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Paul Ryan Brings Fiscal Conservatism Message to Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Hundreds of Republicans in Cedar Rapids turned out Friday night to hear former vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan speak.

The Wisconsin Congressman spoke at this year's Lincoln Dinner at the Doubletree by Hilton downtown.

Ryan talked of trying to reduce federal budgets - a message everyone in attendance seemed to agree with.

As Ryan walked through crowd before the dinner, he was all smiles -- yet once he took the stage, his message was one of urgency.

People are frightened about the future of this country, he said.

Ryan is 17 months removed from November 2012 and his defeat on the Romney-Ryan ticket. He called it a "bruising defeat" but jokes his visibility is up quite a bit more since the campaign.

His theme - as expected - trying to contain federal spending.

"if we don't get a handle on our spending... what will the tax rates be on our kids," he said.

The Congressman called this time a fight over the "American Idea" - that each person is, in his words, equal and capable of governing themselves.

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