MoveOn moves to define Romney-Ryan as ‘the ultimate 1 percent’

• Recent polls show dead heat, voters have favorable response to Ryan as VP nominee

Staff Report

Less than a week after Mitt Romney, presumptive Republican nominee for president, named Janesville, Wis., native U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his running mate, has organized a “pink slip” movement in attempts to define the Romney-Ryan ticket as “the ultimate 1 percent ticket.”

Local MoveOn members will distribute pink slips at noon, Thursday, Aug. 16, in front of Valli Produce, 5880 E. State St., Rockford.

The pink slip states the following:

You’re fired!

Possible reasons for termination:

Experts predict the Romney-Ryan budget would cost the U.S. more than 1 million jobs in less than a year.

Romney and Ryan both believe the middle class should pay more taxes so the rich get richer — an approach that would tank the economy and kill jobs.

As CEO of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney was an outsourcing pioneer, and now he’s proposing policies that would make it even easier for corporations to outsource jobs.

Romney & Ryan: Don’t hire them, unless you want them to fire you.

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A press release from the local MoveOn group stated the following:

Mitt Romney just announced Paul Ryan as his pick for vice president. With the Republican National Convention (Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.) just weeks away, we need to act now to define Romney and Ryan as the ultimate 1 percent ticket.

Ryan is an extremist ideologue who wants to end Medicare, radically redistribute wealth to the top 1 percent, and throw America’s middle class under the bus. Ryan’s proposed budget would cost America more than a million jobs in less than one year and tank the economy. True to his Bain roots, Romney would change the tax structure in a way that would lead to more jobs being created — overseas.

Since we can’t match the spending of the Super PACs, we’re relying on people power to get the word out. That’s why on Thursday, Aug. 16, MoveOn members will distribute 1,000,000 pink slips to amplify the message. We’ll leverage 7 million members to make sure Romney and Ryan’s pink slips reach key voters — women, people of color and young people — on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere online. To get more attention, MoveOn members will also gather at post offices, malls, libraries and high-traffic areas nationwide to talk to voters and the media.”

Romney announced Aug. 11 that Ryan was his pick to run as vice president in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

Ryan, 42, was first elected in 1998 and is in his seventh term as a U.S. Representative in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.

Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District is in southeastern Wisconsin and covers Kenosha County, Racine County and most of Walworth County, as well as portions of Rock County, Waukesha County and Milwaukee County.

Ryan serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He has proposed privatizing Medicare in the future with a voucher program for those now younger than 55.

In April 2011, Ryan introduced The Path to Prosperity plan, which included significant changes to Medicare. He also helped introduce the similar The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal in March 2012.

Born and raised in Janesville, Wis., Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio. He worked as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Bob Kasten, R-Wis., as a legislative director for former U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Rep. and 1996 Republican vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp, R-N.Y.

A Tuesday, Aug. 14, Rasmussen Tracking poll showed Romney edging President Barack Obama (D) 47-44 percent, while a Monday, Aug. 13, Gallup Tracking poll showed Romney and Obama in a dead heat, both at 46 percent.

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found 50 percent of likely U.S. voters have a favorable opinion of Ryan, while 32 percent view him unfavorably. This includes 29 percent with a “very favorable” view of Ryan and 13 percent with a “very unfavorable” one. Thirteen percent are unfamiliar with Ryan, according to the poll, and 5 percent are not sure about him.

Just prior to being picked as Romney’s running mate, only 39 percent viewed Ryan as favorable, while 25 percent held an unfavorable opinion of him.

Forty-three percent of voters think Romney made the right choice when he chose Ryan to be his running mate, according to the poll. Twenty-two percent disagree and think it was a bad choice. A sizable 35 percent aren’t sure.

However, the Rasmussen Reports survey also found 36 percent now say they are more likely to vote for Romney with Ryan as his running mate. Twenty-nine percent say they are less likely to vote for the Republican, while just as many (30 percent) say the vice presidential selection has no impact on their vote.

Vice President Joe Biden will again appear on the ticket with Obama in the Nov. 6 general election.

From the Aug. 15-21, 2012, issue

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