Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan ribbed the Minnesota Vikings and addressed the country’s growing debt crisis during a fundraiser in Indianapolis Monday.
Ryan appeared in front of 130 people at the J.W. Marriott. Those who attended paid $1,000 for a reception and $10,000 for the reception and a photo. Indiana gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Treasurer Richard Mourdock were among those who attended the fundraiser with the Wisconsin representative.
Mitt Romney campaign.
According to pool reports from Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star, Pence introduced Ryan, saying the two became “fast friends” in the House conservative caucus. He said Ryan is prepared to get the nation “back on the pathway to fiscal solvency.”
Pence was effusive in his praise of Romney’s running mate, saying “no one understands the budget” better than Ryan. Pence added that Ryan is respected in both parties.
In a light moment, Pence said that only thing he didn’t like about the vice presidential candidate was his “preoccupation with the Green Bay Packers.”
When Ryan took the stage, he praised Pence and joked about the Packers and Colts, who both defeated the Minnesota Vikings. He quickly turned to politics, urging voters to put Richard Mourdock in the senate. Ryan called the senate “dysfunctional” and suggested Mourdock would help cut through the red tape.
Ryan characterized the presidential race as “no ordinary election,” saying it’s about “big ideas” and the “kind of country (Americans) want for a generation.”
Of the national debt, Ryan called the math “downright vicious,” comparing U.S. debt problems to the European financial crisis. While European countries slash benefits and raise taxes, Ryan said that’s the path the U.S. is heading toward. Ryan pledged he and Romney would bring fiscal discipline and rein in spending.
“If we don’t tackle this problem, it will tackle us,” Ryan said.
Ryan talks football, debt at Indianapolis fundraiser
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan ribbed the Minnesota Vikings and addressed the country's growing debt crisis during a fundraiser in Indianapolis Monday.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (September 17, 2012)