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Monday
Aug132012

WATCH: Paul Ryan Heckled at Iowa State Fair

Steve Pope/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Paul Ryan received a rowdy reception at his appearance at the Iowa State Fair today with some protesters trying to storm the stage as the newly minted vice presidential candidate spoke. But Ryan soldiered on in his speech, even telling ABC News his Wisconsin background prepped him for the hecklers.

“Nah. We’re used to it. I come from Wisconsin,” Ryan said of the hecklers as he weaved through the fair.

Ryan spoke at the soapbox, an Iowa state fair staple, where Ryan’s running mate, Mitt Romney, was heckled last year after making a comment that has stuck with him throughout this campaign.

“Corporations are people, my friend,” Romney said last year on the same stage, as protesters shouted him down.

Ryan’s stop at the fair was his first solo trip as Romney’s running mate, and he was greeted by a crush of supporters, media and protesters.

As he made his way to the famous Iowa Fair soapbox, he was surrounded by cameras, reporters and those trying to get a look at the GOP ticket’s No. 2 man. He shook hands and introduced himself to voters with a casual statement: “Hi, I’m Paul.”

Ryan’s first foray into Iowa came on the same day when President Obama began his bus tour through the Hawkeye state.

“I heard that President Obama is starting his bus tour today and I heard he wasn’t going to come to the Iowa State Fair,” Paul said.

“Are you going to cut Medicare?” a woman shouted.

“It’s funny because Iowans and Wisconsinites, we like to be respectful of one another and peaceful with one another and listen to one another. These ladies must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin,” Paul said, referring to the protesters.

And that’s when things got much rowdier. A female protester began to climb on the small stage. She was able to get up before being dragged off by Ryan’s Secret Service detail.

Ryan, dressed in a red checked shirt and jeans, continued with his pitch to the rest of the crowd, many holding Romney signs or even standing in front of protesters.

“My guess is the reason that President Obama isn’t making it here from Council Bluffs is he only knows left turns, but as you see the president come through on his bus tour you may ask him the same question I get asked all over America and that is, "Where are the jobs Mr. President?"

An older male protester with a white beard was also heckling Ryan, telling him to, “End the wars” and “Stop the wars on the common good.”

Ryan also tried to identify with the voters in this battleground state.

“I feel such kindred spirits here,” the Wisconsin congressman, 42, said. “We are united as upper Midwesterners, but, you know what it is? At the end of the day, we are Americans.”

Ryan was joined at the fair by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, as well as Romney friend and confidante Bob White.

As Ryan walked out the state fair along Grand Avenue, a protester on the side yelled at him, calling him a “f—ing disgrace.”

But it wasn’t just protests that met Ryan. Throngs of supporters reached out their hands to touch Ryan and shouted words of encouragement to the vice presidential candidate.

“I think he’s conservative. He’s right on the money,” one woman told ABC News. “He’s correct on the money, and we need to cut back, stop spending money that we don’t have.”

“Did you see his blue eyes?” one woman shouted at another after Ryan passed her.

And many people at the fair still didn’t know quite who Ryan was two only days after he joined the Republican ticket.

“He’s cute right?” one man jokingly said to his friend

“I guess so,” another woman said.

While he participated in the typical campaign fare of shaking hands and stopping to talk to babies, the health conscious Ryan stayed away from one of the fairs staples: fried food.

He stopped to talk to voters at a few stands, but didn’t sample any of the tasty fried treats.

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Friday
Aug122011

Palin in Iowa: 'Anything in a Debate is Fair Game'

Sarah Palin stops by the Iowa State Fair in Ames, Iowa on August 12. ABC News(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Sarah Palin showed potential GOP rival Michele Bachmann no support when asked at the Iowa State Fair on Friday if Washington Examiner’s Byron York was out of line when he asked the only female candidate on stage, “As president would you be submissive to your husband?”

Bachmann is running for president and Palin is only thought to be considering a run. But Palin has experience in high profile debates from her run for the vice presidency on the Republican ticket in 2008.

"Anything in a debate is fair game,” Palin said at Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. “I've been asked the goofiest questions, and the strangest questions, too, over my years in public office and going to debates. So nothing surprises me. But, you know, she articulated according to what she feels in her heart, and that is, to her, 'submission' means respect. And she explained it."

The question centered on remarks Bachmann made in 2006 while running for Congress. At the Living Word Christian Center in Minnesota, Bachmann said she chose to study tax law because her husband, Marcus, told her to, and “the Lord says, be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.”

"That's her opinion,” Palin said. “To her, submission to her husband means respect and, you know, I respect my husband, too."

But if her husband, Todd Palin, told her not to run for president, would it stop her?

"I can't imagine my husband ever telling me what to do.... He never has told me what to do when it comes to political stuff, and I appreciate that.” Turning to her husband, she added, “I respect you for that, Todd."

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Thursday
Aug112011

Romney Shouted Down at Fair: 'Corporations Are People Too, My Friends'

Bill Clark/Roll Call(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Mitt Romney faced down feisty fairgoers at the Iowa State Fair Thursday and he also issued an accidental one-liner destined for Democratic attack ads should he become the Republican nominee.

"Corporations are people too, my friends," he said to a man describing himself as a peacock farmer in answer to a question about corporations and tax rates.

It’s an example of what happens when a candidate decides to take questions at an unscripted campaign event -- in this case the infamous Des Moines Register Soapbox near the main gates of the fair. Hostile fairgoers planted themselves in the front row as Romney spoke and both sides got fired up.

"Hold on a second! Let me finish!" Romney said at one point.

One man demanded to know how Romney would protect Social Security and Medicare. Another asked Romney about tax rates. The candidate found himself at times yelling to interrupt the questioners.

"There was a time in this country when we didn't celebrate rich people by attacking their success," Romney fired back to a question about tax rates for the wealthy.

After disagreeing with another questioner about how to protect the solvency of Medicare and Social Security, he declared, "I will not raise taxes."

"You want to raise taxes? Great. That's your right." But Romney suggested that questioner "vote for someone else."

Before Romney took questions, he delivered a speech attacking President Obama.

"We're led by a man -- he's a fine fella -- but he's out of his depth."

"If you want to create jobs, it helps to have had a job," he said of the president.

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