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Paul Ryan's mother, a Florida resident, feared he'd be a ski bum




Newly minted vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, confronting charges he is trying to dismantle Medicare, pulled the mother of all cards Sunday on 60 Minutes.

"My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida," he said, insisting his reform plan is to strengthen the program.

Betty Ryan Douglas, who turned 78 last week, lives at least part time in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, a small beachside town in Broward County. A Republican, she has been registered to vote in Florida since 1997.

"She is a very nice woman, nice family woman. Very bright, very alert," said Rosina Ventre, a neighbor.

She is only there during the winter months, Ventre said. Ryan Douglas doesn't introduce herself as the congressman's mother, but Ventre said she saw Ryan visit his mother there.

Mrs. Douglas' first husband died of a heart attack when Paul Ryan was a teen, and he discovered the body in their Wisconsin home. His mother went back to school to study interior design. She got a professional license Florida in 1996, records show.

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[Last modified: Monday, August 13, 2012 6:36pm]


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