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Obama Campaign: Ryan Went To ‘Kiss The Ring’ Of Billionaire Donor In Vegas

LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — The Obama campaign took aim at Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s meeting with GOP billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas Tuesday.

In an email to donors, the campaign labeled Ryan’s trip a “pilgrimage” to the Sands’ Venetian casino to “kiss the ring” of Adelson, a Jewish billionaire casino magnate who has already donated more than $35 million to the Republican party.

“We’re starting to get a glimpse of how Romney plans to cash in on his vice presidential pick,” the email entitled “Cashing in on Paul Ryan” says. “Before Ryan’s even been fully introduced to the American people, he’s attending a private fundraiser in Vegas with the top super PAC donor.”

Julianna Smoot, the deputy campaign manager for Obama for America, also called on “ordinary people” to donate $5 in an effort to fight back against the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket.

“We’re doing this differently, with ordinary people chipping in whatever they can afford — but it’s going to take a lot more of us to match them,” Smoot stated in the email.

Ryan was greeted by hundreds of protesters outside the Venetian hotel.

Labor unions organized the protest Tuesday night. Workers chanted “Ryan, go home” and waved signs warning that the Republican presidential ticket is the “road to ruin.”

Ryan was inside the hotel for what the Mitt Romney campaign described as a “finance meeting.” The campaign barred reporters from attending the event.

Democrats are attacking Ryan’s proposals to reshape Medicare and cut trillions from federal programs.

The Republican congressman spoke at a Las Vegas rally earlier in the day, criticizing President Barack Obama’s leadership. He didn’t mention his plans to overhaul Medicare.

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