Paul Ryan: Obama Worse Than Jimmy Carter

Wisconsin congressman and Republican presidential candidate makes his comments before overflow crowd at Iowa college.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke to a larger-than-expected crowd here on Tuesday, where he attacked President Barack Obama's economic record.

"Jimmy Carter was fired in 1980 and Ronald Reagan was hired, and if you look at his jobs record, Obama was even worse than Jimmy Carter," the Wisconsin congressman told the crowd at Kirkwood Community College.

Ryan's speech began at 4:10 p.m. in the same building that Obama spoke at in July. Officials had to turn people away, saying the venue had reached capacity.

The 25-minute speech was billed as a "victory rally," addressing the question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, asked that very question to the crowd before introducing Ryan. The crowd responded with an audible, "No."

"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will create 12 million new jobs in this country in four years," he said.

The event was completely closed off shortly after 3:30 p.m. by the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, according to a Romney campaign volunteer. A crowd of about 30 people gathered outside to listen to the speech from a loudspeaker.

Many in line waiting left immediately, including one man who said he had driven 300 miles to see Ryan speak. When he learned that he was not allowed in, he threw his printed ticket on the ground and left.

Ryan’s visit has been highly anticipated since his speech during Wednesday's Republican National Convention became a hot topic after fact-checkers pointed out a number of inaccuracies.

The Washington Post cited Ryan as saying:

"Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: 'I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years,’" he said, according to the Post, adding, "Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year."

Ryan distanced himself from that comment on Tuesday, when he said he really was blaming Obama for not re-opening the plant, rather than being responsible for its closing.

Bren September 05, 2012 at 10:33 PM
socrates, wasn't there/isn't there some sort of Great Recession going on and 14 million people lost their jobs? Do you think some of them might have and continue to need food stamps?
Dan Driewer September 05, 2012 at 10:33 PM
At least Carter admitted things were falling apart during his presidency. He didn't stand a chance again RR. This clown, Obama and his ilk say, yes things are worse, but then come back the following day to say, OOPS, we're wrong, things are better. A lot of time it's "follow the money". Do so under Obama and there's $500 Million down the tubes for Solendra, $5.4 trillion add to the national debt, about 49 million on food stamps.........re-elect this incompetent boob? It'd be committing national suicide via his checkbook. God help us.........literally.
Dan Driewer September 05, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Play the race card, play the class warfare card etc. What's so bad about people making money? Are you jealous when people succeed? Who hires new employees? Come on. Obama: Nothing like adding $5.4 trillion to the national debt in four yrs., giving money to cronies like Solendra. That was $500m down the crapper. GM......big success story. Then why does the government still own 26% of it? 49 million or so on food stamps.....it goes on and on. This guy couldn't run a Dairy Queen yet alone the USA. Get real.
James R Hoffa September 05, 2012 at 10:43 PM
@Tosa720 - You need to understand the special relationship between Hoffa & morninmist.
James R Hoffa September 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM
@Dirk - Why are you stereotyping white southerners? Schmitzy is the boy who cries racism on Patch - do you really want to try and take his place?
James R Hoffa September 05, 2012 at 10:53 PM
@Bren - Obama previously said that he could fix all that in 3 years, remember?
James R Hoffa September 05, 2012 at 11:00 PM
@Bren - "Still some folks clinging to the failed "trickle down" theory, I see. Have tax cuts helped create more jobs in the past four years? No. Have tax cuts halted offshoring? No. " And why - because it's a new global economy and even with our reduced rates, competing nations' rates are even lower. Do you honestly think that raising taxes on businesses and the wealthy will help manufacturing in this country? If so, you're in extreme denial of reality!
Ima Hippee September 06, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Mornimist - I was just listening to the Butthole Surfers and somehow I thought of you.
Ima Hippee September 06, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Dan - Umm, the DNC wants God out of your life. The DNC knows what is better for you. God cannot help you. Only the Government can help you. DNC likes the growth in food stamps.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 06, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Hoffa - Oh how brave, picking Carter over Obama. A totally academic, senseless, and useless exercise in futility. You cannot pluck individuals out of history and compare them to current individuals in a logical way. Maybe in thirty years, be sure to get back to us with the same comparison when it makes more sense.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 06, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Hoffa - Please state your qualifications to call anyone a "hack" or your primary sources to label Tosa720 as such. Play by your own rules.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 06, 2012 at 01:36 AM
@unformed socrates - I am educated in the Socratic method, and you flunk.
James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 01:36 AM
@Dirk - How exactly do the facts change over time? The facts are the facts - time doesn't change facts! Try again!
JustMe September 06, 2012 at 01:37 AM
No one was as BAD as Jimmy Carter.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 06, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Ima - I was listening to the Virgin Fugs, and you were in every song in some awful way.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 06, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Hoffa - I can use the "SW" words. I was one for many years. You can't, you are just a Northern bigot. Please be more sensitive to us. .
Dirk Gutzmiller September 06, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Hoffa - Have that special relationship in private. There are laws about public indecency.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 06, 2012 at 02:20 AM
@Dan - You seem like such a forlorn and sad soul. You mention national suicide. The sun will still come up in the morning when Obama wins, and will shine on you equally.
James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 02:20 AM
@Dirk - That was funny - glad to see you have a sense of humor ;-)
James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 02:24 AM
@Dirk - The qualification comes from Hoffa's exposure of Tosa720's believe in conspiracy theories as opposed to hard objective facts, which Hoffa already appropriately identified in the post you are referencing. Thanks for playing!
James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 02:26 AM
@Bren - Rand was forced to pay into the system, so their is no inconsistency in taking back what was rightfully hers in the first place. Yeah Bren, because more debt and allowing programs to go insolvent while only offering tax increases on the rich that wouldn't fix anything would be the moral and ethical thing to do, right?
morninmist September 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Lying Ryan's credibility is in the pigpoop!! http://rootriversiren.blogspot.com/2012/09/paul-ryans-living-nightmare-just-wont.html?spref=tw ...Then a random article which mentioned that Ryan has spent his vacations doing some mountain climbing out in Colorado. Ryan said he'd made close to 40 climbs of Colorado's "Fourteener's" mountains. The statement turned into a full blown incident yesterday when journalists forced his campaign to state whether he'd climbed nearly 40 of the "Fourteener's" peaks (a feat he couldn't possibly have done) or made 40 climbs. Ryan's spokesperson had to issue a statement saying he had made 40 climbs of some of the same peaks............
James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 06:11 PM
@morninmist - You're really getting pathetic! And who cares what the Root River Siren thinks - she is nothing but a foul mouthed partisan hack and makes illogical conclusions premised on faulty analysis. Bottom line - you can't attack Ryan on the issues so instead you focus on misinterpreting his leisure activity accomplishments. Yeah, just like Hoffa said - pathetic!
morninmist September 06, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Hoffa Good on the Big Dawg! He called out lying Ryan also: Marquette Democrats ‏@MarquetteDems Last night, President Clinton called out Romney and Ryan for spreading lies. Obama hasn't cut Medicare or weakened welfare to work. #Forward
morninmist September 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
ha ha My my. Lying Ryan had been doubling down on his lies since his big national speech on TV in front of his kids--and now he is backtracking. What a piece of poop!! Dave Cullen ‏@DaveCullen #LyingRyan on Today lying about his speech lies. Now insisting he wasn't talking about plant closing. Props to Matt L for insisting he was.
James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
@misty - Here's the award you've won: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WltdNExOO6k
morninmist September 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I am not into awards. But I think these two will have high blood pressure when they find out: @Progress2day Have @sykescharlie and @vickimckenna heard that GOP announced today they're NOT spending ad $$ in WI for Romney/Ryan?
morninmist September 06, 2012 at 07:41 PM
ha ha Dave Vanness ‏@djvanness Remember folks, this election is a marathon not a sprint. So, for Paul Ryan that means the election is October 15. #wiunion Retweeted by Gomer W Howard
Rascal99 September 12, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Which god?
Clark October 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
U happy with our current Marxist????


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