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Video: Rep. Paul Ryan Refuses to Answer Questions from Unemployed Man, Offers Him Candy Instead

| by Michael Allen

Back on Sept. 1, 2011, GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan and his wife Janna marched in a Labor Day parade in Janesville, Wisconsin (video below).

During the parade, Rep. Ryan was confronted by Wisconsin workers who were struggling with high unemployment, reports The Nation.

One of the workers asked Rep. Ryan: “So what should I have to work for to get a job? Should I have to work the same wages as in China? Should I have to work for $1 an hour?”

Rep. Ryan tried to brush aside the questioner: "C’mon, we’re all here to have a good time" and "go to my website."

The worker was persistent in his questioning, so Rep. Ryan sarcastically asked: “Would you like some candy? Would you like a Packer-Badger schedule?”

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The worker then asked Rep. Ryan: "What is deregulating going to do? Should we just let the corporations do what they like?"

Rep. Ryan and his wife, who was smiling, ignored the man.

The Nation reports:

Janesville used to be a major manufacturing center. Now it has fallen on hard times. Like so many manufacturing communities in the Great Lakes region, it has been rocked by the outsourcing of US jobs. That’s not Ryan’s concern, however. Since his election to the House in 1998, Ryan has voted for free-trade pacts including the extension of most-favored-nation trading status to China—that have been absolutely devastating to his hometown and other communities in his southeastern Wisconsin district.