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Supporters Look to Paul Ryan For Enthusiasm, Answers

Largely friendly crowd excited to see vice presidential candidate, who has been someone they've been watching for years, in hopes of sparking the Republican ticket for the White House.

Many of the people who stood in line to be the first through the doors at Carroll University in Waukesha to see GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speak at a town hall meeting did so in the dark.

The early Monday morning campaign stop had people lining up as early as 5:30 a.m. with doors opening at around 6:45 a.m.

Marnie Milnick from Oak Creek and Katie Gierach of Menomonee Falls were two undecided voters who attended the town hall, and their hope was that Ryan would talk about the criticisms GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had received about his tenure with Bain Capital.

"I know they will be going after him tomorrow at the debate, and I want to hear what the response is regarding his time at Bain," Geirach said.

Romney retired from the company, which he built from scratch in 1984, with a benefits package that have critics questioning the estimated $87 million value on his retirement. The topic never came up Monday.

For the most part, staunch supporters made up the audience for the event. Rita Pinscak of Waukesha said she has been a volunteer for the Romney campaign even before Ryan was on the ticket, calling it an easy job.

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"It has been an exciting, easy experience to talk to people, even those who had voted for Obama in 2008," she said. "They feel disappointed and feel that nothing has happened in the past four years."

"What I want to hear today is the same thing I've been hearing from the campaign, especially when it comes to foreign policy," Pinsack added. "I'm afraid of what's been going on in Libya and this administration's response to it. No one respects us anymore, and no one believes the United States will be there to help defend them."

School groups also attended the event, including Trinity Lutheran School in Waukesha and Kettle Moraine Baptist School in Whitewater.

Teacher Jim Swaffer said he hoped he would hear from Ryan that they were pulling ahead in the polls, as well as assure that abortion would be addressed during the administration's first term.

Afterward, people were pleased overall with the format and content of the morning.

"I thought it was a good format, and allowed for people to ask any questions," said Frank Edwards, who is an avid Romney supporter from Milwaukee.

Gierach and Milnick also found the format to be "real" and not "a repeat of campaign slogans," although they said they were still considering both sides as they left the meeting.

A scheduled protest for 6:30 a.m. did not materialize, and there were no interruptions during the meeting.

the 'sha guy October 15, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Try to inform yourself and you will sound a bit less foolish. How does that faded Obama poster look?
Keith Best October 15, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Hey Bert- in case you didn't notice....Hope and Change is Epic Failure.
James R Hoffa October 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Sounds like a great event that those who attended found to be authentic and responsive. The more people are exposed to the REAL Romney/Ryan platform, as opposed to the propagandist LIES being spewed by the Democrats and the MSM, the more they like and support it! ROMNEY/RYAN/THOMPSON 2012!!!
James R Hoffa October 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
@Bert - Apparently, you weren't listening very well. 1) The tax cut does not amount to $5T over 10 years as erroneously stated by biased third party studies that rely on assumptions, speculation, supposition, etc. 2) What do you mean when you say who will pay for a tax cut? If you cut the size and spending of the federal government, as Romney/Ryan are proposing, then a tax cut wouldn't need to be paid for by anyone. 3) The middle-class, and especially those on the lower end, would primarily benefit from the reduced rates, as deductions/loopholes/etc are going to be eliminated on the upper end so that the effective tax rate of those earning more than $200k/yr will remain at the status quo, while everyone else's effective tax rate will either also remain at the status quo or decrease, even if only slightly. Both Romney and Ryan have definitively stated that the eliminated deductions/loopholes/etc will not effectively raise anyone's taxes who are earning less than $200k/yr.
James R Hoffa October 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM
4) By reducing the rates, you encourage business investment and growth. You also maintain end consumer prices and increase competition, which effectively helps to lower end consumer prices. Encouraged business leads to more jobs. More jobs leads to more people working and paying into the government as opposed to leaching from it, which translates to a larger base from which to collect revenues and less expenditures being made on the social safety net programs. More people working with a reduced tax burden leads to more money in people's pockets to spend. More money in people's pocket to spend with steady or reduced end consumer prices leads to increased demand for goods and services. Increased demand leads to even more business investment and growth, which leads to more jobs, etc. Next time, try paying closer attention as opposed to hiding behind the liberal propaganda machine! Hoffa is still waiting for someone to show him how the math of the Obama/Biden plan adds up to a balanced budget and debt reduction, as the proposed tax increases on the upper end brackets don't accomplish this at current spending levels. Waiting… The choice is obviously clear to anyone with half a brain! ROMNEY/RYAN/THOMPSON 2012!!!

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