Greeley, CO – Paul Ryan garnered a plethora of laughs when making fun of President Barack Obama’s proposal to create a Secretary of Business position in his cabinet. During an interview with MSNBC, the president suggested the idea to consolidate the functions of multiple cabinet positions into one. The Democratic incumbent arrived in the area for his own political rally several hours after the Republican vice presidential nominee’s campaign event.
During Ryan’s at Island Grove Regional Park, he asked the large crowd if anyone could name the Secretary of Commerce. When an answer was not forthcoming, the GOP candidate noted it was a trick question. The United States currently does not have a Secretary of Commerce.
John Bryson resigned his post as the Commerce Secretary after he crashed into several vehicles while having a seizure, according to The Washington Times. The position has been temporarily filled by Rebecca Blank. A name has not yet been offered to permanently fill the business-related vacancy.
Paul Ryan had this to say during his Colorado campaign speech:
“You know, we already have a Secretary of Business — it’s actually called the Secretary of Commerce. It’s been vacant for over four months. We don’t need another bureaucrat or another bureaucracy, we need another president.”
Mitt Romney has also voiced his opposition to what the Republican candidate considers an addition to the bureaucracy in Washington DC, according to ABC News. The GOP presidential candidate had this to say about Obama’s proposal to create a Secretary of Business:
“We don’t need a secretary of business to understand business, we need a president who understands business and I do.”
Barack Obama won Colorado in 2008 with a 54 to 45 percent margin against John McCain. Current polls show that Colorado’s nine electoral voters are up for grabs. The tight race is well within the margin of error in most polls. The NBC News/Wall Street journal/Maris Poll had both candidates at 48 percent.