RNC Dispatch: Local Dems Blast Ryan's Speech

U.S. Senator Gillibrand, Rep. Lowey talk to Patch about GOP meet-up.

With vice presidential-hopeful Paul Ryan's biting speech assailing President Obama's economic policies, ideology and stimulus, Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, FL, proved to be the fiscal capstone of the week.

Congressman Ryan's speech was in many ways his introduction to the country, and came on the heels of remarks by several familiar GOP faces. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged voters to select Romney—or face a world where China's power outstrips the United States'.

Senators John McCain and Rand Paul were quick to spotlight Romney's perceived strengths, too, and the current president's perceived shortcomings.

Vincent Reda, chairman of the Rockland County GOP, was on the floor during Ryan's time behind the podium.

"It was electrifying," Reda said. "He hit it out of the park—he covered everything."

"He even became a little emotional," Reda added, referencing the congressman's teary-eyes upon calling his mother "his hero." Ryan lost his father when he 16-years-old.

Democrat politicos back home in the Hudson Valley—who are waiting for their national convention next week—are not as thrilled with Ryan's rhetoric.

"I know Paul Ryan, I know him well," said representative Nita Lowey in Nyack Thursday afternoon. "He has a lovely wife, he has lovely children, he has a lovely mother—but he's just wrong. And he's wrong on all the issues."

"It's very clear that Paul Ryan wants to turn medicare into a voucher system," she added.

Lowey was flanked by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who was visiting the Lower Hudson Valley to .

"[Ryan and Romney] don't believe in women's rights, they don't believe in LBGT rights," Gillibrand said. "It's contrary to most New Yorker's views."

Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Yes, my rates have gone down. And they took overpayments out of Medicare, which is why Ryan included them in his budget - removing the overpayments and waste just means Medicare will be insolvent by 2016 instead of years later. This is a really absurd and fact-free argument the GOP has brought up - I'm very disappointed in my party. This is the last year I will be registered R.
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
You mean that woman who inspired a far-right wack job in Norway to kill dozens of kids just for being liberal or not Christian? That's pretty much the opposite of the intent of the first amendment - to protect freedom of religion. Disgusting.
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Yes he did nothing but double the Dow Jones, and put in place policies that have led to more than two years of sustainable job growth - despite my own party filibustering and voting down in the house every single proposal anyone puts for to create jobs. Their jobs proposals are clear efforts to repeal wage protection and safety precautions that were instated that have nothing to do with jobs, and only serve to make life easier for their donors. It's transparent, and sad. We used to have such great thinkers, great compromisers, and now we have nothing but a party of losers who care more about keeping their seats than helping their constituents. Since when did infrastructure spending or payroll tax cuts become controversial? During Reagan's administration tax cuts for the working class and increases in capital gains were seen as uncontroversial, bipartisan ideas. This is all utter nonsense, devoid of any economic rationale and built on hate for a President who truly has tried to reach across the aisle to no avail
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:39 PM
As a woman who now has free coverage for breast cancer screenings that the GOP is itching to take away, I sincerely disagree. As a working woman who saves an extra $2,000 per year in payroll taxes, I sincerely disagree. As a woman who has gone from a low income job to finally having one that utilizes my advanced education, I sincerely disagree.
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
HAH! That's the funniest thing I've read all day!


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