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Paul Ryan Stumps for Small Government in West Chester

Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan made a campaign stop in West Chester Tuesday at the American Helicopter Museum.

West Chester resident Bob Gross served in the military.  He’s a former Marine, and he’s tired of the nonsense.

“Where do you begin,” Gross said.  “The country is $6 trillion in debt.  We’re socializing and nationalizing our businesses, and we’re wasting billions on companies like Solyndra that go bankrupt in a couple of days.”

Gross added, “I am tired of the nonsense in Washington.”

Gross echoed the sentiment expressed by who visited the in West Chester Tuesday.

“Government is important to a society,” Ryan said.  “But it is not the nucleus.  The nucleus is ‘we the people.’”

Ryan added, “Government’s job is not to pick winners and losers in the economy.  That job is for our entrepreneurs, our investors, our risk-takers.”

Ryan also said that the Obama adminstration is out-of-touch--that Obama doesn't understand the needs of the American people.

"Remember last time around when Obama said people in states like Pennsylvania cling to their guns and their religion," Ryan said.  "Well as a catholic deer hunter consider me guilty as charged.  That's what freedom really is."

Ryan shared the stage Tuesday afternoon with several southeastern Pennsylvania Republicans including Congressmen Jim Gerlach and Charlie Dent as well as Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello.

“I know you all believe in hope and change like I do because I hope for a change in the White House this November,” Costello said.

Ryan and the other speakers said that this election could define a generation, and that the idea of what America would be in the future was at stake.

“America is not just a place,” Ryan said.  “It is also an idea.”

Ryan added, “The idea of America is that our rights come from nature and God, not government.”

Besides the several thousand Romney supporters that attended the event, there was a small contingent of about 25 protesters at the rally Tuesday.

“As Paul Ryan prepares to roll in here, I’m proud to stand here too,” said West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta.  “Obama and Romney represent two separate visions for seniors, for students and for the poor.”

Congressman Jim Gerlach said that because of his stance on Medicare, the Democrats like to portray Paul Ryan as “the man who would push grandma off a cliff in her wheelchair.”

“By picking Ryan, Romney shows that he is serious about turning the country around,” Gerlach said.

“I want to earn your support,” Ryan said.  “I want to reaffirm our nation’s founding principles so that we can get people back to work.”

“Our duty is to save the American dream for our children,” Ryan added.  “We will not replace the country’s principles.  We will reapply those principles.”

"I like what Romney and Ryan represent," said West Chester resident Bob Whetstone who attended Tuesday’s rally. "Small government, a controlled economy—all the things I'm concerned about."

Ryan did not mention abortion or the much talked about inflammatory comment from Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) that "legitimate rape" victims rarely get pregnant. The topics were brought up on protesters signs.

Did you attend the rally? What did you think of the speech? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.

David Curran September 02, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I guess he will say it was an honest mistake. The only honest mistake will be the votes for him and his buddy. Now the buddy is more clever with his lies-he is more into reinventing himself and missinterpreting history. These guys the most untrustworthy canidates I have ever saw.
Scott Weekley September 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
How in "God's" name could Paul Ryan and/or Mitt Romney be "stumping" for small business and/or large American-based businesses who "employ" Americans? The lobbyists & campaign contributors to The Republican Party are "growing" extremely wealthy by owning Businesses in America, while "sending" most of the potential American jobs to foreign nations such as China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Lesotho in South Africa, Ski Lanka, etc. Mitt Romney and/or Paul Ryan must believe in W.C. Field's remark, "There's a sucker born every minute!" If you "believe" Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney are "stumping" for American business & American workers, please try to find out who is paying for their "campaign." Small American steel companies cannot compete with "imported" steel girders coming into this United States from China! Paul Ryan can "stump" until he turns blue, but American businesses need him to "stop" taking lobbying & campaign contributions from Republican "friends" who profit by having their denim jeans, fall sweaters, NFL sporting apparel, hunting & fishing equipment, Christmas decorations, computers, tools, etc. IN Foreign Countries! How can American small business compete with China or Lesotho who manufacture these goods for a fraction of our American minimum wage? Paul Ryan's Tea Party friends refuse to legislate Laws so you could see "Made in The United States" on the aforementioned products!
V. Scheurich September 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Can anyone tell if this photo has been photo-shopped or is it the real deal? http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=82902
Morgan King September 06, 2012 at 05:20 PM
There's a lot of pixel noise so it's hard to tell - the limitations of the camera confuse the issue. There's definitely some blurring and out of place cut-and-paste-ish lines running through the crowd to the left of Farrakahn's head, but that could just be the result of a smeary low quality digital camera. If you were going to fake it, though, that's about the perfect shot to do so - the crop from the railing and the hard lines of the collars at the neck, black suits are common attire, and stadium lights are everywhere so unusual shadows would be hard to pick out. It seems likely that if this were a real occurrence there would be other photos from other angles.
Watts September 07, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The comment right below the photo states that it is not from the olympics, but was from an event in Jamaica, where you can see another photo that provides more detail: http://largeup.okayplayer.com/2012/08/08/impressions-the-jamaica-50-independence-grand-gala/ You can see that the organizers set the seating arrangement and for security reasons (I have put on larger events like this) you sometimes have to clump your "celebrities." And given that this took place in Jamaica, which can be specifically dangerous and also probably a lower security budget, there would be nothing unusual at all about this.

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