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Paul Ryan and his mom visit The Villages: Pics, highlights and literal swooning

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Paul Ryan is in The Villages, Fla., today for his first Sunshine State visit since joining the GOP presidential ticket last weekend.

Ryan is talking to seniors at the Villages in Fl. Taking the truth to the third rail.

— Christopher McQueen (@Bullitt1776) August 18, 2012

The area has more people receiving social security benefits than any other ZIP code in the U.S.

Ryan to take the satge and Carl Cameron Reports: The crowd is huge at the The Villages. There will be thousands here. #RomneyRyan2012

— Nels (@debitking) August 18, 2012

Standing room only with seniors at Ryan event to protect & strengthen Medicare, at The Villages! http://t.co/SKW5cCmv

— Dan Rua (@danrua) August 18, 2012

Ryan opponents are keepin’ it classy on Twitter:

Ryan (with his mommy) speaking at the Villages, a Republican occupied pod of elders who will be dead before the next election-

— Lifeis2Art (@Lifeis2art) August 18, 2012

I found ONE! I found a black guy at the Villages!! But, he's a security guard for Ryan and his mommy. #p2 #tcot

— Geoff Ninecow (@geoff9cow) August 18, 2012

But the crowd was full of enthusiasm as supporters awaited Ryan’s visit.

"We want Paul! We want Paul!" some in crowd yell. Not too interested in current speaker

— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) August 18, 2012

Waiting to watch Paul Ryan and his mother at the villages. Looks like they have a great crowd

— Donna Merritt (@donnatoot) August 18, 2012

Romney’s VP pick was joined by his mom, Betty Douglas.

Paul Ryan arrives, holding the hand of a woman in a yellow suit- his mom?

— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) August 18, 2012

Betty Douglas, Rep Ryan's 78yr old mother, is campaigning with him at The Villages right now. She splits her time btwn 2 swing states: FL&WI

— Peter Doocy (@pdoocy) August 18, 2012

Highlights from his speech:

Paul Ryan takes stage with mother after Lee Greenwood sings "Proud to be an American" pic.twitter.com/MSbsxDxJ

— Joy Lin (@JoyLinFN) August 18, 2012

great pic “@ToddTReid: Paul Ryan at The Villages pic.twitter.com/19nLdteW

— Ann McElhinney (@annmcelhinney) August 18, 2012

“This is my mom Betty. She’s why I’m here. She and her grandkids are why I’m here," Ryan says

— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) August 18, 2012

Paul Ryan introduces his mom, Betty – at the Villages in Florida. Begins speaking on the issue of Medicare. No ordinary election or times…

— Rogersdaughter (@jsrroger) August 18, 2012

Ryan interrupted his speech to make sure a medic was on hand for a woman who fainted.

Ryan getting a medic's attention here in The Villages for someone in the crowd.

— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) August 18, 2012

Some ab-related swooning perhaps?

A lady in the crowd fainted seeing Paul Ryan. Ryan calls for a medic to assist her. This guy is the new Elvis

— ComfortablySmug (@ComfortablySmug) August 18, 2012

Note that Ryan called for a paramedic, not a paralegal.

Medic being called for the third collapse during the Villages rally. Ryan called in paramedics himself for second one pic.twitter.com/JL0Xx0hm

— Nico Hines (@NicoHines) August 18, 2012

Did you notice that when a medic was needed in the crowd, Ryan didn't make it seem like they were fainting b/c of HIM? Like Barack does?

— acitrep (@acitrep) August 18, 2012

This is Paul Ryan's mom Betty Douglas. She's 78! She's looks v good for her age. pic.twitter.com/rwzix7RG

— Shushannah Walshe (@shushwalshe) August 18, 2012

New rhyme from Ryan: Obama is running on "fear and smear."

— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) August 18, 2012

Ryan: Medicare not just a program…what my mom relies on, what my grandma had

— Joy Lin (@JoyLinFN) August 18, 2012

Ryan says Medicare was there for his grandmother and mother when they needed it, "and we have to keep that guarantee."

— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) August 18, 2012

Ryan references IPAB – though not by name — and warns it will result in denied care.

— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) August 18, 2012

Ryan at the Villages: Our plan does not affect the benefits for those who are in or near retirement.

— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) August 18, 2012

This speech by Ryan is by far the most detailed he has been about any program on the stump since being announced as VP #decision2012

— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) August 18, 2012

Ryan talks about his mother building a small biz after his father died, says he's proud of her, and finishes, "you did build that!"

— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) August 18, 2012

Rep Paul Ryan & his mom, Betty Douglas, waving to crowd at The Villages in FL (pic) http://t.co/G7TLOdI2

— Peter Doocy (@pdoocy) August 18, 2012

Ryan: "We need to make sure that the promise in this country is not only there for my mom's generation, but for my children's generation."

— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) August 18, 2012

So, did Ryan win anyone over with his appearance at The Villages?

I've been ignoring politics for awhile but I just listened to Paul Ryan speak at the Villages. He's going to win a lot of senior voters.

— Mark Brentano (@MarkBrentano) August 18, 2012

Ryan ROCKED the house in the Villages! JUST the one we need as VP #RomneyRyan2012 #LNYHBT #CFSA #OTNN #CSPAN2012

— Rick Bulow (@RickBulow1974) August 18, 2012

Paul Ryan gave a good speech at the villages. His Mom Betty is perfect for a VP candidate's mother. Could fill the bill on a TV sitcom

— Donna Merritt (@donnatoot) August 18, 2012

https://twitter.com/tcw62/status/236836921324740608

So it looks like @PaulRyanVP is going to greet EVERY person @ #TheVillages #FL what a great gesture

— Marc T Grove (@mtgrove) August 18, 2012

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