Paul Ryan speaks at the Republican National Convention
Paul Ryan today acknowledged the Mitt Romney campaign has made "missteps," but played down public opinion polls in swing states showing the GOP nominee trailing President Obama.
Asked on Fox News to cite examples, the Republican vice presidential pick cited Romney's secretly taped comments to donors saying 47% of Americans are "victims" who are "dependent on the government." The remarks dominated headlines for days.
"Mitt acknowledges himself that was an inarticulate way of describing how we're worried that in a stagnant Obama economy more people have become dependent on the government because they have no economic opportunity," Ryan said. "It was an inarticulate way to describe what we're trying to do to create prosperity and upward mobility."
Recent polling data shows Obama leading in key battlegrounds. A new Iowa Poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register, for example, shows Obama up by 4 percentage points among likely voters. In Ohio, Romney trails Obama by 9 points in a poll out today by The Columbus Dispatch.
"We're not losing this race," Ryan said on Fox News. "The president has done a very good job of distorting the truth."
The Wisconsin congressman said Romney will use the first presidential debate on Wednesday to highlight a "clear choice" for Americans of more "stagnation" under Obama or opportunities for growth by electing the GOP ticket.
"We can either have a dynamic, growing economy that produces opportunity, or we can have a stagnant economy that fosters dependency," Ryan told Chris Wallace of Fox News. "We can stick with the failed policies of the last four years for the next four years -- or we can get a brighter future."
Catalina Camia, USA Today