Ryan: Shocked At Loss, Obama Won Fair And Square


The polling and other data and all the smart people watching the election gave Rep. Paul Ryan an optimistic view on the night of last week’s election. When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost, his running mate felt “a bit of a shock.”

“Going into Boston that day, we felt like we had a pretty darn good chance of winning,” Ryan told ABC News in an interview broadcast Tuesday. “So as you can imagine, it was a bit of a shock when we didn’t win, but that’s just the way these things go.”

Ryan said President Barack Obama deserves to be congratulated for having “a fantastic ground game.”

“He won fair and square,” Ryan said of Obama. “He got more votes, and that’s the way our system works, and so he ought to be congratulated for that.”

Had he been at the top of the ticket, Ryan said, he would have run exactly the kind of campaign that Romney oversaw. Ryan said he and Romney “felt very good about the race we ran.”

Ryan, who was re-elected to an eighth term in the House, returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to resume his duties as House Budget Committee chairman.

“There’s an upside to losing,” Ryan said, “which is a reconnection with my family.” He said he had already attended basketball and volleyball games in which his children — he has two sons and a daughter — were playing and looked forward to taking his daughter deer hunting.

“Bad news: Dad lost. The good news: They get to stay at the same school,” he said. “That was the upside of all this. The downside is we didn’t win the election that we really wanted to win.”



  1. I guess I’m not a good parent, I don’t take my daughter deer-hunting! Maybe the 99% didn’t want selfish Wall St. goons running the country.

  2. The real concern is did they lose because of their conservative economic and fiscal views (of which Ryan is a leading advocate), or in spite of them. Some polls suggest that if the issue was solely on economic matters, the Republicans would have won, but that the Democrats managed to make an issue over other matters such as abortion, contraception, gay rights, and immigration. The later being especially ironic since the nativist Republicans make lots of noice on the radio, but the “Wall Street Republicans” and the “religious right” are all pro-immigration, meaning the anti-immigration positions (which based on their personal religious backgrounds are probably not what Romney or Ryan would favor) which alienated many conservative non-WASP voters may have been a deciding factor.

  3. takingabreak, your partisanship is clouding your brain…ask General Motors and Chrysler who was lying. They publicly repudiated Romney campaign statements about Obama’s “auto bailout”…and how about Obama being a “Socialist…or a “Muslim” – and research any fact check wou wish to see a record of which campaign led in the untruths category.