COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- President Obama may not have good data on the popularity of Rep. Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential candidate, but he knows that people like the U.S. Congress only a little more than they like Fidel Castro.
Maybe that’s why he threw the word “Congress” around so much at his rally here Monday morning, as he lit out after Ryan and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney – linking the three together at several turns.
Ryan is “the ideological leader of the Republicans in Congress,” Obama told a crowd of about 4,000 here Monday.
“Gov. Romney and his allies in Congress,” said Obama, want to give tax breaks to the wealthy.
And if Iowa voters run into Ryan in Iowa on Monday, Obama said, they ought to ask him why he's standing in the way of a farm bill to help farmers and ranchers.
“If you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities,” Obama said. “It’s time to put politics aside and pass it right away.”