Paul Ryan and wife Janna arrive at Roanoke Regional Airport
“We’re going to take responsibility and fix this mess,” said Paul Ryan the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate at a Hotel Roanoke fundraiser Friday evening.
Ryan spoke for 12 minutes. He repeated what he had said at Northwest Hardware in Roanoke on August 22nd saying rights don’t come from government but from nature and God. “The very idea of our country is up for grabs.”
Ryan was introduced by 9th district Congressman Morgan Griffith followed by 6th district Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Griffith cheered the fact that Virginia was a battleground state but then said that the battle has yet to be won.
Goodlatte thanked the host committee of Nick Jenny Taubman, Patricia and Eggleston, Dane McBride and Heywood Fralin and said he thought the event was the “largest fundraiser ever held in these parts.” He later remarked that Virginians can help “fire” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by electing Republican George Allen to the Senate, helping deliver the chamber to the GOP.
The $10,000 a plate dinner, $2500 photos and $250 a person reception had about 120 attendees. That brought in the coveted high dollars needed in the high stakes presidential campaigns of today.
Ryan arrived at Roanoke Regional airport with his wife and mother just in time to make it to the dinner set for 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Roanoke.
His path to Roanoke started in Washington, D.C. at a Values Voter Summit. He told them that President Obama’s whole case these days is basically asking us to forget what he promised four years ago, and focus instead on his new promises. That’s a fast move to get around accountability. He made those ringing promises to get elected. If we renew the contract, we will get the same deal – with only one difference: In a second term, he will never answer to you again,” said Ryan.
He said, “When a Romney-Ryan administration takes office, we will also take responsibility. Instead of dividing up the wealth, our new president will get America creating wealth again.”
Referring to mandating contraceptives through Obamacare Ryan said, ” As Governor Romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group – it is a threat and insult to every religious group. He and I are honored to stand with you – people of faith and concerned citizens in defense of religious liberty. He’s not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best.”
Ryan honored the lives of the “four good men” including the ambassador to Libya. “We have all seen images of our flag being burned and our embassies under attack by vicious mobs. They were there for the most peaceful purposes in service to our country. And today our country honors their lives and grieve with their families.”
Amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership. In the days ahead, and in the years ahead, American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome. That is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises. That is what keeps the peace. And that is what we will have in a Romney-Ryan administration,” said Ryan.
At a September 13 press conference in Roanoke former Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy an Iraq war veteran took Romney to task for not mentioning Afghanistan or the American troops serving there. Murphy said that the Romney-Ryan budget could severely cut funding from veterans’ health care programs, and that the campaign’s 59 point economic plan does not even include the word veteran.
After speaking in Washington Ryan arrived in Harrisonburg where he was joined on stage by Goodlatte. He focused his remarks on the economy and the disappointing jobs report for August. “Sugar high economics is no substitute for pro-growth economics,” said Ryan.
Ryan referred to President Obama’s visit to Roanoke in July. “Most of the jobs come from successful small businesses … you heard it just down the road in Roanoke. I am proud to stand with Mitt Romney who knows firsthand that if you have a small business you built that small business. That’s your achievement.”
Local Democrats welcomed Ryan to Roanoke with their own news conference earlier in the day.
They said they were “amazed” at the $10,000 a plate dinner and argued that it showed that having a Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the White House would mean devastation for Virginia’s middle class families and vouchers for seniors on Medicare. They said President Obama believes in protecting and strengthening Medicare and laying the foundation for an economy built to last – one where everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2012, Elections, National, Politics
Tags: Election 2012, Elections, republican, Romney_Ryan