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August 30th, 2012
10:36 AM ET

Rep. Blackburn says Paul Ryan is 'a guy of big ideas'

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) talks with John Berman on "Early Start" about what she thinks GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan did right in his speech to the Republican National Convention..

"The floor did love him and I think the American people are going to realize how genuine he is in trying to solve our nation's fiscal woes," Blackburn says. "You know, Paul is a guy of big ideas and he's not afraid to put something out there and say let's consider this or let's think about this or let's have a discussion on this issue."

When asked about Ryan's 'specificity' on budget cuts, Blackburn points to Ryan's track record.

"Look at Ryan budget that the House has brought forward," she says "Look at the way we've addressed across the board spending cuts. Look at the way we have talked about reforming the trust funds, Medicare and Social Security, making those stable, secure, solvent, and then addressing entitlements in Medicaid, the largest of the entitlements. You know, there is time for specificity. Last night was the time to say - hey, we've got a pathway and this is where we're going to go. And I think you're going to see him fill in those specifics as we go forward."

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