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How Ryan will play a role in Congressional battles



Paul Ryan shakes up the presidential race but also dozens of Congressional battles. Democrats were already jumping Saturday at the chance to harness Ryan's deep cutting, Medicare changing budget plan into attacks on their opponents.

Case in point: "The selection of Paul Ryan this morning makes the choice for voters in November even more stark," said Democratic Patrick Murphy, running for Florida's 18th Congressional District. "Allen West has been the #1 champion for Paul Ryan's Medicare-ending, education-slashing budget in Congress, proudly voting for it twice and saying it would be "suicide" to oppose. If the two of them take the helm in Washington, expect an end to Medicare as we know it and thousands in additional medical costs for Florida seniors."

West issued a statement praising Ryan.

"Congressman Ryan has a deep understanding of the fiscal challenges facing our nation in both the short and long term. He has consistently provided realistic, actionable solutions that will keep our promises to our seniors while putting our economy back on the "Road to Prosperity." Unlike President Obama, he put forward a serious budget.

"The damaging economic policies of President Obama's administration have left Americans with unemployment at or above 8% for 42 months and they are now facing the largest tax increase in history. His foreign policies have emboldened our enemies and left our allies vulnerable.  Our nation cannot afford to continue down this destructive path which seeks to wed more Americans to government handouts, saddles our children and grandchildren with insurmountable debt, weakens our defenses at home and abroad, and turns Americans against each other. President Romney and Vice President Ryan will put our nation back on a course of economic freedom and equality of opportunity for all Americans.

"The combination of Mitt Romney's successful record in business and government, and Paul Ryan's legislative experience and willingness to lead on pressing fiscal problems is just the recipe to get America back on the right path. President Mitt Romney and Vice President Paul Ryan are what we need to begin restoring the greatness of our Constitutional Republic."

[Last modified: Saturday, August 11, 2012 1:29pm]


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