Thank you very much for that warm welcome – and thank you Jimmy, for that great introduction. I want to thank everyone at Cleveland State University for your kind hospitality. I especially want to thank President Berkman for his help in making this happen. And of course, none of us would be here today without the extraordinary work of Bob Woodson and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Thank you, Bob, for bringing us together today.
We are here in partnership on behalf of an idea – that no matter who your parents are, no matter where you come from, you should have the opportunity in America to rise, to escape from poverty, and to achieve whatever your God-given talents and hard work enable you to achieve.
In so many ways, our nation’s history has been a long struggle to bring opportunity into every life. Our nation was founded on the creed that “all men are created equal” – that we all possess equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But, of course, equality of opportunity hasn’t always been a fact of life in our country – it’s been something we’ve had to constantly fight for. It’s a cause that continues to this day.
Even though so many barriers to equality have fallen, too many old inequities persist. Too many children, especially African-American and Hispanic children, are sent into mediocre schools and expected to perform with excellence. African-American and Hispanic children make up only 38 percent of the nation’s overall students, but they are 69 percent of the students in schools identified as lowest performing.
That’s unacceptable. We owe every child a chance to succeed. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, we owe them “an unfettered start and a fair chance in the race of life.” Upward mobility is the central promise of life in America. But right now, America’s engines of upward mobility aren’t working the way they should.
Mitt Romney and I are running because we believe that Americans are better off in a dynamic, free-enterprise-based economy that fosters economic growth, opportunity and upward mobility instead of a stagnant, government-directed economy that stifles job creation and fosters government dependency.
There is something wrong in our country when 40 percent of children born to parents in the lowest fifth of earners never know anything better. The question before us today – and it demands a serious answer – is how do we get the engines of upward mobility turned back on, so that no one is left out from the promise of America?
PPP did a snap poll immediately after the debate tonight. The respondents scored it a slight lead for Obama at 53% to 42% (yeah, it was another +6% Democratic oversample and PPP is a democratic pollster … but I think that just strengthens my arguments). That 11% edge is smaller than the numbers Obama got in the 2nd debate, and MUCH smaller than the numbers Mitt received after the 1st debate. (FYI … CNN’s snap poll scored tonight’s debate it a bit closer at 48%-40% in favor of Obama).
That’s bad news then, right?!?! … that Romney didn’t “win” the debate? Not at all. Mitt continued to rise in the national and swing-state polls over the last week despite Obama’s “win” in the last debate. The last two days especially, Democrats have been shocked and are panicking that the President didn’t get a bounce in the polls from that.
Here’s the secret though … People’s judging of who “wins” debates is solely based on who is the most aggressive candidate that night. Snap polls showed that Joe Biden “won” the VP debate over Paul Ryan … but Biden turned off MANY voters with his style and condescension. Obama wasn’t as bad as Biden was, but his intimidating stares, his incessant attacks at Romney, and his petty condescension will NOT play well with undecided voters … especially with undecided women.
Don’t believe me? That same PPP poll linked above has the following interesting question and cross-tab.
“Did the debate tonight make you more or less likely to vote for BO/MR, or did it not make a difference?”
Among Independents for Obama: More likely 32%, Less likely 48%, No Difference 20% … for a net of MINUS 16%
Among Independents for Romney: More likely 47%, Less likely 35%, No Difference 18% … for a net of PLUS 12%
That’s a HUGE advantage among Independents for Romney based on TONIGHT’S debate. Yeah, Obama sure “won” tonight, eh? Team Romney is fighting to “Win The War” … and will take some lumps in individual battles to make sure the end goal occurs. He was confident, optimistic, and Presidential. Obama was petty, insulting, and snarky. Quite the contrast!
In the CNN snap poll mentioned above (which was a +4% D sample) asked:
“Who did the debate make you more likely to vote for?”
That is THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IN THE POLL, really the only one that matters, and Mitt came out on top. Another interesting and important question from CNN:
“Who spent more time attacking his opponent?”
Barack Obama 68%
Mitt Romney 21%
Nothing happened tonight to blunt Mitt’s momentum. Obama was swinging for the fences, but failed to connect. Romney easily cleared the credible Commander-In-Chief bar and avoided ANY gaffes. His last few answers and rebuttals were awesome, and his closing statement was EPIC!
We need to work to help make sure it happens, but Mitt’s well on his way to winning this race. Romney has ALL the momentum, and that’s why Obama was attacking desperately. That alone was telling.
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan thanks former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her remarks at a rally at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio on October 17, 2012.
(Photo – John Kuntz/ The Plain Dealer)
Things are jumping in swing-state Ohio!
For the first time this campaign season, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hit the campaign trail yesterday for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. At a packed college sports stadium in Berea, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, Senator Rob Portman pumped up the crowd while introducing Rice. She spoke of the pivotal crossroad our country is now at and, how her service as Secretary of State enabled her to see how important America’s role is in the world. Following her inspirational remarks, VP candidate Paul Ryan gave a rousing speech to the enthusiastic crowd.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice:
“I’m here because I want, like you, to see this country prosper, to see this country continue to be a place of unlimited opportunity, to see this country lead the world toward prosperity, and liberty, and peace. And so, I’m here to support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in this quest.”
“This is a pivotal time in our country’s history.”
The last four years have been very tough on folks who just want to work hard and make a living. … Many Americans out of work wonder if they’re ever going to work again and, you know, they have reason to [worry] because the longer you’re out of work, the less likely you are to find a job. And so, when Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say they’re going to put this country back to work – THIS IS AN URGENT CALL – not one for which we can wait another four years.”
After the event, Ryan, Rice, and Portman toured the Cleveland Browns football training facility.
Former Secretary Secty of State Condi Rice, Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam, VP candidate Paul Ryan, and Senator Rob Portman share a light moment while touring the Browns training facility in Cleveland, OH. Oct 17, 2012 (photographer unknown)
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur (center), Paul Ryan & Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) listen to Condi Rice during a visit to the Browns facility. October 17, 2012 (Photo – John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)
To see video of Ryan, Rice, and Portman touring the Brown’s football training facility click here.
Rasmussen polling shows Obama up by just one point in this important swing-state – Obama – 49%, Romney – 48%. Readers, we need VICTORY in this state! Are you doing EVERYTHING possible to help? We’ve got 19 days to get this thing done. Live in Ohio? Call these folks and see what you can do to help: Romney campaign headquarters in Ohio. Don’t live in Ohio? You can and must help!
Has early voting started in your state? Vote now! You’ll be free to HELP on election day. Sign up for Romney’s Election Day Task Force, too; click here!
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stands with his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during a campaign rally Sept. 25, 2012 in Vandalia, Ohio. They’ve just been endorsed by a group of sportsmen and women, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts. (Photo – AP)
Support continues to burgeon for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan…
“I am grateful to have the support of so many great Americans who have chosen to be a part of Sportsmen for Romney,” said Mitt Romney. “The wealth of this nation is not only in our industries and our businesses. We are blessed with great natural beauty as well. It is the sportsmen and women of America who keep safe that natural wealth for this generation and many more to come. Hunters, fishermen, sports-shooters, and outdoor enthusiasts not only create millions of jobs and pump billions of dollars into our economy, they stand on the forefront of defending our Second Amendment rights and protecting the natural wonder of our nation. If I am fortunate enough to become president, they will have a friend in the White House.”
“This economic downturn is affecting people and communities at every level,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing and a world-renowned big game hunter and conservationist. “We see across America that people don’t have the discretionary income they used to. People are suffering and they need a change. I know something about leadership, and I know something about running a business. When I look at Mitt Romney, I see a man who is not only a leader, but one who understands what we need to get this economy back on track. That’s why he has my support.”
“Mitt Romney has a proven track record of turning around dysfunctional enterprises,” said five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode. “For me, his greatest accomplishment remains his successful effort to save the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Governor Romney took the Games from scandal to glory, and he did so in the shadow of 9/11, at a time when every American needed something to rally around and something to believe in. Today we face similar challenges. Our economy is hurting, and the American people are looking for someone to lead us back to prosperity. Mitt Romney is that man. We have a choice in this election. We can have another four years like the last four. Or we can join Mitt Romney, turn a corner, and head down a new path. I’m with Mitt, and I hope people across this country will join me.”
“Everyone knows that Mitt Romney is a world class businessman who knows how to create the jobs we need in this country,” said conservationist Rob Keck. “What many people do not know is that Governor Romney is also committed to conservation and understands the role that hunters and sportsmen and women play in conservation. He won’t let the federal government continue to place limits on this critical sector of our economy, and he will restore the prosperity that allows so many Americans to enjoy the natural wonders of our country. I am proud to give him my support.”
National Honorary Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan
Johnny Morris, Internationally Renowned Conservationist
Wade Boggs, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player
Kimberly “Kim” Rhode, Five-time Olympic Medalist
Melissa Simpson, Safari Club International
Richard Childress, Richard Childress Racing
Jeff Foxworthy, Entertainer
David Dlubak, owner of Ithaca Gun Company, presents GOP VP candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., with a special edition Romney/Ryan Ithaca shotgun before Ryan delivers keynote address to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance annual banquet in Columbus, Ohio. A Romney/Ryan logo was engraved on the stock of the gun. Sept 30, 2012 (Photo – AP)
National Honorary Co-Chairs (Check out these names; it’s a long list!)
Gov. Scott Walker
Gov. Bobby Jindal
Gov. Sean Parnell
Gov. Rick Perry
Gov. Matt Mead
Gov. Butch Otter
Gov. Dennis Daugaard
Gov. Terry Branstad
Sen. Jerry Moran (KS)
Rep. Robert Latta (OH)
Sen. Jim Risch (ID)
Sen. John Thune (SD)
Rep. Jeff Miller (FL)
Rep. Rob Wittman(VA)
Sen. Rob Portman (OH)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL)
Rep. Mike Rogers (AL)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Close-up look at shotgun presented to Paul Ryan by David Blubak, owner of Ithaca Gun Co, at U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance annual banquet in Columbus, OH. Sept 30, 2012. Click on image to enlarge. (Photo – AP)
Rep. Don Young (AK)
Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ)
Sen. John Boozman (AR)
Rep. Tim Griffin (AR)
Rep. Jeff Denham (CA)
Rep. Wally Herger (CA)
Rep. Gary Miller (CA)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO)
Rep. Scott Tipton (CO)
Rep. Sandy Adams (FL)
Rep. Dennis Ross (FL)
Rep. James (Austin) Scott (GA)
Sen. Mike Crapo (ID)
Rep. Raul Labrador (ID)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS)
Rep. Harold Rogers (KY)
Sen. David Vitter (LA)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (LA)
Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (LA)
Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA)
Rep. Jeff Landry (LA)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME)
Rep. Dan Benishek (MI)
Rep. Dave Camp (MI)
Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI)
Rep. Mike Rogers (MI)
Rep.Tim Walberg (MI)
Sen. Thad Cochran (MS)
Sen. Roger Wicker (MS)
Rep. Steven Palazzo (MS)
Rep. Sam Graves (MO)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE)
With the Romney’s attending church today in Belmont, MA and the Governor spending time preparing for Tuesday’s presidential debate, I thought it might be relaxing for Romney/Ryan supporters to look back on the week. Let’s see if the Romney and Ryan families are finding time amid the heated campaign to enjoy October, a bit of Mother Nature’s beauty, and just chill…
Kick off your shoes and take your time.
Here’s an autumn Romney/Ryan photo essay…
With cold rain falling in sheets, Governor Mitt Romney rallied stalwart supporters at a campaign event in Newport News, Virginia. Oct 8, 2012 (photographer unknown)
The chill in the air didn’t stop the crowd from coming to see GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaign amid the hay bales in Van Meter, Iowa. Oct 9, 2012 (Photo – Evan Vucci/AP)
GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan and wife Janna size up pumpkins for just the right jack-o-lantern at the Apple Holler Pumpkin Patch in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. Oct 7, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)
October 11, 2012 – Ann Romney writes, “Bought Craig some vanilla fudge at Kilwins in Sarasota today. Can you believe he doesn’t like chocolate?!” (photographer unknown)
Janna Ryan (left) watches as her husband, Paul Ryan helps his daughter, Liza, dip a caramel apple. Ryan’s other children, Charlie and Sam, eagerly await their turn. (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)
Paul Ryan indulges in a fall rite of passage – the tailgate party! He’s pictured loading his plate at the Bowling green University vs Miami University of Ohio football game in Ohio. Oct 13, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)
Paul Ryan makes a toss in a game with son Charlie before a football game at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio. Oct 13, 2012 (Photo – Sentinel-Tribune, Enoch Wu/AP)
Ann Romney, bundled up to stay warm, took a detour on the way from Hudsonville, Michigan to the Detroit suburb of Franklin to visit the Peanut Shop in downtown Lansing. She bought some trick-or-treat goodies including cashews and cinnamon almonds she said were Mitt’s favorite. She also picked up some ‘sour jelly pumpkins’ for the grandchildren. Yum! The Detroit News quoted her saying “I love it here.” Oct 12, 2012 (Photo – AP)
At The Peanut Shop in Lansing, Michigan, Ann Romney takes time to greet sisters Jenna, left, whom she wished a happy 4th birthday, and Audrey Carrier. Oct 12, 2012 (Photo Dale G. Young/The Detroit News)
Did you happen to see Ann co-host on Good Morning America last week?
Standing in front of a backdrop of straw bales, pumpkins, and a tractor, Ann Romney speaks with supporters at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She spent the day campaigning through the state. (Photo – Charles V. Tines/The Detroit News)
During last night’s VP debate, Joe Biden told us, “I always say what I mean.”
He always says what he means.
Remember that, America.
Okay! Take a look at the top 10 worst lies V.P. Joe tried to foist on Americans during the debate in Danville; clickhere.
Joe is on record saying plenty of memorable things; here are a few:
Aug 14, 2012 – Vice President Joe Biden tells a Virginia crowd, Romney’s plan would “put y’all back in chains.”
Aug 1, 2011 – As a follow up to Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle suggesting that dealing with Tea Party and fiscal conservatives was like negotiating with terrorists, Biden reportedly piled on by saying, “They have acted like terrorists.”
July 5, 2009 – In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Biden conceded that the White House team “misread how bad the economy was.” His confession came as unemployment hit 9.5 percent, despite the administration’s insistence that it would hold to 8 percent with the stimulus plan.
Click to enlarge.
(AP Photo – Carolyn Kaster)
July 16, 2009 – Biden gave a blunt summation of the administration’s approach to stimulus spending: “People, when I say that, look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?” he said at a stop in Virginia. “The answer is yes.”
July 16, 2009 – An open microphone caught Biden saying, “This is a big f—ing deal” to President Obama during a nationally televised Washington signing ceremony for the president’s health care law.
June 26, 2010 – Biden called the manager of a custard shop outside of Milwaukee a “smartass” after the man asked him to lower taxes. Biden made the comment after the Kopp’s Frozen Custard shop manager told him that his dessert would be on the house if he lowered taxes. “Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smartass all the time?” Biden said a few minutes later.
“When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.” –Joe Biden, apparently unaware that FDR wasn’t president when the stock market crashed in 1929 and that only experimental TV sets were in use at that time, interview with Katie Couric, Sept. 22, 2008 (source)
“You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.” –Joe Biden, in a private remark to an Indian-American man caught on C-SPAN, June, 2006 (video)
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” –Joe Biden, referring to Barack Obama at the beginning of the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Jan. 31, 2007 (source)
Vice President Joe Buffoonery Biden proved once again at last night’s vice presidential debate in Danville, KY, what an embarrassment he is for the United States of America. (photographer unknown)
With his derisive laughter, zombie eye-rolling, feigned incredulity, exaggerated theatrical gestures, continual interruptions, and over-all condescension, Vice Presidential smirk monkey Joe Biden negated any gains he hoped to make at last night’s V.P. debate. Biden’s performance sealed the deal for him… as the simpleton from Scranton and America’s permanent political huckster. Debate moderator, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, failed to control all-show Joe and left many yearning for Jim Lehrer.
Although GOP Vice Presidential candidate 42-year-old Rep Paul Ryan is 27 years younger than 69-year-old Biden, he was resolute, reassuring, and ready to take on the smart-aleck. Ryan was clearly the adult seated at the debate desk in Danville.
Polls from CNBC and CNN revealed Ryan won.
Here’s just a sampling of Twitterverse take-aways (comments from FOX News contributors at end of article):
[POLL RESULTS] Who do you think won the VP Debate? Paul Ryan: 56%, Joe Biden: 36%, Neither: 8%. #CNBC2012
Americans face a very stark contrast in our choice for the future. Thankfully, we have competent and responsible leadership in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, for it is surely lacking in Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Tonight’s VP Debate as a follow on to last week’s Presidential Debate clearly supports the point; Paul Ryan is earnest, intelligent, knowledgeable, competent and respectful. Unfortunately, Joe Biden is not. Never before in modern history have we seen such disrespectful, irresponsible, and immature behavior in a Vice Presidential Debate. The problems we face today are not laughing matters!