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TAMPA BAY, FL-Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) received a lot of national attention on Tuesday.
At the Republican National Convention the freshman house member was one of the few congress-people given time to speak at the podium later in the afternoon - with more time going to Governors and other high profile statesmen.
The fact is notable, critics say, because for the most part Republicans seem to be trying to distance themselves from Congress and its record low approval ratings.
"My biggest worry is that our children are losing their shot at the American dream," Duffy said at the podium on the first day of convention activities.
"Today record unemployment is dashing the dreams of our college graduates," Duffy said.
Duffy's addition to the convention come after Republican nominee for presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Duffy's colleague, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), as a running mate.
But Pat Kreitlow, Duffy's Democratic opponent, says he sees the opportunity in a different way.
"Actually it makes me feel quite energized because it underscore how vulnerable [the Republicans] think Sean Duffy is," Kreitlow said.
In fact, on Wednesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) paid for a series of new ads to run in Wisconsin's seventh district.
So far the ads are only being paid for in three races with the purpose of targeting vulnerable incumbent Republicans (Kreitlow did not know the ads were coming to the race).
The Democrat also says the failure of bi-partisan talks to balance the budget is the main reason he sees Duffy as threatened.
"You can do so without having to choose millionaire tax breaks over Medicare recipients for example," Kreitlow said.
With multiple polls showing Congressional approval ratings at less than 15%, Duffy used his time at the podium, for the most part, to further endorse the GOP presidential ticket.
"If you voted for Obama and you have buyer's remorse, let me tell you, Mitt Romney is the hope and Paul Ryan is the change," Duffy said.
There is still no debate scheduled for Congressman Sean Duffy and Pat Kreitlow as of Wednesday.