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Stumping in N.H., Ryan Hits At Entitlement Culture

Josh Rogers, NHPR

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's visit to a Dover Community center was his first appearance since video footage surfaced showing Mitt Romney telling a well-heeled audience at private fundraiser that almost half of all Americans see themselves as victims.

Ryan didn’t address Romney’s comments directly during a town hall meeting in Dover, but he did attempt to clarify where he and Romney stand on what they say are the failures of the Obama administration.

This is what Mitt and I are talking about when are worried about more and more people who are beign net dependent upon the government then upon themselves. Because by promoting  more dependency , by not having jobs and economic growth, people miss their potential.

The video clips made public by Mother Jones magazine show Romney saying that 47 percent of voters will support President Obama because they believe they are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing you name it.” Romney has since called his comments off the cuff and not elegantly stated.

The crowd in Dover didn’t ask Ryan about the issue, but did stand and cheer when former N.H GOP Chairman Jack Kimball turned what was supposed to be a question into a directive.

“Its time to take the gloves off.”     

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.

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