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Paul Ryan goes into Obama attack mode at the Reagan library

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(Read caption) Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin participates in an onstage interview during the Peterson Foundation 2012 Fiscal Summit in Washington earlier this month.

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Paul Ryan is the latest rising GOP star to make the pilgrimage to the Reagan library, where the House Budget Committee chairman delivered an address Tuesday night.

Walking to the podium with Nancy Reagan in the shrine devoted to President Reagan is a passage recently taken by two other Republican superstars who garnered presidential (and then vice presidential) buzz: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

(However, Representative Ryan didn't get the full treatment: Mrs. Reagan stayed at home for health reasons.)

Ryan's speech in Simi Valley, Calif., however, differed from those of Governor Christie and Senator Rubio in notable ways.


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