Republican Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s book tour Saturday stopped in Tallahassee, drawing nearly 70 people who bought a copy of The Way Forward, Remembering the American Idea and posed for a photo with the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee.
The Tallahassee turnout was similar to those of the first day of the Florida tour Friday when Ryan drew about 100 autograph seekers in Pensacola, Destin and Panama City. Stops in Gainesville and The Villages are also planned for Saturday. The nine-city Florida swing concludes Sunday with stops at book stores in Brandon and Sarasota.
Ryan is considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate. He has said he will wait until after the midterm elections to decide whether to run.
Among those who waited in line for a chance to get a word with the chair of the House Budget Committee was 72-year old Barbara DeVane who asked the congressman about Ryan’s proposed changes to Medicare and tax policies.
“Why do you want to change my Medicare into coupon care,” asked DeVane, who is with the Florida Alliance of Retired Americans.
“I want you to read the book and you’ll get the answers to that,” Ryan replied, smiling while aides took photos of the two.
Ryan signed copies of his book, which according to a release, examines the current state of the Republican Party and outlines his political vision for the future, and chatted with voters for about 25 minutes.
Afterwards he entertained questions from reporters.
“I’m telling my mom and all her friends to vote for Rick Scott,” said Ryan, whose mother lives in Lauderdale by the Sea. “I think Rick Scott’s a good governor, he’s made some tough choices even if they’ve been unpopular but that’s what a leader does.”
Ryan was diplomatic in his remarks when asked about former Republican governor Charlie Crist challenging Scott as a Democrat.
“I think it is important to be who you are and tell people what you believe and think and be consistent,” said Ryan.
In The Way Forward Ryan writes among his earliest political memories is sitting with his dad and watching President Ronald Reagan’s first address to Congress in 1981.
Ryan’s book promotion tour began Aug. 18 in New York City and included stops in Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Chicago before Florida. After the Sarasota stop, Ryan will visit Oklahoma, Texas, and Denver, with the final stop in Los Angeles on Aug. 29.