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Ryan: America hungry for focused leadership

Posted August 23, 2012

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— With slightly more than two months until Election Day, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says he's primed for the hectic, bruising campaign that lies ahead.

Ryan finished a two-day swing through North Carolina on Thursday with a stop in Fayetteville to blast President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate for not working to head off mandatory cuts to defense spending scheduled to take effect in January.

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin congressman told an audience in Raleigh that Republican candidate Mitt Romney offers a better solution than Obama to restarting the sputtering U.S. economy.

"President Obama's failed record has been hurting small businesses," Ryan told WRAL News in an interview before his Raleigh campaign appearance.

Surveys have shown that 75 percent of small businesses nationwide are less likely to hire because of the health care reform law that Obama enacted two years ago, he said. Meanwhile, he said, a higher tax rate for small businesses that the president is backing would cost an estimated 700,000 jobs.

Romney backs a "fair and simple" tax system that would close loopholes and lower rates in order to expand employment and boost consumer spending, Ryan said. The plan would create 12 million jobs as the economy grows by 4 percent, he said.

"I believe Mitt Romney is offering the kind of leadership we need to get this country on track," Ryan told WRAL News. "We need people to go to Washington who believe in something and who aren't just telling people what they want to hear."

Ryan also distanced himself from comments made by U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, while reaffirming his own anti-abortion record. Akin, a Missouri Republican, said last week that a woman couldn't become pregnant from a "legitimate rape."

"His comments were outrageous (and) totally indefensible," Ryan said, noting that he was unsuccessful in trying to persuade Akin to drop out of the Senate race.

"He's going to run his campaign, and we'll run ours," he said, dismissing the notion that Akin's comments would affect the presidential race.

Ryan said he looks forward to the chance to debate Vice President Joe Biden on various issues, saying they should be able to paint a stark picture for voters of their different vision for the future of the nation.

"We don't have a future that looks good under the Obama-Biden path because they're simply promising more of the same," he said. "We're offering very specific solutions of how to get people back to work."

He said Americans are "hungry for" the type of leadership he and Romney can provide, noting it's focused on principles that he believes have been part of the nation since it's beginning.

"I'm not trying to be anyone other than who I am. I know what I believe," he said.

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  • gallbury Aug 24, 2012

    He's right; American is hungry for focused leadership. Does he know of anyone?

  • jjordan231179 Aug 24, 2012

    Ive heard it all all. A candidate with a "disasterous foreign policy" gets more military donations than all the other GOP candidates COMBINED (even when there were NINE) INCLUDING OBAMA.

    MEP = never served a day but is a foreign policy expert. Why was Dr. Paul endorsed by the leader of the unit in chagre of finding Bin Laden? Why does Netanyahu say he doesnt need one American soldier? He literally said leave us alone we can do it on are own. Same thing Dr. Paul says. LOL turn off your TV!!!

  • jjordan231179 Aug 24, 2012

    MEP I am a Republican. Republicans use to be voted in to stop wars, to stop spending, to stop the expansion of gov. Now they create Medicare Part D, No child LEft Behind, TARP, stimulus after stimulus, TSA, DHS, Patriot Act, NDAA, should I go on? I rather be a minority gant than a big gov lib like you.

  • jjordan231179 Aug 24, 2012

    MEP is a Palin supporter turned Romney supporter. LOL talk about oblvious. Even she hates ROmney. LOL

  • jjordan231179 Aug 24, 2012

    Poor poor Paul and his few scattered supporters.... for yet another failed attempt at the WH. This time Paul attempted an end run by stealing delegates. I give him credit for being crafty.... but now is not the time for Paul... not that it ever will be. Paul has some VERY VERY VERY good ideas... sadly, they are wrapped around a disastrous foreign policy and foreign trade policy.

    Since your obviously not Democrat, nor Republican... your comments are out of place for a position with very little political support. That means the reasoning behind your comments is to annoy.... much like a gnat. I on the other hand choose to just ignore them. (well most)
    mep
    August 24, 2012 12:08 p.m.
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    Spoken just like a Romney lib. Thanks for letting Obama win AGAIN. Enjoy.

  • One Term Governor Aug 24, 2012

    FOX NEWS OUTS NAVY SEAL INVOLVED IN OSAMA RAID WHILE RAILING ON GAWKER FOR EVEN TRYING TO FIND OUT THE IDENTITY OF A CIA AGENT!

    Please Google: "fox news outs Navy Seal"

    make up your own minds, dont let Fox and "friends" tell you what to think and feel.

  • One Term Governor Aug 24, 2012

    Dont mind MEP, hes paid by his FOX NEWS OVERLORDS to comment on this thread, and like the Romney / Ryan lies should be ignored.

    Get a real job MEP and stop suckling the FOX NEWS PROPAGANDA!

  • mep Aug 24, 2012

    If Dr. Paul had "no chnace" why did Romney spend all that money challenging is delegates? Why did the RNC try to change the number of states needed to be up for nomination? Why is the RNC trying to nominate Mitt early? He no threat rigth? LOL
    jjordan231179

    Poor poor Paul and his few scattered supporters.... for yet another failed attempt at the WH. This time Paul attempted an end run by stealing delegates. I give him credit for being crafty.... but now is not the time for Paul... not that it ever will be. Paul has some VERY VERY VERY good ideas... sadly, they are wrapped around a disastrous foreign policy and foreign trade policy.

    Since your obviously not Democrat, nor Republican... your comments are out of place for a position with very little political support. That means the reasoning behind your comments is to annoy.... much like a gnat. I on the other hand choose to just ignore them. (well most)

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 24, 2012

    "how many years of college records should Obama release??? Is the same answer you gave for Romney tax returns? Whatever the number the public wanted....does that apply to Obama?" - lessismore


    Of course. If you're running for President of the United States, you should be an open book. Of course, I care less about college classes than tax returns. Tax returns show where you're making your money, and if you can really identify with the average American in regards to making a living, paying taxes, etc.

  • jjordan231179 Aug 24, 2012

    "When you vote for the less of two evils you always get evil"

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