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Paul Ryan: Obama Win Given By Urban Areas

11:09 am - 11/14/2012

"I think the surprise was some of the turnout, especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race"

Former GOP vice-presidential nominee and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is blaming President Barack Obama's win on his turnout in cities. In one of a series of first interviews following the loss by Ryan and Mitt Romney, Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Well, he got turnout. The president should get credit for achieving record-breaking turnout numbers from urban areas for the most part, and that did win the election for him." Ryan repeated the line to local station WISC-TV.

But Politico's James Hohmann notes that the Romney-Ryan ticket also lost predominately white and rural states like Iowa and New Hampshire, and underperformed in Midwestern states.

Ryan's fixation on urban areas is not something that merely happened post-election -- during the campaign, he wanted to go to inner cities and promote Republican ideas to lift people out of poverty. He did give a campaign speech in Cleveland on poverty, but his message has a contradiction -- he has penned budget proposals in Congress that would slash the social safety net, worsening poverty.

Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said he and the Mitt Romney campaign were surprised at election results on Tuesday night, having felt previously confident at a win in a bid for the White House.

"I think the surprise was some of the turnout, especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race," said Ryan, who sat down with WISC-TV reporter Jessica Arp on Monday for the first time following the election.

"There's always an Electoral College strategy to winning these things, and you know what states you need to win to get to 270 electoral votes. When we watched Virginia and Ohio coming in, those as tight as they were, and looking like we were going to lose them, that's when it became clear we weren't going to win."

Ryan said he was disappointed in not being able to carry Wisconsin, but called the state an "uphill fight."

"Mitt didn't pick me for a certain state, he picked me for issues, for governing, for taking on the debt crisis," Ryan said. "We had hoped to win Wisconsin, fought hard for Wisconsin. We cut the president's lead in half, but nevertheless it wasn't enough."

Ryan is now looking forward to his work on the House Budget Committee and negotiations on the fiscal cliff.

"I respect the fact that the process is done and the president won the race and I congratulate him on the race," Ryan said. "We now have divided government like we did before, but the divided government we had the last two years didn't work. We're going to have to make this divided government work."

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chantalzola 14th-Nov-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Paul Ryan is such a creep. So is Biden for that matter, but I'll still take Biden > Ryan.
schexyschteve 14th-Nov-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
...why is Biden a creep? :(
lamardeuse 14th-Nov-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
I believe you forgot the "fuck this guy" and "racism" tags. I certainly would like to say "fuck you, you racist asshole" to Paul Ryan, anyway.
ragnor144 14th-Nov-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
I am impressed that he says "urban" and not just something like "those darkies". You know he wants to though. Just look at him.
layweed 14th-Nov-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
ok lt. obvious.
scriptedending 14th-Nov-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
I watched bits of his interviews today, and Paul Ryan is a delusional asshat. It's like if he says something enough times, it will come true. For example... that his ideas are very popular.
schexyschteve 14th-Nov-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
"We now have divided government like we did before, but the divided government we had the last two years didn't work. We're going to have to make this divided government work."

Quit saying no to every last thing suggested by Democrats/the President. If one of them said the sky is blue today, you guys would go "LALALA NUH UH! IT'S ACTUALLY ORANGE!"
tadashee 14th-Nov-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
How was the nation not divided when bush won through a Supreme Court decision his first term? I feel like people forget that. Obama won by a huge margin. He has the fuckig mandate, ryan. I can't stand ryan.
tadashee 14th-Nov-2012 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm a minority, female, and 20 and I don't need/want handouts. My suburban/liberal arts ass voted for Barack Obama. Because my rights matter. Yesterday I almost lost it, when someone said Texas secession is a positive thing and that we live in a post racial america.
layweed 14th-Nov-2012 04:08 am (UTC)
Ugh. The fucking Texas secession shit. I've seen comments on FB from stuff along the lines of "No surprise this happened after what the US Govt says/advocates in Bosnia, Chechnya, former Soviet Republics, Taiwan, Palestinians in Israel" to "maybe people should take this seriously because people totally said this before and and and CIVIL WAR HAPPENED!?!?!?!"

keeperofthekeys 14th-Nov-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
Right. I wonder what his excuse is for nearly loosing his own congressional district (and actually loosing his hometown)? If it weren't for redistricting and fucking Waukesha, he probably would have.

2014 is coming. Knock, knock, motherfucker.
evilgmbethy 14th-Nov-2012 08:47 am (UTC)
lol I didn't know it was that close, aww man. It would have been so fucking funny if he'd lost twice on election night.
teacoat 14th-Nov-2012 04:11 am (UTC)
Fuck him and his racist-ass dogwhistling.
tijae 14th-Nov-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
I wish Ryan would do us all a favor and fall off the edge of his planet already.
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evilgmbethy 14th-Nov-2012 08:48 am (UTC)
lol, I was reading an article on Politico today about he kinda wants to be the new Speaker, and a few of his fringe-y friends agreed, but that the general reaction to this idea among House Republicans was basically: *crickets*
zinnia_rose 14th-Nov-2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Protip, Paul Ryan -- "Congratulations, but" is a crappy congratulations.
liliaeth 14th-Nov-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
I wonder if he realizes that the best way for the 'divided government' to work, is if the republicans pull their heads out of their asses and try to work with the president, instead of against him.
jettakd 14th-Nov-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
This is late and ot, but Michonne is the queen of heart rn <3
evildevil 14th-Nov-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
urban, you know, he means black people.
yeats 14th-Nov-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
jasonbeast 14th-Nov-2012 05:18 am (UTC)
No coded language there. Huh-uh, no way.
nightfury 14th-Nov-2012 04:24 am (UTC)
I don't think what he said was technically incorrect, but whats gross is the racist undertones of the implication that "urban area voters" as he puts it mean less or deserve less credit than rich white votes.
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