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YDA Statement on VP pick Paul Ryan

Statement from Rod Snyder, President:

With the selection of Paul Ryan as his candidate for Vice President, Mitt Romney has once again proven that he is out touch with the American people and particularly the Millennial Generation. With this pick, Romney has chosen a candidate who has made it a priority to burden the middle class while delivering permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

The stakes could not be higher. Paul Ryan has proposed cutting Pell Grants for 10 million students, slashing investments in clean energy and green jobs, and removing 200,000 children from the Head Start program that so many young, middle class families depend on. He would also end Medicare as we know it and shift thousands of dollars in medical costs to our grandparents in order to pay for additional tax cuts for the top one percent.

Paul Ryan’s values are out of step with young Americans in countless other ways. He voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps deliver equal pay for equal work for women. He opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which discriminated against gay and lesbian military personnel, and he supports enshrining discrimination in the Constitution by including an amendment to ban gay marriage.

Young Americans across the country will categorically reject the Romney-Ryan vision for our country that fails to invest in our generation or provide opportunities for us to succeed. The Young Democrats of America will continue to work hard to reelect President Obama and Vice President Biden over the next 87 days as they fight to build an economy and future for all Americans, not just the highest bidder.