By Mark Trahant
Ryan did, however, mention American Indians, he cited a Wisconsin Menominee who’s serving in Afghanistan.
“When I went to the Arghandab Valley in Kandahar before the surge, I sat down with a young private in the 82nd from the Menominee Indian Reservation who would tell me what he did every day, and I was in awe,” Ryan said. “And to see what they had in front of them—and then to go back there in December, to go throughout Helmand with the Marines to see what they had accomplished—it’s nothing short of amazing.”
Indian Country Today Media Network live tweeted the debate and there was significant participation, as 120,357 accounts were “reached” by the hashtag #ICTMNDebate (save it, we’ll use it again on Tuesday).
On Twitter, @JustinLepscier posted: “Thank you @PaulRyanVP for supporting our troops and taking time to talk with a Menominee in Afghanistan! #ProudMenominee.” However @Astronomommy wrote, “Menominee County (which is also a reservation) always votes Democratic. #funfact.
Others immediately asked how Ryan could talk about Menominee while cutting programs critical to Indian country.