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Wis. voters press Rep. Ryan about jobs, wars


LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan is ready to talk about Medicare, but voters in southeastern Wisconsin seem more interested in talking about jobs and the wars.

The Republican congressman spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 200 in Lake Geneva on Tuesday morning.

The crowd was largely supportive, although some people pressed Ryan on tax issues and the lack of jobs in Janesville, about 40 miles to the west.

Ryan opened with a 15-minute presentation on the economy and his budget blueprint. His plan would slash social safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid. It would also fundamentally restructure Medicare health care for the elderly.

Although the audience was mainly an older crowd, questioners focused more on why the U.S. was still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and why the tax code seems to favor corporations.

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