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Rep. Ryan Challenges Obama to Debt Debate: Throws Down the Gauntlet Via Twitter


"You pick: when and where?"

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., questions Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, during the committee's hearing on the fiscal 2012 federal budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is apparently hoping for a fiscal throwdown. The Wisconsin Congressman at the vanguard of the Republican's plans to stave off economic catastrophe has challenged President Obama to a debt crisis debate with this tweet at the recent Twitter Town Hall:

"Fearmongering won’t solve our debt crisis. Americans deserve a real debate. You pick: when and where?"

The following exchange featured on Fox News lays out the "tweet challenge" and clarifies Ryan's position:

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No word back yet from the White House on whether or not President Obama will accept Ryan's challenge. Ryan hasn't given up yet though, and expanded on his views to Fox News:

“I think the nation deserves a real honest debate about it’s future, about what are we going to do to grow the economy, pay off our debt, cut spending and get this deficit off our backs”

And Obama isn't the only politician holding a high tech forum. Last night, Rep. Ryan held his own Facebook Townhall, where he answered questions in real time about the Republican proposal to pay off the debt and cut spending.

The Blaze covered the Twitter Town Hall earlier this week, including Obama's reaction to a question the question 'where are the jobs?' by House Speaker Boehner.

Obama responded that the question was 'slightly skewed.'

(h/t CNS News)

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