10:00 am Aug. 13, 2012
While national pundits debate what Paul Ryan might mean for Mitt Romney, congressional candidates are figuring out how (or whether) to talk about Ryan in their own districts.
Representative Nan Hayworth, a freshman Republican representing the Hudson Valley, endorsed the pick this morning in an appearance on CNN's "Early Start," calling Ryan "sincere," "substantive," and "principled."
"He has presented a plan that really will fulfill the obligations we have to those most in need and those relying on our safety net," Hayworth said. "And still allow the economy to grow. And that's the key to making all of our future opportunities succeed."
Asked if she was concerned about Ryan's proposed cuts to women's health and health care, Hayworth said she wasn't.
"Not at all," Hayworth said. "Because women's concerns are the same as those of every other American, primarily, they are that we have an economy that can accommodate their needs, their family's needs, that will allow them to have jobs and to have growth."
Other candidates seemed more concerned. Republican candidate Chris Collins declined to even comment on the Ryan pick. Collins is running against Democrat Kathy Hochul, who won a special election in a heavily Republican district last year by running against the Medicare cuts in the Ryan plan.
New York has six Republican freshmen defending seats this year. And the newcomers might be more inclined to support Ryan, who has served as a mentor to a number of new members.
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