WASHINGTON, D.C.–Political campaigns often offer a chance to win a meal or special event with a V.I.P. Republicans are now pitching one that lets people, if they offer a good idea, get a chance for lunch with not one, but two different 2016 possible presidential candidates. Although, the fundraising email doesn’t say anything about the two V.I.P.’s being potential candidates.
The email came to supporters Wednesday morning from 2012 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin U.S. Representative. The message asks for people to submit their ideas to fix the country’s “spending crisis.” In exchange for those ideas, people could win a chance to have lunch with Ryan, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (like Ryan, a potential presidential candidate) and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Here’s the pitch:
America shouldn’t settle for the status quo.
President Obama and Harry Reid’s reckless spending has put America on an unsustainable path.
If the President got his way, we would raise taxes by $1.8 trillion. And yet the budget would never balance – ever.
I think we’ve heard enough from the President. Now, I want to hear from you – because together, we can fix America.
If you send us your solution to our spending problem, you could win a chance to discuss your ideas over lunch with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Senator Rand Paul, and me.
As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, I trust the American people to get us out of this mess, not Washington.
Your ideas shape our budget proposal year after year. Our Republican plan would cut wasteful spending, grow the economy, and balance the budget in just 10 years.
Together, we will fix America’s spending crisis so our children and our grandchildren have a strong, secure future.
Congressman Paul Ryan