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Updated: Oct 2, 2012 06:34 PM CDT
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MUSCATINE, IA -- The campaign trail continues to make it's way through Iowa. Vice Presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, rallied in Muscatine Tuesday afternoon. But after stopping by Elly's Tea and Coffee, Ryan sat down with KWQC's Morgan Ottier.

"People here in Iowa have a big responsibility," Ryan said. "They're not just picking a president for four more years, they're picking a trajectory for the nation for a generation."

With constant campaign visits from both sides of the aisle, Iowans know their vote counts. But will it always? If he becomes president, how will Mitt Romney show Iowans that they still matter, after the election.

"Because he's going to work to create jobs," Ryan said. "We've got to cut spending, balance the budget, champion small businesses. We also need more trade agreements, grow more food, make more things, and sell them overseas."

A controversial campaign issue, KWQC viewers want to know how Ryan feels about a woman's right to her own health. If he becomes president, Mitt Romney has vowed to revoke federal funding for Planned Parenthood. How does Ryan explain the choice to women who go to Planned Parenthood for a variety of preventative health issues, including cancer screenings?

"We just don't think that taxpayers should be forced to pay for abortions," he said. "This is a question about whether we should have taxpayer financed abortions, we don't think so."

Ryan adds that his campaign wants a better healthcare system --

"We can have a system where everybody has access to the kind of healthcare that they need, without government takeover."

Also a hot button issue in Iowa -- gay marriage. Iowa is the first state that made it legal, back in 2009.

"We believe marriage should always be defined as between a man and a woman," he said. That's the definition that's worked for thousands of years, it's the cradle of the culture of our civilization. So, we would defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which the Obama administration isn't." Ryan said he believes states should make the final decision.

KWQC asked another viewer question -- Mike Sharpe wanted to know about Romney's plan for tax reform; how a Republican administration could cut taxes by 20% across the board? What "loopholes" can be closed in order to cut federal spending and taxes simultaneously?

"The way to pay for that without losing revenue to the government, is to close those loopholes among higher income people," Ryan said. "A lot of higher income people can shelter much of their money from taxation through various loopholes and deductions."

Romney's running mate added that he feels at home when he travels through Iowa -- and that makes him even more qualified to stand up for Iowans.

"We have some deep Iowa ties," he said. "I'm from just across the border in Wisconsin. I represent farmers. I represent corn farmers, I represent bean farmers, I represent dairy farmers. I live in the same kind of a place as Iowa."

And Iowa will help decide where Paul Ryan lives, come November.