Republican veep nominee Paul Ryan has given his first post-election interview, and some of his comments have caused a small firestorm on the left.
He says that Obama won re-election not because voters rejected Romney-Ryan policies, but because Obama's fantastic get-out-the-vote effort mobilized huge numbers of "urban" voters.
Reddit users, always a left-leaning bunch, speculate that Ryan's allusion to urban voters is racially charged. "Everyone knows urban people are only 3/5ths of a real person," said one commenter, alluding to the US constitution's original definition of black slaves.
Ryan was particularly emphatic that his electoral defeat didn't reflect a rejection of his budget plan's tax cuts. Exit polls show that 60% of voters would like higher taxes, Raw Story reports. But when asked about that statistic, Ryan contradicted it: "I don't know if I agree with that because we have divided government. They also voted for House Republicans to maintain their majority, which took a very clear stand against that."
@ADudeCalledRay I voted for Obama in 2008 because of the unmitigated disaster the country was in because of the GOP and GW Bush. McCain did nothing to show he was competent to run the country. From his "the economy is in great shape" to his choice of Sarah Palin I can't believe that anyone could have supported him. I voted for Obama in 2012 because he has done a good job in spite of the GOP doing every thing they could to hurt him regardless of what was good for the country.
@shawnyc36 It's a spot on argument. For all of Romney's etch a sketch philosophy and his never ending walking back virtually everything he said for his entire political career I wondered just who was behind Romney. A quick peek showed that virtually every single important member of the Bush Administration was pulling Romney's puppet strings. The man doesn't have enough character nor backbone to call any shots. He was willing to say and switch the very next day on anything. He would have been a puppet and the puppet masters were the Bush People. That's makes Romney Bush III
Paul Ryan continues with his lies. More people voted for democratic congress people than republican. Had it not been for the republican gerrymandered districts the dems would control both houses and the presidency.
@cpeter133 Dana Milbank in today's WaPo points out that the red states with secession petitions are a "Confederacy of Takers", states that receive more from the federal government than they give in taxes.
For shure Ryan & Rummy lost due to Ryan and Rummy da Dummy.Love how the Rs try to shift the Blame of their epic loose on other.The GOP& Ryan and Mitt lost their election they had Won if they just would have the sense to Shut their mouths .The GOP is so out of touch they cant even understand or admit why they lost.
I know that Oregon has remained a blue state for a long time. And a lot of the rural voters blame Portland and Eugene for remaining Liberal, though Salem (same size as Eugene), usually leans Conservative. But Ryan may be correct, considering demographics. Never the less, a vote is a vote is a vote. Every legal American citizen is entitled to ONE ballot, ONE vote every election, regardless of whether they are country folk or city dwellers. But need I remind Ryan, that his ticket couldn't even carry either candidate's home state. Both Wisconsin and Massachusetts voted Democrat. Actions speak louder than words, Congressman Ryan. Be happy with being in the House of Representatives, you can do plenty of damage there.
Looks like a lot of the oboma voters will lose there jobs thanks 2 your so called free health care... sorry 2 break it 2 you but its not free.. Now all the people jumping the boarder have another reason 2 come to the USA..
The whole thing makes me sick.. who do you think will be paying 4 all this free crap .. the middle class...
Ryan would have been more in touch with reality is he had said: One of the reasons we lost is because we ignored the cities. The other reasons we lost was single women, Jews, and all the other demographics rejected us. We lost the key state of Ohio because of the auto industry, Va because of the legislature's wo an's rights loonies, we lost Florida because they incapable of conducting an election .....
It was not the color of your skin that caused me not to vote for you Mr Ryan, its was your theist mind and your need to place religious views into politics, and the extreme views your party has come to stand for.
Race had nothing to do with my vote. I am white BTW.
@PayThatCEO There is another reason, the lies from Team Obama regarding Mitt Romney for the last 9 months in Ohio on the television and radio. Makes me sick! But like Obama said, if you cannot run on your record, destroy your opponent. The sad thing is that there are too many non-educated people voting who believe the stupid lies and want something for nothing!
@Zoe2012 oh, for god sake, give that crap a rest. the domocrats didn't have to lie about romney... he made a fool of himself at every turn... and then ryan drug him right down the toilet with his childish, holier than thou bullshit.
Why don't just come on out and say you don't want black people and Latino people voting? Because I know all to well what you mean by "urban" voter. I have very little love for you southerners and your racist sexist homophobic views make me want to throw up.
@WattheTyler are you trying to say you aren't in the least bit prejudiced?? That goes both ways....but minorities seem to get away with being prejudiced while calling others racists.....it's fine to expect equal rights but now have more rights than 'whites' and still not happy, still wanting more....
@WattheTyler --nice, because you know me? First of all I'm not racist.... I voted for Romney because I am tired of working my ass off and still being broke, while too many folks (black, white, illegal aliens....) go around bragging about their 'entitlements' they receive, while carrying around their cell phones with expensive data plans, have year round tans, take multiple vacations per year, have big screen Tv's, etc...if someone else paid for MY health insurance, food, my kids got free breakfast and lunch at school, their school fees were waived.... I might also be able to get ahead one day... I do have a FEW nice things, but as I mentioned earlier, I work my ass off for them.....I don't expect someone else to work to support my laziness....
The better questions the reporter could have asked. Is "Why did you lose your own home town" They voted against him for Senator and they voted against him for Vice President. These people know him best.