In Eau Claire, Ryan says, 'We’ll hit the ground running'

2012-10-31T09:53:00Z 2012-10-31T19:10:33Z In Eau Claire, Ryan says, 'We’ll hit the ground running'By ROD STETZER | rod.stetzer@lee.net Chippewa Herald
October 31, 2012 9:53 am  • 

EAU CLAIRE — Paul Ryan tried to press his home-state advantage Wednesday morning in what’s shaping up to be a close presidential race.

Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate from Janesville, spoke before a large and receptive audience at the Florian Gardens.

“We don’t care who gets credit. We just want to fix things,” said Ryan of the ticket led by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“On Day 1, we’re going to go in a different direction,” Ryan said. “So this Wednesday morning, think about next Wednesday morning.”

Ryan said when people wake up in one week, they will have elected a leader they know will put the country on the right track.

“On Day 1, we can start pointing us in the right direction,” he said.

Ryan said the country cannot continue on its path of adding debt. “It’s guaranteeing us we will have a diminished future.”

Ryan said over the past 60 years, 20 cents of every tax dollar went to pay for the federal government. By the time today’s children are Ryan’s age, that will go up to 40 cents for every tax dollar.

“We can’t keep going on the path we are going on,” Ryan said, adding that the president is calling for a tax rate as high as 44.8 percent.

Lynn and Fred Hayworth couldn’t wait to hear from Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan on Wednesday morning.

The Fall Creek couple, who operate Hayworth Fence Co. in Eau Claire, said they support the Republican ticket of Romney and Ryan because of the Republicans’ pro-business stance.

“You grow the economy with a business-friendly environment,” Lynn Hayworth said.

She said one doesn’t grow the economy through the government.

She said business owners have uncertainty about the future. She said her company’s employees will work more overtime until there is a certainty about the cost of doing businsses.

“We’ve been treading water just to keep our heads above water,” she said, adding owners can’t set a strategy for a business by not knowing what tax rate will exist by the beginning of 2013.

Fred Hayworth took exception to Democrat President Barack Obama’s comment that businesses did not build their businesses alone. “He’s never built anything,” he said of the president.

Don Williams of Eleva was one of the first people in line to attend the speech. “I was here about 5:30 a.m.,” he said.

Williams said he wanted to hear Ryan’s intentions on the policies a Romney-Ryan administration would have.

Jeffrey and Deanielle Grochowski of Mondovi decided to volunteer because of their concerns over the economy.

Speakers before Ryan included state Rep. Tom Larson, R-Colfax, who is running for re-election in the 67th District.

Larson said that Ryan spoke at one of Larson’s fundraisers two years ago.

“He knows how to balance this budget, and that’s what we’ve got to get done,” said Larson, who is up for re-election Tuesday.

Republican Rep. Warren Petryk led the crowd in a rendition of “God Bless America.”

State Rep. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie, who is running for re-election in the 68th District, said the Romney-Ryan ticket will be on the path of fiscal responsibility.

“As we close in to Nov. 6, do not give up hope,” she said.

“There is something in the air. The wind is changing direction. The wind is blowing in change,” said state Sen. Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls. He said strong leadership is needed to make fundamental decisions.

“Our country needs some R and R. Not rest and relaxation, but Romney and Ryan,” Moulton said to cheers.

Rachel Duffy, the wife of 7th District U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of Weston, was the opening speaker.

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  1. bluehillsmike
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    bluehillsmike - November 05, 2012 11:25 am
    Rat and cf, please find the piles of money I am hiding. I can't seem to locate them! Instead, our business has been fighting for our lives--ever since O was elected. Can't find them? Then quit insulting those that create jobs around here you jerks! R squared is the formula for success.

    Forced abortion is ethical? Moral? Handing out money to crony donors is ethical? You two make me ill.
  2. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - November 02, 2012 1:26 pm
    Lack of ethics and morals are companies not hiring because they are making a point to get their candidate elected. Many companies are sitting on a pile of money, but afraid to hire now because it will show that jobs are being created and that will make Obama look good. It pathetic that companies are doing this, but I know some are. Do you think that once Romney is elected this country will magically have trillions more dollars and things will be back to whatever it is the right feel sis acceptable in a matter of months? It's not going to happen, it will take years. But the right can't admit the plain truth because their attacks against Obama would be tremendously wrong.
  3. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - November 01, 2012 7:56 am
    What has Moulton done? That was not him that did those things. Jobs are increasing? Taxes are decreasing? What state do you live in? And if you believe all this, then you have to give Obama credit also, it runs to the top, not just Walker.
  4. CrazyT
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    CrazyT - October 31, 2012 5:19 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ff_-BgBdA
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20013622-503544.html

  5. youknowme
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    youknowme - October 31, 2012 4:56 pm
    Examples of the "lack of ethics and morals" before you insult local businesses.
  6. Yellow River Rat
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    Yellow River Rat - October 31, 2012 4:45 pm
    I see many businessmen supporting Republican candidates that have shown a total lack of ethics and morals. If these businessmen support these politicians, do they follow the same principles? Makes you think before you do business with these people.
  7. youknowme
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    youknowme - October 31, 2012 3:48 pm
    The first day after the election they can hit the ground running. Collaborating with supporters and opponents alike. Setting up cabinet picks and policy issues. Hmm what has Moulton done? The State's budget is balanced, the tobacco fund is paid back, MN is paid back, our credit rating has increased, we have the most in the rainy day fund ever, taxes have decreased, jobs are increasing and blah blah blah. The biggest thing we haven't done is spend a trillion dollars along the way.
  8. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - October 31, 2012 10:30 am
    I think Ryan is confused about when the president takes office. If Romney is elected, he doesn't take day one next Wednesday, it will be in January. He can't change anything until next year. But that day one will be a heck f a day with everything they promised to do on the first day. We all hear empty promises from candidates, just another one. And what does Moulton have to say, he hasn't done anything since he's been in office, other than that Wolf bill which does nothing for our states economy. He says the wind is blowing in change, coming from him, it's just a bunch of hot air blowing in with empty promises, that is if we really knew what specifically the promises were. I had to say it, he left himself open for that comment.
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