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Montana Senate nominee Denny Rehberg: National Journal's Billy House touched on Rehberg, who voted against the Ryan Budget, in his look at GOP candidates on defense after the announcement. House notes that Rehberg praised Ryan as a public servant, and said he appreciates "his character, intelligence, and creativity -- not only on the vast majority of issues on which we agree -- like controlling government spending, developing our natural resources, and providing tax relief for families and job creators -- but also on the few occasions where we haven't." Connecticut Republican candidate Linda McMahon: After Democratic candidate Chris Murphy sent out a press release asking "which parts of Congressman Ryan's plan does she support," House reports that McMahon spokesperson Corry Bliss said McMahon "will never support a budget that cuts Medicare." House Candidates: Massachusetts 6th District GOP nominee Richard Tisei: Rep. John Tierney's challenger issued a statement after the Ryan pick was announced: "Congressman Ryan, whether one agrees with him on every issue or not, is a serious politician who sees our country's economic problems in clear terms," he said. "I don't agree with him - or anyone else - on every single issue." New Mexico 1st District nominee Janice Arnold-Jones: "I believe that this will be a good thing for the state of New Mexico," she said on the Ryan pick. "A little frightening on the lab side, but I intend to go and advocate for the state of New Mexico." New York 27th District GOP nominee Chris Collins: Rep. Kathy Hochul's challenger, in an interview this weekend, declined to weigh in on the Ryan budget. "I'm not going to get into a discussion now about a budget that may be passed next year with a new president and new Congress," Collins said. "I'm not going to go back and relive any proposal in the past because they are in the past. All I'm saying is that I'll never support cuts to Medicare for current seniors or anyone close to retirement age, including Medicare Advantage, which my opponent has actually voted to cut." Illinois 13th District GOP nominee Rodney Davis : Last week (prior to Romney picking Ryan), Davis said that he "never said that I support the Ryan budget in its entirety at all." He added that it has "some laudable goals that I hope... when I'm elected to be able to address." Gubernatorial Candidates: North Carolina GOP nominee Pat McCrory: Just McCrory in this category so far. Romney and Ryan campaigned in North Carolina Sunday. When asked about the Ryan plan, McCrory answered, "I'm going to support the Romney plan." On Saturday, he said he wouldn't get into specifics, noting, "I'm running for governor, not Congress."

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