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VP Candidate Paul Ryan Stops at Iowa State Fair: Heckler Taken Off Stage (Update with Video)

While President Barack Obama barnstorms Iowa for three days beginning today, newly named GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan's visit to the Iowa State Fair ensures the president won't have the state to himself.

DES MOINES, IA -- A protester disguised as a Mitt Romney supporter rushed the stage Monday as new vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan was speaking -- and being heckled -- in front of several thousand people at the Iowa State Fair.

The woman had been wearing a Romney T-shirt before Ryan took the stage at about 1:15 p.m.

The Wisconsin congressman had been speaking for only a few minutes when the woman jumped on the stage and started to shout.

An Iowa State trooper jumped onstage after her and walked her out of the area. Troopers took at least one other person from the crowd later in the event.

Ryan pointed out the woman trying to get on stage and then moved aside while the trooper removed the woman.

"She must not be from Iowa," Ryan said to applause.

The heckling continued throughout the 20-minute speech.

The crowd was mostly pro-Romney, but a handful of vocal protesters were spread throughout and did not stop. Romney supporters tried to drown them out, which made for a hostile crowd.

"I thought it was too bad people were so rude," said Ann Carrick, of Dexter, who identified herself as over 60. "They have the right to speak, but not when someone else is speaking."

Carrick called Ryan an "awesome selection."

"It's good to have a Midwestern flavor to that, instead of an East Coast pick it could have been otherwise," she said.

Ryan appeared unfazed by the protest, even if the crowd was distracted.

"We are used to this in Wisconsin," Ryan said, again to applause.

Ryan criticized President Obama for not appearing at the fair. Obama said today that he intends to hit the fair tonight, according to the Des Moines Register. 

“If you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities,” Mr. Obama was to say in his speech elsewhere in Iowa, in Council Bluffs, where he was kicking off his bus tour. He is to appear in Boone this evening.

Ryan was appearing on the Des Moines Register's "soapbox" today, a tradition for candidates in both parties.

Ryan's 20-minute speech focused on his and Romney's plan to turn around the economy.

"Where are the jobs, Mr. President?" he asked, later adding, "We can turn this thing around."

For Iowans, this was the first chance to get a look at Ryan since Saturday morning's . Pundits are still debating how Ryan fits into the race and whether he helps or hurts, and both parties are of course rushing to put their spin on the selection.

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Troy Murphy August 19, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Again how can you transfer wealth from the working class to the rich??? That would mean taking more money from the working class than the rich pay and that is patently untrue if you look at the stats on who pays the most taxes.
Troy Murphy August 19, 2012 at 02:18 AM
How do you know they were tea party types, what exactly is a tea party type. Oh that's right, it is a person who believes the government should take no more than the bare minimum and that since we earned the money it should be ours to spend not governments to steal and redistribute how it sees fit.
Troy Murphy August 19, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I don't know where you get that. I happen to be a small business owner who lives in Johnston and has a business in Ankeny. I have never worked for any campaign nor have I ever held public office. I am not sure how you define real people so maybe by your definition I don't qualify and while I may disagree with some of the people on this forum I have seen their comments in enough other places to be pretty sure they are "real" people as well.
Maria Houser Conzemius August 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Yes, Troy, the middle class and the working poor do have something left to take: the social safety support network that keeps them from falling into Third World poverty status. The Ryan budget would add over $2,000 to the tax bill middle-class families pay every year. Wealthy CEOs regard their own employees and public employees as the enemy (Romney, for example) and pay them serf-like wages with few or no benefits. They are already robbing their workers to enrich themselves. Romney/Bain Capital takes that robbery a step further by buying companies, forcing them to borrow more money than they afford to borrow, contributing a hefty part of that loan to Romney's fees and profit-taking, gutting the company's resources and forcing the company into bankruptcy, and laying off up to 30,000 workers at a time. Private equity companies like Bain are infamous for paying little or no taxes on their predatory acquisitions and ill-gotten gains. (Source: "Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America," by Charles H. Ferguson)
Troy Murphy August 21, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Sorry Maria but we are a free country. The employees are not slaves and do not have to work for anyone they choose not to. My employees would quit if I paid them less than what someone else in a similar business paid. You must work for a government agency where pay has no relationship to value, but in the real world if I or Bain or any company offers less benefits or pay than a similar company the employees quit at the first opportunity and go to work elsewhere. You can not rob your employees because they are free to quit, duh. That social safety support network is paid for by those rich people you are so critical of. The top 10% of wage earners paid 70% of all federal income taxes paid while only earning 46% of all income in the US so they are already paying a disproportionate percentage of the income tax burden. BTW these are 2010 IRS tax numbers not some partisan like Charles Ferguson. Maybe those middle class families should pay more to support their poor bretheren since you are already taxing the top 10% unfairly. But hey that is usual steal from someone else instead of earning it, vote democrat it is easier than working.

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