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Paul Ryan to Campaign in Florida Saturday

The Wisconsin congressman will make his first Florida stop since Mitt Romney tapped him to share the GOP ticket in his presidential bid.

Paul Ryan will bring the Republican presidential campaign to Florida on Saturday, when he visits the Villages retirement community, northwest of Orlando, and then a private country club on Treasure Island.

The Wisconsin Congressman will target Florida's robust retirement population, when he visits the Villages, an age-restricted gated community of 8,000 where the residents drive golf carts and there is a high proportion of GOP voters.

Ryan also will make a fundraising stop at the exclusive, members-only Club at Treasure Island, at 400 Treasure Island Causeway. 

The visit is the first by Ryan since presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announced the Congressman as his running mate.

Although public access will be limited at both events, the Florida Consumer Action Network is planning a protest outside the Club at Treasure Island private fundraiser at 4 p.m. Saturday. 

According to an Action Network news release, protesters "will stand up to Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney’s plan to end Medicare as we know it to pay for tax cuts for the rich.

"Ryan’s budget would give millionaires an average tax cut of $300,000 a piece, while ending Medicare as we know it by turning it to a voucher system for future Medicare recipients," the news release added.

"Mitt Romney has endorsed Paul Ryan’s budget and said he would sign it into law if he were president."

Doors open for Ryan's event at the Villages at 7:30 a.m., with the program slated to begin at 9 a.m.   

Goin' Commando August 19, 2012 at 02:28 AM
And for the latest absurdity: "Paul Ryan Got Federal Funds To Help With Bush-Era GM Plant Closure He Blames On Obama Posted: 08/17/2012 7:11 pm Updated: 08/17/2012 8:06 pm GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan took a swipe at President Barack Obama on Thursday for failing to rescue a General Motors factory in his Wisconsin congressional district, calling it "one more broken promise" on the Democratic administration's record. "I remember President Obama visiting it when he was first running, saying he'll keep that plant open," Ryan said during a campaign stop. "One of the reasons that plant got shut down was $4 gasoline. You see, this costs jobs. The president's terrible energy policies are costing us jobs." The attack has already received a fair amount of ridicule because the Janesville, Wis., plant actually closed during the last year of George W. Bush's presidency. What hasn't really been emphasized is whether Ryan clearly knew this and made the charge nonetheless." For more: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/paul-ryan-slams-obama-for-not-saving-auto-plant----in-2008.php http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/17/paul-ryan-gm-federal-funds_n_1799515.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
Chuck Fortin August 19, 2012 at 04:00 PM
More Paul Rand and Ayn Ryan News from Sunday's New York Times - August 19 Conference of Catholic Bishops' letter to Congress: "A just spending bill cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor and vulnerable persons." Jesuits' letter to Paul Ryan: "Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Nuns-on-the-Bus and Sister Simone Campbell: "...we need to have each others' backs. Only wealthy people can ever begin to pretend that they can live in a gated community all by themselves." Ryan's former parish priest in Janesville, Father Stephen Umhoefer: "You can't tell somebody that in 10 years your economic situation is going to be just wonderful because meanwhile your kids may starve to death." As Maureen Down (NYT) writes: "Beyond the even-keeled Ryan mien lurks full-tilt virulence. A moderate demeanor is not a sign of a moderate view of the world." Also in another vein, if you are concerned and/or confused about competing Medicare proposals, the NYT Sunday editorial clearly breaks down the differences and advantages of each. Privatization vouchers have, again, reared their ugly heads.
The Beav August 19, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thank you darling wonder Mitt! Thanks for blessing us with inspiration of inherited wealth. Thank you for teaching us nobody should pay more tax just because they hide money, tax-free, in the Caymans & Bermuda & Switzerland & Andorra. Thanks for having fools pay their taxes, while you live in luxury. Thanks for building an elevator for your cars & limos in one of your 7 palaces, which also gives us inspiration to be like you: accomplished & not being afraid to demonstrate loyalty to yr fellow accomplished friends with the promise to further lower their taxes. And also thank the Ryan budget author for promising to reduce yr tax rate to 1%. After all 13% tax rate sure beats the 37% rate those on salaries must pay. It'ss inspiring for all of us not yet rich as you; not rich like yr daddy, not rich as yr wife or boys. Thank you for choosing a running mate who is also a millionaire from the inheritance from his great-grandfather, the road builder, whose company was passed down to his son & then his son, Paul's Daddy afforded Mr. Ryan a life in Wash.DC & inspiration to lower taxes on his multimillionaire mom & dad & all those whom God has blessed. You go Mitt! Why should Americans wait for the government to give a measly retirement to those who paid for it, when you show how to take care of yourself? Why give people Obamacare just because people without $ get sick? If God wants them sick, why go against God's will? O Mitt, how inspiring you are! Pay no attention to envy!
Chuck Fortin August 19, 2012 at 07:48 PM
This discussion has been a very useful and lucrative forum (especially for DunedinPatch advertisers) for informing and helping voters to sharpen their opinions about the candidates in play. So far, however, this exchange of ideas has been a bit one-sided, asymmetrical if you will. I'm sure we could all profit from alternative points of view from those not so sympathetic with some of the views expressed here. I warmly and respectfully welcome opposing voices to place additional facts, interpretations, and persuasive arguments (in the philosophical sense of the word) on the table for all of us to take them into consideration. Thank you.
Queenie August 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Oh pleeeeze! Ryan and his "sharp pencil" will no doubt help stop the ridiculous spending that's been going on. Wake up people...we'll be like Greece if Obama continues. Furthermore, I had hoped the races would meld with his candidacy, but there's been more racist comments against whites since he took office. Obama and his people have done nothing but create a class war agenda.

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