NEW YORK – With just 37 days to go until the Election Day, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan admitted in an interview Sunday morning the Mitt Romney campaign has made “missteps.”
“We've had some missteps, but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a very clear choice,” Ryan said in an interview with Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday.
As the presidential campaign heads into the final stretch, both the Obama and Romney campaigns are hoping strong ground games give them the edge in early voting and on November 6th. NBC's Kristen Welker reports.
Asked what missteps, Ryan immediately mentioned Romney’s “47 percent,” referring to the GOP presidential nominee’s remarks during a private fundraiser regarding the amount of Americans who he said had become dependent on government benefits. Those remarks drew a lot of criticism and influenced Romney’s poll numbers to drop.
“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 government because they have no economic opportunity,” Ryan continued. “It was an inarticulate way to describe what we’re trying to do to create prosperity and upward mobility, and reduce dependency by getting people off welfare back to work.”
The seven-term Wisconsin congressman, appearing on a single Sunday show this week, addressed the ongoing unrest in the Middle East, claiming President Barack Obama’s “foreign policy is unraveling.”
“I mean, their response was slow, it was confused, it was inconsistent. They first said that it was a YouTube video and a spontaneous mob; we now know that it was a planned terrorist attack,” Ryan said about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya that resulted in four Americans killed. “If this was one tragic incident, that would be a tragedy in and of itself. The problem is, it's part of a bigger picture of the fact that the Obama foreign policy is unraveling literally before our eyes on our TV screens.”
The foreign policy questions for the Chairman of the House Budget Committee did not end there.
Ryan was asked to weigh in on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bomb drawing at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday with "a clear red line" to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
“What Mitt Romney and I have said is a nuclear weapons capability is what we have to stop,” he said but went further – claiming President Obama is shifting his stance to more like the GOP ticket.
“The president has moved his rhetoric a bit to look more like ours, and that's good, but the problem is it's built upon a mountain of non-credible actions,” Ryan said.
In just 11 days, Ryan will appear on a debate stage in Danville, Ky., with Vice President Joe Biden for the lone VP debate of the cycle. The Romney campaign announced Saturday that Ryan will head to a three-day debate camp next week in Virginia.
In thinking about debating Biden, the Wisconsin congressman said he will just be himself.
“I'm not really a line guy. I'm more of a gut guy,” Ryan claimed. “I don't try to be anybody other than who I am. I believe in what I believe. I do what I do. And I really believe in the policies we're providing, that we're pursuing. And at the end of the day, I'm just going to go in there and be me.”
And Ryan -- who spends Sunday raising money in Connecticut -- noted he does not expect any gaffes from the current vice president.
Biden’s “a very disciplined person when he speaks in these kinds of situations. He doesn't produce gaffes in these moments. Those are when he's off the cuff,” Ryan said.