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Congressman Ryan appeals to college vote during trip to Carroll University

CREATED Oct 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 15, 2012

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  • Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. Paul Ryan, used a power point presentation on screens placed around the room to help explain Americas debt and who its owed to. Image by Michael Sears

  • Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes the stage at a Victory Town Hall at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Image by Michael Sears

  • Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. Carroll University studet asks Ryan about college debt and loans and jobs after graduation. Image by Michael Sears

  • Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. A teen in the crowd asks Ryan about home ownership when he grows up. Image by Michael Sears

  • Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. Paul Ryan showed off the blaze orange and camo colored cell phone case he had and told about how he would be going deer hunting after the election back in Wisconsin. Image by Michael Sears

  • Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. Here Ryan, gets applause as he makes his points to the crowd. Image by Michael Sears

  • Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. Here Ryan is greeted by an enthusiastic crowd. Image by Michael Sears

  • Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. The widow of an Army Veteran thanked Ryan for how she was treated by him in the aftermath. Image by Michael Sears

  • Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. Here Gov. Scott Walker and Paul Ryans two brothers listen to him speak. Image by Michael Sears

  • Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. Image by Michael Sears

  • Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan campaigns at Carroll University in Waukesha. Image by Michael Sears

WAUKESHA- Congressman Paul Ryan was on the campaign trail at Carroll University trying to win over the college vote.  Ryan also reminded voters absentee voting begins one week from Monday.

"Young people coming out of school, young people coming out of the prime of their life have no opportunities," said Ryan.

Ryan blamed President Obama for the nation's rising debt and struggling economy, a familiar theme for Mitt Romney's running mate.

He fielded questions about Medicare, ballots for veterans and the economy.

"What are you going to do for guys like me? For working stiffs," asked an unidentified union worker in the audience.

Ryan said lowering taxes for individuals and business would help grow the economy.
 
"If you lower tax rates for businesses then they have more for their businesses to expand to create more jobs. This is not a new idea, Jack Kennedy did this and it created jobs."

Holly Griffin didn't have a question for Ryan but a thank-you.  Ryan meet with her three years ago after her military husband died from a Gulf War illness.

"I called my mom and dad right after that meeting and I said: 'Mom, I think I just met a future president,'" said Griffin.

After the town hall meeting, Griffin told TODAY'S TMJ4 she's met a lot of politicians.

"He was honest to God the most sincere man I have ever met."

With three weeks to go, the Romney-Ryan ticket hopes events like the one in Waukesha will give them the momentum and message they need to win battleground Wisconsin.

Polls released last week show President Obama with anywhere between a two- to four-point lead over Mitt Romney in Wisconsin.