Ryan: Shocked at loss, Obama won fair and square

Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2012, file photo then-Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event at Johnson's Corner in Johnstown, Colo. Ryan acknowledges that he was shocked when he and presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost last week's election. Ryan says President Barack Obama won fair and square. In an interview with ABC News being aired Tuesday, Ryan says he and Romney thought they had a very good chance of winning Nov. 6. He cites polling, other data, and what he calls "the smart people who watch this stuff" for his optimistic view election night. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
.

View photo

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2012, file photo then-Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event at Johnson's Corner in Johnstown, Colo. Ryan acknowledges that he was shocked when he and presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost last week's election. Ryan says President Barack Obama won fair and square. In an interview with ABC News being aired Tuesday, Ryan says he and Romney thought they had a very good chance of winning Nov. 6. He cites polling, other data, and what he calls "the smart people who watch this stuff" for his optimistic view election night. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The polling and other data and all the smart people watching the election gave Rep. Paul Ryan an optimistic view on the night of last week's election. When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost, his running mate felt "a bit of a shock."

"Going into Boston that day, we felt like we had a pretty darn good chance of winning," Ryan told ABC News in an interview broadcast Tuesday. "So as you can imagine, it was a bit of a shock when we didn't win, but that's just the way these things go."

Ryan said President Barack Obama deserves to be congratulated for having "a fantastic ground game."

"He won fair and square," Ryan said of Obama. "He got more votes, and that's the way our system works, and so he ought to be congratulated for that."

Had he been at the top of the ticket, Ryan said, he would have run exactly the kind of campaign that Romney oversaw. Ryan said he and Romney "felt very good about the race we ran."

Ryan, who was re-elected to an eighth term in the House, returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to resume his duties as House Budget Committee chairman.

"There's an upside to losing," Ryan said, "which is a reconnection with my family." He said he had already attended basketball and volleyball games in which his children — he has two sons and a daughter — were playing and looked forward to taking his daughter deer hunting.

"Bad news: Dad lost. The good news: They get to stay at the same school," he said. "That was the upside of all this. The downside is we didn't win the election that we really wanted to win."

View Comments (1969)