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Ryan 'Did Nothing' at Soup Kitchen Photo Op, Says Charity President

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Published on Oct 18, 2012

"The head of a northeast Ohio charity says that the Romney campaign last week "ramrodded their way" into the group's Youngstown soup kitchen so that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan could get his picture taken washing dishes in the dining hall.

Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University.

"We're a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations," Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. "It's strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors."* Cenk Uygur breaks down what Paul Ryan was doing, and what it meant for the charity.

*read more from Felicia Sonmez/Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/e...

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