Saturday, October 6, 2012
MILWAUKEE -- Paul Ryan told a fundraiser Saturday night he thought of Ronald Reagan while watching Mitt Romney's performance in the first presidential debate, calling his running mate "a man
with a bedrock of principles."
"I was so excited to see that
because I was thinking to myself, finally people are seeing the guy we
know," Ryan said, according to a pool report.
Ryan spoke to 200 supporters for about 11 minutes at the Pfister Hotel. He lauded
Republican National Committee
Chairman Reince Priebus for what he helped the party accomplish in 2010. He
also talked of the "moral courage exhibited by people like" state
Sen. Alberta Darling, the River Hills Republican who survived a recall attempt last summer. He also mentioned last year's state Supreme Court race that Justice David Prosser won and the failed recall attempt earlier this year of Gov. Scott Walker when "they came back against our governor, and his vote
margin went up."
"The lesson to be learned is
two lessons, No. 1 tell people who you are, what you believe in, what your
principles are and what you will do," Ryan said. "Second thing is, get elected
and then do it. That’s what we need in this country. That is what Scott Walker
and Alberta Darling did."
Ryan called this period "the choice phase of this campaign" and said the president isn't running on his record.
"Look at Europe. Look at how it
ends," he said. "The problem we have is we've had decades of politicians making lots of
empty promises to voters to get re-elected. And pretty soon if we don’t watch
it, we have a debt crisis and those empty promises become broken promises."
Ryan also told the crowd it was good to be home.
"Coming off the plane, it was
perfect weather," he said. "To me, nice and brisk. The first thing I said, you know the
deer are moving now."
-- By Staff