Entries in Town Hall Meeting (4)


In Final Stretch to Vote, Paul Ryan Turns to Town Hall Meetings

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Ohio) -- With six weeks to go before Election Day, the Romney campaign is entering the final sprint and Paul Ryan is returning to a way of campaigning that has worked for him in Wisconsin: the town hall meeting.

He's held over 500 in his home state, but before recently he had only done one just after being named Mitt Romney's running mate.  He's done five since becoming the vice presidential nominee, including three in the last two weeks.

It's a free-wheeling format that even Romney generally avoids.

On Saturday, at the University of Central Florida, Ryan unveiled a four-slide Powerpoint presentation on the national debt, something he used again in Lima at the start of the GOP ticket's Ohio bus tour, telling the crowd, "This is the crisis that is on our doorstep, that we know about that President Obama sees these numbers, and not only is not doing anything to fix it, he is making it worse."

He scrolled through the slides, noting when he first brought them out that he's "kind of a Powerpoint guy."

Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the question and answer format is something he enjoys and wants to do more of.

"I'm feeling my own way because it's my first national campaign to be in the middle of.  And so I'm basically asserting my own preferences now, and I like it," Ryan told the newspaper's Craig Gilbert.  "I'm learning how to do this.  I'm learning how a national campaign works.  So I spent a good bit of time doing rallies and events, and I got to realizing, that you know what, I want to do more town hall meetings.  That's been my bread and butter in Congress.  I really like that.  It's more interactive.  You get to actually communicate directly with people."

An aide to Ryan said it's "a format he likes and is comfortable with," adding "the entire campaign has been very supportive.  We're finding the best venues and formats to help lay out the serious choice that the American people face in this election."

The same aide told ABC News that Ryan was "certainly involved" in the switch to a more town hall-heavy schedule and said that the campaign makes "decisions day by day on the best way to communicate -- there's no fixed formula."

Conservatives have been vocal that Ryan should be a more visible on the campaign trail.  Though the more frequent town halls may not completely appease critics, it's clear Ryan enjoys them.

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Democrats Release Video Highlighting Angry Town Halls

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a web video Thursday as part of its “Accountability August” campaign to try and shine a light on Republican members of Congress -- specifically vulnerable ones -- avoiding town halls or greeting angry constituents.

Titled “Backlash,” the video features local news reports and video footage from protests outside Speaker John Boehner’s office in West Chester, Ohio, Rep. Lou Barletta’s office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,  and Rep. Paul Ryan’s in Kenosha, Washington, amongst several others.

There is home video and news footage of constituents interrupting town halls all over the country including in Michigan chanting, “We need jobs,” and angry citizens asking about Medicare being taken away from them in Illinois.

There are also news reports from Arizona on Rep. Ben Quayle avoiding town halls during the recess and a billboard put up in Rep. Sean Duffy’s Wisconsin district that reads, “Congressman Sean Duffy Chose Millionaires Over Your Medicare.”  It splices together coverage of districts all over the country pounding the message of citizens upset at Republicans nationwide.

The video starts with a quote from Rep. Steve Israel, the Chairman of the DCCC who predicted earlier this month that the August recess, where members of Congress traditionally hold town halls and meet with their constituents, would get “hot.”

The DCCC claims Republican members of Congress are “choosing millionaires over Medicare.”  The unruly town halls GOP members are facing are comparable to the ones Democratic members faced two years ago during the health care debate.

Paul Lindsay, the Communications Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, responded to the video in a statement by pointing to President Obama’s approval ratings.

“It’s no secret that Americans are frustrated with Washington, and the outlet for their frustration can be found in the double-digit collapse of President Obama’s approval rating this summer.  Unlike the Democrats who refused to acknowledge the message from Americans in August of 2009, House Republicans will continue listening to their constituents and fighting the job-destroying agenda that the President and his party continue to pursue,” Lindsay said in the statement.

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Obama at Deficit Town Hall: 'Hopeful' Both Sides Can Come Together

ABC News (file)(ANNANDALE, Va.) -- Kicking off the first of three town halls that will take him from Virginia to California to Nevada over the next three days to sell his plan for deficit reform, President Obama on Tuesday promised to even look under the cushion for couch coins to help “get the nation’s finances in order.”

“I’m not going to quit until we’ve found every single dime of waste and misspent money,” the president said. “We don’t have enough money to waste it right now. I promise you that. We’re going to check under the cushions -- you name it.”

Speaking in front of a student and teacher audience at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., the president tailored his speech from last Wednesday, when he announced a broad vision for deficit reduction, to demonstrate how the cost of doing nothing would cause “serious damage” to the economy and to students who are trying to build a life for themselves.

“Like any student on a tight budget…America has to start living within its means,” President Obama said. “There are powerful voices in Washington; there are powerful lobbies and special interests in Washington. And they’re going to want to reduce the deficit on your backs. And if you are not heard, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”

The speech was not a campaign event, but it looked like one. The president’s shirt sleeves were rolled up. He referred to the audience as “voters.”

The president laid into Republicans for their own deficit plan, saying that “the House Republican budget that they put forward, they didn’t just not ask the wealthy to pay more; they actually cut their taxes further.”

“My view is, we need to live within our means while still investing in our future -– cutting where we can while investing in education, investing in innovation, investing in infrastructure, and strengthening the safety net provided by programs like Medicare so that they’re there for this generation and for next generations. “

With an optimistic nod, the president said that he believes that Democrats and Republicans can come together to get this done.

“Shockingly enough, there will be some politics played along the way,” he said. “There will be those who say that we’re too divided, that the partisanship is too stark. But I’m optimistic. I’m hopeful. Both sides have come together before. I believe we can do it again.”

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President Obama to Hold Facebook Town Hall Meeting

ABC News Radio (WASHINGTON) -- From Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California, President Obama will hold a “Facebook Live” online town hall on April 20.

Everyone is invited to the meeting, but there’s no need to travel to California to participate. That’s because the meeting will be taking place completely on the Internet and will be streamed live on Facebook and on the White House website.

Participants can post questions for the president on the event’s Facebook wall, and Facebook will be selecting questions during the event.

For those who don’t have a Facebook account, the White House also has a form on its website that people can use to submit questions.

The White House says the economy and the budget are the focus of the town hall.

“The President will connect with Americans across the country to discuss the tough choices we must all make to put our economy on a more responsible fiscal path, while still investing in the innovation economy that makes America more competitive,” says the announcement posted on Facebook Tuesday.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will join the president at the meeting.

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