Hundreds of Supporters Greet Paul Ryan in Oldsmar

The Vice-Presidential nominee attacked President Obama's economic policy during the rally.

Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took the stage around noon on Saturday to a roaring applause with the backdrop of a tranquil Tampa Bay behind him.

The rally in Oldsmar’s R. E. Olds Park was among the campaign's recent push in the battleground state of Florida. Ann Romney appeared in Largo last week. President Barack Obama will be in the Tampa area next week.

Ryan came out strong, wasting no time highlighting what he called President Barack Obama’s failed economic plan. “We don’t need sugar high economics, we need economic growth,” Ryan said to the crowd.

He told the crowd the election would chose what kind of country they would have and what kind of people they would become. “And the question is 'do we want four more year of the same?'" Ryan said.

“Do we want to go down the path of debt and decline or do we want to snap out of it and get this country back on track by electing Mitt Romney the next President of the United States?” he added.

Ryan’s comments were preceded by a "Who’s Who" of the Florida Republican Party, including Congressman Bill Young, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

The speakers emphasized the importance of Tampa Bay’s voice in the election. Early voting begins in 17 days.

"We’re going to win Florida because of all you right here today," Bondi told the roaring crowd calling Ryan "a man of great integrity and intelligence."

"Not only does he understand the jobs and economy..." Bondi said. "But he understands our budget."

The budget is what brought out spectators like Kevin Hanson, a married father of three with one on the way.

Hanson, a Westchase resident, said he has been following Ryan for a year on Facebook.

"I understand what the budget is all about and how our entitlement spending has skyrocketed, we need to reign that in,” said Hanson, a federal government employee.

“I’m not saying entitlements are bad some are needed but spend that money wisely, manage it wisely so we can afford a better America,” he said.

Ryan spent much of his time on stage speaking close to the heart of retirees highlighting what he considered flaws in Obamacare.

“You plan your retirement based on your income,” Ryan said. “You have a budget and it’s based on dollars and when they undermine the value of our dollar it wipes out our standard of living.”

"Medicare should not be used as a piggy bank for Obamacare," said Ryan, whose mother Betty was in attendance. "People like my mom organized their retirement based on their income.”

Rally-goer Diane Gale, 59, echoed Ryan's sentiments.

"I think they (Romney/Ryan) have my well being at heart as a disabled person," said Gale, a Palm Harbor resident. "Obama care is just disastrous."

Kurt Irmischer, 72, of Clearwater agreed.

"I believe that this is the most important election in my lifetime," Irmischer said. "Obama's policies have failed us miserably... Internationally, his soft love policies are coming back to haunt us."

Ryan used his time on stage to assure the crowd his ticket had a plan for America touting Mitt Romey's business acumen and his understanding of the budget.

"Look what the man has done in business," he said about Romney. "(He's) created tens of thousands of jobs and started successful businesses we all know today."

Ryan said the duo have a plan for economy and job growth and would work to remedy the country's reliance on foreign oil.

"We've got energy in this country let’s use this energy in this country... coal, gas, renewable, all of the above," he said.

Both Ryan and Romney's families were highlighted during the rally. Large video screens played a montage of Romney and his wife Ann talking about their years together. Ryan approached the stage with his wife, Janna.

Dunedin resident Germaine Bolanos said it's those family values that drew her to the Republican party.

As a Latino she said the group's values align more with the Republican Party despite public opinion.

“I don’t think Latins are the minority (in the Republican party,) I think the Democrats are playing it that way,” said Bolanos, 33, who works in human resources.

“When you think about the Latin community’s values… working hard, family, religion, they align with Republicans,” said Bolanos who is married with two children. “Not this party where everything goes.”

Spectators like Vicki Angerame, 30 and Lindsey Johnson, 26, both teachers from Sarasota braved the heat and the lack of shade to put actions behind their words.

“As young women we feel it’s really important for us to be here,” said Angerame. “It’s about responsibility, being responsible for yourself and family values. "We try to always instill those values in our kids.”

Duty. Honor. Country. Service. Those were words Ryan used to describe his running mate before painting a narrative of America with words from the Declaration of Independence.

"Lets never forget America is an idea, it’s the only country founded on an idea," Ryan said. "Our rights are from nature and nature's God, not government."

"Floridians, we can do this," he added. "With your help, together we can do this."


Michael Lewis September 16, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Egypt isn't our Ally...or Enemy <-----Obama this past week said that... Romney/Ryan 2012
Michael Lewis September 16, 2012 at 03:57 PM
If I Had a Son He Would Look Just Like Trayvon<------Obama Deviding the Races Romney/Ryan 2012
Michael Lewis September 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Obama has devided American Like No other President in History We can Do Better than this guy... Romney/Ryan 2012
Michael Lewis September 16, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Occupy Wall Street.... Supported by the President and Liberals...... This Movement is Filled with Crime and Liberals Support them Romney/Ryan 2012
Michael Lewis September 16, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Obama spent 20 Years in Reverend Wrights Anti-America Church......And Liberals Ignored that... Romney/Ryan 2012
RD September 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
An awful lot of vitrole and name calling here. Reading all this hatred is why people like me can't make up their minds. All we hear is what's wrong with the other side but nothing about what each side is going to do themselves if elected. Am I supposed to vote based on the party doctrine? They both say a lot of nothing too. More importantly, the president really doesn't have a lot of power as we've seen over the past 4 years. It's the congress that will either make laws or let things go by the wayside. Eric Cantor said on Friday that Congress will be in recess until November 13th. How convenient. 2 months of vacation with all the bills sitting before them and people suffering. They're all a bunch of cowards and all need to go. It makes me think that maybe I should vote for Obama and give him a second chance.
George Gould September 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Ruth, what you see here is people engaged in self-delusion, i.e., the delusion that they have a say in the governance of this country and that their vote will make a difference. The way the process works is that we get to select the politicians (Obama vs Romney) and those who bankroll the politicians will select the policies that will be followed during the term of office. It all goes back to the prime political maxim: Money talks and bullshit walks.
Sarasota teacher who "braved the heat" September 16, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Unfortunately Lynda, we do have to teach courses in "Family Values" to our students, as our children in this country are not receiving such values in their own homes in many cases. Check your statistics of those coming from homes without "family values" involved in our legal system. Our job is to mold the whole child to be successful in their careers. Yes careers, not working at your local Starbucks. Without such life skills, we are setting their and our future up for failure. Furthermore, it wasn't difficult to find spectators from all backgrounds as every background (gender, race, financial background, etc) was represented over and over again by the THOUSANDS, not hundreds, of people that were there. Unless you were there to know the events of the day, and unless you become an educated part of our society yourself, keep comments in your disillusioned mind. Fact is fact and is freedom is not free. Thank GOD we have someone running for office who understands that this is the case, unlike your present day president. Pay attention to the world around you. It isn't flowers, rainbows, and never ending supplies of kool-aid!
Samuel Clemens September 16, 2012 at 07:56 PM
John Russell, any person would be better than the Republican NeoCON tool Gus.......even one with your thoughts regarding Health "care." His hypocrisy infuriates me...check out the legislation he's sponsored....backs all the invasion of foreign lands as he plays the part of the good guy when the troops return home. If you want to play the political game...these scumbags must go...home and eventually to prison. As FlaDeb said, there were 5,000 present....of course it was more than 100's, there's definitely 1000's of sheeple in our area. YOU ARE LIVING IN A FANTASYWORLD IF YOU BELIEVE ANY OF THESE FOLKS CARE FOR US. Wake up and start thinking for yourselves. It's alarming how they can deficate on the faces of the people as they claim they are providing hugs and people loooooooooooooove it. Lynda obviously cannot see what is occurring "over there" right now to claim Obama has done anything to make things better. How delusional are you? Bye Bye Romney obviously is unaware of the 0% tax paid by GEO.....which makes sense considering our Jobs CZAR! is GE CEO Jeffrey "Give my company waivers" Immelt. Yep, Obama makes those fat-cats pay there fair share. How delusional are you? Michael Lewis must download the talking points.......either that or he's a parrot. Are you a parrot Michael Lewis? How delusional are you to not see Romney isn't much different than Obama? Ruth has obviously never seen an Executive Order nor heard of Executive "Privilege"
Samuel Clemens September 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
And George, we all know you are a Commie! Either that.......or a sane person who must be wearing the glasses........are you really Rowdy Roddy Piper?
George Gould September 16, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Sam, if you ask some people on this site, I'm the commissar of the last deep-cover Soviet sleeper cell in the continental United States.
Lynda September 16, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Sarasota Teacher. I taught in 'disadvantaged" schools early in my career; I do understand your concern about the children you teach. You are lucky your school district allows you to teach any values, much less "Family values". Conservative (self-described) groups prevented my social studies classes from discussing current subjects because "those topics are the responsibility of the parents", (especially those parents who never showed up to conferences!) I appreciate your eye witness account about who attended this rally, too, although like the earlier commenter, I wonder what you saw that told you someone's financial background! Yes, my mind is disillusioned by those who support two men whose policies will damage a country I love. Like Madeline Allbright, I can't imagine any woman supporting policies that restrict women's health care and equal pay. I am also surprised someone who prizes freedom and facts is supporting the Romney/Ryan ticket, two things missing from their campaign. Your last sentences do make me question the openness of your thought processes, Those of us who support President Obama aren't thinking of "flowers, rainbows, etc." We are thinking of our veterans who deserve care when they come home, our children who deserve healthy communities and our seniors who worked hard for their Medicare and don't need it changed. One thing I learned when I was teaching which could help you: People who love learning never stop accepting new ideas. Try it sometime.
Esta Schwartz September 16, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Sorry Grace. I was there and standing next to many african americans, latinos and gays. you didn't look further than your nose. get a life and read more.
Linda September 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Are you hung-over from last night?
Linda September 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Hey M.L. that makes you wrong twice.
John Russell, NPA District 12 September 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Strengthening the economy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3enPWgHglQ4&feature=channel&list=UL Thanks, John Russell for congress dot com
Joseph Robert September 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Foreign Policy Achievements President Obama: • Killed Osama Bin Laden • Ended Iraq War • Killed more Al Qaeda leaders than any other President • Supported "Arab Spring" uprising Romney • None Romney: NO foreign policy experience in a very DANGEROUS world!
Michael D. September 17, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Michael I haven't had an issue with your statements until this. Because current the regime in Egypt is neither Ally or Enemy. they are just another government regime we do business will. that is a correct statment, that even conservative politicans have agreed with. Remember they are establishing a Democracy over there, and like we didn't get involved with the political changes (actively). As a government we are determining if the new regime change is Free or Foe to our country. So please before throwing up tag lines, understand what is going on in that side of the world.
Michael D. September 17, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Middle Class has been shrinking since 2000, both parties have been destroying the middle class.
Michael D. September 17, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Boston Tea Party supported by all Americans. did you forget what the country was founded on. Protesting is what this country is founded on, weither it is protesting Clinton, Bush, Obama, Romney... we are a country filled with voices. If you take that away you are taking away something that makes us American. So another poor agrument.
Michael D. September 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I would vote for Rowdy Roddy Piper over this two candidates. 312,780,968 people in this country, and we pick these two be run to be our leaders.
Samuel Clemens September 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I guess Joseph Robert is oblivious to reality as well.......do you not see what's occurring over there right now? Afghan troops being trained by Americans are turning their guns on them.......embassies are being attacked......ambassadors killed........Christians being slaughtered and driven from areas they have lived for 2,000 years. If the ever increasing anti-American vitriol is an achievement, I'd hate to see what you deem a failure. Ended the War in Iraq? Hmm, that's great, so all those troops get to come home to their families, right? Nah, wrong......they are simply relocated to Afghanistan. Amazing, a person opens a door, sends the troops through it and the brain dead sheeple believe the war has come to an end. By the way, just two months ago, Iraq experienced it's most deadly day in over 2 years when more than 100 were killed.......people are still being killed every single day. I guess Obama and Bush can claim "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" I want you to tell the family members of these dead human beings that Obama is doing a good job with the foreign entanglements. http://icasualties.org/OEF/Nationality.aspx?hndQry=US Simply scroll down the list and notice how the fatalities dramatically decrease..........if the increasing of American deaths in these UNjust and UNconstitutional wars is an achievement, we have truly entered the bizarro world.
Samuel Clemens September 17, 2012 at 01:53 PM
So when did Mr. Obama actually raise a fist or a gun? I've yet to see him kill anything.......other than the Hope and Change he promised. Heck, those of us residing in reality are still patiently awaiting the unveiling of the TIM OSMAN......err, I mean Osama Bin Laden corpse. I'm curious, did you applaud when the tough guy Obama killed an innocent 16 year old AMERICAN CITIZEN and his cousin, via a drone strike? Or like most brain dead Americans, do you no longer believe in the Law of the Land........trial by jury? Do you really want a dictator in DC with a kill list?????????????? Why are you reveling in the death and destruction of others? You and I are no different than the people who are slaughtered in these foreign invasions and occupations..............that is who suffer the most, people like you and I......people who just want to enjoy their families, their lives, the beautiful world we've been given. Instead, we have nutjobs convincing the masses to get behind the genocides. Good ole Edward Bernays has done a fine job on the American public.
Samuel Clemens September 17, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Hmmm, the Arab Spring? You mean the orchestrated events to overthrow the installed puppets to install the new puppets, The Muslim Brotherhood?? The one where they invaded Libya due to Gadhafi starting to sell oil for Gold, instead of dollar$$$$? The one that has lead to the deaths of the Black Africans in Libya? The one that has caused an Exodus of Christians from lands they have resided for 2,000 years. The one that will lead to the new regimes being more aligned than before? The one that will lead to Sharia law being the law of all those lands? FYI: Most of the leaders over there have created a world where the Muslims, Jews and Christians can live somewhat peacefully........................this will no longer be the case. Simply take a look at Iraq for this evidence. God forbid Americans actually do some research into what is truly going on in the world. I do not claim to know everything, but I do realize there is a narrative provided to the American people that doesn't jive with reality............but hey, we live in a world where they can tell us 2 planes bring down 3 buildings in New York and the boogie man is dead, but don't you worry about seeing the corpse, simply trust the overlords.......they care so much about us. THE WORLD IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE OF THE INVOLVEMENT OF AMERICAN TROOPS PROTECTING CORPORATE INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD.
Grace September 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
J Swartz. The government hasn't been controlling my life for the past 4 years and I'd love to know how it's controlling yours. Government has been controlling parts of our life since W was elected unless you have forgotten that. And why would I vote for people who really would control our lives. OK not mine because I am too old to have kids, and I don't believe in abortion but it's not government's place to tell a woman what to do with her body. And if gays want to get married, doesn't effet me and if it effects you, then you need to mind your own business. And I sure as heck don't want billionaires controlling my life, while working people pay more taxes than they do, and they get the breaks and don't create jobs. I'd take 4 more years of what we have vs. the 8 years we had before. 2 wars we didn't pay for, the economy going down the tubes, and America being the laughing stock of the world. Yup I'll take 4 more years. The Republican Party of the past is so far removed from the one that exists today that it's not even the same party. As for an enthusiastic crowd welcoming Ryan, 400-500 people I wouldn't call much of a crowd! And if you want a President who believes that it's better to keep your money offshore, who doesn't pay taxes and who believes that when he dies he will become a God with his own planet, then J. I suggest you lay off the beer. Do you even know a thing about Romney's religion?
Lynda September 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
SC, please remember why there are American troops in Afghanistan: to attack the training camps of those who killed nearly 3,000 people on 9/11. Please remember why there were combat troops in Iraq: President Bush II wanted to go to war with Iraq. If Afghanistan had been a priority while the world still supported the US after 9/11 before the war of choice in Iraq, we would not still be at war with troops in danger. The neocons supporting the Romney/Ryan ticket want us to be at war with Iran and stay longer in Afghanistan. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Senor all want more wars and all support the RomneyRyan ticket. President Obama has been able to manage the complexities of international relationships without starting new wars and has reduced the number of American troops in danger in Iraq. Yes, ask those family members which party platform supports care for their wounded warriors, which candidate honors the dead with actions not just words, which candidate works to prevent more foreign wars. People of my age are angry that Gov. Romney supported the Vietnam war and was not willing to fight in it. We continue to be angry that he and the rest of his advisors who have never been willing to fight will so easily talk big about sending our children and grandchildren (never theirs) to fight their wars of choice for them.
John Russell, NPA District 12 September 18, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Some very salient points that you make there Mr. Clemens.
John Russell, NPA District 12 September 18, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Some very accurate points made here as well Grace.
John Russell, NPA District 12 September 18, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Last statement re:troops AND tax dollars protecting CORPORATE interests atw is eminently true.
Joseph Robert September 19, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Did anyone get a count on the total number of lies that Ryan told in Oldsmar? I understand he was aiming for his personal-best number?


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