Sep 6, 2012 7:51 PM by Andy Koen

Paul Ryan attacks Obama on economy; is mocked over 14ers claim

Visiting Colorado Springs Thursday morning, Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan stuck with the campaign theme of asking voters "are you better off?" He told the enthusiastic crowd of supporters gathered at WestPac Restorations that he and running mate Mitt Romney are committed to improving the economy.

"So, here is our commitment. We are not going to duck the tough issues and kick the can down the road. We are going to lead and fix this mess in Washington. And we are not going to spend the next four years blaming people from the last four years. We're going to take responsibility and get the job done, reach across the aisle and fix this problem, get people back to work, create jobs, growth," Ryan said.

He pointed to the continued high number of foreclosures and record food stamps usage, coupled with lower household incomes, as proof of economic failures under the Obama administration. Ryan also said he welcomes the debate with the president and vice president over healthcare reform.

Saying "you can't spend the same dollar twice" he again singled out provisions of the president's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that cut over $700 billion in Medicare spending in the next decade.

Democrats responded in news releases saying the Romney-Ryan plan would "slash critical investments in education and infrastructure to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires."

The liberal group ProgressNow also attacked Ryan on his claim that he climbed some of Colorado's 14,000 foot plus peaks 38 times. In a news release, the group's political director Alan Franklin mocks the Wisconsin native while posing in a photo at the summit of Pikes Peak next to an empty chair.

Ryan's claim has drawn skepticism in some blogs, but the campaign stands behind it.

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    Rep. Paul Ryan, R. Wisconsin at a rally in Colorado Springs
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    Alan Franklin, political director for ProgressNow
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