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Obama Campaign: Paul Ryan ‘Is Actually The Worst’

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Photo of the online attack ad against Paul Ryan. (credit: barackobama.tumblr.com)

Photo of the online attack ad against Paul Ryan. (credit: barackobama.tumblr.com)

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DURHAM, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — The attacks from the Obama campaign against Paul Ryan continue.

The president’s campaign posted on its Tumblr page Monday that the Republican vice presidential candidate is “the worst.”

The statement came under an online attack ad that read: “Marriage Equality: Unconstitutional. Women’s Rights: Don’t need these. The Middle Class: Not rich? Then too bad. Hello! I’m Paul Ryan.”

“In case you missed all the excitement this weekend: Meet Paul Ryan, who is actually the worst,” the statement reads under the ad.

Vice President Biden also took shots at the Wisconsin congressman during a campaign stop in Durham, N.C, Monday, calling Ryan’s plan to “privatize” Social Security was irresponsible.

“What’s gutsy about giving millionaires and billionaires tax breaks? What’s gutsy about gutting Medicaid, Medicare, education?” Biden asked as an enthusiastic crowd of about 900 supporters at the Durham Armory roared in approval.

The speech was Biden’s first on the campaign trail since GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Ryan as his running mate on Saturday.

Biden said Romney and Ryan are decent men, but have fundamentally different values from the president. Biden aimed most his barbs at Ryan, his counterpart as No. 2 man of the presidential ticket.

“Congressman Ryan has given definition to the vague commitments that Romney’s been making. There’s definition to it now. It’s clear,” Biden said, echoing other Democrats who say Romney’s selection of Ryan makes the choice in the November election even more stark than it was before Ryan entered the race.

Biden called Ryan’s budget plan a reminder of the economic policies of former President George W. Bush.

“We’ve seen this movie before and we know how it ends,” he said. Then, citing former President Bill Clinton, Biden said Ryan’s plan was “the last administration’s policies on steroids.”

Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Romney, said Biden “doubled down on the same failed policies that have resulted in skyrocketing debt, higher taxes and record job losses.”

Romney and Ryan “understand that our country is facing serious challenges that have been made worse by the Obama administration’s big government agenda,” Williams said, adding that the Romney-Ryan ticket will lay out a “bold vision” for the country and promote commonsense policies that will create jobs.

Charlotte will host the Democratic National Convention next month.

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