Ryan Heckled at Iowa State Fair

Protesters attempt to storm soapbox
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2012 12:54 AM CDT
Updated Aug 14, 2012 1:20 AM CDT

The Romney campaign chucked Paul Ryan into the deep end for his first solo campaign appearance yesterday. Hecklers greeted the vice-presidential candidate soon after he started speaking at the Iowa State Fair's famous soapbox, reports ABC. "Iowans and Wisconsinites, we like to be respectful of one another and peaceful with one another and listen to one another. These ladies must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin," he said, referring to the hecklers. Several women then tried to storm the soapbox but were hauled off by state police and Secret Service agents as Romney supporters chanted "USA" to drown them out.

Ryan soldiered on with his remarks despite the chaos. "My guess is the reason that President Obama isn’t making it here from Council Bluffs is he only knows left turns. But as you see the president come through on his bus tour, you may ask him the same question I get asked all over America—and that is, 'Where are the jobs, Mr. President?'" he said. Obama made an unscheduled—and less eventful—stop at the fair a few hours after Ryan left, AP reports. At the Bud tent, shouts of "Four more years" turned into shouts of "Four more beers" after the president looked in his wallet and offered to buy 10 beers for people in the crowd. (More Paul Ryan stories.)

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