GOP VP Candidate Paul Ryan Turns to Town Hall Meetings


A man stood up and asked him, "For those of us who would have voted for, in the primaries for, say Ron Paul, why should we vote for you not say Libertarian or Vermin Supreme and the Pony Party?"

Ryan didn't hesitate, "Do you want Barack Obama to be re-elected? Then don't vote for Ron Paul." (The House Budget Chairman quickly added that the two are friends.)

The format also gives him a chance, outside the daily interviews with local affiliates or network interviews, to at times address what he has called the recent "inarticulate" comments of his running mate.

"Let me address this 47 percent because this is the point that Mitt and I are trying to make," Ryan said, referring to leaked videos of Romney where he said at a closed door fundraiser," that 47 percent of the electorate that will vote for Obama are people who are "dependent upon government" and believe "that they are victims."

"We want an opportunity society not a welfare state. That is what the American dream is. Now what our objective is, is to address the root causes of poverty to break the cycle of poverty instead of simply treating poverty to make it more tolerable because you will get more poverty that way. We want to get people out of poverty, into the middle class, on to the lives of self sufficiency."

The crowd cheered, but it is the comments of Romney's that voters are now seeing in a new ad produced by the Obama campaign that began airing Monday in this crucial battleground state. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll from earlier this month has the president with a seven point lead to Romney 50 percent to 43 percent.

One supporter of the Republican ticket in Lima, Alexis Ley, agreed with some conservatives who say they want to see more of Ryan, saying she sees Romney, Obama, and Joe Biden on television more often.

"I would like to see him. That's why I'm here today," Ley said. "I want to see what he has to say as opposed to just hearing he's the vice president. I haven't heard enough to be in love with him, but I hope to be."

Another Romney supporter, Paul Blaho, was convinced he will be "seeing a lot of Ryan."

"I like Ryan," Blaho said. "He's a sportsman I'm a deer hunter I think he can relate to the common man on the street. I think we will see more of him."

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