UPDATE: Mostly Warm Reception for Rep. Paul Ryan

UPDATED Tuesday, April 26, 2011 --- 2:20 p.m.

PADDOCK LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- The chairman of the House Budget Committee is getting a warm reception, but also some challenges, in the wake of his aggressive proposals to cut the deficit.

Rep. Paul Ryan met standing-room-only crowds in the first two of four town halls in Wisconsin. He appeared to have the support of about two-thirds of the attendees, with one woman thanking Ryan for having the courage to stand up for citizens. Others were more concerned with continued military efforts abroad than Ryan's proposed cuts.

But some other people were upset over his plans to overhaul Medicare. In Twin Lakes, Darlene Reiter, a 55-year-old retired teacher, arrived after the doors closed. She said she wanted to ask Ryan why he's targeting Medicare instead of demanding corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 26, 2011 --- 11:07 a.m.

The Republican congressman spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 200 in Lake Geneva on Tuesday morning.

The crowd was largely supportive, although some people pressed Ryan on tax issues and the lack of jobs in Janesville, about 40 miles to the west.

Ryan opened with a 15-minute presentation on the economy and his budget blueprint. His plan would slash social safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid. It would also fundamentally restructure Medicare health care for the elderly.

Although the audience was mainly an older crowd, questioners focused more on why the U.S. was still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and why the tax code seems to favor corporations.

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Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011 --- 6:50 a.m.

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan is holding town hall meetings in four southeastern Wisconsin cities, continuing his second week of talking to voters in his district.

Ryan is scheduled to visit Lake Geneva and Twin Lakes on Tuesday morning, followed by stops in Paddock Lake and Kenosha in the afternoon.

The events follow the recent release of Ryan's budget blueprint. The Republican's plan would slash social safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid. It would also fundamentally restructure Medicare health care for the elderly.

Constituents have so far given the plan mixed reviews. Some have even booed during Ryan's earlier stops.

The budget proposal would cut nearly $6 trillion from the deficit. It would also cut the top income-tax rate for both individuals and corporations from 35 percent to 25 percent.

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