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paul ryan in north carolina Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan listens to voters at a Romney for President campaign roundtable event in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday, June 5. (Photo courtesy Katharine Richardson)

Election 2012: Paul Ryan Campaigns for Romney

Wisconsin congressman talks economy in North Carolina

By Katharine Richardson | June 11 , 2012

Last Tuesday, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan was in Raleigh, North Carolina, to campaign for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Ryan met and talked with North Carolina business leaders over breakfast at Big Ed's, a local restaurant. He discussed and criticized President Barak Obama's handling of the economy and answered the concerns of the business leaders.

"The reason I think Mitt Romney is going to win is because he's giving the country an affirmative policy of what it takes to get this economy turned around," Ryan said.

Ryan has a unique perspective on the country's economy. He is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee. As the leader of that committee, Ryan crafted a controversial budget proposal aimed at getting the country out of debt.

Ryan has said his budget will balance the nation's books and put America on firmer footing for the future. Critics have responded by calling the budget an attack on the middle class, Medicare, and Social Security, among other programs.

Many voters gathered at Big Ed's agreed with Ryan's proposal. These voters also view the 2012 election as a chance to correct the course of the country.

"I believe that debt is one of the biggest problems in our country, and Obamacare is contributing to that, so it needs to be changed," said Joanne Empie, one of the many Romney supporters who came to the restaurant to meet Ryan.

"I think that Mitt Romney's economic policy is the right direction for this country," added her husband, Frank Empie.

In the 2008 presidential election, then-Senator Obama barely won North Carolina. In the 2012 campaign, Republicans see the state as one they can — especially since North Carolina's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country at 9.1 percent (as of April 2012).

Ryan believes that Mitt Romney will be able to change this if he is elected president.

"We have a choice of two futures in front of us," Ryan said. "Do we want to go on the current path we're on, that President Obama's put us on – a nation in debt, a nation in doubt and decline with a terrible jobs result – or are we going to elect a new president that's going to tackle these fiscal problems?"


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