Speaking in Adel, Iowa on Wednesday, Rep. Ryan (R-Wisc.) said, “There’s a little thing going on in Charlotte, North Carolina this week. You’re going to hear a lot of talk. But you’re probably not going to hear this quote that President Obama made four years ago: ‘If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.’”
Ryan continued: “That’s what he said four years ago. Guess what? That’s exactly what he is doing today.”
Ryan was quoting then-Senator Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
“If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters,” then-Senator Barack Obama said. “If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”
Ryan acknowledged that a thorough examination of the economic circumstances must be taken into account when analyzing President Obama’s record.
“You see, the president did inherit a tough situation when he came into office. Any fair measurement of his record, you have to acknowledge that,” said Ryan. “Problem is, he didn’t make anything better. He can’t run on his record.”
Ryan said that Obama’s lack of a record is why the president has “run out of ideas” and is “running the kind of campaign he’s running,” adding that the Obama 2012 campaign is running on the “politics of envy and division.”
“Hope and change have now become attack and blame,” Ryan said.