CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan woke up Tuesday with a bone to pick after watching what many are calling an NFL debacle.
"I got to start off on something that was really troubling that occurred last night. Did you guys watch that Packer game last night? I mean, give me a break," an exasperated Ryan said.
This being a presidential campaign, Ryan swiftly made a connection with his grievances against the Obama administration.
"It reminds me of President Obama and the economy. If you can't get it right, it is time to get out," Ryan continued.
"I half think these refs work part-time for the Obama administration in the Budget Office. They see the national debt clock starring them in the face, they see a debt crisis and they just ignore and pretend it didn't even happen. They are trying to pick the winners and losers and they don't even do that very well."
After their collective bargaining agreement expired earlier this year, the NFL's pro refs were replaced with "elite" retired college officials, officials from smaller non-BCS conferences, and some officials from the Arena League.
The NFL and representatives of the locked out referees remain divided on annual salaries and pension plans.
Fans have been decrying bad calls ever since the season started but the furor reached a fever pitch after Monday night's game when the Green Bay Packers lost to the Seattle Seahawks on a controversial call on the last play of the game -- a desperation pass that many thought was an interception but was ruled a touchdown.
All joking aside -- with his comments, Ryan, an unabashed Green Bay Packers fan, injected himself into an ongoing labor dispute.
"Like all football fans, he just wants the two sides to find a resolution soon, campaign spokesman Brendan Buck told Fox News. "Like before yesterday."