At a recent townhall meeting, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan apologized in advance for his use of a PowerPoint presentation. But that's his style. As much as he is a legislator, Ryan is also an educator. And we may be seeing more of the education strategy in the days to come.
As pointed out in a National Review report on a townhall meeting at the University of Central Florida, Ryan discussed "the trajectory of federal spending, as well as the Romney-Ryan plan for Medicare. He laughed, he lectured, and he engaged with attendees."
Ryan's use of colorful pie charts and PowerPoint slides over the weekend signals a subtle shift in his stump strategy. Two Republicans close to Ryan tell National Review Online that Ryan has privately pushed his advisers to add more town-hall meetings to his schedule.
"[Ryan] really wants to open things up and get back to the bread and butter of the budget," says a Ryan confidant. A second Ryan source agrees, telling NRO that the wonky lawmaker wants to use the sessions to highlight how the Romney camp "sees this as a 'choice' election."
The report points out the over 500 townhall meetings that Ryan has held as a congressman. Now, as the Romney-Ryan campaign enters it's final weeks, Americans may be seeing more. It's Ryan in his element, and the campaign would do well to put him to good use.