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Thanks to GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, we’ve been reminded once again that details matter. Details like, “Are the pots and pans I am scrubbing already clean?” or “Does anyone actually want me to be here right now?”

Paul Ryan tried to take advantage of a local charity over the weekend and turn it into a photo opportunity for the Romney-Ryan campaign. Here’s the thing, though: The Romney-Ryan plan for America is to give a $5 trillion tax cut to millionaires and billionaires and gut critical funding for the services that lower income and middle class families depend on. All the photo ops in the world can’t make up for the fact that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to make cuts to programs that directly benefit the families who depend on charities like the St. Vincent De Paul Society when they fall on hard times.

See below for a roundup of coverage.

Jansing and Co: http://youtu.be/OK-i5VkIRY4
Morning Joe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSZFlRJ-kOk
Ed Show: http://youtu.be/c6rHgJq_suM
NBC Today Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbJfYsjw9wI

Charity Pres: Paul Ryan Did Nothing at Soup Kitchen
WLTX //
The head of a charity in northeastern Ohio where Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and his family were photographed cleaning dishes over the weekend said Monday that Ryan was not authorized to be on the premises and "did nothing" while there.

President of St. Vincent De Paul Society blasts Ryan visit as 'publicity stunt'
Youngstown Vindicator //
The president of Mahoning County’s St. Vincent De Paul Society is “shocked” and “angry” that Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan used the soup kitchen for a “publicity stunt.” Brian J. Antal, who runs the society, said today the campaign “ramrodded themselves in there” without getting proper permission for the visit Saturday that followed Ryan’s town-hall meeting at Youngstown State University.

In Ohio, Paul Ryan apparently washes clean dishes
Cincinnati Enquirer //
Antal, the head of the shelter told the Youngstown Vindicator that the shelter was used for a ‘publicity stunt.’ Juanita Sherba, St. Vincent’s Saturday coordinator for the dinning hall, had equally harsh words about Ryan’s visit. The event “was a photo op,” she told the Vindicator.

Soup kitchen visit by Ryan stirs anger
Youngstown Vindicator // David Skolnick
The president of Mahoning County’s St. Vincent de Paul Society is “shocked” and “angry” that Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan used the soup kitchen for a “publicity stunt.” Brian J. Antal, who runs the society, said the campaign “ramrodded themselves in there” without getting proper permission for the visit Saturday that followed Ryan’s town-hall meeting at Youngstown State University.

Ohio soup kitchen slams Ryan: “He did nothing”
Salon // Jillian Rayfield
The head of a charity in Ohio is not pleased with Paul Ryan’s photo op at a soup kitchen in Ohio, saying that the Romney campaign “ramrodded their way” into their facility unannounced. The president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, Brian J. Antag, told the Washington Post: “We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations. 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.” He added:  “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Report: Charity President Objects To Paul Ryan’s Soup Kitchen Photo Op
Talking Points Memo // Igor Bobic
Antal was concerned about charity donors who's support may have been swayed given the political nature of the event. The Romney campaign did seek prior permission with a person in charge on-site, but, according to Antal, they did not go through appropriate channels. “Had they asked for permission, it wouldn’t have been granted. … But I certainly wouldn’t have let him wash clean pans and then take a picture,” Antal told the Post.

Charity president: Paul Ryan "did nothing" at soup kitchen photo-op
CBS //  Brian Montopoli
The head of a charity in northeastern Ohio where Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and his family were photographed cleaning dishes over the weekend said Monday that Ryan was not authorized to be on the premises and "did nothing" while there.

Charity president unhappy about Paul Ryan soup kitchen ‘photo op’
Washington Post // Felicia Sonmez
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.

No Soup for Paul Ryan; Soup Kitchen Director Says VP Candidate ‘Barged In’ for Photo Op
ABC // Sarah Parnass
The head of an Ohio soup kitchen where Paul Ryan stopped with his family said Monday the Romney campaign barged its way in for a photo op. Ryan, his wife Janna, and their children donned white aprons and washed dishes — that appeared to be clean — after a campaign stop Saturday in Canfield, Ohio.

Paul Ryan visits soup kitchen for photo-op, angering its president
Yahoo // Dylan Stableford
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan stopped by a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio, over the weekend for what seemed to be your typical campaign photo opportunity. During his 15-minute visit on Saturday morning, the vice presidential candidate donned a white apron and offered to wash some dishes that—as several bloggers and a pool reporter later pointed out—did not appear to be dirty.

Paul Ryan's Soup Kitchen Campaign Visit Criticized; VP Candidate Cleans Already-Clean Kitchen (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post // Harry Bradford
No soup for you, Paul Ryan. That seems to be the opinion of a soup kitchen president in Youngstown, Ohio, who’s saying the Republican Vice Presidential candidate made a campaign stop at the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society without permission from the charity's president. Now Ryan's visit is jeopardizing private funding for the faith-based charity organization, according to the The Washington Post. After an appearance nearby, Ryan reportedly used the soup kitchen for a 15-minute photo opportunity on his way to the airport. Problem is, most of the patrons and volunteers had already left, leaving Ryan and his family with only pots to wash in an already clean kitchen, CBS News reports.