08/11/2012 09:58 pm ET

Obama's Wisconsin Team Mobilizes Against Paul Ryan: 'We Know Him Best'

Wisconsin finds itself at the center of the national political discussion once again, with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as Mitt Romney's vice presidential choice.

Staffers on the Obama campaign in the state, who were already active at the grassroots level of the attempt to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R) in the spring, are now gearing up again to defeat a man they're well familiar with.

On Saturday evening, Tripp Wellde, the Wisconsin state director for Obama for America, sent supporters in the state an email with the subject line, "We know him best."

The email asks supporters to let the campaign know how Ryan's policies have affected them and their families, and what the campaign should tell the rest of the country.

Obama's Wisconsin team was gearing up before the announcement was made for the possibility than Romney would pick Ryan. A source close to the campaign told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it was essentially readying a "minute-by-minute" response plan.

The email from the Obama campaign to Wisconsin residents:

Friend --

Mitt Romney has really chosen Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.

So we've got a job to do here in Wisconsin.

Most Americans don't know who Ryan actually is or what he represents. They don't know the extent to which he's behind the failed, top-down economic policies that would end Medicare as we know it, and raise taxes on millions of middle-class Americans to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. They don't yet know how extreme he is.

After over a decade of watching him in Congress, Wisconsinites understand what Ryan's extreme policies mean for our state and our country. It's on those of us who know him best to make sure the rest of the country sees the real Paul Ryan.

How have Ryan's policies affected you or your family? What would those policies mean if Ryan takes them to the White House?

Tell us what you think Americans need to know about Paul Ryan, and why a Romney-Ryan administration would be terrible for middle-class families:


Your input will help us hold him accountable on the campaign trail.

Thanks in advance,


Tripp Wellde
Wisconsin State Director
Obama for America

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