Paul Ryan Hammers Obama, Federal Reserve at Oldsmar Rally

Ryan’s comments were preceded by a "Who’s Who" of the Florida Republican Party.

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."

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Anti-Westboro Baptist September 16, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I have just gone through and unchecked the follow button on all of them. I like good debate and feel it is vital to a healthy future but feel like we all are being baited for ratings.
Bye Bye Romney September 16, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Sheldon Adelson, Romney's uber-billionaire casino owner and financial backer, pledged to give Romney $100 million -- or "whatever it takes" -- to defeat Obama. Do you know why??? As Bill Clinton reminded us, sometimes the answer is as simple as arithmetic. So let's do the math: According to a new report from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Adelson will get $2 billion in tax savings from Romney in return for his support. And it will be paid for by every taxpayer reading this blog, so pass the word QUICKLY. If Obama wins, everyone pays their fair share of taxes...including Mr. Adelson! Tell me... WHICH ONE IS MORE FAIR FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES? WHICH ONE CAN YOU AFFORD? Americans cannot afford to live the Romney-Ryan lifestyle without having the same personal wealth. We can DREAM...but we know that it's not reality. Romney and Ryan are still dreaming.
rick barasso September 16, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Fact check. Somebody's lying
George Gould September 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Oh no! Lying? Say it ain't so. On a board discussing political subjects? What is the world coming to?
Cisco September 16, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Pretty easy to attack an economic policy that has forgotten about 23 million American. What explanations does the President make, OOPS?
Steven Janiszewski September 16, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The economy is a red herring. Romney can't fix it. Romney should not get 20% of Florida. Florida is too Hispanic, too Christian, and too Jewish to vote for Romney. No Hispanic, Christian, or Jew should vote for Romney, no matter what he says. To gain an existential understanding of the cult that produced Mitt "Cyborg" Romney, and to get your socks scared off, read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew, available in paperback and ebook at: www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Assassination+of+Spiro+Agnew Its unwilling, part-Mexican Mormon assassin dramatizes the Mormon superiority complex, manifesting it as racism, sexism, jingoism and an anti-federal government temperament. His research in the new library reveals ominous similarities between Islam and Mormonism. The spiritual power behind the cult, which is not the Holy Ghost, acts out. “With a clarity of language and vision unsurpassed in contemporary American prose, Steven Janiszewski's Assassination of Spiro Agnew takes us into a U.S. mazed with madness and Mormonism and all things Utah, a U.S. that was then and still is. Do we need a novel, even as brilliant as this one, about a young man on a divine mission to assassinate the Vice President because he is too liberal? Yes, now more than ever. Readers, welcome to a masterpiece.” Tom Whalen www.tomwhalen.com
Vicki September 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Could we hear what they expect to bring to the table instead of what is wrong with Obama's leadership??? Not much of "a man of great integrity and intelligence" in all that bashing!
Vicki September 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I agree!
George Gould September 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Goldman Sachs hasn't made a final determination on what they want done with the economy. When they do, Obama or Romney will salute smartly and carry it out. Most likely it will be a continuation of current policy just as in 2009 it was a continuation of the policy under Bush. Electing Obama made no difference; nor will electing Romney. By the way, it isn't that Obama's policies haven't worked. They have worked perfectly well for Obama's paymasters who also happen to be Romney's paymasters. In case you haven't figured it out, it's not about jobs.
Mary Madison September 16, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Obama accomplishments: Taxpayers money to the green companies that failed. 1. Solyndra-Bankrupt, 2. Ener1-Bankrupt, 3. Beacon Power-Bankrupt, 4. Abound Solar-Bankrupt, 5. Amonix Solar-Bankrupt, 6. Spectra Watt-Bankrupt, 7. Eastern Energy-Bankrupt. All of these companies were Obama Campaign contributors then the democrats have the guts to talk about Bain. http://usactionnews.com/2012/08/romneys-free-market-vs-obamas-socialism/ Biden's 'good friend' and doner receives $20M federal loan to open foreign luxury car dealership in Ukraine. http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/17/bidens-good-friend-donor-receives-20m-federal-loan/#ixzz23pEOTPYa
Mary Madison September 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM
We have a president that was a community organizer with ACORN, marched with the New Panther party in Chicago that wants to kill all whites, belonged to the communist New Party of Chicago, gave taxpayers money to the green companies that failed. Is this the way Obama is creating infrastructure and building the middle class? U.S. Bridges, Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms Cities hire Chinese instead of American workers for building. http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/us-bridges-roads-built-chinese-firms-14594513
Postman Sharp September 17, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Romney is coming unglued and we're seeing inside him. Americans don't like what they see. He's not a leader. He's not that smart. He's a little man bent on becoming president and that just isn't good enough. Americans wanted Obama. They got him. He's not perfect. But he's not Romney. We'll have him again because Obama has BECOME a GREAT President. Romney does not have that ability and his ego stands in the way of changing. Sorry, Mitt, you don't get my vote.
Mary Madison September 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Head stuck in the sand.
Lynda September 17, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Mary, please post something positive about the candidates you support. This old, tired rehash of talking points attacking President Obama from years ago is boring as well as untrue. Surely you have something positive to say about Gov. Romney or Rep Ryan.
Lynda September 17, 2012 at 01:39 AM
What does a comment like "head stuck in the sand" contribute? Gov. Romney has been selected by the GOP to be their candidate for a very powerful elected office in the United States. Don't voters deserve a chance to hear what his supporters think are his qualifications? Personally after working with Wall Street firms for much of my career, I wouldn't want a hedge fund manager running this country. Gov. Romney's contract with Bain was a no-risk, guarantee of millions so his whole experience was "Heads I win, Tails you lose." Not good training for dealing with complicated issues either foreign or domestic. Perhaps his supporters will eventually come up with a reason to vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket, other than he is not President Obama. And how, they can say that without admitting to being racist is beyond my comprehension.
Joseph Robert September 17, 2012 at 12:29 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!
Joseph Robert September 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Did Paul Ryan tell a record number of lies in Oldsmar? He is such an experienced LIAR!
Samuel Clemens September 17, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Hey George, every noticed how the comments rooted in reality are passed over...........as the comments from the Left/Right world are bantered about? Most simply regurgitate the talking points from their selected side..................baaalieve whatever they are told to parrot. It blows my mind how a person could live here more than a few decades and still be oblivious to what is quite evident..........but then again, we are indoctrinated from birth, so what can we expect..............the sheeple are victims.
Samuel Clemens September 17, 2012 at 02:14 PM
And yes........END THE FED.........and the two party dictatorship in this country. For those of you who are unaware.......the Federal Reserve isn't Federal and there aren't any reserves. It's a private cartel.........hell bent on looting America and the world.........and they are doing a fantastic job. If you want to learn more about this evil institution and NON-revisionist history, check out the "Creature from Jeckyll Island" http://archive.org/details/Creature_From_Jekyl_Island On the left, there's different ways to view the book. I guarantee you will learn more from this than most.
Samuel Clemens September 17, 2012 at 02:15 PM
If you prefer to watch a vid to educate yourself on the Federal Reserve and "money": www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeIM-4hJO44 Or perhaps you enjoy cartoons? Check out this video.....it includes a nice summary of how the Housing crisis occurred.........FYI: it wasn't by accident. www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGk5ioEXlIM
Samuel Clemens September 17, 2012 at 02:24 PM
We've been taught to believe inflation is the rising of prices..............this is wrong. The rising prices occur because the money supply was INFLATED. Every time there is a bailout.......the money supply is increased/inflated.........leading to rising prices due to the devaluing of the dollar. When they increase/raise the debt ceiling...............the dollar loses value, leading to inflated prices. Imagine we are playing a game of Monopoly and the banker decides to throw in the money from another Monopoly game..................what is going to happen to the prices in the game being played?? Well I can guarantee you Baltic Avenue will no longer cost $60. If Baltic avenue increases in it's price..........and it will..............is the Avenue really worth more? Nope, it costs more because the value of the money has been devalued. This is relatively how it works in the real world. We pay ever increasing prices due to an ever devaluing dollar. Take a look at what the Federal Reserve has done the past 100 years to "our" dollar. http://images.tribe.net/tribe/upload/photo/013/e00/013e009e-f1eb-4021-8884-b13e7f477588 And a BIG FYI: The Federal Reserve just announced QE3...........prices are going to explode in the near future. /www.infowars.com/10-shocking-quotes-about-what-qe3-is-going-to-do-to-america/
Samuel Clemens September 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Sorry, but I love my fellow man and attempt to educate whenever possible. http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/how-qe3-will-make-the-wealthy-even-wealthier-while-causing-living-standards-to-fall-for-all-the-rest-of-us
Rose Way September 17, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Ryan entered in Liars Hall of Shame on Saturday following a non-stop sprint around the country where he told the same old lies he told at the Convention where he got caught by every fact-checker that exists. Now they're both lying about Social Security and Medicare cuts and their budget that doesn't balance. These guys are the worst since Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I think we're going to see a true shoot out in November. That's when they'll see the truth that the public understands.
jasminetea September 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
It totally appears that you have been out of touch with what has been going on for almost a week. And Obama didn't kill OSL, the Navy Seals did. And if you think it was Obama's plan, you are sadly mistaken. The plan to go after Bin Laden was in effect way before Obama took office.
Joseph Robert September 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Attention Florida Seniors on Medicare and All Others Using Government Assistance!!! This is what Mitt Romney thinks of you and ALL OF AMERICANS dependent on government support: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them.” “..my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives” Mitt Romney, speaking at fundraiser, Spring 2012 Watch the video at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/mitt-romney-trashes-the-47-percent/2012/09/17/f3ef2b6e-0116-11e2-9367-4e1bafb958db_blog.html Mitt Romney: He thinks you act like a VICTIM!
Julie Mango September 18, 2012 at 10:05 PM
What is that Black lady saying who said on radio on an Illinois station, when Obama was running for president...If Obama becomes president..."I won't have to pay my rent anymore, I won't have to pay for gas for my car,..."? What's she saying now? Still so enamored with the man, or realizing he hasn't accomplished any of the things he promised?
Julie Mango September 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Pardon me...what "foreign policy experience" did Obama have when he came to office? His experience amounted to "community organizer."
Joseph Robert September 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Did anyone get a count on the number of lies that Paul Ryan told in Oldsmar? I think he was hoping to set a personal-best, to follow-up his terrific Marathon time!
Jason Smith September 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Just want to remind you that good local candidates need your help. Please get in touch with the party or the individual campaign to ask how you can help. All politics are local and local politics effect your life more profoundly than on the Federal level. Stop fighting over who will be the next President and go help the next county commissioner or Sheriff.
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