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Wisconsin Congressman Ryan visits Raleigh for Romney

Posted June 5, 2012

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— The chief budget-writer in the U.S. House of Representatives and a possible vice presidential pick visited Raleigh on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Tuesday to talk with business leaders and criticize President Barack Obama's handling of the economy.

Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin held a roundtable at Big Ed's City Market, 220 Wolfe St., to talk about obstacles the business leaders say they're facing.

"We have a choice of two futures in front of us," Ryan said. "Do we want to go on the current path we’re on, that President Obama’s put us on – a nation in debt, a nation in doubt and decline with a terrible jobs result – or are we going to elect a new president that’s going to tackle these fiscal problems?"

The House Budget Committee chairman came to the state as a surrogate for Romney's campaign, which has been arguing the economic recovery is foundering under Obama. North Carolina's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, at 9.1 percent in April.

Mike Wilkerson, who owns a printing company, said the nation needs a change.

"You can't plan for all the uncertainty that's going on with the economy – so much up and down, so much inconsistency," he said.

A few blocks away, state Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, and other Democrats were quick to criticize the impact of deep cuts proposed by Romney and Ryan.

Wisconsin Congressman Ryan visits Raleigh for Romney Wisconsin congressman visits Raleigh for Romney

"Gov. Romney and his campaign circus don’t share our understanding. The Romney-Ryan budget would devastate education at all levels," Harrison said.

The Obama campaign has been hitting Romney's economic record while governor of Massachusetts.

Ryan's roundtable comes a day before Vice President Joe Biden visits Winston-Salem. When asked if he's thinking about being Romney's vice presidential running mate, Ryan said he's not.

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  • ladyblue Jun 6, 1:11 p.m.

    I like Ryan's ideas even though it will affect me probably...I'm of age that i can recall the times Social Security had surplus, but it seemed the leaders couldn't stand that, so it was taken out of the funds for other pet social programs, directing it from what it was meant to be..Another thing they need to do is round up all the younger people abusing it (stating disable but working on the side and partying all the time)and remove them off the rolls.

  • Jim Britt Jun 6, 11:10 a.m.

    I like Ryan's budget plan. It funds my capital gains tax cut with your social security taxes. Money for nothing baby.

  • jjordan231179 Jun 6, 10:12 a.m.

    >>or are we going to elect a new president that’s going to tackle these fiscal problems

    LOL, I see Paul Ryan is practicing for his future stand up career. Romney will not make real cuts on a SINGLE program. He will do nothing but what Reagan did. Slow down future growth by a couple of percentage points, much like Reagan did. But nothing else. There's not a dime's worth of difference between the two parties. Meet the new boss, same as the old...
    nighttrain2010
    June 5, 2012 6:34 p.m.
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    They will never figure it out. The GOP and DNC hacks both have their pom-poms out cheering on their "team". SOMETHING will change THIs time. Hold your breath sheep.

  • forautumn Jun 6, 9:00 a.m.

    "LIAR!! If your business was in steady decline for the 8 years before Obama then you own a business dependant on government handouts. That statement simply can't be true for any capitolist because the economy was booming before Q3 2008"

    ah yes, the Economist assembly line worker has spoken.

    so funny.

  • floydthebarber Jun 5, 7:56 p.m.

    I see Paul Ryan as sort of the Walter Peck to my Dr. Venkman... part of me says "sure, go ahead and destroy the social safety net! and let corporate taxes and wealthy citizen taxes go to 0%!"

    Then I remember the terrible horror unleashed when he pulled the plug on the ghost containment unit... and remember it is always best to have GHOSTBUSTERS (Democrats) to the rescue!

  • ger Jun 5, 7:38 p.m.

    ">>Abolish it for those under 30 or 35 and quit taking our money!! -arfamr1007

    Hey I'm 42 and I don't want it either. Give me the money that would have gone into it for me for the next 23 years. I can get a much better return on it in the next 23 years than Social Security could over the next 100 years"

    there are plenty of tea folks who are dependent on that monthly soc sec check who said the same thing 20 years ago. Soc Sec WORKS and insures Americans dont STARVE.

  • ger Jun 5, 7:35 p.m.

    "This is the guy who voted FOR the Bush tax cuts, voted FOR the Iraq war, voted FOR Medicare Part D, voted FOR TARP and voted, every single year between 2010 and 2006, to keep war funding off-budget so as to hide the true magnitude of the spending.

    And now he wants to lecture people about the deficit? Find a mirror, pal."

    THANK YOU!!!!! this is what I have been saying. the GOP suddenly wants us to believe them when they are the people who caused the mess. anybody remember jobs jobs jobs.

  • elcid liked Ike Jun 5, 7:22 p.m.

    This is the guy who voted FOR the Bush tax cuts, voted FOR the Iraq war, voted FOR Medicare Part D, voted FOR TARP and voted, every single year between 2010 and 2006, to keep war funding off-budget so as to hide the true magnitude of the spending.

    And now he wants to lecture people about the deficit? Find a mirror, pal.

  • Winston Jun 5, 7:04 p.m.

    Politicians don't care about you partisan peons. They love your sheep votes though. Enjoy yours and
    their rhetoric. Pitiful.

  • Gork Jun 5, 7:01 p.m.

    Here's a link to just one of the articles about his wine tastes (when suits are paying for it...) http://www.theblaze.com/stories/paul-ryan-faces-criticism-for-pricey-350-wine-purchase/

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