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Protesters gather outside Ryan fundraiser


About 50 protesters have gathered outside the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee where Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is hosting a fundraiser for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson.

   Deborah Wiersum of Kenosha carried a sign Sunday that says "Don't Mess With Medicare." She says she opposes Ryan's proposal that would change Medicare into a voucher program.

   The 62-year-old Wiersum says he 84-year-old mother also opposes the plan, even though it would not affect her because of her age.

   Wiersum says she is protesting both Ryan and Thompson, who faces Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Senate race.

   Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore also showed up outside the event. She calls Ryan and Thompson a "dangerous duo" who will devastate the middle class by ending Medicare and Medicaid.

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