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Obama ‘Welcomes’ Paul Ryan To Race, Deeming Him ‘Ideological Leader Of The Republicans In Congress’

Campaigning in Chicago on Sunday, President Barack Obama took a minute to acknowledge the newest addition to the this presidential race, Mitt Romney‘s running mate Paul Ryan. Welcoming him to the race, Obama underscored the economic ideas of the Romney/Ryan ticket, before going on to the criticize them.

Deeming Ryan “the ideological leader of the Republicans in Congress,” Obama, pressing back against audience boos, said, “I want to congratulate Congressman Ryan. I know him. I welcome him to the race.”

“Congressman Ryan is a decent man, he’s a family man, he’s an articulate spokesman for Gov. Romney’s vision,” he said. “But it’s a vision that I fundamentally disagree with.”

Obama then went on to attack the “trickle-down fairy dust” offered by the Romney ticket and Republicans, asserting that the top-down approach doesn’t work. He further argued, per a usual talking point, that Romney would cut taxes for the wealthy while imposing a tax hike on the middle class.

Take a look at the remarks, via CNN:

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