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Ryan wants Romney to beat Obama 'by acclamation'

By Eric Schelzig

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryansaid Thursday that he wants the Republican campaign message to be so detailed and compelling that Mitt Romney will be elected president "by acclamation."

The Wisconsin congressman said at a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser at a Knoxville hotel that the GOP message contrasts with what he called the divisive tactics of President Barack Obama in the closely contested race.

"Since he can't run on hope and change and all these new promises — because the last ones have been mostly broken — he will have to divide this country. He will have to distort and distract and try to win by default," Ryan said of the Democratic president. "We want to win by acclamation."

"We want to win by saying, here's who we are, here's what we believe, here's what we're going to do," he said. "And if you elect us, hold us accountable and let's get this done."

Acclamation can be generally defined as an eager expression of praise or approval, though as a political term it is perhaps best known from when delegates forgo a formal roll call in party nominating conventions for a voice vote.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam introduced Ryan at the luncheon and said the event had raised about $1 million for the ticket. Meanwhile, about a dozen protesters lined the street outside the event, banging drums and waving signs criticizing Republican policies.

Polls show Obama widening his lead in several key states amid backlash from a leaked video in which Romney disparages the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income tax as government-dependent Obama supporters who see themselves as victims and won't take responsibility for their own lives.

Ryan in his 16-minute speech to the 300 paying attendees described what he called a "generation transforming" election and criticized Obama's record and philosophy on issues including the economy, welfare and health care.

"It's really a choice between the traditional American ideal of an opportunity society with a safety net, a society of growth and prosperity and upward mobility," he said. "Or the path we're on of a more entrenched welfare state, which inevitably ends up with a debt crisis."

Obama's control over federal budget matters and the national economy needs to come to an end, Ryan said.

"If you want to see how this movie ends — because we've seen this movie before — turn on the TV and see what's happening in Europe," he said.

Ryan criticized a provision in Obama's health care law that that requires contraceptives to be available for free for women enrolled in workplace health plans, despite objections by religious organizations. He said that move is a preview of how Obama would govern in a second term.

"When you see him do things like this in a tough election year, imagine what he would do if he was uninhibited from ever having to face the voters again," he said.

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  1. way2coolComment by way2cool
    September 28, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I agree with Paul Ryan. Not everyone in America is bright or intelligent enough to understand even basic, direct speech. Romney needs to ‘bring it down’ and tell it like it is!

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  2. clarkentComment by clarkent
    September 28, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    The toughest road Romney has to travel is Obama’s Chicago style politics whereas they degrade you every which way they can. Unfortunately too many Americans are listening to the promises that will never be kept. For the survival of America, Obama must be defeated. This is what I HOPE for and the Change I want to see. Wake up America!

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  3. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    September 29, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    Although Nobama seeks to see more on food stamps, and being supported by the Government, when the election is over, and should he win, he will be doing a about face on those issues, along with illegals being given a free pass to Citizenship.
    Those programs are into the trillions of dollars, money which Nobama will surely need along with all he can borrow, to complete his agenda. It is just that the most, though not all people who are being paid by the Government to not work, and all those illegals signing up for the pass, do not understand that Nobama is not really their friend, and is not really for their cause. He wants their votes. As soon as the election is over, should be win, he will throw them all under the bus, to have money he needs to finish the destruction of America.
    He is a bad Proxident, he is anti-Christian, He is Anti-God, he is Marxist leaning, and he is a Muslim, who wishes to be in full control, which if he is re-elected, will set him up as a ruler/dictator in this Country.
    What has happened?. Why did all who voted for him do so, so completely blind that they did not even require, or ask for, a background check on this imposter. He came in with nothing to offer in the way of experience, or even education, to sit in the Presidents chair.
    It is almost impossible for me to see how people, and the media fawn over him, and embrace his every word, even though his words are like acid spraying into the crowds,and his Presidency, has produced not one single plus for America, thought there are many negatives. Even in his speeches, he has to use the tele-prompters which put up the words for him to say. Who is putting those words into his mouth?.I truly hope that when he and Romney go into their debates, that he is not allowed to use those, because I want to her his own words, not some speech writer/authors. If he does not get to use them, he will likely sound like a complete idiot, unless he is able to memorize his lines. That was slick, allowing them such a short time to respond, which makes it much easier for him to remember. I know all of the questions will have been drilled into him way before the actual event. We need a real President, especially now, with Iran being close to becoming a nuclear power. This is more than a scary thought


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