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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.

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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