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Ryan: Romney made misstep with '47 percent' comment

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
September 30th, 2012
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Paul Ryan, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate said that Romney made a misstep when he said that 47 percent of all Americans feel they are entitled to government aid. "We've had some missteps," Ryan said on "Fox News Sunday." The comment Romney made was at a private session with donors about the attitude of almost half of Americans.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Romney "acknowledges himself that was an inarticulate way of describing how we're worried that, in a stagnant Obama economy, more people have become dependent on government because they have no economic opportunity," Ryan said, chairman of the House Budget Committee.

The comment made in May turned up in a secretly recorded video that was first publicized last month by Mother Jones magazine.

Ryan promised in the October 11 debate he will have with Vice President Joe Biden in addition to the three Romney will have during the month with Obama, the Republican Party will offer voters "a very clear choice" on issues, including the economy.

Ryan said the Republican ticket is "running against an incumbent president with incredible resources," when asked about recent polls showing Romney trailing Obama,

The Wisconsin Republican was confident when he said, "We are going to win this race."
Romney will turn the race with Obama "upside down" with his performance in their debate this week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on CBS's "Face the Nation"

"He's had a tough couple of weeks, let's be honest," Christie said, who gave the keynote address at the Republican convention.

Christie says that the debates will give Romney a chance to talk directly to voters nationwide without "being filtered by anybody." He also said Romney performed well in the debates during the Republican primaries.

However, Ryan played down the importance of the first debate in the Fox interview. "I don't think any one event is going to make or break this campaign."

Obama will now go to the swing state of Nevada, where he'll hold a rally in Las Vegas before settling down in nearby Henderson for practice sessions before the first debate.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman, a Republican, is playing the role of Obama in Romney's practice sessions, while Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, a former Democratic presidential candidate, is playing Romney for Obama.

The two also will meet in debates on Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.


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