Obama to target Ryan in Iowa
August 13th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

Obama to target Ryan in Iowa

Council Bluffs, Iowa (CNN) - With Mitt Romney's newly minted running-mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) also campaigning in Iowa this week, President Obama plans to take a swipe at the vice presidential hopeful here during the first stop of a three-day bus tour across the Hawkeye state.

"He’s one of those leaders of Congress standing in the way," the president is expected to say, referring to the Farm Bill, which is awaiting congressional approval and that the president believes will provide much needed relief for farmers and ranchers in Iowa and across the country.

"So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. It’s time to put politics aside and pass it right away," the president is expected to say in Council Bluffs according to transcripts released by his re-election campaign.

Mr. Obama will also tout steps his administration has taken on its own to address some of the devastating effects of the drought.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an effort Monday to purchase $150 million worth of beef and fish to assist livestock producers. That's in addition to a planned $30 million to help get more water and mitigate the effects of the drought.

Iowa is where President Obama began his successful trip to the White House in 2008.

The president remind voters here "how important the state is as we prepare for the final months leading up to November," says campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Psaki tells CNN the president will also talk about his commitment to the middle class, tax fairness, affordable healthcare and a wind tax credit to help clean energy industries in Iowa.


Topics: 2012 Election • Iowa • President Obama

soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    Ask Paul Ryan who is Ayn Rand & why does he think she's so wonderful.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Howard

      Ask Barack Obama, who are Mao Tse Dong, and Hugo Chavez, and why does he think they are so wonderful.

      August 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Pete

      Howard,you're delushional again in your thinking,has he ever mentioned Chairman Mao or Hugo,of course not,but Ryan did say in the past that Ann Rand a confirmed socialist and communist was his mentor .Also why don't you ask Ryan and his buddy Scott Walker why they're trying to screw the people of Wisconsin out of power by selling their plants that produce power to their corporate masters,ya know the Koch brothers..Seems whatever the Koches want these lap dogs do and don't talk about the president and his campaign contributors either,seems to me these two hypocrites on the right will owe everyone on Wall Street and beyond before they're over campaigning ,there's no denying it!!!Truth hurts doesn't it when most of your own party dispises your candidates,but you voted for them,now ya got em,just two out of a bunch of this years losers,another McCain and Palin!!!

      August 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
      • Howard

        Obama's failed policies speak volumes ... not to mention his supporters hanging Mao ornaments on their Christmas Trees.

        HOPE AND CHANGE = Replacing Obama with Romney & Ryan ... followed by replacing the far left, biased, partisan main stream media with fair, balanced and objective journalists !!!

        August 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
      • Independent Voter

        I totally agree with you Pete...Paul Ryan is extremist candidate for VP....

        August 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • jcjet2

        pete-Ann Rand has said something that I believe fits the Obama administrations failures to a tee,

        When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who -produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but -protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and -honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed."
        Hit the road Barrack and pals.

        August 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • demwit

      fairness, affordable and tax credit
      ie..,. more lies

      August 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Howard

      A self-important college freshman walking along the beach took it upon himself to explain to a middle aged white man why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation. "You grew up in a different world, actually an almost primitive one" the student said loud enough for others to hear. "The young people of today grew up with computers, cell phones, the internet .. and much more. After a brief silence, the middle aged white man responded as follows.
      'You're right son. We didn't have those things when we were young ... so we invented them. Now, you arrogant little sh*t what are you doing for the next generation?

      August 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        Howard, that was the best thing you've ever put up.

        August 14, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Steveo

      Ask President Obama who is Saul Alinski & why does he think he's so wonderful.

      August 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        Desperate, grabbing for straws much??

        August 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia,

        Not grabbing straws! Just statiing the truth! Alinsky influenced Obama! Simple truth! Look it up!

        August 14, 2012 at 10:08 am |
      • Cynthia L

        And the KOCH BROTHERS influence Mitt and the Republicans. The KOCH BROTHERS have had secret fund raisers that a member of the Supreme Court and his wife attended. THAT BOTHERS ME. Does that bother you? The KOCH BROTHERS have Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his buddies in their back pockets, trying to take over major power plants for pennies on the dollar. THAT BOTHERS ME. Does that bother you? The KOCH BROTHERS have streamed money into every states elections backing Republicans and uses it's SuperPacs with the blessing of the SUPREME COURT to hide their sticky fingers on every campaign they flood with money. THAT BOTHERS ME. Does it bother you? LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE TRYING TO BUY OUR DEMOCRACY. THAT BOTHERS ME but, because you seem to think this is just a game, I don't really think it bothers you.
        You don't seem to find anything on your own and just shoot yourself out of a cannon after somebody else lights the fuse. And, I can tell you don't know anything about Saul Alinsky who I think is not a particuliar big donor this year BUT I have yet to hear of him schmoozing members of our Supreme Court.

        August 14, 2012 at 10:29 am |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia,

        Right wing corruption is just as damaging to this country as left wing corruption! No you don't hear Alinski trying to influence any court, just like you don't hear of Rand doing the same, yet she was brought up as well, right?

        You keep mentioning the Koch Brothers! Tell me about the influence George Soros and his money is buying! Think about that! Know more about Alinski than you think I do!

        This is NOT a game, this is about the future of my country! You think Obama is the answer! I don't. Romney may not be the answer either! Simple as that!

        August 14, 2012 at 10:43 am |
      • Cynthia L

        Ayn RAND COLLECTED SOCIAL SECURITY in her later years, guess that was okay with you. You also will be old enough to be able to collect Social Security before the Republican waiver system kicks in. But, you said on another comment section to someone else "Anyone 55 and up has it the same, it's the younger people that will be affected. So, no worries." What are they preaching in your church? Not the Golden Rule, apparently.

        August 14, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  2. Robert Jay

    GREAT! No time to waste in pointing out that Ryan is a MAJOR part of the problem and will never be part of an equitable solution. IsRyan part of the group who signed a pldeg to get THEIR way before the countries needs – I would suspect he is and for him to talk about helping the middle class and seniors is blasphemy. How can you help the middle class by stopping Medicare and Education yet continue to preach help for the rich via tax reductions – Where are the jobs that supposedly the rich create if unemployment is such an issue – I'd bet he can't begin to answer that – same with his support in stopping the stimulus along with the otherRepublican morons.

    August 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Ryan may play moderate, but we know he would lie, he lost his republican bid to run for the repuke nomination due to his radical anti-people bid. He is basically an extremist; I think romney is trying to look more moderate compared to ryan. But the truth is that both candidates are very extremist and ruthless.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • Steveo

        You really want to talk about lies? I don't think you do!

        August 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  3. Roger

    Re-elect Obama and turn the House in 2012.

    August 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • John

      That would be the most wonderful happening. Bachman first and then just continue. Maby we could move the tea party to one state and close thwe borders.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Defintely :) Hurray for President Obama: ra r a ra, viva our greatest President ever :) si si si, oui oui oui, yess! Make sure to go out and VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, DO NOT TAKE VICTORY FOR GRANTED. ROMNEY AND RYAN GOT TOO MANY DIRTY TRICKS UNDER THEIR SLEEVES.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Put the bottle down. Greatest president ever? You ARE one stoned, drunk, kool-aid drinking sheep, aren't you?

        August 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Howard

      Yeah ... that's what America needs, a nit wit like Nancy Pelosi in the House for another term ... NOT !!!

      August 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • Erin

        Paul Ryan will almost certainly be there to balance her out, though.

        August 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • Pete

        Do you think that half baked Boehner is bettter,get out the towels Howard after November he'll be cryin because he won't have the seat no more!!And to the other nitwit KOOL AID,speaking of presidencial material,from Hoover till your Bushs,all republican presidents have been losers and you illiterate,ignorent republicans probibly don't know better because you keep voting for more of the same,don't ya !!

        August 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  4. Kent

    The govt. will purchase beef and fish? What a joke and an attempt to buy the farm vote. Most of the beef has been sold off due to either no feed or too high priced feed due to the drought. How many fish farmers do you know in the midwest? I can count on one hand. The last I heard, there isn't a drought in the ocean! I see Jimmy Carter all over again. Do be fooled rural America! Vote for the responsible team.

    August 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      Catfish farms are everywhere. Talapia, another fresh water fish, are grown on fish farms. These fish are big across America. Farmers and ranchers are competing for buyers in a rush to get cattle to market faster before their stock starts to lose valuable weight and the cost of the dwindling feed stocks from the drought drive prices to feed cattle sky high.
      This is an emergency, folks.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      RATHER, IT IS VERY COMPASSIONATE AND HIS DUTY TO SEND AID TO NEEDY SMALL FARMERS WHO GROW THE PRODUCTS WE AMERICANS BUY CHEAPER :) NOW THE BIG FARMER MAGNATES GOT NO EXCUSE TO RAISE GROCERY PRICES :))l) FK YOU :))))))).

      IS PREVENTING THE DISASTROUS DROUGHT EFFECTS, PARTISAN? NO, MANY OF THOSE SMALL FARMERS BELONG TO THE TEA PARTY, OR THE GOP. I DO NOT CARE HOW THEY VOTE OR WHAT PARTY THEY VOTE FOR, THEY ARE OUR FELLOW AMERICANS WHO MUST BE HELPED!

      August 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • ghostriter

      Another in the hate everything Obama does crowd. Part of the reason food prices have gone up (I know you guys love to blame everything on Obama) are due to the drought. Putting money into our heartland only makes sense to most people. To conservatives, it only make sense if republicans say it does.

      August 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      THE FLIP FLOP, RUTHLESS ROMNEY AND RYAN TEAM..THE RIGHT ONE? HA HA HA HA HA, IS DEPRIVING 45 MILLION AMERICANS FROM FREE HEALTH INSURANCE? MEDICARE, PLANNED PARENTHOOD (WHO HEAL WOMEN FROM CERVICAL CANCER AND MEN FROM CANCER TOO? THE rOMNEY RYAN REPUKE GANG THAT WOULD DEPRIVE OLD PEOPLE FROM RETIREMENT BENEFITS THEY PAID FOR ALL THEIR LIVES? AND TAKE AWAY STUDENT SCHOLARSHPS AND PELL GRANTS? ALSO CUT THE FDA, WHO PURIFIES OUR FOOD AND WATER? ALSO HUD THAT SELLS CHEAP HOUSING? AND OTHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS WE THE PEOPLE NEED?

      ROMNEY JUST SHOT HIMSELF IN THE FOOT.....ONCE MORE :)

      August 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        If Obama ever come to a quick stop you'll end up half way into his colon.

        August 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  5. joejoe

    Keep Obamma and watch everyone apply for welfare and no jobs to speak of. Tax the ritch and watch them move their business to other countrys. Our government is more than broke, something needs to change and it's so bad you must cut something. Medicare wont end you fools, quit listening to the dems. They are pathetic liars

    August 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • ghostriter

      I want them to move their companies overseas. Opens the market up here.

      August 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      NO, MEDICARE REPUKE VERSION WOULD BECOME A COVER-UP FALSE PROGRAM THAT KEPT UP THE APPEARANCES OF REALLY HELPING AMERICANS, IT WOULD TURN INTO A CRUEL REPUKE JOKE. :(

      August 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • girish

      Obama wants to give credit the buisnesses bring back jobs, but republicans won't agree. .Why bilionaires want to steal eletion ? Some of the flip flop, telling lies and do any thing to get vote .Mr. romneys tax returns are time bombs,so he will not release.He has done all kinds of tax evading practice,which morally wrong for presidential candidate

      August 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • pegrobinson

      And vote Romney/Ryan of the Radical Right and you'll have even fewer jobs, no welfare or unemployment, no health coverage, no farm aid–and the plutocrats will be raking in every penny people spend of their dwindling savings. And upping the offense by paying little or no taxes for their profits.

      No, thanks. The Koch brothers and Mitt are rich enough already, thanks.

      The liberals gave us the Great American Century. It was their programs, their regulations, and their Veterans' benefits, their educational scholarships, their work programs, and the wealth of infrastructure they put in place that gave us the wealthiest nation under God for three generations. It's the attacks on all of those that have dumped us on our butts... The right has given us wars we didn't need, a military industrial complex rife with pork barrel projects, crooked contractors, and mercenary war criminals, invasive Morality Police, the second Prohibition (aka the Drug War), prison-based commerce, and the destruction of the middle-class. The past decade has been like an amplified version of that: Bush era finances and foreign affairs got us where we are today, and Romney and Ryan only want to push it further.

      The Republican Right has screwed this country over. I see no reason to help them keep on doing it.

      August 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  6. JWR

    How did he get to be the vice-presidential nominee by obstructing? Pass the bills: Farm Bill and Jobs Act!

    August 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Steveo

      PASS A BUDGET!

      August 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        You are yelling at Congress, right? That is their responsibility and they are gone until early September. Lights out – Congressman Ryan out campaigning.

        August 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L,

        He could not get one even get one Dem vote for his "Budget". That says nothing about that "budget", huh? btw not just the budget for THIS year!

        August 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • Congress

        What's a bud...budge... a budggit, budget? And why do we need one, anyway?

        August 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L.,

        You are actually correct so i 'll re write my blog.

        SUBMIT A PASSIBLE, COMMON SENSE BUDGET!

        How's that?

        August 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • Steveo

        Dear Congress, In order for you to pass one, the White House is SUPPOSED to present a half decent one that EVEN HIS OWN PARTYcould stomach

        August 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      THE V;ERY EMOTIONALLY SICK RYAN WAS PICKED BY ANOTHER LUNATIC, ROMNEY.

      August 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • jp

      Obama’s farm bill — conveniently named the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act — funnels taxpayer dollars toward people and pet programs Democrats favor, many of which have nothing to do with farming. The bill is bloated with new spending. Its CBO-estimated $969 billion price tag represents an astounding 40% spending hike since the 2008 farm bill. To add injury to insult, more than $750 billion of this spending is slated to grow the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — a.k.a., food stamps. And unlike Barack Obama, Paul Ryan understands that money doesn’t grow on trees.

      August 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  7. RASHAD

    WE PEOPLE NEED TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK ABOUT MEDICARE . WHAT OBAMA DID FOR THIS COUNTRY NOTHING ALL HE TALK ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN .

    August 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      REALLY? HOW COME UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA I GOT FINE FREE TREATMENT WHEN I HURT MY FEET? INSTEAD, UNDER BUSH JR. I HAD TO PAY FOR SHODDY TREATMENT, MEDICINES BY A TERRIBLE DOCTOR WHO DID NOT EVEN WEIGH ME AFTER HE GOT OLD.

      August 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • Steveo

        Bush's fault you got a bad doctor? Bush's fault you had a bad waiter? Wake up!

        August 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • grif99999

        Tschrny. You didnt get free treatment. Someone had to pay for that.

        August 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  8. SCOTT

    More lies and decite from Obama, the man spews out constant lies, distortions and hate out of his filthy mouth. He does not care about the Middle Class, if you notice he does not talk about the ecomony, all he does is run people down. I do not know about you but that is not the kind of person I want running this country. Romney and Ryan offer fresh hope, sound economic plan, for a better America vote Romney/Ryan

    August 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      IT SEEMS YOU ARE ALREADY SALIVATING THINKING ABOUT THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A ROMNEY ryan regime would give you in tax cuts and loopholes.

      NO WAY, YOU ALREADY HAD DECADES: NIXON, REAGAN, BUSH SR, BUSH JR. REGIMES. THEY REALLY MESSED-UP, SO MOVE ASIDE :)

      August 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Better go back to the padded cell, the men in white coats will be coming for you soon.

        August 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Pete

      Scott,too bad you don't attach a lie meter on your Mormon leper Romney,it'd burn out in a day from being overworked.Coming off a navy ship to announce his vp ,a draftdodger,makes ya want to vomit..How much did he donate to get to use the USS Wisconsin,its now tarnished for the rest of its days..Let's see Romney and his Ann Rand diciple Ryan when its debates time,can't lie,the teleprompter can't do it for ya can it!!

      August 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    Tell that to Harry Reid. The Senate has not taken up the Budget since Whats-his-name was elected. But as for the Farm Bill, you know what they say in Checkllavolka don't you. Tough Chitsky! Tell Reid to take up the Budget!!

    August 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      Geesh, talk to Congress about passing a budget. Where are they? They are aren't in Washington – out again on another extended break. Pick up a book about the workings of the government, Congress holds the purse-strings.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia l,

        Come on now! This was supposed to happen BY LAW in April! This is now August!

        August 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        And,....wait for it,....Congress took a month vacation!!!! Guess they weren't too worried that the rest of us ARE WAITING! Don't add to the crap piling up on your side – it makes you look disingenuous.

        August 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
      • Steveo

        Again, my friend, BY LAW the budget is due in APRIL!

        August 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Steveo

        By Congress, I am assuming you're including the Dems too?

        August 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      YOU ARE LYING, MRS. I GOT PROOF HOW YOU REPUKES VOTED DOWN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET PROPOSALS, OVER AND OVER AGAIN. WHY DO YOU LIE SO MUCH?

      August 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        He didn't even get one Dem vote, zero support. You're nuttier than a fruitcake.

        August 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • Steveo

        Not quite a news flash but HIS OWN party voted down his "budget". In the Senate the vote was 97-0 AGAINST., NOT ONE VOTE for his massive $3.7 TRILLION "budget"! NOT ONE! How does a $3.7 TRILLION dollar "budget" halve the deficit?

        August 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        Gee, Steveo, guess why. If you said to someone that you would sign something only if it would cut off the legs and one arm of the American people, the rest of us would tell you to go to hell, too.

        August 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L,

        Are you bad mouthing the "budget"?

        August 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        Republicans put forward 85 FILIBUSTERS AGAINST PASSING A BUDGET – THE MOST EVER USED in our history and still go on a months vacation. I have a problem with that and so do the majority of the American people.

        August 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Pete

      Ray,why take up a bill or for that matter a budget when its public fact as you well know the party of "NO". would vote against it.They also set a record for fillibusters ,hope you're proud,all you so called patriots,BS to all you moron republicans...You'll all go down with Romney in November ,so will congress and you know it,bye bye!!

      August 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  10. rudyG

    Wow!! Reading what is in this blog makes it seem like the economy is booming and unemployment is nonexistent.
    I'm an independent who voted for Obama. But his time is up.
    I have doubts about Romney; BUT, I have none about Obama!!

    August 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Cool!

      Me too. I voted for Obama over Hillary and wish I could take my vote back.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      A FAKE "INDEPENDENT REPUKE" WHO NOW IS TOTALLY ENDOCTRINATED BY THE GOP.

      LOOK , IF TRAITORS LIKE YOU HAD NOT OBSTRUCTED THE OBAMA RECOVERY, MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS WOULD BE EMPLOYED BY NOW; AND OUR ECONOMY IN FULL RECOVERY. I DO NOT THINK YOU EVER VOTED FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, NOR WERE A TRUE INDEPENDENT.

      August 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  11. Jharris

    Well Ryan welcome to the big leagues.Here you can run but not hide.

    August 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Right, ryan is a nobody, obscure congressman whose main "gift" is to hurt us Americans who are disabled, needy or old :(

      Ryan would condecorate high repuke veterans, while he plans to cut the defense budget and ordinary veterans :( (source, ABC, Ronald Jordan.

      August 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
      • Steveo

        You too are getting fed by ads and have no clue!

        August 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  12. California Gary

    This selection plays right into Obama's hands. He was already basically running against the House Republicans......this makes it easier and more effective for him to continue on that strategy.

    August 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Steveo

      You're right. He is running against the GOP House! Most likely because he cannot run ON his record! What ever happen to I'M A ONE TERMER, IF I DON"T FIX THE ECONOMY"? Just a empty promise? Just words, just speeches?
      Sure sounds like it! Says a whole lot when he could not get ONE Dem vote on his "budget". NOT ONE!

      August 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        Congress, Congress, Congress,Congress, Congress, Congress, Congress, Congress. Congress, Congress, Congress, Congr.......got the message? They are making sure stuff isn't working. That's why America hates the Congress--newest public opinion poll of the Republican lead Congress is 10%. Beats me why Mitt picked a CONGRESSMAN alot of people can't stand.
        Paul Ryan VOTED AGAINST the jobs bill , VOTED AGAINST Tax credits for small businesses that helps employment, VOTED AGAINST funding for Infastructure another job creating measure, BUT VOTED FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH. He also VOTED FOR continued TAX SUBSIDES for the RICHEST COMPANIES IN THE WORLD – the OIL COMPANIES.
        Not many people are fond of Paul Ryan only the far-right. But, if you really want to know more about this guy, it's easily found out through solid news sources, and economic departments around the county. That is – if you really want to know.

        August 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L.,

        Yes CONGRESS but the WH is supposed to provide LEADERSHIP! We were told the deficit was going to be halved but then he submits a 3.7 TRILLION dollar "budget". We were told if the economy did not turn around, he would be a 1-termer! That is what we were told! We are getting something totally different!

        August 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • ghostriter

        Record number of filibusters ring a bell?

        August 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • Pete

        Steveo,the president also thought too he was getting a senate and congress that worked together ,he was fooled by that racist Mitch McConnell and his public speech saying the president would be a one termer,that's the creation of the party of "NO" nitwits..It'll change in November when a bunch of republicans become unemployed,ya know I'm right,with a 10% approval rating and a catastrophic two years what do these hypocrites want!!What can your party stand on ,more of the same"NO" ,so to all republicans in congress,we say no to another term for you,go get in the unemployement line,ya deserve it idiots!!

        August 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
      • Steveo

        Pete, at the same time, all the flowery the speeches in 2007/2008 doesn'tquite match the reality either, now does it?

        August 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia,

        Congress, Congress, Congress! I maybe be wrong but didn't Obama hava a desk in the Upper House of the Congress, Congress, Congress for TWO YEARS? Did he not understand how the system worked? Yet he made promises and did not keep them! Blame the Congress, Congress, Congress (and yes they deserve blame) but Obama for TWO YEARS was apart of that same Congress, Congress, Congress!

        August 14, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • Steveo

        ghostriter

        Record number of filibusters ring a bell?
        -----------
        We were told He was going to FUNDAMENTALLY change this county. We are Center-Right and NOT LEFT. So Record Number of fillibusters equal a record number of bad legistlation designed to pull us left!

        August 14, 2012 at 8:52 am |
      • Cynthia L

        Most of us are resisting the pull to your small little corner of the world occuppied by small little minds, with little morals and no real courage. Alllelujah and Amen to that. Go sing your out of tune gospel music somewhere else.

        August 14, 2012 at 10:45 am |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia,

        Please then point out the falsehoods in what I stated. Can you? I am not asking whether you agree with me or not! Just tell me where I lied!

        August 14, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      I agree :) still make sure to go out and vote on election day. Romney has done all he can to reduce and forbid the democrats to vote, a basis violation of civil rights, what romney is doing. He should go to prison, ryan too. :)

      August 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  13. HunterPSU

    That darn Ryan he is going to take away my gov check. How m.i. supposed to live without my gov check. That is b.o. strategy..welcome to the entitlement society.

    August 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      I am sorry, sir :( Yes, romney and ryan are ruthless and criminal :( Their ambition for power and money is boundless :(

      Write to you congress leader, or call them to vote for President's Obama tax deduction for the middle working classes. Also the Iowa small farmers aid package. And go vote for Obama :) Thank you.

      August 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        I think I'll write to the asylum you escaped from instead.

        August 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  14. Come on.

    Biden? Anyone remeber that idiot?

    August 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  15. Ann

    sonny chapman
    Ask Paul Ryan who is Ayn Rand & why does he think she's so wonderful.

    ************
    Do you prefer Marx and Bill Ayers?

    August 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      the question is about Ayn Ryan, turkey extremist.

      August 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  16. SIMP

    @SCOTT " more lies and deciet from Pres Obama"

    You are a joke. It appers you have the nerve to call the president a liar, it appears all that's coming out of your big mouth is filty lies. You are just a hater and romeny and ryan are the most decietful in this campaign, get a grip stupid!!

    August 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      The radical repukes are out of ideas and polite questions, so they turn to insult dissenters who challenge their limited beliefs.

      August 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  17. Alger Dave

    It's honest of Obama to frame Ryan as the intellectual and philosophical opponent of himself. Ryan has tried to get measures approved that would lower the amount of money the country needs to borrower (currently 1 out of every 3 dollars we spend). Obama hand tried to tinker around the corners, so that he could say he's fiscally responsible, but not even come close to fixing the problem. Ryan is trying to restructure Social Security in order to save it from a $134 TRILLION dollar hole in about 75 years – Obama isn't too worried. Maybe he figures most folks he knows will be dead by then. Ryan is trying to save Medicare and Medicaid from multi-TRILLION dollar holes if they aren't completely revamped. Obama not so much. You see, it's bad politics to cut the amount of money going to voters pockets, so Obama doesn't want to do that. While it may be bad politics, it's sensible fiscal policy. I guess it's time for bravery and not politics as usual. Ryan isn't going to take anyone's government check away, he's just going to make it smaller so that we don't have to borrow it from the Chinese. While that might hurt all of us over time, it's the right thing, and the necessary thing to do.

    August 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      First, you are not inside the President Obama's head. You need to say: "I think,or opine"until you do that you are attributing what you assume is true. Second, ryan's focus on saving money, at painful budget cutting and hurt of millions of Americans (by taking away medicare, medicaid and other needed programs like the FDA and HUD and ssa, indicates ryan is as ruthless as romney.

      Why not ROMNEY AND RYAN pay their due taxes,? that would help pay the deficit. I read the conservative parties own 48 trillion dollars. That amount would pay for the debt AND SSA, THE TRILLIONARES TAXES TOO.

      WHY IS RYAN AFTER SOCIAL SECURITY? Bush jr. was equally obssed with the welfare program. Is this why bush "borrowed" 50 million dollars from ssa, while he "revamped" it?

      Is that why my 128 ssa check WAS CUT DOWN TO 22 DOLLARS A MONTH? AND I GOT A 2,700 DOLLARS BILL?

      TO HELL WITH RYANS' DESTRUCTIVE "RESTRUCTIORING" SSA.

      PLUS I READ IN ABC NEWS, THAT THE RYAN BUDGET DID NOT SOLVE THE FINANCIAL CRISES.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA IS EFFICIENTLY AND COMPASSIONATELY PRESERVING OUR WELFARE SYSTEM THAT IS NOW HELPING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. I AM SURE HE WILL PROPOSE A LONG TERM SOLUTION TO MAKE SSA RECOVER AND STREAM-LINE IT. :)

      THE CHINESE LOANS? WELL, YOUR BUSH, JR. TRAVELED THERE TO BORROW LOTS OF MONEY. RYAN AND ROMNEY DO HAVE THE THICK SKIN TO LIE AND FLIP-FLOP. :)

      August 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • Steveo

        Have you heard ANYTHING from the IRS about Romney and Ryan not paying what they owe? No you have not! THAT would be splashed all over the news, TV, and web! You have no clue as how seniors will not loss medicare or medicaid do you? Put the pom poms down for a while, read up and stop being a parrot!

        August 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • Pete

        Steveo,you will if the president wants them too,IRS is salivating for the chance to go after Romneys off shore accounts,you know its true but the president wants to wait till its closer to election time.That way there's no escape from a catastrophic audit that might cripple him financially as well as politically..The president has that power stupid and he'll use it if he has too,its his trump card so to speak!!And the MSM won't say anything about Romneys tax problems till they know it,from a supposid leak,isn't that nice!!Presidents can be very destructive,so don't put it past the president if the gloves come off,Romney,Ryan are in the big leagues now!!!

        August 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • Steveo

        Sorry Pete, I don't know that is true! What is true is if the IRS goes fishing, many Dems are gonna get caught too! Could that be why the IRS is not "going fishing"? Think about it and remove your blinders Pete!!

        August 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        I suppose if you ever really read the news or listen to the news and NOT talk radio, you would know that the IRS DID SNAG ROMNEY WITH MARRIOTT during his stint as Head Chairman of the Board's Audit Committee when they were FOUND GUILTY of a $70,000 MILION DOLLAR FRAUDULENT CLAIM. THE IRS BROUGHT SUIT against them, WON, and FINED THE COMPANY for 100s of MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. This is a fact not fiction.
        It's one of the reasons Mitt doesn't want us to see his tax-returns.

        August 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia,

        I don't listen to talk radio! I don't listen to Limbaugh! I don't! I appreciate the info but I will research the IRS claim myself.

        August 14, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  18. true blue

    Don't worry the poor white folks in the south all 20 million plus will vote for these two idiots and it will take the Blue states to carry the burden for the rest of the country. I have decided last election i will vote to better man and the unfortunate, but it kills me doing every election these people just don't get it. They are rich they don't want you at their schools, their homes, and their surrounding. they want you poor white trash to do their bidding as long as your fighting for them it keeps you from thinking. So vote retard this year and wait . USA the next 3rd world country.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  19. TR in ATL

    What's really happening in our nation's capital? check out the trailer for Runaway Slave movie.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  20. jp

    The legislation includes direct handouts and loan guarantees for advanced biofuels and bio-refineries, renewable chemicals, and bio-based product manufacturers. It also reauthorizes the Rural Energy for America Program, which “provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. It also provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.” In other words, more wasteful green subsidies.

    Also included in the bill are the Biomass Research and Development Initiative and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP is a handout to farmers and ranchers who produce biomass for heat, power, bio-based products, or biofuels.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  21. jp

    Good economic ideas overcome the chicken-and-egg program all the time without government assistance. It doesn’t matter how many cell phones you have if there’s no place to obtain a signal. But producers built cell phone towers and sold cell phones without a massive subsidy from Washington. The same can happen with biofuels if it’s an economically viable idea.

    All of these handouts are wasteful and unnecessary. We have a robust, diverse energy market that can supply consumers with affordable and reliable energy without the taxpayers’ help. The subsidies are also a product of trying to bail out another disastrous policy: the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates production of 36 billion gallons of biofuels (21 billion gallons of that being non-cornstarch) by 2022.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      YOUR POST IS CONTRADICTORY. WHY DO YOU DISLIKE BIO-FLUIDS (NATURAL GAS) THAT WOULD PRODUCE LESS POLLUTION, SO LESS PEOPLE WOULD SICKEN AND DIE BECAUSE OF POLLUTION-RELATED SICKNESSES?

      PLUS DEEP DROUGHTS ARE CREATED BY NATURE, NOT BY OFFICIAL HUMANS. IF YOU GOT A SOLUTION FOR SUCH NATURAL CATASTROPHES, SPEAK UP, SIR.

      CELL PHONES MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO COMMUNICATE ANYWHERE , NOT ONLY FROM ONE'S HOME. :) SO WHAT'S YOUR BEEF AGAINST CELL PHONES? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO ATTACK NEXT, TELEVISION?

      TV ALLOWS WE THE PEOPLE TO LEARN NEWS AND MONITOR OUR POLITICIANS. RADIOS ARE HARD TO HEAR FOR AMERICANS WITH HEARING DISABILITIES OR HARD OF HEARING.

      Oh? are veterans' checks "wasteful and unnecessary" as you claim? I tell you what is wasteful: enormous mansions that only a couple lives in, and some servants, perhaps. Plus huge swimming pools only the owners use. Huge polo playing fields too. Plus private jets, only the owner flies in. Or the 4 cars romney owns.

      August 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
      • jp

        it's not my problem you can not understand MY SIMPLE POST...but since you are not too bright....here it goes.....

        obama's FARM BILL...is loaded with government pay-off for green energy..i.e. Biofuels and bio-refineries, renewable chemicals, and bio-based product manufacturers....(from TAX PAYER MONEY)

        the point of MY post is simple....

        1) We have a robust, diverse energy market that can supply consumers with affordable and reliable energy without the taxpayers’ help

        2) if these sources of NEW energy can produce and compete with existing sources of energy...they should do it without GOVERNMENT HELP

        3) if The President wants to provide more TAXPAYER money to 'GREEN' energy why does Obama HIDE it in a FARM BILL

        August 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  22. California

    I'll take Ryan over Biden the Buffoon anyday.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  23. Out Of Touch with reality

    Stark Choice, Are You Better Off Now than You Were Four Years Ago, Simple Answer NO! obama and biden are both hell bent on destroying America so you make the choice, The Death Of The American Dream or a Better Way Of Life Without the Socialist obama.

    I farmed for years in Iowa, so think about it farmers, do you want a life or do you want a dictator, if you want a dictator, you got obama, if you want a life, you got Romney/Ryan

    August 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  24. billindallas

    Wow, I had no idea the USDA had any money left that wasn't being doled out for Food Stamps. I feel better about the country already.....

    I'm still not voting for Obama, I just feel better.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  25. Steveo

    I have several questions! Why has NO ONE from the left mentioned the Ryan Budget was sponsered by a left coast Senator from Oregon! Why? Why has no one from the left mentioned the Ryan budget got 40 votes in the Senate and the Obama budget got ZERO!! Why has no one from the left mentioned the fact Ryan has a budget and the President does not! Why has NO ONE from the left mention Obama is removing $716 TRILLION from medicare/medicaid and Ryan's budget does not? Why? Why the silence?

    August 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      Gee, Steveo, you threw out a number that is 715.3 Trillion $$ WRONG. Was that on purpose? try putting verifible facts with your proclaimations.

      FMR. LABOR SEC. Robert Reich reporting from CNBC today..
      Obama's cuts to Medicare are through the CUTS TO DRUG COMPANIES and CUTS to the DOCTOR and HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION EXPENSES that deal with over prescribed medicines, overtesting, and paper shuffling.
      Cuts in these unnescessary and expensive practices total $716 BILLION DOLLARS.

      August 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
      • Steveo

        My bad! Billion and NOT trillion!

        August 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  26. American People

    Notice how many "Red States" are asking for a government handout. Hey Mitt!! We want to see your tax returns for the last 20 years to see your tax rate. We also want to know how many jobs you off-shored and how much money you have in off-shore accounts evading taxes. Put up or shut up Mitt!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  27. Benjamin Zhao

    How dare Obama targeting Ryan without consent from Joe Biden. Now we understand the superficial truth on the US politics stage. Hopefully we'll be able to understand the real truth one day. From the 2012-2014 Official State Travel Guide book of Delaware, it reads "Joe Biden is just one notable figure – have played major roles in shaping the nation". Alright, let's wait an see more truth. Being famous is relatively easy. Being famous and being respected is hard.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  28. Joe

    Look out Obama – the intelligent people are coming to kick you out. Look at the bright side, David Axelrod – you will now have time for a personal trainer – and man do you need it. And Jay Carney – you will now have time to get your GED. See ya later guys. Dust off your resumes. There are now intelligent people, with real ideas and real plans to fix the unbelievable damage you have done to OUR country, coming as true patriots to SAVE OUR COUNTRY.

    August 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  29. JOE

    dems are scared. It's way funny to see em getting angry and hostile. Hahahahahaahaha

    August 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      Romney had to go to Florida without Ryan after SIX different Conservative Florida newspapers including the major Miami, and Orlando biggies came out with HEADLINES BASHING RYAN OVER CUTS TO MEDICAID – MEDICARE – AND SOCIAL SECURITY.
      Women in this country already know that PAUL RYAN WANTS TO BAN BIRTH-CONTROL!!

      Guess what?? We think they sank the campaign.

      August 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Steveo

      @ Cynthia,

      I wonder why they have not taken Obama to task for his $712 Billion Medicare cuts. Yeah I know you said something about Robert Reich explaining away these cuts. The point is again, Obama is getting a pass!

      August 14, 2012 at 8:19 am |
      • Cynthia L

        The point is, Obama promised to REFORM the system and doing so by going after WASTE. You have a problem with EXPERTS finding out where the waste was and how it can be reduced? Or, do you like overspending so Drug Companies can stay rich?
        You Republicans like to read your little kiddie trickle-down story book, "How Republicans Govern" waiting for the unicorns and rainbows to show up on the last page while the rest of us have gone on to college.

        August 14, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  30. Mike in VA

    The House passed the Farm Bill 2 seeks ago. waiting on the democrat controlled senate now. where has obama been?

    August 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  31. zaggs

    Dear Mr. President. Try to include an occasional FACT. The house passed a short term farm bill 2 weeks ago. It was the democrat controlled senate that refused to take up the House bill.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      Yeah,...it was a BANDAID compared to what the Democrats had. Then, they left town on vacation and the President took action with an emergency measure. Back-fired on your guys. See ya at the polls.

      August 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
      • Steveo

        Sorry but the Dem controlled Senate has not moved on the House version and the President misrepresented the facts! AGAIN. Of ccourse the left thinks it is a bandaid! All the while the Senate and especially the left has refused to negotiate! The fact is Ryan voted 2 weeks ago, the House passed it 2 weeks ago, and Reid sat on it for 2 weeks. Those are the facts as compared to Ryan standing in the way (NOT FACT and NOT CLOSE). Why is a FARM BILL chock ful of funding for more FOOD STAMPS? Seperate that out!

        Hilarious the lies being told

        Schultz claimed she did not know which party the producers of the lying Soptic ad aligned themselves with!

        Obama claims Ryan is going to destroy Medicare/Medicaid while he is pulling $712 Billion from the program himself!

        Obama claims Ryan is holding up the Farm Bill when in fact he voted on the house version TWO WEEKS AGO!

        WOW! Silly season? No Doubt!

        August 14, 2012 at 8:35 am |
      • Cynthia L

        Steveo, you are proving you are a dishonest broker of misinformation. You do not list credible sources for your incredible rantings.
        Food Stamps are apart of the Dept. of Agriculture program. It helps people eat who are hungry and the biggest users are children and the elderly. The program provides farmers funding so the price of food for the program is affordable but the price of food in general for all of us is affordable. If you were to go to a foreign country you would see how much more they pay vs. how much we pay. Food is not taxed for the consumer because food is necessary for life.
        We are the richest nation on the planet and if you have a problem with feeding our own people, I personally think you should stop going to church because it's obvious you aren't paying attention to the teachings of Jesus regarding the poor.

        August 14, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • Steveo

        Again, we are talking about EMERGENCY help for farmers! Food stamps is an ONGOING program and has NOTHING To do with drought relief!

        Please read before you rant about me going to church! I NEVER said stop the FOOD STAMP program. We are talking about EMERGENCY relief for farmers!

        August 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
      • Steveo

        DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz confused viewers over the weekend after saying she had “no idea” about the political affiliation of a pro-Obama super PAC started by two former Obama aides.

        (Related: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Says She Doesn’t Know the Political Affiliation of Pro-Obama Super PAC)

        Responding to the “Mitt Romney killed my wife” ad on Fox News Sunday, Schultz remarked: “First of all, that’s a Priorities USA ad. It is not a Democratic ad. It’s a Priorities USA super PAC…I have no idea the political affiliation of folks who are associated with that super PAC. … that is not affiliated with our campaign or with the party.”

        http://www.theblaze.com/stories/debbie-wasserman-schultz-changes-tune-on-pro-obama-super-pac-of-course-i-know-it%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%98democratic-affiliated/

        August 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  32. lacy smith

    I guess President Obama didn't do his homework before speaking today. The farm aid bill passed the house last week, it is the democratic controlled senate that is holding it back. I guess CNN should do some research too, before printing these falsehoods. No wonder we don't believe wait or government is telling us.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  33. rodtanner

    The overarching question is whether Obama is capable of explaining the flaws in the Ryan/Romney economic plan to the American middle class. I have yet to hear him clearly explain any accomplishment, idea, plan, theory, or concept since he's been in office, and the 'Merican middle ain't xactly rocket scientists.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  34. jcjet2

    pete-Ann Rand has said something that I believe fits the Obama administrations failures to a tee,

    When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who -produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don\'t protect you against them, but -protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and -honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.\"
    Hit the road Barrack and pals.

    August 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  35. jcjet2

    Does moderation mean My comment wont be posted???

    August 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm |