Remember the name Rob Zerban.
You might ask, who is Rob Zerban and what does he have to do with the Vice Presidential debate being held tonight at Centre College in the Kentucky town of Danville?
Rob Zerban is the person that is running against Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for Congress. Rob Zerban is a Democrat and if you are keeping score, Paul Ryan is a Republican.
Much was made today about the arrival in town of Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan as they prepare for the debate. Little was made of the fact that Rob Zerban is in town.
So again, you ask about Rob Zerban and why is he in Danville.
Rob Zerban wanted to be the one debating Paul Ryan, something that Paul Ryan is refusing to do. Paul Ryan has bigger game and that is VP Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. Zerban has challenged Ryan to debate but has simply refused.
Rob Zerban told the National White Press Examiner in an interview that “Congressman Ryan has been chosen as Mitt Romney’s running mate precisely because they see eye to eye on dismantling the social safety nets.”
“They want to write off the 47% because they can’t relate to the 47%. Paul Ryan is so busy jetting across the country carrying water for Mitt Romney that he may have forgotten he’s still running for Congress right here in Wisconsin. But as long as Paul Ryan’s name is still on the ballot here at home, it’s our job to hold him accountable.”
The Paul Ryan did not respond to questions about Ryan debating Zerban.
As the debate proceeds this evening, there will be something or someone missing. The something missing is the willingness of Paul Ryan to debate his Congressional opponent. The someone missing is Rob Zerban.
But by the end of the evening, Rob Zerban will make his presence felt. Paul Ryan is not just debating a formidible foe in VP Joe Biden, he is also debating Rob Zerban who will be interviewing with media the entire evening during the debate and and after the debate.
On the heels of the Rob Zerban campaign’s announcement that it has outraised Paul Ryan in the third quarter of 2012, Paul Ryan’s campaign manager said in an interview: “[Zerban’s] mounting a credible campaign.”
Zerban is the Democratic challenger for Paul Ryan’s House seat in Southeast Wisconsin; Ryan is simultaneously running for both Congress and Vice President. The Ryan campaign’s admission follows weeks of positive news coverage for Rob Zerban, showing an Election Day upset within reach in the midst of Ryan’s continued refusal to debate his Democratic opponent in the district.
“We’ve always known Paul Ryan is scared about losing this seat—that’s why he’s spending so much on TV ads defending his outrageous plan to end Medicare,” said Zerban Campaign Manager Al Benninghoff. “Today’s admission from the Ryan camp confirms what we all can see: momentum is on our side, and Rob Zerban’s message is making a positive impact with Wisconsin’s 1st District voters.”
That could spell very bad news indeed for Paul Ryan.
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