Chris Wallace Asks Paul Ryan: ‘Why Are You and Mitt Romney Losing?’
Current poll numbers have Mitt Romney trailing President Obama and with just five weeks until Election Day, the presidential debates may hold Romney’s last chance to turn things around. What is the Romney-Ryan plan when the Republican candidates face off against Obama and Biden? Chris Wallace spoke to running mate Paul Ryan in an exclusive interview on Fox News Sunday.
Ryan says he doesn’t think one event is going to make or break the campaign. He pointed to President Obama’s advantage of being on the national stage even though, as Wallace reminded him, Romney had 23 debates during the primary season.
During Wednesday’s debate, Ryan told Wallace that Mitt Romney needs to relay to the American people the choice that they’re offering. He said, “We owe the country a very clear choice of a difference future. We can either have a dynamic, growing economy that produces opportunity, or we can have a stagnant economy that fosters dependency […] Stagnation versus growth, dependency versus opportunity and upward mobility. That’s the classic choice, the clear difference that we’re offering.”
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Unemployment is at 8.1 percent and GDP growth for the second quarter was 1.3 percent. No president has been reelected with unemployment that high
since FDR and no president has won with GDP that low since they began measuring growth in 1930. Given these statistics, Wallace asked Ryan, “Why are you and Romney losing at this point?”
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Ryan responded that President Obama has been successful at disguising the truth and distracting from the real issues. “He can't run on hope and change anymore, so he's running on division, on distraction, on distortion to try to win an election by default,” he said.
But Wallace pressed, “With five weeks left, with months, years of campaigning already past us, isn't Romney in danger of losing the rationale for his campaign that he is the better steward of the economy?”
Ryan admitted, “The problem we've had is, not everybody knows all these specifics that we've put out there. Not everybody knows these plans -- our five-point plan for a stronger middle class. Not everybody knows that we have these solutions that will get people better job security.”
Gearing up for his own debates against Joe Biden, Ryan said he’s not counting on the vice president making any gaffes. Ryan said he isn't planning on fighting back with prepared attack lines, telling Wallace, “You know, I'm not really a line guy. I'm more of a gut guy. […] I don't try to be anybody other than who I am. I believe in what I believe. I do what I do. And I really believe in the policies we're providing, that we're pursuing. And at the end of the day, I'm just going to go in there and be me.”
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