She has been described in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as "an outdoors enthusiast who led her husband and four kids on regular trips to hike and ski in the Colorado Rockies." Her second husband, a Navy veteran and insurance executive, died in 2002.
"She is a very nice woman, nice family woman. Very bright, very alert," Rosina Ventre, a neighbor, told the Times.
The Villages is considered friendly territory for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, its residents donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the main super PAC supporting his presidential bid, Restore Our Future, ABC News reported.
Faced with Democratic Party attacks on Ryan's Medicare plan, Republicans have made the political calculation that a counter-attack can preserve support among senior citizens who could sway the November election's outcome. Ryan has proposed to transform Medicare into a program that would give seniors vouchers to manage their own healthcare costs.
Ryan goes into the event with the wind at his back, having closed out a successful first week on the campaign trail by infusing Romney’s campaign with energy and helping the campaign rake in more than $10 million in online fundraising and approximately 124,800 online donations.
At a Catholic college Thursday in Ohio, Ryan said that the Medicare debate is one “we need to have” and one “we are going to win,”
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