Paul Ryan to attend rally at Janesville high school

Ryan speaks out against military cuts
Paul Ryan to attend rally at Janesville high school

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is returning to his hometown for a rally Monday.

The Republican presumptive vice presidential candidate will attend a Republican National Convention send-off “Victory rally” at Janesville’s Joseph A. Craig High School, which Ryan graduated from.

Doors for the event will open at 8:45 a.m. with the program scheduled to start at 11:20 a.m.

Ryan spoke to supporters Thursday in Fayetteville, N.C., home to the Fort Bragg Army base and a large number of military families.

Ryan said Mitt Romney will prevent planned cuts to the U.S. military if elected president.

“We’ll reverse these reckless, devastating defense cuts that the president is bringing us toward,” Ryan said. “We will recognize that the primary responsibility of the federal government first and foremost is a strong national defense. That is something that Mitt Romney is extraordinarily committed to do.”

Ryan warned of the cuts to military spending outlined in sequestration, a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts that will take effect if Congress doesn’t reach a budget solution in the next few months. Half of the cuts are set to come from the Pentagon.

As a Wisconsin congressman and chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan voted for budget control legislation that included sequestration. He spoke favorably about the agreement on the House floor.

Ryan has since voted for legislation to block the cuts.

Obama has said it was Republicans who rallied for the budget cuts in order to raise the debt-ceiling limit. On Thursday, the White House also defended the the president’s economic record and energy policy.

“We now have more coal miners employed in this country than we have had in the last 15 years,” said Jay Carney, a White House spokesman.

The Obama campaign described Romney’s energy proposal as an irresponsible plan that will line the pockets of big oil.