Monday, September 3, 2012

Ryan: You Aren’t Better Off Now

GREENVILLE, N.C. – As Democrats head to Charlotte to nominate President Obama for a second term, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan made an appearance on the other side of the state to hammer home the message that Americans are not better off than they were four years ago.

“We’re gonna hear a lot of words from Charlotte this week. But here’s the kind of words we’re not gonna hear We’re not gonna hear evidence and facts about how people are better off,” Ryan told a crowd of over 2,000 people at East Carolina University. “You see, the president cannot run on this record. He’s run out of ideas. And so that is why he’s going to be running a campaign based on envy and division, based on frustration and anger.”

Ryan led the Republican messaging effort on Monday while nominee Mitt Romney was out of the public eye preparing for the presidential debates. His remarks were targeted at inconsistent answers over the weekend from top Democrats in response to interview questions about whether Americans are better off now than they were four years ago, the quadrennial question that faces incumbents running for reelection. Asked the question on CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland answered, “No, but that’s not the question of this election.”

The Wisconsin lawmaker told the crowd that Obama’s campaign has taken a negative turn, relying on attack ads, because the president has no record to run on.

“Let me quote President Obama four years ago, ‘If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.’ Ladies and gentleman, that is exactly what Barack Obama is doing today,” Ryan said. “ … In fact, every president since the Great Depression who asked Americans to send them into a second term could say that you are better off today than you were four years ago, except for Jimmy Carter and for President Barack Obama.”

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GOP VP Candidate, Paul Ryan, in North Carolina

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