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Let me introduce myself: Paul Ryan comes to Nevada

GOP vice presidential candidate rallies voters in northwest Las Vegas


Steve Marcus

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan waves to supporters after taking the stage for a rally at Palo Verde High School in Summerlin Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.

Paul Ryan visits Vegas as Romney's running mate

KSNV reports that Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan addressed a crowd of supporters at Palo Verde High School, Aug. 14.

Paul Ryan Rallies Republicans

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan arrives for a rally at Palo Verde High School in Summerlin Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Like fireworks waiting for their fuse to be lit, an estimated 2,000 people braved sweltering heat and long security lines Tuesday afternoon with giddy enthusiasm to get their first glimpse of Rep. Paul Ryan in his new role as running mate for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Ryan was not scheduled to speak until just before 5 p.m., but the gymnasium at Palo Verde High School was nearly full by 3 p.m., and the crowd’s excited anticipation only grew as the Palo Verde band pumped them up with drum-heavy tunes.

When Ryan did take the stage, the crowd erupted. Several times during the seven-term congressman’s 20-minute speech, the crowd boomed with applause, rattling the rafters.

“This election is going to fly by in the next 80 or so days,” said Ryan, wearing khaki pants and a collared blue-and-white checkered shirt. “But what you are going to see and what we are now seeing from the president is nothing more than division and demagoguery. We are going to offer optimism and opportunity. We have a president who, like a lot of people, is more worried about their next election than they are the next generation.”

Ryan, who represents a district of about 700,000 in Wisconsin’s southeast corner, is chairman of the House Budget Committee and, among other things, is known for his budget proposal and fiscal plan dubbed “The Path to Prosperity.”

“All of these government programs, all of these endless bailouts by the president, all of these regulations, they are not putting people back to work,” said Ryan, who has been a consistent voice for limiting government spending and entitlement reform but also voted for the troubled asset relief program (TARP), assistance for U.S. auto companies, expansion of Medicare under George W. Bush, and the 2008 and 2009 stimulus packages. “They are not helping Nevada’s recovery and they are not getting Nevada’s economy back on track, and we need to change that.”

Standing on a large stage with a backdrop of the Nevada and U.S. flags and several rows of supporters, Ryan pointed to Romney’s business experience as a key asset for the ticket.

“We have a candidate in Mitt Romney who knows how businesses are created, how jobs are created,” Ryan said. “We have a man with firsthand experience who knows that if you have a small business, you did build that small business.”

The line, referring to a speech by President Barack Obama during which he expressed that the integrated nature of society means that everyone receives assistance during their lives, received some of the most vociferous applause of the day.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” Obama said during a July campaign stop in Virginia. “There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative but also because we do things together.”

Berkley News Conference

U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) holds a  news conference in the parking lot of Palo Verde High School before a rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan at the school Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Berkley is running for U.S. Senate against Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Heller supporters hold up signs in the background. Launch slideshow »

After Ryan wrapped up his speech, he shook hands with those onstage and then went into the crowd to greet more supporters.

The crowd filtered out and snapped pictures in front of the Romney-Ryan tour bus.

Darlene Aurich, a Romney supporter and Las Vegas resident, said she “loved” the former Massachusetts governor’s choice for vice president.

“He has a lot of good ideas,” she said of Ryan. “Romney could have chosen from a lot of good candidates for vice president, but I think he chose one of the best.”

Rep. Shelley Berkley, who is in a race for a U.S. Senate seat with Sen. Dean Heller, stopped at Palo Verde High School hours before Ryan’s visit to offer her perspective on what a Romney-Ryan ticket meant for the country and the Silver State.

Berkley argued that the budget-reduction target Romney and Ryan have placed on public aid programs such as Social Security and Medicare would devastate seniors and middle- and low-income families.

Berkley also criticized Ryan’s stance on the issue of reproductive rights, limiting abortion and the use of contraception, and his vote against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that extends the statute of limitations on fair pay lawsuits.

“This election is going to be a watershed for this country of what our priorities are,” Berkley said. “Who do you stand with? Where does Paul Ryan stand? With corporations that ship jobs overseas and with big oil companies making record profits. He wants to increase and continue the tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires in this country. I stand with the middle-income families, people who call Nevada home. … Paul Ryan’s priorities are not mine because they are not the priorities of the people I represent.”

After the event, Ryan was scheduled to have a private meeting with Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, who, along with his wife, has given $10 million to Restore Our Future, a political action committee that supports Mitt Romney.

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  1. POTUS looks bemused that someone could be as ignorant as Ryan.

  2. "All of these government programs, all of these endless bailouts by the president, all of these regulations, they are not putting people back to work," said Ryan, who has been a consistent voice for limiting government spending and entitlement reform but also voted for the troubled asset relief program (TARP), assistance for U.S. auto companies, expansion of Medicare under George W. Bush, and the 2008 and 2009 stimulus packages. "

    The GOP mantra: Do as I say, not as I do!

    Paul Ryan personally voted to add trillions to the national debt, and yet the GOP treat him as if he's some sort of deficit hawk? What a sham!

    The reckless Bush tax cuts? Ryan financed them with debt.

    The war in Afghanistan? Ryan financed it with more debt.

    The war in Iraq. Ryan financed it with even more debt!

    The trillion-dollar Medicare Part D expansion? 100% debt!

    He voted for debt-financed bailouts, and for the debt-financed TARP, and now criticize them? What a phony!

    Now he wants to replace Medicare with CouponCare to pay for his recklessness in seven terms of Congress? The American people aren't buying it.

    Paul Ryan has ZERO credibility when it comes to the deficit and the debt. Yet his fan club fawns over the rhetoric while ignoring his record.

    Typical republicans... prop up a phony sham in place of a serious candidate. Paul Ryan is Sarah Palin without the lipstick.

    "[Paul Ryan] is not the guy you pick to win Florida. This is the guy you pick to win Fox and Friends."

  3. Ryan is stepping into the role as sidekick, think Batman and Robin. People vote for the presidential candidate usually, not the vice president. Ryan's views are sure to breed controversy, but will they help Romney or hinder him? Looking back, people often are unable to even recall the name of who was a vice president or candidate for the office.

  4. The choice is clear!

    Either you want to preserve Medicare as we know it, or discard Medicare under the Ryan plan? Either eliminate the "Donut Hole" for seniors, or continue to pay higher prescription drug prices under the Ryan plan? In addition, Ryan is proposing to cut taxes for the upper income group without saying how the tax cut will be paid for! Normally a tax cut for upper income levels is paid by people making less than $40,000 per year. There is nothing in the Ryan plan to help the middle class. There is nothing in the Romney plan to help the middle class. The choice is clear! If you want higher taxes for the middle class vote for Governor Romney and Rep. Ryan. If you want seniors to paid more for health care and prescription drugs, vote or Governor Romney and Rep. Ryan. The choice is clear!

    Governor Romney firmly supports the Ryan plan. The question now for voters, do you support Governor Romney and Rep. Ryan?

    This election is the most clear election choice in the past 30 years.

  5. Longtime...

    Good post.

    "This election is the most clear election choice in the past 30 years."

    Thurston Howell & his 'little buddy' Gilligan, his new 'errand boy', have a snowballs chance...

    Doubling down on the formula that sank the world into economic chaos...and rewarding those that brought it on?
    not exactly what Americans see as a 'viable' option.

    The gulf between these 2 candidates couldn't possibly be any more stark.

  6. The main reason why Ryan came to Las Vegas was because of Adelson. All the rest of this stuff was a sideshow. A smokescreen.

    Ryan was named as Romney's Presidential pick, er, wait, um, Vice Presidential pick last Saturday.

    Here it is three and half days later, and Ryan already magically shows up in Las Vegas on the doorstep of the Venetian with a fresh pair of kneepads bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready for a suck up meeting with Mr. Deep Pockets (Adelson).

    I don't care what he said at Palo Verdes. The substance of his speech was hollow. He came to Las Vegas for money, money, money, moh money, moh money, moh money, but masquerades himself as the savior of America.

    I see past the facade. He is a one percenter. He wants to represent them in politics. His whole past history in politics shows a tendency to cater to them ONLY. The rest of us can gargle on snot for all he cares.

    Ryan is not going to be elected by the people.

    He wants to BUY the people.

    Don't get fooled.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

  7. Remember during the Republican debates,Romney was condeming "Washington Insiders "? Now he picks Ryan who has never been anything else in his life !

  8. crackedbeak says: "Please allow me to introduce myself
    I'm a man of wealth and taste
    But what's confusing you
    Is just the nature of my game"

    Thanks for the early morning laugh. When I saw the first words of the headline to this article, I also automatically thought of the classic rock song "Sympathy For The Devil" by the Rolling Stones off of the "Beggars Banquet" album.

    Heretic: Thanks for twisting my words around. I don't see any meaningful discussion about the issues, just word salad games on your part. You're just doing like the Romney campaign has done now FIVE times: Twist words around and edit them heavily so they mean something else. Good luck with that last desperate attempt at trying to get Vulture/Voucher elected.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    Romney/Ryan 1040s!

  9. Now that Rep. Ryan is no the national stage, we see from searching his past this guy is not a fiscal conservative. Rep. Ryan is actually a moderate based on his past voting record in the House. There are so many negatives on Rep. Ryan being the Republican Vice Presidential nominee.

    Voted to increase spending during the Bush years.
    Voted for the War.
    Voted for TARP.
    Voted to and author the bill to remove over 710 billion from Medicare. He charges the President with doing the same, except Ryan's plan gives the billions to upper income group as a tax cut. The President send the billions back into system through the Affordable Care Act.
    Ryan sent the President a letter asking for Stimulus money for people in his district, but Ryan voted against the stimulus.
    Ryan is a huge fan of Ayn Rand. His entire career is based on Rand's model of America.
    Ryan has not experience in Foreign or International relations.
    Ryan has not military background.
    Ryan' family business receives over 80% income from Federal and State contacts.
    Ryan has use Social Security death benefits, but he not wants to gut the program.

    Other Republicans are running away from Ryan's budget.

    Many people do not want this guy a heart beat away from the oval office, or even Mitt Romney.

    The choice for the elect is crystal clear. If this Republican team takes control of the country we can expect higher taxes, another war, increase unemployment, higher prescription drug cost for seniors, elimination of the Medicare and reduction of Medicaid as we know it. And this just what we do know.

    Like many independent voters, the choice is clear, this is not for America. As an independent voter, my vote is valuable and I will not waste, nor help take our country down the path of another 8-years like we have experienced from 2000 to 2008.

  10. Mark - BUSH grew the Federal Government Far more than ANY Democrat Ever did. Bush went from a Surplus to a Deficit. The Wars but especially the Bush Billionaire Tax Cuts are driving the National Debt Over the Cliff. With Bush we were Losing 900 Thousand Jobs a Month. And Now Romney wants to Go Backwards to Bush Policies and put those on Steroids. He will use Seniors, Students AND the Working Class to Pay for them.

    They want to eliminate ALL Capital gains Taxes - so Romney and his Hundred Millionaire + Crowd will pay less than 1%(without disclosing what they paid in the past). They want to call a Fertilized egg a Person, which could even threaten women who had a miscarriage with Jail or if they were impregnated by Rape or Incest.

    Throw each and Every Republican Out of Office. Ayn Rand - Paul Ryan's Hero was a Communist, Atheist Writer who told people to be Selfish and Not Help their neighbor. This does sound like Republican "Christian" values.

  11. "PLease allow me to introducse myself...."

    "...Please allow me to introduce myself
    I'm a man of wealth and taste
    I've been around for a long, long year..."

    Coincidence or a look into the future that words from "Sympathy For The Devil" are used in a story about Paul Ryan.

  12. Apologize for the Rolling Stones quotes. Didn't see the other posts!!

  13. Paul Ryan isn't a fiscal conservative.

    "Ryan is not a "fiscal conservative." A fiscal conservative pays for the government he wants. Ryan never has. His early "Roadmap for America's Future" didn't balance the budget until the 2060s and added $60 trillion to the national debt. Ryan's revised plan, passed by the House in 2011, wouldn't reach balance until the 2030s while adding $14 trillion in debt. It adds $6 trillion in debt over the next decade alone -- yet Republicans had the chutzpah to say they wouldn't raise the debt limit!"

    The GOP remains as gullible as ever.

  14. RyAYN is a clown, riding in the clown car that is the Romney/RyAYN candidacy. The usual right wing fools comment on this blog espousing how this ticket is the country's saving grace. Blah...Blah...Blah. Nobody on the right takes 5 minutes to actually back up their BS claims. Obama will win in November; get used to it.