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Democratic campaign chief: Paul Ryan is vulnerable (VIDEO)

Democrats’ chief congressional campaigner discusses his plan to defeat Paul Ryan, author of the GOP’s budget blueprint.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel meets with reporters at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast, in Washington, on June 1.

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Just before House Republicans met with President Obama to seek common ground on the budget and other economic issues, the Democrats’ chief congressional campaigner discussed his plan to defeat Rep. Paul Ryan, author of the GOP’s budget blueprint.

Speaking to reporters at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters on Wednesday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel of New York said, “As the architect of the Republican plan to terminate Medicare on the one hand while continuing to fund subsidies for big oil companies on the other, [Ryan] should be held accountable.”

The DCCC will funnel assistance to Rob Zerban, the Democratic challenger to Representative Ryan (R) of Wisconsin. Representative Israel described Zerban as a "businessman who decided that he would run specifically because he couldn’t stomach the fact that his member of Congress was the architect of the plan to end the guaranteed Medicare benefit – and to continue to focus on $100,000 tax cuts for people earning over $1 million.”

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