Pa. Mayors React to Romney's Choice of Paul Ryan for Running Mate

Mayors of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown weigh in on Romney's running mate.

The Democratic National Committee Rapid Response Team issued a release on Sunday featuring statements from three Pennsylvania mayors – Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, Pittsburgh's Luke Ravenstahl and Allentown's Ed Pawlowski – on Mitt Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter:

"If there was any doubt that Mitt Romney was the wrong choice for people in Philadelphia and cities across this country, today’s pick of Paul Ryan as a running mate makes it crystal clear just how wrong his priorities are.  The Romney Ryan budget is an attack on our most precious resource, the very people who make up the fabric of this country: our parents, our children, our soldiers and our seniors.   

"Paul Ryan is the mastermind behind the extreme Republican budget that would hike middle class taxes, turn Medicare into a voucher system and would severely reduce resources for veterans programs and early childhood education programs. All this would be to fund trillions of dollars of tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

"Mitt Romney has applauded this misguided plan. By choosing Ryan as his running mate, Romney has made it abundantly clear that he will rubber stamp this extreme Republican plan that brings us back to the same failed economic policies of the Bush Administration and leaves the most vulnerable of our citizens  to fend for themselves."

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl:

"While President Obama has worked tirelessly to ensure that all Americans have a fair shot, Mitt Romney’s choice of Congressman Paul Ryan farther cements his out-of-touch vision for America. Romney and Ryan would pass a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans that would be paid for by the middle class. Further, Ryan was the chief architect of a budget that would annihilate America’s investment in education, Medicare and other programs that help residents of Pittsburgh get a fair shot. Simply put, President Obama will continue to take our country forward while Romney and Ryan would be America’s Go Back Team."

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski:

"I find it amazing that Mitt Romney would pick a running mate who has so little respect for seniors that he has proposed eliminating both Medicare and Social Security. We must make seniors aware of his extremist views and let everyone know that President Obama is the best choice not only for seniors but for a more prosperous America."

Bill A August 16, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Do you seriously believe that any one president can, with the congress in extreme failure mode, solve the economic problems in one term? This economy has been in a downward spiral for 13 years; it won't be "fixed" in 3. Romney and Ryan are simply a bad thing for middle america, and Santa Claus for the wealthy.
Bill A August 16, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Fox News is not some rogue news source, it is a part of the MSM. They are as biased as any of the other cable network 24 hr. cycle news programs. People seem to make that mistake on a regular basis. http://robertreich.org/ "The Ryan plan would also turn Medicare into vouchers whose value won’t possibly keep up with rising health-care costs – thereby shifting those costs on to seniors. At the same time, Ryan would provide a substantial tax cut to the very rich – who are already taking home an almost unprecedented share of the nation’s total income. Today’s 400 richest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million of us put together." His plan worries me...
Stephen Eickhoff August 16, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Barack Obama's net worth: https://www.google.com/search?q=barack+obama+net+worth&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a Ryan's dad died when he was a teenager, and he had to help his mom care for his grandmother who was suffering from Alzheimer's. Not such a smooth ride.
Joe Koenig August 16, 2012 at 05:58 PM
@Bill A: Robert Reich is even left of President Obama. He is as close to a socialist as you can get. His opionion should be taken in that vein. He is a Keynsian who believes our problems sould be solved if we were all members of labor unions, and no stimulus is enough stimulus. As Sec. of Labor, he was a disaster!!
Bill A August 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Ryan took his surviver benefits and used them as tuition for his college education. He didn't have to work to pay for his higher education. Obama's net worth: $5M... http://www.businessinsider.com/american-presidents-republican-candidates-net-worth-2012-1?op=1. You got your info from something called "Celebrity Net Worth". "Celebrity"?? That's a bit of a reach, don't you think? Waaaa! My wife and i had to take care of her mother for 8 years before she finally passed on. Kind of makes you wonder why his mother left her responsibilities to her son, (she went back to school: "Ryan attributes his serious nature to growing up fast. His father, a local lawyer, died of a heart attack when Paul was a teenager, leaving the young Ryan to care for his grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, while his mother returned to school.") instead of staying to care for her own mother. Odd, i think.


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