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Unveiled: Liberal's plan to attack Ryan

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Forget that GOP running mate Rep. Paul Ryan is a thoughtful, focused lawmaker most known for writing a politically risky fiscally-conservative budget meant to save Medicare, Social Security, and some say, the nation.

According to the liberal plan of attack just emerging, Ryan is instead blue collar America's worst nightmare.

"In every race across the country, the Ryan budget plan is the albatross that hangs around the neck of Republican candidates. So why not set the task of defending the plan to the architect himself, Paul Ryan," asks one of the leading opposition research sites, American Bridge 21st Century. "Because there's nothing defensible about a budget that hands out tax cuts to wealthy individuals and corporations while asking more of working class families already struggling just to get by - and still doesn't even close the budget deficit until 2040. With Ryan at his side, there's no etch-a-sketching Romney's support for a plan that would end Medicare as we know it, cause seniors to pay more out of their pocket for health care, and cost America millions of jobs over the next two years."

Several liberal and progressive groups Saturday geared up their attack machine. They told Secrets that they are well armed because of the long time they have had to research all of Mitt Romney's potential picks. Plus, Ryan has been on the scene for two years with his budget proposals which progressives and liberals hate.

American Bridge is the go-to site for many of the critics. It has produced a 290-page report on Ryan and his policies. The group initially posted reports on all potential picks, but Saturday morning replaced that with a site simply called "meetpaulryan.com."

The hundreds of news stories the site references back up the Democratic Party's claim that the Ryan budget is dangerous to the Middle Class and seniors. Among the key charges and talking points the Democrats are seizing on from the American Bridge report:

-- The Ryan budget "would end Medicare as we know it."

-- Ryan is a foe of alternative energy.

-- His budget will slash Social Security retirement payments 17 percent.

-- Medicare would be slashed $800 billion over 10 years.

-- Not only would he repeal Obamacare, spending on health would drop 75 percent by 2050.

-- Even with the spending cuts, the Ryan budget would not balance the budget.

-- He drank $300 wine while dining with economists.

-- He voted to bar use of federal funds to pay for health insurance that included abortion coverage.

-- Ryan voted against expanding the Food Stamp program.

-- Ryan was a fan of the "Cut, Cap and Balance" legislation to balance the budget.

-- He voted to repeal the Washington, D.C. gun ban.

-- Ryan voted to repeal the effort to phase out incandescent light bulbs.

-- He voted to end the ban on offshore oil drilling.

-- Ryan voted against repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

-- He has voted to extend the Bush tax cuts.

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