GOP vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan ridiculed President Obama Saturday, claiming the commander in chief himself said he doesn’t have what it takes to get the job done.
“Just a couple days ago on Univision, President Obama admitted that he ‘can’t ‘change Washington from the inside.’ Why do we send presidents to the White House in the first place,” Ryan quipped during a rally at the Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana.
“I mean, we send presidents to change and fix the mess in Washington. And if this president has admitted that he can’t change Washington, then you know what, we need to change presidents,” Ryan said to a roar of applause.
The Wisconsin congressman was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with some of Florida’s most powerful Republicans here — including former Governor Jeb Bush — who called the president’s comments
Team Obama argues that during his interview Thursday the president was really talking about engaging the American public outside of Washington in order to initiate the pressure needed to transform big proposals into laws.
It’s a message that should sound familiar to Ryan’s running-mate. During his 2008 campaign Mitt Romney also told reporters, “I don’t think you can change Washington from the inside. I think you change it from the outside.”
The Versailles stop is the first of two rallies Ryan is holding Saturday in the pivotal Sun Shine State — where the Republican ticket needs to make up some ground.
According to the latest Fox News polling, President Obama holds a five-point edge in Florida — currently topping 49-44 percent.