Paul Ryan to talk about poverty

In an Ohio speech this afternoon, GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan will link the debt crisis to poverty, arguing that poor people are especially vulnerable.

“It’s not just the abuses of government that undermine civil society — it’s also the excesses of government. Look at the road we are on, with trillion-dollar deficits every year. Debt on this scale is destructive in so many ways, and one of them is that it crowds out civil society by drawing resources away from private giving,” Ryan will say, according to excerpts of the speech provided by the campaign. “Even worse is the prospect of a debt crisis, which will come unless we do something very soon. When government’s own finances collapse, society’s most vulnerable are the first victims, as we are seeing right now in the troubled welfare states of Europe. Many there feel that they have nowhere to turn for help, and we must never let that happen in America."

The campaign said that Ryan will also emphasize that Mitt Romney is a compassionate conservative, someone who "always given his time and attention to those around him who are hurting.”

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