Grover Norquist On Paul Ryan's Candidacy

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In reaction to the announcement that Mitt Romney's running mate is Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, an anti-tax advocacy group.


After leaving the USS Wisconsin, Romney and Ryan are probably hungry. They'll head to a little café and catering business called Homemades by Suzanne - where they'll meet, among others, this lady.

KIMBERLY MILLS: I'm Kimberly Mills(ph). I am co-owner of Homemades by Suzanne, in Ashland, Virginia.

WERTHEIMER: Mills is no novice, when it comes to meeting politicians. Homemades by Suzanne was the site of another candidate visit, back in 2008.

MILLS: We had Sarah Palin, you know, four years ago.

WERTHEIMER: And Palin didn't just drop in for a few seconds...

MILLS: But - I had about a 20-minute conversation with her. She actually came after business hours. And she did have a chicken salad sandwich, and - you know, I think a chicken salad sandwich, coffee and a Diet Coke, and that was about it.

WERTHEIMER: In fact, the café is a favorite for Virginia political players - governors and senators, among them.

MILLS: Eric Cantor visits us quite frequently. McDonnell comes in quite frequently.

WERTHEIMER: Mills says she isn't surprised that Ashland is a popular destination for politicians. It's a fantastic place to live, and work.

MILLS: It's a beautiful town. It's a small town. It's got a lot of small businesses that have been thriving through the economical woes, for the last few years. And it's just a great town.

WERTHEIMER: In fact, when Mills learned that Romney would be stopping by as part of his tour of Virginia, Mills said the whole town pitched in to help.

MILLS: Power-washing, painting, planting flowers; things like that. Everyone's real excited to have, you know, a political figure come to the town of Ashland. It's such a great town.

WERTHEIMER: But Mills says they did not change their menu for the Romney visit.

MILLS: Well, we have our normal menu. And we'll have smoked salmon. And we have like, a beef tenderloin wrap and - you know, things like that.

WERTHEIMER: Who will be eating that food, is still up in the air.

MILLS: We are feeding the press, and we are feeding the people on his bus. Now, whether that involves the Secret Service - I do not know.

WERTHEIMER: Mills suspects that politicians like visiting her deli so much because the food is good, but also because of the way they run the place.


MILLS: WERTHEIMER: The stop at Homemades by Suzanne, is just the first of many such visits Romney and Ryan will be making over the next four days.

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