Obama, Ryan Campaign in Iowa

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, August 13, 2012.
President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, August 13, 2012.
WHITE HOUSE —The Midwestern U.S. state of Iowa, a key swing state in this year's presidential election, was the scene of dueling political speeches on Monday by President Barack Obama and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, who was chosen by Mitt Romney as his vice presidential running mate.  

The addition of Ryan to the likely Republican Party ticket has energized the Romney campaign.  It also presents challenges and opportunities for President Obama as he speaks about his differences with the Romney-Ryan team.

At the beginning of a two day day bus trip in Iowa, the president appealed to voter in the city of Council Bluffs, where farmers and others in the agricultural sector have been hit hard by drought.

Mr. Obama highlighted what he called Ryan's role in blocking passage of a farm bill by the U.S. Congress.

Paul Ryan

  • First elected to House of Representatives in 1998, has served seven terms
  • Chairs the House Budget Committee
  • Senior Member of House Ways and Means Committee
  • Home state is Wisconsin, a battleground state
  • Supports deep budget cutting proposals
  • 42 years old, married with three children
"Governor Romney's new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days," said President Obama. "He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way.  So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities.  We have got to put politics aside when it comes to doing the right thing for rural America and for Iowa."

President Obama has called Ryan the ideological leader of Republicans in Congress, who the president says are the cause of gridlock in Washington that is harming middle class Americans.

Paul Ryan made his first solo campaign appearance since being chosen by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican vice presidential slot.

At the Iowa State Fair, Ryan had to compete with hecklers in the audience, who accused him and his running mate of hurting the middle class.

Ryan criticized the Democratic president on a broad range of issues - from government spending to the nation's energy policy.

"President Obama has given us four years of trillion dollar - plus deficits," said Ryan. "He is making matters worse, and he is spending our children into a diminished future.  We don't have to stand for that; we're not going to stand for that.  And on November 6, we're going to change that."

Political scientist Cary Covington of the University of Iowa says Paul Ryan's conservative positions, including his proposals for major federal budget cuts, have strong appeal among Iowa Republicans.

"He is strong on lower taxes, strong on smaller government, and that is the kind of candidate they were looking for," said Covington. "He is very much a Tea Party kind of representative, so that will energize the Republican base here in Iowa.  But by the same token, it's going to energize Democrats as well because of his stance on things like Medicare and cutting support for farmers and those kind of things."

In 2008,  Obama won Iowa, which has only 7 electoral votes, by a wide margin.  Recent public opinion surveys show Mr. Obama leading Romney in key swing states.  But one poll gives Romney a two point lead in Iowa.
In their first joint interview, on CBS television's "60 Minutes" program on Sunday, Romney and Ryan defended their proposal to reform the government-run Medicare program, saying their plan would not alter the program for seniors citizens or those nearing retirement.

Romney campaigned on Monday in Florida.  But political analysts say Romney's selection of Ryan as his running mate, with his proposals to transform Medicare and Medicaid, could hurt Republican chances in that swing state in November.
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 14, 2012 2:52 PM
3 trillion dollars? That's a whopping mortgage of the future. How does the man who incurred that debt intend to settle it? Firms are declaring more and more losses. At 8.3% unemployment, suicide and mass shooting has become rampant. America is in real trouble if it continues this way. But what do you Americans consider more important than your future? Rhetoric? Oration? Is it better to borrow from China so you will not have control of yourself in the UN because China dictates what your president says? I can see that US sanctions on Iran is proving abortive because China stands firmly with Iran and US can do nothing about it because it's a debtor to China. Obama is not campaigning on issues, he's making personal attacks on individuals. That is not a good way to campaign as president. Let us know what they are doing to restore USA to its citizens. At the moment the country is mortgaged to aliens.

by: the Lord from: Bajdocja
August 13, 2012 10:59 AM
Not only in Mitt Romney electional staff there is a panic. My brother did not appeared publicly since his visit in Romney plant in Chicago, two weeks ago. Instead his replacement has been presented with new VP's.

His last will was expresed clearly in Chicago and the Israeli are going to pay hughe price for thier inaction in upcoming slaughter that he could prevent or limit. However, if Republican party will not acknowledge his death and will not make a public funeral, his last will would be realized fully and the State of Israel dissolved, forever.

More: http://tautur.tumblr.com/post/29333477163

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 13, 2012 10:53 AM
This is it. Obama has a race coming. Anything and anyone that will remove the snag on the American nation and open it up to international applause. USA is named God's own country and cannot be or look otherwise. The religion of hate should not teach Americans how to love or take care of its own. American diplomacy should not be determined by purported and would-be friends from anywhere. Americans must reclaim the country from those who're trying to destroy it.

by: jack daniels from: tybee island, ga.
August 13, 2012 10:39 AM
have you considered a highly concentrated blitz of the 6 toss up states with enlisting the 30 most articulate, bright conservatives to canvas the entire seniors, and independents via town hall type meettings with charts, graphs, etc. telling the truth about their issues of concern, and put their concerns to rest? forget about us who are solidly in the boat,and go after those who are being fooled by the lies and scare tactics of the left. we can win this election!! please enlist the best reps to tell the story to those who are now duped by obama's thugs. jack

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