Woman ‘Outraged’ as Obama Campaign Twists Her Question to Ryan

Friday, 05 Oct 2012 03:55 PM

By Todd Beamon

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A woman who pushed Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan for more specifics on his jobs plan at a town hall meeting on Monday expressed her anger at how her question has been used to attack the Romney-Ryan ticket by the Obama campaign and by reporters covering the event.

“I am outraged that my question is being misrepresented and used as a political tool against the Romney-Ryan campaign by both media and the Obama camp,” Linda Morrison of Fulton, Ill.,wrote in a letter to her local newspaper, The Quad-City Times.

“The question I asked is what we the citizens want to know: How is the Romney-Ryan plan going to tackle this economy? Paul Ryan answered it with precise clarity.

“I was quite shocked to learn the Obama campaign seized my question, putting out the statement, ‘Even Ryan can’t attend his own rally without being called out,’ ” Morrison said in her letter.

“I was not calling Ryan out. I had the opportunity to ask a direct question to Paul Ryan, and what I got was a complete direct answer with no spin.”

“Even though 600 other people were attending, I felt Mr. Ryan was talking directly to me,” Morrison wrote. “I thanked him after the event for answering my question. I left the event feeling satisfied and confident that the Romney-Ryan plan is what our country needs.”

Morrison’s question at the town hall meeting in Clinton was widely reported because she told Ryan that he hadn't answered a question Chris Wallace posed in a Fox News Sunday appearance the day before the event.

She asked Ryan: "You know, we keep talking about China and jobs and then we talk about the unemployment. But, where are the answers? I mean, why aren't you more specific? I heard you, was it Sunday when you were on Fox, and you didn't answer his question about how we're going to, you know, what are your plans?"

Ryan responded with a lengthy description of the campaign's five-point plan to create jobs, CBS News reports. When he finished, the Wisconsin congressman said that he would never have that much time on a television program.

Obama campaign spokesman, Danny Kanner, had responded to the town hall meeting by saying, "Congressman Ryan can't attend his own campaign rallies without being called out for failing to provide specifics about what Mitt Romney would do if elected."

The Obama campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CBS News on Morrison's piece.

Morrison ended her letter with this question for President Barack Obama: “What is your specific plan to fix the economy you said you would fix four years ago?”

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