MIAMI, Fla. -- 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
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 Mitt Romney 49-44