Ryan is a champion of a reduced federal government, and stronger rights for individual states. Ryan’s budgetary approach would mean far greater expense for the elderly and the poor, who would receive vouchers to help them buy private insurance, or allow them to rely on fee-for-service help options.
Recent polls from numerous sources show Romney falling behind Obama, in a campaign revolving almost entirely around economic issues. Republicans have resisted every plan from the administration, and they hope that their criticism of jobs, unemployment, and the American economy will propel them to the White House. In addition Romney, who has little diplomatic experience, has made several gaffes in recent weeks, possibly costing him votes. He was critical of the London handling of the Olympics. Responding to the Wisconsin temple shooting, he mispronounced Sikhs ("Sheiks", he said). Romney stands firmly behind any decision that the state of Israel makes, up to and including a unilateral attack on Iran. He is openly hostile to the people and government of Palestine.
Congressman Ryan and his wife have three children, and had been preparing for a week-long vacation in Colorado.
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