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Pennsylvania Party Leaders React to Romney's Choice of Paul Ryan

GOP's Rob Gleason praises presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his would-be vice president. Democrat Jim Burn of Allegheny County derides their 'wrong agenda.'

News broke early Saturday morning that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mateaccording to a Fox News report.

Ryan, best known for his proposed budget that calls for an overhaul of Medicare, is considered a rising star in the GOP.

Romney made the official announcement at a campaign stop in Norfolk, Va., calling Ryan "an intellectual leader of the Republican Party."  

Pennsylvania Republican leaders praised Romney's choice of running mate.

"I congratulate Paul Ryan on being selected to join Mitt Romney on the Republican Presidential ticket," said Rob Gleason, chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, in a statement released following the announcement. "Pennsylvanians will be well served by a Romney-Ryan team in a White House that can finally shut the door on President Obama’s four years of high unemployment, out-of-control spending, and usher in a new era of American prosperity.

" Pennsylvania will be first in line to send Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to the White House when we deliver our 20 electoral votes this November."

“Quite simply, President Obama has failed," continued Gleason. "The unemployment rate has now been above 8 percent for 42 straight months. Friday’s jobs report illustrates how Obama has failed to fix the economy and meet his own standards: He promised his massive $831 billion stimulus would create millions of jobs and bring unemployment down to around 5.5 percent by today.

"Most staggering of all, the real unemployment rate is 15 percent," Gleason added. "That means that 15 percent of Americans either can’t find a job, full-time work or have given up even trying to find a job. That is this President’s legacy and the reason Pennsylvanians are going to vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket."

Pennsylvania Democrats also issued a statement on Romney's choice.

"Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan proves once again that he has the wrong agenda for middle-class Pennsylvanians," said state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn in the statement.

"Paul Ryan shares Mitt Romney's commitment to helping the wealthy at the expense of the middle class," said Burn, of Allegheny County and a former president of Allegheny County Council.

"Ryan is the author of a budget plan that will increase taxes for the middle class and end Medicare as we know it, all to fund tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans," he said. "The Romney-Ryan agenda will cut investments in education, clean energy and innovation that will help our economy grow while returning to the same failed trickle-down economic policies of the past. The Romney-Ryan budget plan will cost America over 1 million jobs while cutting key investments in middle class programs like Head Start and veterans health care.

"Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan has made it clear that he will abandon the middle class and seniors and take us back to the same failed policies of the past that hurt middle-class Pennsylvanians."

cc August 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM
You can go to the article http://www.seiu.org/a/healthcare/frequently-asked-questions-excise-tax-on-high-cost-health-plans.php and see were ML got this information from and it is only talking about the SEIU Local. The Service Employees International Union. My deceased husband was part of Contruction Union and this isn't anything like what they are saying. Good job taking articles ML and passing them off as your own and saying ALL UNIONS. If you go to the AFL-CIO you can read what they have to say. ML like to copy from articles and pass them off as her own then claim it applies to all unions.
cc August 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Another article posted on here and being passed off as her own. I love it
bd August 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM
ML - a Pre-Medicare retiree is someone who retires before the age that they are required by law to apply for Medicare. And, you wrote, " Well of course some costs will "trickle down" as they say, but no worker will pay the tax directly.." What is the difference if a "worker" pays for his/her increased cost of coverage (due to Obamacare) directly or indirectly? The only advantage I see is that if a "worker" pays for a cost INDIRECTLY, he/she will blame the company or the insurance carrier instead of laying the blame where it truly belongs -on the Democratic Party and Obama who pushed this very bad law through without knowing the details.
bd August 13, 2012 at 08:38 PM
ML - That is interesting because I pay co-pays and I also pay a monthly contribution for my company sponsored healthcare plan and it is not a "Cadillac." The company says that right now the cost for my plan is in excess of $10,200. I also have a friend who is a township commissioner and healthcare for the township employees exceeds the $10,200 and $27,500. So for you to say nobody will pay the Obamacare tax is not true. This law stinks to high Heaven.
cc August 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM
ml thinks she is the tax expert on everything. People can't afford to purchase insurance now isn't going to be able to pay the premiums under obamacare. Insurance companies are going to have to pass the buck to someone and the people are going to pay for it. So it will be just like before only worse, pay for your healthcare feed your family or pay for your mortgage. Doctors have already begun to drop taking Access so where are these people going to be treated at, plus the ones that get free obamacare??? But ML is rich she got 2500 a month to blow for just one person so money is no object for her and she will be getting free obamacare but won't have a dr to take it.

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