UPDATE: Ryan Gets Warm Receptions at 2 Town Hall Meetings

UPDATED Thursday, April 28, 2011 --- 12:07 p.m.

FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Congressman Paul Ryan continues to draw capacity crowds at town hall meetings, most recently in Waterford and Franklin.

About 250 people crammed into the Waterford City Hall on Thursday, where people peppered Ryan with questions about Medicare and government spending.

At a second stop, about 400 people gathered in a high school auditorium in Franklin.

Ryan received generally warm receptions at both. In Waterford, 68-year-old Ken Thiede of nearby Rochester thanked Ryan for being a leader who stands up for the little guy.

But Amy Kinosian of Eagle pressed Ryan on federal spending. The 58-year-old fifth-grade teacher said Ryan was ignoring the economic harm caused by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the Bush tax cuts.

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Posted Thursday, April 28, 2011 --- 7:35 a.m.

WATERFORD, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan can expect more large crowds as he continues his series of town hall meetings in southeastern Wisconsin.

The Republican congressman will be making morning stops Thursday in Waterford and Franklin, followed by afternoon stops in Oak Creek and Greenfield.

Ryan drew standing-room-only crowds at four similar meetings earlier this week. Two events drew so many people that police turned away dozens of supporters and reporters, citing capacity issues.

Many of the attendees wanted to know about Ryan's recently released 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.

Ryan says his plan will help keep Medicare solvent while also slashing the federal deficit.

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