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Paul Ryan Rally at Walsh University Has Crowd Wowed (VIDEO)

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's new running mate received a warm welcome at a rally on Thursday.

While many at Thursday's rally for GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said they were familiar with his political ideas, going to the event was all about seeing the the newly minted GOP vice presidential candidate in the flesh.

Nearly 2,000 people turned out at Walsh University on Thursday to get a glimpse of the 42-year-old congressman and hear first-hand about his ideas and political philosophy.

Ryan is on his second day of visits to small Ohio colleges. He made a campaign stop Wednesday at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in solidly Republican Butler County. Ryan graduated from Miami University in 1992, the New York Times reports.

The congressman from Wisconsin is less than a week out from being tapped as GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate.

Many at Thursday's rally were college students. Ryan made a clear pitch to them early on by saying, "Obama has been more concerned with the next election than he's been with the next generation."

"Mitt Romney and I will protect and strengthen Medicare and leave it intact for seniors and save it for the next generation," Ryan said.

Ryan's youthfulness is one reason rally attendee Carole Gibson is excited about the GOP presidential ticket. She thinks Ryan's youth makes him a forward-thinking politician.

"I like that he is thinking for the future of my children and not just worried about my age and older," the North Canton resident said while waiting in line to get in to the rally early Thursday. "If we keep going the way we're going, there's not going to be much of a future."

Her daughter, Stephanie Winkler, 20, said she doesn't know a lot about Ryan, but she's excited to learn more about the Romney/Ryan campaign today.

"I know Romney's political stance a little better, but since Ryan's so new, it would be nice to be informed," said Winkler, a Malone University junior majoring in psychology.

Others at Thursday's event said they were thoroughly familiar with the GOP philosophy, but merely wanted to see the 42-year-old congressman in the flesh.

"We're just here to see him in person," said Roy Benedum, 82, of Doylestown.

His wife, Pat Benedum, 75, said Thursday's event was the first time either had come to a political rally. An energized ticket is what brought them there, she said.

"This is the first time in our lives we have ever come to anything like this. And here we are — in our advanced years — because we're so excited."

"I just think he brings a youthful vision in this country in order to save it," Pat Benedum said.

Other attendees said Romeny's choice of Ryan clearly indicates the presidential hopeful's intentions.

"It shows how serious (Romney) is about working on the budget and the economy," said Gary Coyne of Cuyahoga Falls on Romney's veep choice.

Ryan, who is in his seventh term in Congress, is chairman of the House Budget Committee and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.

He is well known for his conservative plans for reducing the federal budget. In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his “Roadmap for America’s Future.”

Ryan said Thursday, "If we want our country to keep its promises to our seniors and our children, we have to cut spending."

U.S Rep Bob Gibbs, a Republican representing the 18th District, warmed up the crowd at Walsh.

"The problem is this administration is putting barriers up against the people who are trying to take risks and create jobs," Gibbs said.

Also on hand to speak was U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, who represents District 16. "We need plans. We need ideas. We need solutions," he told the crowd.

East End Farmer August 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thank you Paul and 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 to Mitt 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!
MZ August 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I was reading the other day about France and their taxes. Something along the lines of 75% for anyone making over a million. Sounds fair right? The only problem is that the wealthy French are leaving in droves (surely because they are selfish). Since the top 10 % of earners in the US pay approximately 70% of all federal taxes, I wonder would happen if even a few percent of them decided to opt out of the American experiment. If you are fortunate enough to become wealthy and build businesses that are sustainable, what would you leave behind for your family? Even if you only had a few thousand dollars, what would you do with it? I have to assume you would send it to Washington as the politicians are certainly better at deciding how our money should be spent. Bye the way, the car elevator sounds cool, I kind of want one.
Ed Fisher August 19, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I'm retired. Health reasons. No big savings or anything. Just an hourly grunt during all my working life. Next year, I'll lose my insurance and go on Medicare. The AARP reports that Romney's Medicare plan will cost seniors more money and that will hurt me and many others. I have no big reserve of cash to subsidize the Republican budget initiatives. It just comes down to that. Pontificate on, all you of higher intellect. I can't afford Romney. He's a rich guy who understands absolutely nothing about how the regular guy lives. Don't bother trashing me or telling me all about Obama's faults. Regular folks just can't afford Romney. It's that simple.
MZ August 19, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Ed, check out AMAC. It's a conservative alternate to the AARP. ObamaCare will take 700 billion or so from Medicare to fund his "free" healthcare plan. Medicare was becoming insolvent, under the current plan that will just happen a little quicker. I don't know wether you can afford Romney, but I am relatively certain that you won't be able to afford Obama, nor will you be happy with the rationing of services.
linda August 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM
No, read that link. Ryan doesn't want to give us the "same kind of insurance congress has", he wants you to be able to have a choice between plans like congress does. No where does he say the same kind of insurance, only a choice. Doesn't mean you are getting the cadillac plan. I have choices now, BCBS or Kaiser...no change!
linda August 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I think you have that backwards. First, this 716B cut was the same one that was in Ryan's budget passed in February-it was okay to him then. Now he flipflops on his own budget. Vouchers to seniors to pay for their own healthcare...sounds like he's working for the insurance companies too...
MZ August 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Linda, are you referring to the insurance companies that authored ObamaCare. You know, the bill that had to be passed to find out what was in it?
Ed Fisher August 19, 2012 at 10:56 PM
The Romney fed story about the 716 billion cost to Medicare has been rated "Mostly False" by PolitiFact. I said I was retired, an hourly worker, and not rich. I did not say I was stupid or gullible.
MZ August 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Linda, I might remind you that you have choices now. Just wait until ObamaCare is fully implemented in 2014. Socialized medicine, can't wait! I hope the government can run our health care system as efficiently and lean as it runs everything else. When I was in Ireland recently (they have "free" health care), we passed a neonatal hospital and the locals joke that the new facility is great and that there is only a 10 month wait. Is that the direction we are heading?
MZ August 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM
They say that the 716 billion will be reductions to what Medicare pays out for services. That is how they claim them as a savings. Believe what you want, nobody is calling you stupid or gullible. I am more an a little concerned with the impact on services from that 716 billion dollar savings. What do you think the impact will be? Is it possible that doctors will refuse Medicare patients? Is it possible that doctors will leave the profession or not enter it in the first place? Could there be rationing of services? Somehow the 716 billion that would have been paid for services won't be now. I know, there is a board Appointed by a health czar to figure all that out. It will probably work out just fine.
Matt Kopack August 20, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Don't forget your friend Obuma is also a millionaire and he has never had a real job. He is a career politician that made millions off of tax payers.
Jim Smith August 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM
MZ, the savings will come from patients who will now be insured. Right now, hospitals must serve all patients whether they can pay or not. Hospitals lose a lot of money on helping these patients, due to this law, which was passed in 1986 and signed by Reagan. Now, they'll receive payment through the new private plans, which is actually cheaper than offering services gratis. Both hospitals and private insurers like this. By the way, referring to Obamacare as "socialized medicine" is the stickiest misinterpretation: hospitals won't change, and insurers are still private. The government will have no additional ownership under Obamacare.
Dan Marol August 20, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Ed, you are 100% correct. The $716 billion in savings does not include any cuts to the benefits of seniors. The bulk of it is from savings from MedicareAdvantage, which was a give away to insurance companies in the first place. This is a way to slow the growth of medicare, and as was mentioned, Ryan had these same savings in his budget that every Republican in congress voted for...I think MZ is ignoring this fact.
Dan Marol August 20, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Lastly, the non-partisan CBO scored the Ryan proposal for turning Medicare into a voucher program, or what others are saying "giving seniors options", by saying it would increase the out of pocket expense of the average senior by $6,200 per year. When I'm eligible for medicare, I don't want "options", I want security, and all of the latest polls are showing the vast majority of Americans agree.
Dan Marol August 20, 2012 at 01:48 AM
MZ - Just to clarify about socialized medicine. My wife has relatives who live in Italy, and I recently spoke to a British man who has just moved here recently. There is no question socialized medicine is not perfect, but it is not the horror story that most of the conservatives like to portray. Not one person from Europe that I have spoken to would change their system for ours. Yes, there may be a longer wait for some procedures that are not life threatening, but if there is a serious issue that needs immediate attention, you are taken right away, I have been told. By the way, have you tried to get into a dermatolgist lately? The wait here is usually at least 2-3 months. My wife just called her physician for an appointment, and they told her the soonest they could see her is November! We sure have our waits here, too.
MZ August 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
The government will have no involvement? There are all of these people currently with no insurance that are a burden on the system as you state. How will all of these people magically get insurance? Exactly how will this work? Either the government will exert force and make people carry insurance through the threat of fines or worse, or they will end up on a government plan. Am I to believe that a government that currently distributes food stamps, welfare, etc to over a 100 million of its citizens will actually fine those that aren't insured? Am I to believe that a system that collects no federal income taxes from almost 50% of its citizens will not put them on a new entitlement? All we need to do is look at the history of these programs and how they have grown over the years. They are no longer what was originally "sold" to the public. I am sure this time it will be different.
MZ August 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Your Federal Government has made promises to you that it cannot keep. Social Security is going bust, Medicare is going bust, you have paid into these systems your entire working life and they are going BROKE! You have been lied to. While these programs may have started with good intentions they have time and time again ended morphing into something unsustainable. Medicare started about 50 years ago. Social Security started about 75 years ago. Both were started under promises that they would be a safety net for those that hit hard times. What happened? Now they are an entitlement. For many they are the only retirement and healthcare that they will have. I ask all of you, is this the legacy you want to leave? I am sorry you got duped by some politicians. I am sorry you believed the lies. Social Security and Medicare will be revamped or they will implode. There will be cuts, there have to be. With the benefit of hindsight and through the historical lessons of the last 75+ years, I will not count on the government for my future well-being. I will not be a burden on generations yet to be born.
Ed Fisher August 20, 2012 at 01:24 PM
You have missed my point. Entitlement ? I busted my a$$ for 45 years paying into SS and you call it "entitlement"? WHATEVER YOU SAY. But the deal is this: I rely on my SS check NOW to LIVE. This isn't about "legacy". This isn't about "burden". This is about NOW. I never made a pile of cash. Payday to payday without a lot of savings. So here we are. RIGHT NOW. So save the philosophical BS. Lied to ? Just keep preaching. Think I got duped ? If you're listening to Rom & Ry, you're being manipulated, not me. $6200 per year ? Just where will that come from ? Not from me, that's for sure.
MZ August 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I don't know you or pretend to know your story. What I do know is that I will not rely on the government. I am busting my a$$ just like you. I am paying into SS just like you did. Perhaps the only difference is that I know there will be little to nothing in the "lock box" when I retire so I am preparing accordingly. I don't need to listen to any politician to be able to, with reasonable certainty, predict how these things will end. It makes no difference to me what Romney, Ryan, Obama, or anybody else promise. I will count on none of it. As for the "philosophical BS," are you inferring that SS, Medicare, etc... are sound and can payback on the promises? They are not solvent. The only way you get what you were promised is by the force of the government taking from someone else. I will continue to pay into these failing systems all the while knowing that I will never see the principal I paid in, let alone any return. The money I pay supports people just like you. The only difference between us is I have more time to prepare and I KNOW that I cannot count on these failing government programs.
linda August 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Well MZ, you may well have the time and wisdom to prepare, that's great. But God forbid some unknown tragedy befalls you. That you cannot prepare for. One diagnosis or accident can wipe out your savings, insurance and job..then what-you may HAVE to rely on the government. No one likes to think about it or can prepare for it, but it happens through no fault of our own. Read the fact finders, Medicare is not going bankrupt but they do have funding challenges because of healthcare costs. Its not perfect, People have worked their whole lives intent on holding their own-just like you, but they can't prepare for everything. I am happy that you have no intent to rely on government for assistance, neither do I, but at the same time I have to play my part in making sure it does serve those needing it-young or old. Forcing retirees to pay more out of their pockets is not the answer and if the insurance companies were willing to offer affordable insurance regardless of pre-existing conditions and age, we wouldn't have needed Medicare.
Ed Fisher August 20, 2012 at 04:50 PM
What Linda writes is so true. I hope you never have to rely on the government like I do. I hope your plans and contingencies all work out. I had a plan, too. Kinda like: "work till you drop." That's what day-to-day working stiffs do these days. But then there was the cancer diagnoses. Then the surgery and chemo after that. And, lo and behold, the chemo damages my heart and work days are done ! Not wanting to sound like a sob story. Just life. Being dealt with. But leave my SS and future Medicare alone, dammit. Go play politics and legacies somewhere else.
MZ August 20, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I am not sure where the disagreements are? I can't figure out how you think I can impact your SS or Medicare. Can I do anything but contribute to your SS and Medicare? Trust me I do contribute. Are you debating that these systems are solvent and that I should count on them being viable when I retire, or be struck by some illness? How am I playing politics? As stated earlier I am sure these systems are bound to fail and am preparing as best as I can to handle any contingencies my family may need. Does that make me a bad person? I thought that was the American way, to be as self-reliant as possible. At no time have I stated that I want your benefits altered in anyway. Now that the government has been firmly involved in health care and retirement benefits for decades, I do fear that a free market solution is not possible. It seems to me that you are telling me that I need to prepare even more than I am, not less. If that is the case I will take your advice.
Ed Fisher August 20, 2012 at 07:30 PM
My statements were rhetorically aimed at the Rom-Ry camp. Yes, MZ, prepare as much as you can. I should have done more, but it wasn't in the cards. By supporting the Rom-Ry side, I'm afraid you've already endorsed fooling with my benefits.
Matt Kopack August 21, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Ed, I think you need to look at what you have since Oboma. Your fire and police forces are at bare minimums. You are now paying for trash pickup. Your take home pay is less. Your food and gas prices have gone through t
Joseph Robert August 23, 2012 at 01:35 PM
How could anyone trust Romney-Ryan to lead the country since they both like to distort and lie so much? For instance, look how much Paul Ryan avoids telling the truth.... According to a recent analysis by Politifact, a nonpartisan watchdog and Pulitzer Prize winner, Ryan rarely gives true information in his public comments. Politifact reviewed 14 statements that Ryan has publicly made over recent months and found that of those statements: Four were “mostly false.” Four were “half true.” Two were “pants on fire” (equal to incredibly false) Two were “true.” Two were “mostly true” In total, that means 10 statements were inaccurate, and 4 were true or mostly true. In other words, he was accurate 28 percent or less than one-third of the time. Learn more at: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/aug/11/fact-checking-paul-ryan/
MZ August 23, 2012 at 03:25 PM
How could anyone trust Obama-Biden to lead the country since they both like to distort and lie so much? For instance, look how much Obama avoids telling the truth... According to a recent analysis by Politifact, a nonpartisan watchdog and Pulitzer Prize winner, Obama rarely gives true information in his public comments. Politifact reviewed 3 statements that Obama has publicly made over recent months and found that of those statements: One was "mostly true" Two were "mostly false" In total, that means 2 statements were inaccurate, and 1 was mostly true. In other words, he was accurate 33 percent of the time. Further, Obama has only kept 37% of his promises (thankfully). Per the same Politifact site, over half of what Biden says is a half truth, mostly false, false, or pants on fire. Being an extension of NPR and winning a Pulitzer prize definitely guarantees a straight down the middle ranking, with no possible favoritism for one side over the other. If you look a little further into the ratings, you would realize that often times the cherry pick a word, or phrase from people who are campaigning. The number of statements also varies wildly. In addition, I have yet to know about a politician that was completely truthful. If you find one, please let me know.
The original Bill August 28, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Romney-Ryan will increase our debt, increase taxes on the middle class, cut taxes even further on the rich and gut every single program that is in place to help people who need it most. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO1F7EcGFAc&feature=player_embedded
Colter95 November 04, 2012 at 04:18 PM
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Colter95 November 04, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Wrong on the economy, wrong on Benghazi, and wrong on the auto bailout... The time for real change is NOW!! http://www.policymic.com/articles/14285/obama-lies-obama-auto-bailout-did-not-rescue-detroit http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/ http://twitchy.com/2012/10/23/obama-lies-about-romneys-position-on-auto-bailouts-conservatives-hit-back/ http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2012/10/26/letterman-slams-obama-auto-bailout-lie-followed-maddow-parroting-same- Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 04, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012

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