‘Paul Who?’: Trailing The GOP Running Mate at the Iowa State Fair

Aug 13, 2012 5:15pm
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First, an observation: Aside from some very loud and persistent hecklers (some of whom came disguised as Romney supporters, complete with shirts and signs), Paul Ryan had a warm, enthusiastic reception at the Iowa State Fair.

Watch Paul Ryan’s Heckling Here

After the heckling — which took place at the famous Soap Box where Romney was heckled last year — I caught up with Ryan during his rather chaotic departure.   Here’s our exchange:

JK:  What did you think about that reception?
PR:  I thought it was wonderful.
JK:  Does it bother you — the hecklers?
PR:  Nah. We are used to it.  I come from Wisconsin.

I also caught up with him when he first arrived and asked him to respond to Obama saying Ryan is “part of the problem.”  He declined to answer, saying:  ”We can play stump the running mate later.”

He did, however, tell me he had taken part in cow milking competitions back in Wisconsin and always lost, usually to some 17-year-old farm girl.  But he claims to know how to milk a cow and made a gesture with his hands to show how it is done.

You’ve got to love state fairs …

One other thing:  I spoke to many people at the fair and found two reactions over and over –

“He’s awesome!”


“Paul who?”

A lot of people, even here in neighboring Iowa, have no idea who Paul Ryan is.

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