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Congressman Ryan holds town hall in Waukesha

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

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  • Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan speaks in Waukesha.

  • 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 - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is taking President Barack Obama to task over the nation's deficit at a Waukesha rally.

Ryan appeared in front of hundreds of people in Carroll University's field house Monday.

"You know what is great?  It's so great to be home," he uttered while wearing a Green Bay Packers tie.  "What we have here is a crisis of leadership."

He claimed American can't afford another four more years of Barack Obama as President.

His campaign erected a digital scoreboard at one end of the field house that tracked the growth of the national debt by the second.

Ryan urged people to watch how fast the numbers are growing.

He says Obama has run up more debt than all the nation's previous presidents combined.

"It hurts jobs today.  It destroys jobs tomorrow.  We need to fix this problem before it gets out of control."

Wisconsin is one of nine states Republicans and Democrats believe are still in play for the November elections.

Ryan headlined a fundraiser for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson in Milwaukee on Sunday and Vice President Joe Biden was in La Crosse on Friday.

Click in the associated video links for raw video of Paul Ryan's speech.