Paul Ryan's family makes campaign calls

By Ross Palombo, Reporter, rpalombo@Local10.com
Published On: Oct 09 2012 12:39:09 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 09 2012 01:14:49 PM EDT

The family of Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan was in South Florida to put out a 'call for help.'

MIAMI -

Paul Ryan's mother, Betty Douglas, was at a call center Monday making the 9-millionth campaign call.

"Can Mitt Romney and my son Paul Ryan count on your support?" she asked.

The caller then said, "Yes," sending the entire office into a loud cheer.

Republican volunteers have now made eight times as many call this year, they said, compared to the 2008 presidential campaign.

"I'm one of the culprits!" volunteer Judy Defeo said. She is one of 5,000 people who have been working the phones in Ft. Lauderdale for months.

"The response has been good!" Defeo said.

"I am just amazed!" Janet Ryan Rock said. She's Ryan's sister.

With polling at a dead heat in Florida, the family has faith that these calls can make a difference.

"It's a wonderful thing to see, very inspiring!" Rock said.

Both Paul Ryan's sister and mother watched as he took the podium in Tampa just two months ago. They're now ready to watch him take on the Vice President Joe Biden during the debate on Thursday.

"How do you think he'll do in the debate this week?" Local 10's Ross Palombo asked.

"I think he's well prepared," Rock said. "And, he'll do well!"

"Oh, I think he'll do very very well!" Betty Douglas agreed.

Douglas will be at the debate herself and says she's completely confident of who will be called the winner at the end of the line.

"Any advice for him?" Local 10's Ross Palombo asked.

"Just be yourself... which he is anyway," Douglas said.

"And, for Biden?"

"I think it's best I don't say anything!" Douglas laughed as the crowd cheered.

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