MILWAUKEE -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, the architect of the GOP plan to overhaul Medicare was in Milwaukee Sunday, October 14th where he attended a fundraiser for one of his mentors, U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson -- who is also proposing major changes. They were met by a group of loud protesters and one angry congresswoman.
A crowd of protesters and Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore met Ryan's motorcade as he approached the Harley-Davidson Museum for a $250 per couple fundraiser Sunday. Moore serves on the House Budget Committee with Ryan.
"We're here today to let them know we won't go down without a fight. The duo that wants to end Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are here trying to raise money in the last 23 days to make sure they have the ammunition to try to fool all the people. I have had the honor and the privilege of sitting there for hours on end, looking at all of his charts, his graphs, his fake and phony experts, and let me tell you something: the numbers don't add up," Moore said.
Thompson had a bit of a foot-in-mouth moment Sunday during his press conference. He was asked about Tammy Baldwin's voting record with respect to sanctions against Iran. Thompson said Baldwin is "anti-Jewish," saying: "Her whole record is Anti-Israel. She voted for the first time for the sanctions three months ago because she knew she was running for the U.S. Senate. That is the lamest excuse I've ever heard. She's Anti-Israel, Anti-Jewish."
Thompson went on to clarify saying Baldwin is "anti-Israel."
FOX6 News reached out to Baldwin's campaign for a response, and Baldwin's campaign said: "It's clear Tommy Thompson is desperate and will say anything -- even if it's not true. Tammy has spent more time in Israel than in any foreign country. She traveled to Israel for the first time in 1968 with her grandfather. She has a consistently strong record over the last decade of supporting Israel."
Deborah Wiersum says she's worried about the future of Medicare. She is a 62-year-old high school teacher from Kenosha.
"I want the rest of Wisconsin to know from someone in Paul Ryan's district that we don't feel he is for us or that he represents us," Wiersum said.
39-year-old Catina Carter says she is disabled and distraught over paying for her health care.
"The average American can rack up up to $350,000 of bills in a lifetime, and I don't have that kind of money in my bank account and I damn sure can't borrow it from my parents," Carter said.
Ryan is set to appear at a town hall meeting in Waukesha Monday, October 15th.