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Ryan Reflects on the Town Halls: ‘It’s a Sign of the Times’

On ABC’s This Week, Christiane Amanpour went on the road with Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), the House Budget Committee chairman, as he traveled around the Badger State.

Ryan reflected on the high turnout at his town-hall meetings. “It’s a sign of the times,” he observed. “I think it’s a sign of anxiety of the times. It’s also a sign of the misinformation that’s been perpetrated out there.”

“There are TV, radio and phone calls that are running, trying to scare seniors,” Ryan noted. “The Democratic National Committee is running phone calls to seniors in my district, TV ads, saying we’re hurting current seniors when, in fact, that’s not the case.”

Amanpour then asked Ryan if he is rattled by the Democrats’ portrayal of him as a “bogeyman” on the budget. “I don’t really think about it,” he chuckled. “I sleep well at night.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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