Saturday, August 18, 2012

Presidential Election 2012 - #4139 - VIDEO: Paul Ryan's 78-Year Old Mom Joins Him on the Campaign Trail for Medicare Talk - The Blaze - (2) Radford Baker's Business Booms After Biden Brushoff - Roanoke Times

 Paul Ryan's 78-Year Old Mom Join Him on the Campaign Trail for Medicare Talk - The Blaze - THE VILLAGES, Fla. (The Blaze/AP) — Paul Ryan, a champion of changing Medicare, spoke as a passionate defender Saturday, promising seniors that he and Mitt Romney would save it, and he introduced his mother to voters to drive home the point that the health program “was there for our family” and “we have to keep that guarantee.” The vice presidential hopeful tried to strike a careful balance on a dicey subject in his speech at a sprawling retirement community. The Republican ticket has come under withering criticism from President Barack Obama for Ryan’s proposals in Congress to overhaul Medicare. Ryan says Medicare will be protected for people in and near retirement, and he wants to see younger generations offered alternatives to the entitlement. Read more........


Radford Baker's Business Booms After Biden Brushoff - Roanoke Times - Chris McMurray had just opened his family's bakery, Crumb and Get It Cookie Co., on Wednesday morning when he received a visit from Joe Biden's advance team asking if he'd host the vice president for a media event before a speech at Virginia Tech. McMurray politely declined out of a difference in politics, and Biden instead went up the street to the River City Grill. Later that day, WDBJ (Channel 7) reporter Orlando Salinas received a tip about Crumb and  Get It via text message. The resulting story was picked up by the Drudge Report and a series of conservative blogs, leading to an outpouring of support online and at the store Thursday. At noon, McMurray turned down an interview request because he was too busy fielding a steady stream of orders, both from customers at the store and from out-of-state patrons. A little more than an hour later, he closed the store because it had run out of cookie dough. It reopened a few minutes later, but with a sign in the window noting that only ice cream was being sold. "It's been a great day, a lot of great support," McMurray said when he had a moment to talk. "A lot of folks are calling orders from out of state for local businesses and charities. That's what we've got to catch up on."  Read more........

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