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Ryan: After runaround, time for turnaround

Posted September 3, 2012
Updated September 4, 2012

— Mitt Romney's presidential campaign offered North Carolinians counter programming Monday to the Democratic National Convention as delegates gathered in Charlotte to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term. 

In addition to the GOP's Charlotte presence, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan paid a visit to East Carolina University in Greenville, where thousands cheered his message of economic emphasis.

"The president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can't tell you you are better off," Ryan said. "After four years of getting the runaround, it is time for an American turnaround."

The Romney campaign distributed fresh talking points to supporters Monday seizing upon the idea that Obama has failed to deliver over the course of his 3 ½ years in the Oval Office.

One talking point reads: "Every president since the Great Depression, except Jimmy Carter and President Obama, who asked voters for a second term could look back at the last four years and say: 'You are better off today than you were four years ago.' No president has ever asked to be re-elected with this many Americans out of work."

Ryan hammered on the Obama-Carter comparison, citing rates of unemployment and mortgage delinquency.

"Hope and change has now become attack and blame," he said.

He then turned his attention to praise for his running mate and an outline of the Republican plan to strengthen the U.S. economy. He pointed out Romney's success in leading the Winter Olympics in Colorado and as a businessman.

"It's a good thing to be successful in business," he said. "We want more people to be successful in business. That's how you create jobs and prosperity."

Ryan stepped through the GOP's five-point plan, including investment in domestic energy sources, modernizing job training and education and cuts to taxes and government spending. "The way to grow prosperity is to unleash the entrepreneur," he said. Paul Ryan in Greenville Paul Ryan in Greenville

Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory introduced Ryan, saying, "Elvis is in the house."

McCrory said Ryan shared eastern North Carolina values. "They love their family, they love their faith and they love people who work hard," he said of Wisconsonites like Ryan. 

And the VP candidate shared that love in his speech. "Friends, North Carolina is crucial. Eastern North Carolina is crucial," he told the audience.

ECU freshman Emily Bosak said Ryan did a good job in the speech, even if he didn't precisely target her issue of interest. 

"He didn't really talk much about education which I was looking for," she said. "He really looked towards an older audience."

Fellow freshman Matthew Lahey said Ryan's emphasis on the economy is enough to get college students interested in the coming election.

"It's our future," hes aid. "We need jobs right out of college, and it's sad that people can't find jobs, and I want a job right out of college."


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  • heisenberg Sep 5, 2012

    I love all this blame Bush for everything - this means that when Romney gets elected he can blame any lack of improvement in the economy on Obama's 4 years of devastation.

  • iknowjack Sep 5, 2012

    He's 100% correct, and Barack Obama is just the man for the job. Eight years of Bush is pretty hard to overcome.

  • robbyh Sep 4, 2012

    pbjbeach... Yea i'm going to roll me one right before i get to the polls. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

  • davidgnews Sep 4, 2012

    "Future Vice-President Ryan has a plan for paying our bills and not passing the tab along to our children and grandchildren."

    That's right, he's going to double-cross the voter and 'miscalculate' his Medicare cuts so YOU will pay more of it.

    I suppose that you didn't say anything about 'the children and grandchildren' from 2000-2009 or convenient.

  • Crabbit Cratur Sep 4, 2012

    "Future Vice-President Ryan has a plan for paying our bills and not passing the tab along to our children and grandchildren."

    Ryan voted for nearly the majority of the Debt the nation why would you think he is the man to end it?

  • corey3rd Sep 4, 2012

    Thinlady, your memory is rather spotty since I remember the Nixon years being when they first had the odd or even gas days - during the time of the OPEC embargo. Remember? While a few states resorted to that during the Jimmy Carter era, it was not the same impact as 1973.

  • jjordan231179 Sep 4, 2012

    "Future Vice-President Ryan has a plan for paying our bills and not passing the tab along to our children and grandchildren"

    LOL REALLY? So voting for Bushs stimulus was "free"? Voting for Medicare Part D was "free"? Voting for the GM bailout was "free". How about him voting to extend unemployment to 56 weeks "free". TARP? Debt ceiling inceases? Ryan is a flaing Keynesian lib. Turn off your TV. Turn on your research skills.

  • Just the facts mam Sep 4, 2012

    Future Vice-President Ryan has a plan for paying our bills and not passing the tab along to our children and grandchildren. Where is Obama's plan to stop this irresponsible spending? Obama is putting our children and grandchildren further and further into a deep financial hole that they may not be able to get out of. But as long as Obama gets re-elected, then that is all he cares about...

  • ccsmith1902 Sep 4, 2012

    givemenoquarter: If you pay attention, you can see the Obama family values. They have done a great job with their kids, Michelle has done a lot for the youth of this country and the military, and they practice their faith. You are choosing to ignore that.

  • snshine62d Sep 4, 2012

    I'm better off than 4 years ago. My daughter was able to stay on my health insurance while going through college. She graduated in the top 10% of her class and is now a Registered nurse. All of her student loans have been paid off. We have a roof over our heads and cars to drive. Life is good and I plan on keeping it that way. That's why I'm voting for President Obama again. He's the best man for the job. Romney and Ryan have no plan other than making us pay more in taxes,taking away our health care, social security and Medicare.