Ryan: 'Oh Gosh,' Loss Was 'Pretty Sad'
Former VP candidate gives first post-election interviews
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2012 8:48 AM CST
Mitt Romney embraces Paul Ryan after Romney conceded the race during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Paul Ryan did a bit of a post-election media blitz yesterday—but no, he didn't reveal any plans to toss his hat into the 2016 ring, telling Madison's CBS affiliate WISC-TV it's too soon to discuss. "Oh gosh, we just finished a presidential election," Ryan said. "I think everybody’s tired of talking about presidential politics. I am." More from that interview, as reported by Politico and the Washington Post, plus Ryan's sit-downs with the Racine Journal Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

  • “We thought this was going to be a very close race. We thought we had a good chance of winning," Ryan said. In all three interviews, he gave President Obama credit for getting better voter turnout, particularly in urban areas.
  • Ryan's home state of Wisconsin, which has not voted for a Republican president since 1984, was always "an uphill fight," he said, insisting that "Mitt didn't pick me for Wisconsin," but rather because of his experience on budget issues.
  • Ryan doesn't think his plan to cut Medicare hurt the ticket, particularly because he and Romney won seniors 56% to 44%. In 2008, John McCain carried older voters 53% to 45%.
  • "We were with the Romneys when we knew it was over," Ryan said, calling the mood in the hotel suite "pretty sad. And our comments more or less revolved around our concern for the country." It was Ryan's first election loss, and he called it "a foreign experience. It's tough to describe it."
  • His homecoming Wednesday was "bittersweet," Ryan said, noting that he spent time with his family for a few days and didn't watch any TV other than football.
  • "Right now, I look at what I’ve just been re-elected to do, to represent Wisconsin, to be the chairman of the Budget Committee, to deal with these budget and fiscal and economic issues. I’m going to throw myself back to that work because it’s work that needs to get done."
Ryan's first post-election national TV interview airs today on ABC.

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Nov 13, 2012 12:20 PM CST
Ryan's ultra-orthodox anti-women positions helped lose the election. Notice how invisible he was the last few weeks? He was a liability. He was less popular than media whore idiot Palin. At least Palin had nice tits.
Nov 13, 2012 11:40 AM CST
I've asked this before, but I'll ask again. How is it legal for Paul Ryan to run for congress and vice-president at the same time? Supposing that Romney/Ryan had actually won the election, Ryan would have to give up his congressional seat to serve as vice-president wouldn't he? What would then happen to the people in the Wisconsin congressional district that he got re-elected to represent? Would they have to call for a special election at the expense of the state? Would Wisconsin Governor Walker have the power to appoint someone to fill the seat? Would the people of Ryan's district just be without representation in the House for two years? Could someone please educate me on how this works? And why it is legal?
Nov 13, 2012 11:31 AM CST
Don't beat yourself up over it, Paul. The voters voted for a continuation of failure, cover-ups, gridlock, scandals, joblessness, and bankruptcy. Now they get a chance to wallow in four more years of it. Now they get to own it.