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Paul Ryan Mocks Unemployed Man, Then Ignores Him: VIDEO


This video was first posted on YouTube last month but is just now getting some traction.

The video, from 2011, shows one of the vice presidential candidate's constituents asking the Wisconsin Republican how he plans on bringing jobs back to America. Ryan first tells the man to visit his website, then offers him candy -- "No... I just need jobs," the man replied -- and then Mr. Ryan and his wife try to ignore the man until their staffers can shoo him away. Their plasticine smiles are the stuff of political legends.

Watch Ryan's display some of the right's compassionate conservatism AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Wow.

    Posted by: Djeip | Oct 27, 2012 9:47:37 AM

  2. Ryan's an awful guy. That being said, he didn't do anything wrong here. Fighting with the whiny guy in public wouldn't be professional at all-the kid was way too invasive to deserve any respectful acknowledgement from Ryan.

    Posted by: George | Oct 27, 2012 9:50:00 AM

  3. I agree with George. I'm no Ryan fan, but this kid was grandstanding for the camera and would have kept on whining no matter what Ryan said.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 27, 2012 9:56:59 AM

  4. In news that matters:

    "Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials -- who also told the CIA operators twice to 'stand down' rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11."

    This after the ongoing lies about the emails. Classic Team Obama behavior.

    Pretty compassionate behavior from this administration, huh Belonsky? If you, as an American, don't want to know why we, the American people are being lied to, why not?

    Feel free to reinsert your head in the sand.

    Posted by: SAYWHAT | Oct 27, 2012 9:59:51 AM

  5. I disagree, George. Why do you call it *fighting*? Ryan *immediately* dismissed this guy when he approached, when he clearly had time and opportunity to talk with him. There was no reason he couldn't have strolled and chatted. Ryan is not just a VP candidate, he is a US Representative and he should have engaged a constituent instead of brushing him off.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Oct 27, 2012 10:01:30 AM

  6. The guy was looking to fight, clearly. I guess they could have had a disagreement or conversation about it, but it didn't look like that would happen. As for him approaching Ryan, it wasn't the time or place (public event?) and it's a security threat. Just because he wasn't a VP candidate when this happened, he was still and was entitled to security/safety.

    Posted by: George | Oct 27, 2012 10:09:15 AM

  7. The guy was looking to fight, clearly. I guess they could have had a disagreement or conversation about it, but it didn't look like that would happen. As for him approaching Ryan, it wasn't the time or place (public event?) and it's a security threat. Just because he wasn't a VP candidate when this happened, he was still and was entitled to security/safety.

    Posted by: George | Oct 27, 2012 10:09:18 AM

  8. *was still a Congressman

    Posted by: George | Oct 27, 2012 10:09:48 AM

  9. *was still a Congressman

    Posted by: George | Oct 27, 2012 10:09:49 AM

  10. I still disagree, George. It was the perfect opportunity, perfect time, perfect place. When else could this guy have approached and asked a question? Ryan is not royalty.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Oct 27, 2012 10:20:46 AM

  11. Ryan is right that that isn't the place to have a discussion about politics. However, the proper response isn't to smile like an idiot in the guy's face and offer him candy. Regardless of politics and beliefs, that unemployed man is a constituant and you're supposed to listen to his complaints. Ryan should have asked for the guy's phone number and given him a short phone call later. That'd be one hell of a respectful and responsible response. But no, Mr. P90X and his bimbo wife just stood their with stupid goofy grins.

    Posted by: David | Oct 27, 2012 10:27:26 AM

  12. Definitely not the place to be discussing politics.

    By Ryan's response and his wife's mindless smile was ridiculous. Don't offer him candy, he's a constituent with real concerns. Take his phone number and give him a short phone call later in the week. How simple would that be? The guy might not be happy with your politics, but at least he'll respect the fact that you actually care.

    Posted by: David | Oct 27, 2012 10:33:08 AM

  13. Exactly... he WAS STILL A CONGRESSMAN. Now, I do think he should have been better prepared to argue economic/fiscal policy with Ryan, but he did ok. Ryan should have turned around, argued, discussed, debated,- whatever with him, as was his duty as his elected representative. He didn't- he was worried more about campaigning for himself.

    Now, to @SAYWHAT's accusations- ok, what isn't said, and what didn't happen, is that the WHITE HOUSE received those requests- they didn't. They don't receive requests like that.They went to someone at State, DOD, or the CIA, or all three. Now, if you think the White House is indelibly tied to this- then Bush was as well with 9/11- there were reports of attacks to be made, and there was a lot of poo-poohing and hushing up of people who had an inkling of what was to happen. And Bush didn't get into trouble-in this case rightly so- because he had nothing to do with ignoring those intel reports- same with Obama!!! Yes, some people's positions at the CIA should be terminated, but Obama would have sent the whole of the military- if nothing else than to continue the view that he's strong on foreign policy. But he didn't, so stop blaming Obama. They don't throw out every federal employee every time a new President is sworn in- lol please.

    Posted by: scott | Oct 27, 2012 10:34:18 AM

  14. This is typical Ryan. He never takes questions at his town halls or "listening sessions". He only goes through his powerpoint presentation. And when his public meetings started to get contentious about a year ago when he released his budget, they became closed door events so he could control who was there. He ignores his constituents who have concerns, and if you write his office all you ever get back from him is fundraising letters.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 27, 2012 10:38:57 AM

  15. It is like during the French Revolution saying "give him some cakes".

    Posted by: simon | Oct 27, 2012 10:39:17 AM

  16. What is surprising is that Ryan gets elected in Janesville, WI... as long as people are stupid enough to vote against their own best interests, nothing will change - and how ANY gay person can support Romney/Ryan is completely beyond comprehension.

    Posted by: MikeH | Oct 27, 2012 10:42:56 AM

  17. "Would you like to have a candy?" Pathetic.
    Whiny? Perhaps he saw the opportunity to talk. Perhaps getting a job was/is this man's number one thing.
    Ryan didn't want to answer, because he didn't have anything to say. He didn't know how to get more jobs, probably doesn't know today.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 27, 2012 10:43:05 AM

  18. When you don't have any concrete or substantive answers, thats how you act.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 27, 2012 10:44:11 AM

  19. It's wrong to ask a congressman how deregulation and corporate tax cuts create jobs? And if that congressman really believes it will, he would be able to explain why no matter where or when he was asked.

    Posted by: Eddie | Oct 27, 2012 11:01:12 AM

  20. Looks like this constituent escaped the designated Janesville free speech zone and the Ryan posse was caught off guard.

    Posted by: GregCT | Oct 27, 2012 11:06:30 AM

  21. Romney told a story during a debate referring to a woman coming up to him saying she can't find a job.
    Except here Ryan is unhappy because this guy seems to be blaming him and not Obama.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 27, 2012 11:06:53 AM

  22. I am truly amazed at the number of right-wing trolls who come on to this site. Ryan is this man's representative. If he were a millionaire Ryan would have kissed his boot. The idea that a Congressman isn't required to speak to the least powerful in our society is disgusting. Do you think Ryan would see this man in his office to discuss politics. Not the time and place???? so better he starve than interrupt the arrogant congressman?

    Posted by: Joey | Oct 27, 2012 11:56:17 AM

  23. The most pertinent part of Saywhat's quote is "Fox News reports..."

    That's all I needed to know.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Oct 27, 2012 12:10:49 PM

  24. "Would you like some candy?"

    LOL!!!!!!! Vice President Ryan will be such a refreshing new face.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 27, 2012 12:21:23 PM

  25. Ryan is a total scumbag!

    Posted by: Peter | Oct 27, 2012 12:24:08 PM

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