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Saturday, August 11, 2012

 2:46 PM 

Barrett ties Romney, Ryan to 'Bush-era economic policies'

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in a press conference today that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the newly selected GOP vice presidential candidate, has a "vision for this country that is all wrong" and the United States "cannot go back to the Bush-era economic policies."

Barrett said Ryan's economic plan puts pressure on the middle class, college students and does not give enough attention to programs such as Medicare. "It is clear that Romney will embrace the economic policies of Paul Ryan and George Bush and they're all tied together at the hip," Barrett said. "His prescription is wrong because it fails to include the wealthy as part of the economic solution," he added.

Onlookers holding signs and chanting "four more years" stuffed into the Obama campaign offices on Milwaukee's east side to listen to Barrett speak.

According to Barrett, the "far right" positions of Ryan appeal to many conservatives and ultimately resulted in Romney choosing Ryan as his running mate.

"Right-wing thought groups have been pushing for Ryan to be a part of this," he said. "I think it is good to have the lines drawn sharply," Barrett added.

The party lines may be drawn sharply but, according to Barrett, Wisconsin is considered a swing state in the upcoming election. Barrett assured the Obama supporters that Ryan's Wisconsin residency would not affect the outcome in the polls. "I am very confident Obama will win Wisconsin like he did four years ago," he said.

-- By Miranda Rosenkranz
For WisPolitics.com


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