Friends, foes like Ryan but disagree on politics

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 11 at 6:01 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Ryan's friends and opponents in Wisconsin and his hometown of Janesville are nearly unanimous in describing the congressman as likable and intelligent. The common ground ends when it comes to his politics.

Ryan has been tapped as Republican Mitt Romney's running mate. Ryan is perhaps best-known around the country as being the architect of a conservative budget plan to remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says no one understands the federal budget better than his fellow Wisconsin Republican, who chairs the House Budget Committee.

Democrats including U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin and state Sen. Tim Cullen say their dealings with Ryan have always been cordial. But Baldwin says Ryan's budget plan will take the nation in the wrong direction.

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