Dear MoveOn member,
Breaking news: Mitt Romney just picked tea party hero Paul Ryan as his running mate. And Romney may have just committed political suicide.
Paul Ryan is the author of the most extreme right-wing budget ever proposed in Congress. He wants to dismantle Medicare, privatize Social Security, and cut taxes for millionaires while raising taxes on the middle class.1
Simply put, the policies Paul Ryan stands for are politically toxic.
But here's the thing: Paul Ryan isn't just a extremist—he's young, smart, and charming. The media constantly describe him as looking like "the boy next door." He's the ultimate wolf in sheep's clothing.
The next ten days are crucial to make sure the American people understand the truth about Paul Ryan. We're launching an emergency "Paul Ryan is Wrong For America" campaign, but we need to raise $200,000 this weekend to make it happen.
Here's the plan:
- We'll hold protests everywhere Romney and Ryan go this week, and we've got an ambitious plan to hand out over 1 million pink slips to voters to show how many jobs the Romney-Ryan ticket would cost us.
- We're going to share stories from Paul Ryan's actual constituents who know best what he's all about—including one woman who was unemployed, facing large medical bills, and literally camped out for a week in front of Paul Ryan's office because he refused to meet with her. She's still waiting for her meeting.
- We're putting together a wave of super-sharable videos, photos, and Facebook posts that we can use to tell people about Paul Ryan via social media. For starters there's an unbelievable clip of Glenn Beck calling Paul Ryan his "soul mate."2
I'm so excited to put this plan into action. If we can pull it off, this could hurt the Romney campaign the way the Sarah Palin debacle hurt John McCain. But we can't do it unless we can raise $200,000 this weekend.
The next ten days are crucial for the future of America. Every day this week, Mitt Romney will be making appearances with Paul Ryan at diners, town squares, factories—all to create the false impression that he and Paul Ryan understand the concerns of people like you and me.
The Republicans are trying to do exactly what they did with George W. Bush—convince people that he's someone you'd like to have a beer with, and then ram though a far-right agenda that screws the middle class.
We can't count on the media to tell the truth. It's up to us to set the record straight.
Thanks for all you do.
–Justin, Tate, Laura, Julia, and the rest of the team
1. "12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan," Think Progress, August 11, 2012
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