Ryan responds on debate — VP picks traditionally don’t debate in other political races

2012-10-02T23:04:00Z 2013-12-17T11:23:04Z Ryan responds on debate — VP picks traditionally don’t debate in other political racesALISON BAUTER alison.bauter@journaltimes.com Journal Times

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan told The Journal Times on Tuesday that he has not yet decided whether he’ll debate his Democratic congressional opponent in the district, but the odds seem slim.

Ryan, the Republican congressional representative whose district includes all of Racine County, is on the ballot twice, with a national bid to be the Republicans’ next vice president, and a local race for re-election as Wisconsin’s 1st District congressional representative. Local news outlets and groups, particularly Democratic congressional opponent Rob Zerban, have called on Ryan to join Zerban for a debate before the Nov. 6 election.

Speaking on the phone from a campaign bus in Iowa, Ryan said for now he’s focusing on a different debate — the Oct. 11 vice presidential face-off with current Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

Like Ryan, Biden also simultaneously ran for national and local office, and Biden, like a litany of other candidates running similar campaigns, did not debate his opponent for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware, Republican Christine O’Donnell.

Ryan pointed this out Tuesday, saying, “The tradition with other campaigns ... was only to do the vice presidential debate.”

But, “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the campaign for Zerban is preparing to deliver a 50,000-signature petition to the congressman’s Janesville office, demanding that Ryan return to the district for at least one debate.

Responding to Ryan’s comments, Zerban campaign manager Al Benninghoff said in an email, “Here’s the bridge — and Paul Ryan can either cross it now or burn it down. ... By continually claiming to be too busy for the people of southeast Wisconsin, Ryan’s effectively turned his back on them.”

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  1. Cas Lee
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    Cas Lee - October 24, 2012 3:00 pm
    Hello, my fellow American voters!

    I watched the Oct. 3rd, 11th, 16th, and 22nd debates.
    1st Romney-Obama debate covered 7 topics: jobs; budget deficit/debt; social security/entitlements; federal gov’t economic regulation and role; healthcare; partisan gridlock.
    2nd Romney-Obama debate covered 11 topics: college graduate jobs; gas prices; taxes; equal pay; Bush policies; Obama’s record; illegal immigrants; Libya; assault weapons; jobs; candidate misperceptions.
    3rd Romney-Obama debate covered 10 topics: Libya; Syria; Egypt; U.S. world role; military spending; Israel; Iran; Afghanistan; China; U.S. national security threats.
    Ryan-Biden debate covered 10 topics: Libya; Iran; economy; medicare/social security/entitlements; tax reform/spending/budget cuts; military policy; Afghanistan; Syria; abortion; negative campaign tactics.

    Romney and Ryan won all 4 debates, although Obama improved some in the 2nd debate and Romney slightly took the win both in the 2nd and 3rd debates.
    In the 3rd debate (unlike in prior debates), Obama reflected his weakness and disrespect by interrupting Romney a lot and using too many “one-line quips” to try to denigrate Romney.

    Ryan won despite Biden’s consistently rude behavior during the debate (often interrupted Ryan, laughed when Ryan talked, pointed his finger). Biden’s tactics to evade issues/truth disrespected Americans interested in facts, figures, forecasts, and solutions for real people with real problems.

    Romney and Ryan won with substance, directness, integrity, respect, clarity, facts, commitment, inspiration, and leadership.

    As an INDEPENDENT female feminist (egalitarian) voter, I support the Romney/Ryan ticket.
    Romney and Ryan, with their no-nonsense and methodic approach to solving America’s problems, are the best persons in terms of qualifications and character to lead our country and make life better for all Americans.

    I am inspired by Romney/Ryan, and I hope that you are too!

    Best regards,

    Cas Lee
  2. Cas Lee
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    Cas Lee - October 24, 2012 2:55 pm
    Hello, my fellow American voters!

    I watched the Oct. 3rd, 11th, 16th, and 22nd debates.
    1st Romney-Obama debate covered 7 topics: jobs; budget deficit/debt; social security/entitlements; federal gov’t economic regulation and role; healthcare; partisan gridlock.
    2nd Romney-Obama debate covered 11 topics: college graduate jobs; gas prices; taxes; equal pay; Bush policies; Obama’s record; illegal immigrants; Libya; assault weapons; jobs; candidate misperceptions.
    3rd Romney-Obama debate covered 10 topics: Libya; Syria; Egypt; U.S. world role; military spending; Israel; Iran; Afghanistan; China; U.S. national security threats.
    Ryan-Biden debate covered 10 topics: Libya; Iran; economy; medicare/social security/entitlements; tax reform/spending/budget cuts; military policy; Afghanistan; Syria; abortion; negative campaign tactics.

    Romney and Ryan won all 4 debates, although Obama improved some in the 2nd debate and Romney slightly took the win both in the 2nd and 3rd debates.
    In the 3rd debate (unlike in prior debates), Obama reflected his weakness and disrespect by interrupting Romney a lot and using too many “one-line quips” to try to denigrate Romney.

    Ryan won despite Biden’s consistently rude behavior during the debate (often interrupted Ryan, laughed when Ryan talked, pointed his finger). Biden’s tactics to evade issues/truth disrespected Americans interested in facts, figures, forecasts, and solutions for real people with real problems.

    Romney and Ryan won with substance, directness, integrity, respect, clarity, facts, commitment, inspiration, and leadership.

    As an INDEPENDENT female feminist (egalitarian) voter, I support the Romney/Ryan ticket.
    Romney and Ryan, with their no-nonsense and methodic approach to solving America’s problems, are the best persons in terms of qualifications and character to lead our country and make life better for all Americans.

    I am inspired by Romney/Ryan, and I hope that you are too!

    Best regards,

    Cas Lee
  3. CJENSEN
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    CJENSEN - October 18, 2012 12:10 pm
    VOTE…in your families BEST interest…We all know what it has been like for our families and friends, since 2008, when wall street recklessness and the banks crashed the economy. We just cannot go BACK to the FAILED Bush Policies that almost send us into a Depression! One in eight jobs in Ohio is connected somehow to the auto industry…we would be in a world of hurt if Mitt Romney was running our country. He said “Let Detroit go bankrupt” ! Also when asked about our housing problems he said “Let your home go through the foreclosure process” If we had him leading our future…Where would you be today??? Lot’s of my family are struggling to get by. That Bush Recession hit us hard. We are all getting jobs, one at a time and some still need food stamps to help feed their kids. We have always been a nation backed by Christian Values. Our Social Safety net is just one percent of our budget. So why does the Paul Ryan buget Mitt and the Republicans signed on to, proceed to erode our safety net? And give BIG Tax breaks to the wealthy at the same time.
    You really need to look at that budget. I sat down at the table with my brothers and we went through it and realized that us working people will suffer if we happen to fall on hard times during a Romney/Ryan administration. Over the next decade, Romney/Ryan budget plans to spend about 16 percent less than the White House on “income security” programs for the poor — that’s everything from food stamps to housing assistance to the earned-income tax credit. That will dramatically have an impact on families just getting back on their feet. Seniors and our kids will be hit hard if Romney manages to get elected. He said in a closed door meeting with wealthy donors that he wants to eliminate HUD and the Department of Education, he knows the people won’t like that, so he plans to slowly starve it off! Where are the unfortunate elderly & Veteran’s going to go? With big cuts in food stamps and no housing…just where will they go? What Medicare Voucher protects us from insurance companies that don’t allow Pre-existing Conditions?? Does Romney/Ryan and the Republicans really care ? I guess not or they all would not have agreed to sign on to the Ryan budget. Even the Catholic Bishops condemned that budget. Yes, It is shameful to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and helpless. Romney/Ryan has not changed the budget, despite public outcry. What does that tell you about what God they believe in. It appears more like the belief system of Ayn Rand, Paul Ryan’s role model for years many years perhaps.
    As you probably know, Romney was recently caught telling a group of wealthy donors back in May, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.” Romney calls almost half of the American population “dependent,” “victims” who “believe that they are entitled” to the basic necessities.
    Well most of us were doing JUST FINE when Clinton ran the white house. It was Republican Policies and pandering to big corporations that got us into this mess! Ask yourself.. is it in the best interest of your families & friends to vote for the Republican tea party shills, who shows such little regard for the Average American citizen.
  4. Cormac
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    Cormac - October 11, 2012 8:40 am
    Traditionally, Vice-Presidential nominees don't run for another office. So Mr. Ryan is playing pretty cute with that argument. The only other V.P. nominee in my lifetime that also ran for another seat at the same time was Joe Lieberman in 2000. ANd although Mr. Lieberman did not debate (I'm not sure he was asked to) he did take a number of days off from V.P. campaigning to go back home to Connecticut and campaign for his Senate seat.

    Once again, Mr. Ryan is being pretty misleading and a little loose with the record.
  5. jrunny
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    jrunny - October 03, 2012 12:59 pm
    maybe zerbian can debate someone next spring when VP Ryans sit is open.
  6. Westsider
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    Westsider - October 03, 2012 12:30 pm
    Paul Ryan- you had a chance to save the Republican party but instead you were weak and you drank the tea. Your voting record shows you're a supply-side guy, but you chose to dress yourself in policies fashionable with the political season. And in catering to the tea party, you have help to damaged the Republican brand. When you thought you were principled on the debt ceiling fight, you were just a willing hostage. You could have been better, but now you will be just another name like, Michelle Bachmann, Hermain Cain, Newt Gingerich, etc. You could have been honest and principled, and spoke to the stupid "birther" witch hunt, and alienating voter id agenda, and instead you willing went along. You're an embarrassment to the tradition of the honest and hardworking people of this district.
  7. Gearhead
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    Gearhead - October 03, 2012 12:07 pm
    Why elevate Zerban to the national stage? He can raise money and get out his propaganda the old-fashioned way - by talking to the main-stream media.
  8. JT Online Staff Staff
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    JT Online Staff - October 03, 2012 12:03 pm
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  9. An American
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    An American - October 03, 2012 11:42 am
    Well said. Thank you.
  10. jrunny
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    jrunny - October 03, 2012 11:02 am
    Great post on uncle Joe and his lying cousin obamy.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/02/Biden-Middle-Class-Buried
  11. USAGC
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    USAGC - October 03, 2012 10:36 am
    Don't have to wait too long for those two morons to say something stupid. Of course heaven forbid anyone in the drive by report on it.
  12. USAGC
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    USAGC - October 03, 2012 10:12 am
    Well at least Zerban has done something in the real world unlike most of his leftist brethren. Of course he failed miserably. He would make a good addition to whatever is left of the Democratic caucus after November.
  13. Westsider
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    Westsider - October 03, 2012 9:43 am
    The Republicans' "big idea guy" is running from a debate.....cluck, cluck,cluck. William Buckley must be turning in his grave.
  14. jrunny
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    jrunny - October 03, 2012 9:39 am
    Guess the libpukes needs to thank biden for this. Remember he is responsible for burying the middle class the last 4 years.
  15. sportnut
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    sportnut - October 03, 2012 8:43 am
    Idiot Ryan has not one thing intelligent to say anyway---so let the "bum" stay out of our area. He just contaminates us all when he is around .
  16. USAGC
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    USAGC - October 03, 2012 7:05 am
    Time for morons anyway.
  17. Zorro
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    Zorro - October 02, 2012 11:33 pm
    You know, it's like trying to explain the Romney/Ryan tax plan - he just doesn't have the time.
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